If I were you and looking to spend up to $1.5mm, I would look at Avon and West Simsbury first, then Glastonbury and forget about the others. (of course you will get more for your money in Higganum, Lebonon, and Willimantic but to me, these towns are a bit more sleepy.) I like Avon and West Simsbury as they are charming, safe, upscale towns with good schools with close proximity to West Hartford which offers very nice shopping/dining options and offer a quick, easy commute to Aetna in Hartford.
Please don't hesitate to contact me if I can help you with your mortgage needs.
Executive Mortgage Banker
Rocky Hill, CT
Prudential Ct Realty
North Haven Ct, 06473
I am very familiar with the Hartford county market and I would welcome the opportunity to work with you as you make the transition from Virginia to Connecticut. Let me know if I can be of further assistance.