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Could have been the perfect place - 10/5/2007
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Christelle
Stamford, CT

I've been living in Stamford for the past 12 years and made only one mistake: not buying a house when they were $200K. You won't be able to find a decent place for under $600K today.

This being said, it's a great place to live.

The people: Many of us are not "new rich", only old poor who decided to stay, even after the price hike, because we had made a life here. There's a decent Spanish and Eastern European population. Some of teh black population moved North when prices started climbing. Two neighborhoods remain predominantly black. There are only 3 kinds of people in Stamford:

1)Rich people who don't think twice before buying a 2 million house on the water or in the country side.

2) Middle class people who spend every penny they have in expensive middle class houses.

3) Subsidized people who will eventually manage to save enough money to buy a nice house somewhere else.

The activities: For all tastes. Culture, sports, nature. The city goes to great lengths to make acticities accessible to all. Not too many parks though. The few beaches are not nice sand beaches like Greenwich beaches.

The weather: Beware of misleading statistics. We don't get 2" a year, but more around 20". Spring and Fall are gorgeous. Summer is pretty humid with lots of rain. Winters are long and cold.

The schools: Stamford has numerous public schools. Preschools are very expensive . 10% of your salary will go into it, no matter whatother expenses you have and how many children you have. Elementary schools lack after-school programs. Teacher/children ratio is good. Schools are safe.

Employment: I've never known anybody who could stay unemployed unless they wanted to. Offices/stores constructions are currently going on all over the place, which are bringing some more 2,000 jobs to the city. Salaries are higher than average, a bit lower than NYC.

Traffic: Stamford is small enough and well designed enough that you can go from one side of the city to the other in about 20 minutes. Traffic around the train station has always been a mess and it will get much worse with all the new constructions downtown.

Property taxes: High (but not as high as Bridgeport) and getting higher every year. Count around $6,000 for a one-family house.

Utilities: the highest in CT. Someone must have though we're all "new rich".
There's a 55% increase in water prices planned for December. Heating an apartment during the winter months will cost you around $400. A house...I'll le

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Wesley D
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QUALITY OF LIFE - 10/28/2009

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Dennis
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Breelyn
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How is the social scene in Stamford? - 2/27/2008

I currently reside in Chicago and I'm interested in possibly moving to Stamford in the Spring. I'm in my early 30's and I'm looking to move to a city that offers a contemporary progressive flare with a little classic charm. How are race relations in the city? I'm an African American woman who enjoys meeting, socializing and dating people from all backgrounds.

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todd
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Stamford - 2/12/2008

public schools not so great...must go private. Everything else is just fine. Proximity/location to NYC is perfect.

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Dolores
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Stamford Weather - 2/12/2008

Spring and Fall can be great. In summer expect temperatures exceeding 90 F accompanied by mugginess for at least 3 Weeks.

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weather - 11/14/2007

the fall is visually beautiful, the air crisp and fresh, the smell like roasted nuts.

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Ed
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Downtown Stamford - 10/17/2007

The up and coming section of Stamford has arrived!

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Christelle
Stamford, CT

Could have been the perfect place - 10/5/2007

I've been living in Stamford for the past 12 years and made only one mistake: not buying a house when they were $200K. You won't be able to find a decent place for under $600K today. This being said, it's a great place to live. The people: Many of us are not "new rich", only old poor who decided to stay, even after the price hike, because we had made a life here. There's a decent Spanish and Eastern European population. Some of teh black population moved North when prices started climbing. Two neighborhoods remain predominantly black. There are only 3 kinds of people in Stamford: 1)Rich people who don't think twice before buying a 2 million house on the water or in the country side. 2) Middle class people who spend every penny they have in expensive middle class houses. 3) Subsidized people who will eventually manage to save enough money to buy a nice house somewhere else. The activities: For all tastes. Culture, sports, nature. The city goes to great lengths to make acticities accessible to all. Not too many parks though. The few beaches are not nice sand beaches like Greenwich beaches. The weather: Beware of misleading statistics. We don't get 2" a year, but more around 20". Spring and Fall are gorgeous. Summer is pretty humid with lots of rain. Winters are long and cold. The schools: Stamford has numerous public schools. Preschools are very expensive . 10% of your salary will go into it, no matter whatother expenses you have and how many children you have. Elementary schools lack after-school programs. Teacher/children ratio is good. Schools are safe. Employment: I've never known anybody who could stay unemployed unless they wanted to. Offices/stores constructions are currently going on all over the place, which are bringing some more 2,000 jobs to the city. Salaries are higher than average, a bit lower than NYC. Traffic: Stamford is small enough and well designed enough that you can go from one side of the city to the other in about 20 minutes. Traffic around the train station has always been a mess and it will get much worse with all the new constructions downtown. Property taxes: High (but not as high as Bridgeport) and getting higher every year. Count around $6,000 for a one-family house. Utilities: the highest in CT. Someone must have though we're all "new rich". There's a 55% increase in water prices planned for December. Heating an apartment during the winter months will cost you around $400. A house...I'll le

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Angela
Stamford, CT

Stamford - - 9/3/2007

The downtown area is alive with art, cultural events, restaurants, and people. It is a wonderful place to enjoy the parks, fitness centers, museums, and a multi-cultural population. It is 45 minutes from NYC. Living near the downtown area also means that you have access to college campus, a library, trains, buses, taxis. There are two major highways - I 95, New England Thruway and the Merritt Parkway. The majority of the population is educated and professional, yet there is an electic and diverse population with restaurants to serve many, many ethnic palates. It is a great city to live in!

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JOHN
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Great, but pricey. - 1/1/2007

Stamford is a great place to live because of its proximitgy to NYC, but rather pricey.

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C.L.
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Very Interesting Area - 10/17/2006

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Babs
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Not what it used to be - 9/19/2006

I grew up next door to Stamford in the 60-70's and watched it get inundated with nouveau riche with attitude. It is one thing living around Old Money, but all these BMW (Big money wasters) moved and and turned it into an enclave of the Rich and Callous. Only very poor, nonwhites work in the local businesses (and they are shocked when someone actually speaks to them). Everyone is in a hurry and rude. The orginal Stepford Wives was filmed here and is now a reality. Such a shame, geographically, historically, and climatically a beautiful area. The people suck.

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Bp
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Great Place - High Cost - 4/16/2006

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Jack
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Stamford Housing - 4/14/2006

Stamford offers a range of housing options and costs. It offers relatively easy commuting to NY.

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