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My husband has a chance to advance in his job in the next few years and we are looking into what to expect. His job would be in Hartford CT, but we are willing to move a little further into the suburbs (20-45 minute commute) for better schools and smaller town feel. We like artsy communities, river towns, historic districts, etc...<br><br>
We are moving from Minnesota and are a little spoiled when it comes to schools and community and are trying to find the same thing. We want to also learn about good private school options.<br><br>
Also, what do homes go for in great areas? We are looking for at least 3 beds and at least 2 baths and need to know what to ask for from his company if we are asked to move to make our quality of life better.<br><br>
We also like areas with independent restraunts and small shops, but in close proximity to city life.<br><br>
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My aunt and uncle live in the south end of Glastonbury. My aunt has been a music teacher in the school system there for more than thirty years and my uncle is on the board of the tiny little library on their street. All three of my cousins grew up there and graduated from the high school. They live close to several farms/farm stands and there's a ferry you can take across the river nearby (sometimes we used to do this for kicks). It's a historic town, with fairly expensive real estate but the school system has a good reputation.
 

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Thanks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I'll look into the town.
 

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Collinsville is pretty and artsy and by the river.<br><br>
West Hartford is nice and there is a lot going on, it's more like a big town and it's really convenient to Hartford.<br><br>
There are a lot of commuter buses if he wants to not have to drive to work, check out CT Transit for more info.
 

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Hi, I don't know if this thread is still active, but I wanted to give a shout-out for Middletown. The Family Resource Center draws crunchy families and there is a great community of families who live in the downtown. Schools are mixed -- some fine. Part of the downtown is in the Farm Hill School district, which is thought to be the best (great scores, if you care about that sort of thing!)<br><br>
Lots has been written on MDC about this in the past, so look for previous posts!<br><br>
Good luck.
 

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Avon, Simsbury and Canton are all wonderful towns. Avon is probably the most expensive but you can find reasonable homes in avon and simsbury. Simsbury is about a 30 minute commute into hartford, has excellent schools, a small country town feel, lots of bike trails, organic farms, a jersey cow organic milk farm where the milk comes in glass bottles!
 

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Haddam is just south of Middletown and has better schools. It is a little more expensive than Middletown though. There are a couple of private schools in Middletown. Haddam and Middletown are both on the river, Middletown has a vegetarian restaurant (It's Only Natural) and health food store, as well as Indian, Thai, Japanese, etc. restaurants. There's an Asian market in Hartford, and a Whole Foods. Glastonbury is supposed to be nice too (though expensive).
 

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The Collinsville section of Canton sounds like what you are looking for.<br><br>
Very small town. Local shops. Organic farm. A few art studios. On the river. Bike trails. Great schools<br><br>
The Unionville section of Farmington may also fit your bill.<br><br>
On the river (currently building a boardwalk.) Walking downtown with local shops (currently being revitalized). Museum. Health food store. Lots of festivals (just went to the 115th fire parade today and fireworks last night) Bike trails. Farmington schools were the highest rated in New England in Newsweek.<br><br>
The other towns mentioned are <i>wonderfu</i>l too. They have a lot of pluses. In my opinion they don't fit your qualifications... Glastonbury is huge. West Hartford is huge. Simsbury's taxes would bury almost anyone. Avon's downtown area is on a very busy (rt 44) and not really walkable. Haddam and Middletown are a bit of a ride from Hartford.<br><br>
Best of luck with your search! Wherever you end-up in Central CT, I know you will love it here! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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