Are you an accomplished sculler? If you haven't spent a lot of time in a single or it's been a long time since you've been on the water, you may not get maximum enjoyment from a tippy, hard-to-set racing shell.
Back when I coached at a learn-to-scull programme in Boston, most of our beginner and intermediate boats came from Peinert
, who offer a range of boats from the wide and stable Zephyr to the X25 and 26 models, which are shaped like racing shells but built with more Kevlar than carbon fibre in the hull. I seriously recommend these boats--they row well, are practically bulletproof (you don't want to know about the number of novices I've seen run them into bridge abutments or over sandbars, but repairs were generally minor) and due to the lower CF composition they don't cost as much as a fine racing shell from Vespoli, Pocock or Hudson (not to mention what you'd pay to import a shell from a Euro maker like Empacher or Filippi).
If you do have a lot of experience or have your heart set on a "real" racing shell, then I'd suggest looking at used boats--the classifieds on Row2k
often have a wide variety of shells for sale, many of which might be local to you in CT.
Congrats on the house purchase and on getting (back?) into rowing--it's a fantastic sport and has offered me both the most intense and most relaxing moments of my life, though usually not at the same time!