First year rent in CT
So I'm starting full time in Greenwich this summer and currently looking at places to rent, though I'm a bit unsure about how much is a good amount to spend. My comp first year will be 140k base + 45k minimum bonus + 65k signing bonus. I want to keep a short commute (and the low taxes in CT), so living in NYC is out of the question for me. I also want to live by myself.
In Greenwich, I'm finding places close to my office that would be in the 2.2k+ range, and ones a bit further out (I'd need a car) in the 1.7k-1.9k range. Stamford anywhere from 1.3k+. There's one place I found that's a 5 minute walk from my office, but 2.4k. If I take that option and opt out of a monthly train pass/car, does it make sense financially? Or does that seem excessive for first year? I understand that it's definitely possible for me to afford it, but I'm generally a pretty frugal person and am just looking for opinions. If I wait a bit longer, would I be able to find better deals in the downtown area? Is a quick commute worth that much extra money? etc.
Thanks for any help guys!