Thinking of moving to CT looking for recommendations on family neighborhoods.

Asked by David, Atlanta, GA Tue Nov 6, 2007

1) Want a family community consisting of an eclectic blend of accomplished people who are passion about what they do and multi-dimensional
2) Both adults and kids need only go out their front door to spend time with friends and play.
3) Community residents look out for each other and are very involved.
4) Families can walk or ride bikes through-out the community without much concern about safety;
5) Community has a town center with quaint boutiques, restaurants and coffee shops
6) Close to water (lake or ocean) preferred, nature as a source of education and entertainment needs to be close, walking distance preferred
7) Good public schools preferred but not must
8) Easy access to a big city and airport (e.g., can take the train or ferry)
9) Four seasons; warmer weather preferred; we are in atlanta now
10) Homes in the $800k to $2MM (if on water)

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George Anton…, Agent, Madison, CT
Wed Dec 19, 2007
Hello David, I would like to invite you to take a look at the Guilford, Clinton, Madison, Westbrook Essex and Old Saybrook areas. You pretty much described these small towns to the letter. I've been a resident of this area my whole life. I commuted from Guilford to Manhattan for 5 years as well. Our area is also known for nature trails, parks, lakes and Long Island Sound Beaches as well as the Connecticut River.

One of the most charming aspects of our quaint towns is that each one has its own town green. Similar to what you are probably are accustomed to. The best part is that you can shop, have a nice meal and or coffee while you take in the green and scenery.

It’s a true shoreline community.

Bradley International Airport is approximately an hour away and you would not have to deal with the New York City traffic to get to the airport. Trains run all along the shore as well for an easy commute to NYC.

By the way, you can’t get any closer to 4 seasons than CT.

George Antonopoulos
Shoreline Property Specialist
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Madison, CT

800-759-6936 Office
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K1surf, Home Seller, Mystic, CT
Thu Dec 3, 2009
Please take a look at this property in Noank

It is undervalued and a beautiful home for families and boaters


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Donna Spring…, , 06525
Tue Oct 28, 2008
Hi David,

Sounds like you are describing Milford,CT. Known as the "small city with a big heart" Milford has been home for me for over 20 years. Milford offers a wide variety of parks, golfing, and beaches as well as a great, ecclectic downtown(town green) where you can walk to shops, the harbor,listen to Jazz or local performers. Milford has a train station downtown and you can easily access I-95,the Merrit Parkway and other major highways. In additon, Tweed Airport (New Haven) and Bradely Airport (Hartford) give you access to many destinations without the hassle of driving to New York. In addtion, Milford is just minutes from New Haven, which is home to Yale University, the Shubert and Long Wharf Theaters and many little boutiques and shops (like a mini New York) .

Homes along the water range in price from $400K to $2.8 million depending on size, condition and proximity
Please visit my website at or contact me to find out more. Once I know more about your needs, I can tailor email listing notifications to suit you.

I look forward to hearing from you

Donna Springer.
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Joyce Skowro…, Agent, Oxford, CT
Mon Oct 27, 2008
You've just described the Newtown and Southbury area of CT. Lake Zoar is close by as well as Candlewood lake. They are safe communities and have great shopping. Both towns have great recreational oppurtunities
and sports teams in the schools. The school systems are top notch especially Southbury's which have won National awards. Easy access to airports in N.Y. or Hartford CT. Trains run out of nearby Danbury CT. Go to my website and click on e-pulse logo to have homes e-mailed directly to you based on criteria you enter. I'd love to help you find your dream home! Joyce Skowronski at William Pitt Sotheby's Realty e-mail me @ or call me 203-7866 home office; 203-910-9614 cell Hope to hear from you!
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Phil, , Guilford, CT
Sun Apr 13, 2008
Greenwhich is like the Beverly Hills of CT. Many celebrities have homes there and is easy transport to NY. If you can afford it, I dont think anyone would not want to life there. But you can also try Branford, Guilford, Madison.
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Warren Gould, Both Buyer And Seller, 06461
Thu Apr 10, 2008
Try Greenwich or Westport. Both have top 50 schools and they are free, on the water with frequent train services to New York City.
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Steve and En…, Agent, Glastonbury, CT
Wed Apr 9, 2008
There are many lovely towns within the central CT area and along the Ct River Valley. Depending on where you are going to be working, this could determine which town would suit your needs! I was born and raised in this area and we always felt this was one of the best areas to raise our three children. Feel free to contact me for additional info. Enza Dandeneau, Prudential CT Realty
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Deborah Madey, Agent, Brick, NJ
Tue Mar 18, 2008
I am a former resident of Greenwich, CT, which is in Fairfield County. I highly recommend Greenwich and it meets your criteria. Within Greenwich, I suggest you start in the section of Old Greenwich. Some of the other areas may have larger sized properties on windy roads. In Old Greenwich, you will interact more w/ neighbors. Easy access to train or car. Easy access to LaGuardia, JFK, and even Newark is manageable. On the water. Quaint downtown out of story book. Four seasons.

