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Leaving New York: How to Choose the Right Suburb. Set your priorities — walkable town, easy commute, good schools, waterfront access or something else? Then start exploring

The  New York Times brought it up, but we'll second (and third) it. You get a lot for your money in West Hartford. And they don't even get into the depth and variety of the Jewish community in the area.

.By Julie LaskyAug. 7, 2020Updated 1:27 p.m. ET

Population: 63,000

Median home price: $309,900

Hear me out.

The pandemic, and its disruption of work habits, has led New Yorkers not just to untether from the city but to propel themselves to places where they never dreamed of living. So why not consider a community less than two hours from the George Washington Bridge with historic roots, a walkable center, high-ranking schools, three public libraries, six public parks, two active senior centers, a 10-year-old mixed-used development that went out of its way not to look like a typical shopping mall and a raft of “Best Places” awards, including from Money magazine, Niche, Family Circle, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine and a travel website called The Crazy Tourist?

“In West Hartford you have everything,” said Scott Glenney, an agent with William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty, who works in the greater Hartford area. “Nature, culture, restaurants with award-winning chefs.” New developments are helping to shift the center of gravity from adjacent Hartford, though there is easy access to the economically troubled capital’s jobs and cultural offerings. And proximity to the nearby Farmington Valley means being minutes away from apple orchards, golf courses, hiking and river sports.

For Mr. Glenney, fresh from showing a Manhattan couple a house in nearby Avon, the biggest argument for West Hartford is the relatively low cost of real estate, even with Connecticut’s high property taxes.

Among the 98 active listings for single-family houses on Realtor’s website as of Aug. 3, the most expensive was a Bauhaus-inspired 1936 modern house with five bedrooms, on 1.5 acres. The asking price was $899,900, with taxes of $23,370.

A 1930 Tudor Revival house with four bedrooms on a quarter-acre lot, two blocks from the 18th-century home of the lexicographer Noah Webster (it is now the historical society) was listed for $549,900 with taxes of $11,622.

And a 1951 three-bedroom Cape Cod house on a deep, 0.37-acre lot, across the street from an elementary school and near a country club was priced at $339,000 with taxes of $6,870.

West Hartford - Low Stress, High Quality Jewish Living

Halfway between Boston and New York, you'll find a remarkable town called West Hartford. Although its population (~63,000) could qualify it as a city, it operates and feels like a town. That said, its size and surroundings allow it to offer the amenities of a larger community. The immediate area boasts multiple universities, colleges and other institutions of higher learning; five separate hospital systems; engineering and biotech firms; insurance companies and more. 

With its highly-rated services, vibrant town center, excellent public schools, multiple Jewish day schools and a large and active JCC, West Hartford is the perfect place to land if you seek to leave a big city behind.

Our modestly-priced housing market offers you more space (indoors and out) for fewer dollars than you thought possible in a community complete with a mikveh, eruv and kashrut commission

 The beautiful Connecticut River runs through downtown Hartford, providing access to rowing and recreation, highlighted by numerous festivals, arts and exercise offerings throughout the year.

We've had fun making videos about how much we love our town:

Our 2017 Ode:

2015's version:



West Hartford Eruv Map

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