You could also look in Westport, New Canaan, and Stamford. I would start in Greenwich.....defintiely.

I suggest you call Christine Larson Edwards who works the Greenwich area. Please let her know that I suggested you contact her. Her contact info is at her website

Best of luck.....Greenwich is beautiful.
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Donna Spring…, , 06525
Tue Mar 18, 2008
Hi David,

As a resident of Milford,CT for the last 20 years and a local Realtor since 1995 I would love to have you take a look at Milford. We have over 17 miles of shoreline, Metro North rail has a station that is easy to use right in downtown Milford (1hr 40min to NYC), many neighborhood parks most of which have basketball courts as well as some tennis courts . We have a very strong Rec Dept that provides tons of activities year round for children as well as many organized sports. Your children can attend specialty schools via the Magnet School system (based on availability) such as the Sound School (specialize in marine life) the School for the Arts (high school level) or tech based schools. Even though we are a town of 50,000 people, Milford is known as 'The small city with the big heart' All year round, you will find people walking and biking (who wouldn't with the ocean as your backdrop) so its easy to meet your neighbors. During the summer, the town sponsers outdoor concerts, all you do is bring a blanket or chair and snacks!
For air travel, there is Bradley Airport (Hartford), Tweed in New Haven and Westchester Airport (my husband travels weekly so I know)
Nearby to Milford is Orange,CT a town of apx 14K still a neighborhood setting, spread a little more. Orange, Woodbridge (apx.8K pop) and Bethany(very rural,many horse farms) form the Amity School District which enjoys a good reputation. All of these towns are a short ride from New Haven where you can enjoy the Schubert Theater, Yale, Childrens Museum, Peabody Museum, Long Wharf Theater and much more. So, even though CT is a small state we pack a lot of living into it.

If you would like more information or a tour, please feel free to contact me

Donna Springer
Coldwell Banker
270 Amity Rd.
Woodbridge, CT
Phone: 203-392-3318
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Bette Zollsh…, Agent, Madison, CT
Mon Mar 17, 2008
Hi David,
I don't know if you are still contemplating a move, or have already made one, but I have lived and worked on the CT shoreline for the past 26 years and think there are a number of towns up this way (between Branford and Old Lyme) that might meet your needs. If you would like more info or to receive listings for review, please contact me. I specialize in water oriented properties and would be happy to help.

Warm regards,
Bette Zollshan
Page Taft GMAC Real Estate
52 Wall Street
Madison, Ct
203-245-1593 or 203-980-0099
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Kathy Holbro…, , 33909
Fri Jan 18, 2008
Hello David,
As a Staging Professional in Ct, I get to see some wonderful areas. I have visisted the shore area around Clinton/Westbrook and I have the feeling you will like it there too. I won't guarantee warm weather but the warmth of the history in the Connecticut shore will make up for it.

I have seen some beautiful homes around Greater Hartford which is about an hour from the ocean. Glastonbury offers wonderful homes in your price range, close to the culture and history of the area.
If I can help with your choices or with an agent , let me know. Kathy Holbrook, Ct Realty Staging
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Jo-Anne, Home Seller, Trumbull, CT
Fri Jan 4, 2008
I vote for the Trumbull CT Area.
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Kristen Wich, Agent, East Lyme, CT
Fri Jan 4, 2008
Hello David - Greetings from southeastern CT!! You absolutely must tour Stonington Borough - 40 minutes to Providence (PVD) airport and only another hour to Boston. It is a village rich in maritime history and community values. The boutiques are second-to-none, as are the restaurants. Walking to and fro is a staple in the lives of Borough residents, and being outdoors is a given in any season - although boating and beaching is premier in the summer. I have attached a link for more information on the area. Please contact me with any questions. I look forward to escorting you around one of the finest places to live in New England.

Regards and Happy New Year,

Kristen Wich
Weichert Realtors, Suburban Properties
80 Stonington Rd., Mystic, CT 06355
(860) 245-3605, ext 152
(860) 705-5830, mobile
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Brooke Picke…, , Eastern Connecticut with Prudential CT Realty
Sun Dec 16, 2007
Hi David,

I moved up to Connecticut from Florida 4 years ago and love it. Fairfield county is great, but don't forget to look at the Stonington, Noank, Groton area. It is much more quiet, smaller population, but there is no lack of community or fun things to do. It is an excellent place for children and is rich with art and history. Many of our residents commute from the New York, but everyone who lives here year round appreciates that we have milder winters because of our proximity to the ocean. Stonington Borough is my personal favorite. It is as quintessential a New England town as you can get, and is also one of the last working commercial fishing villages. It offers best seafood, farmers markets, boutiques, restuarants, and parties. For more information visit Noank is too small a town to have a web site, but please do some research on it, it is fantastic. By far, the best kid friendly beach town however is Groton Long Point. They offer tennis , sailing, swimming, beach concerts, clamming, fishing, all a kid could want to do during the summer and is a real neighborhood...block parties are the norm on a saturday night!,_Connecticut will give you more info on Groton Long Point. If you have any questions, you can also access my website: Good Luck!
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Mark Markelz, , 06824,06825,06890,06612,06611,06880,06883,06897,06896,06468,06614,06470,06605
Fri Dec 14, 2007
Hi David,

Have you found a home in CT yet? Based on your price point and lifestyle requirements, I would recommend you look at both Fairfield and Westport. I live the Beach Area of Fairfield with my wife and
five children and we walk to town, train, schools, beaches, restaurants and much more. Schools are
great (call me for details) and I have a few NEW construcution homes available right now.
Check out the town sites at: and

Call me at 1.800.ASK.MARK (1.800.275-6275)
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Mary MacKenz…, , Fairfield County, CT
Tue Nov 13, 2007
Hi David,
Your description of the perfect community for you and your family sounds like the definition of Fairfeld CT! Located on Long Island Sound, we have a great New England stlye downtown area with fabulous restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques and family-centered activities at the town green. Our beaches are beautiful and the Metro North Train Depot is a short walk from the center of town. There are numerous neighborhood styles to choose from i.e. the Beach area, historic Southport village, the (Fairfield) University area, Lake Hills (Lake Mohegan) area, Greenfield Hill (larger acreage & estate homes), quaint Stratfield Village area and the Brooklawn (Country Club) area. Additionally, we are located with in an hour's drive to NYC or about 45 minutes to Grand Central by train. lf you would like more info about Fairfield and what it has to offer, visit my website or call me at 203.258.3836.
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Colleen Pick…, Agent, Norwalk, CT
Wed Nov 7, 2007
Hi David!
Another community you may consider looking into is Rowayton, CT. This is on the shoreline very close to the NY border, close to NY City and several airports. Quaint is a perfect word to describe this waterfront community and the people there are very involved.
You can find more information at and please feel free to contact me with questions. 203.803.1988
Best of Luck!
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Heather Fitz…, Agent, North Haven, CT
Tue Nov 6, 2007
Great questions. You can log on to my website to find facts about communities. When you are ready, we can take a drive thru the towns that you might be interested in. I think a Saturday afternoon would be a perfect time and then we can stop by the town green. It sounds like you might be interested in the shoreline area, Branford, Madison, Guilford or Milford. Both Guilford and Milford have Train Stations, properties close to the water and nice town greens with coffee shops and small stores. Please give me call, 203-868-6493. I would be happy to help you with your Real Estate needs.
I hope I was able to help
Heather Izzo
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