Living in Greenwich: A Local’s Guide

Greenwich is a jewel of a town in Fairfield County, Connecticut. It’s population is over 60,000 and growing, and for good reason. With fair coastal weather, beautiful and lush scenery (in the warmer months, at least), the most temperate climate in New England, and close proximity to New York City, Greenwich has a long history of being both the playground and the stomping territory of the wealthy. In fact, Greenwich is one of the wealthiest communities in the United States, and living in Greenwich does sometimes feel more like a privilege.

 

We get more than a few visitors at the Stanton House Inn interested in living in Greenwich. From idle daydreamers to people who’ve already bought a house, we get more than a few people seeking guidance on why to live here.

 Safety and Education

For starters, safety or education is not a concern for those living in Greenwich. All our primary schools and middle schools are of a very high caliber, and Greenwich High School is one of the best high schools in Connecticut, if not the country. Besides our public education system, there are several quality private establishments: Brunswick School, Greenwich Academy, Greenwich Country Day, and Convent of the Sacred Heart. In addition, the Greenwich Police Department and Greenwich Fire Department are top notch, and devoted to doing their jobs effectively. I can recount more than a few times walking all over town at night without any concerns about safety.

Getting Around 

Speaking of getting around, transportation of all sorts is not a problem for those living in Greenwich. There are a range of airports nearby, the closest being the Westchester County Airport, but also JFK International Airport and LaGuardia Airport. Drivers also have nothing to fear. More than a few guests have commented on how rapidly the roads improve when they drive across the border from New York State into Connecticut. Traffic is sometimes bad downtown during certain times of the day, but much of the town is very walkable. Cos Cob, Byram, Old Greenwich, and downtown Greenwich (where we are located) are among the most walkable neighborhoods in town. For those who would rather not walk, there are options for taxis, such as Greenwich Taxi, as well as the best rail system in America: the MetroNorth railway, which connects Greenwich to towns and cities from New York City to New Haven and up to Danbury, Connecticut. Amtrak, which runs out of nearby Stamford or New York, also connects Greenwichites to much of the rest of the country.

The Joys of Living in Greenwich 

Once you’re here, there’s even more to offer to people living in Greenwich, regardless of wealth. There are plenty of cultural aoptions such as the Greenwich Library and Bruce Museum, and beautiful architecture to enjoy, including the various churches in town like First Presbyterian Church a few blocks from us. Shopping is not an inexpensive experience here, but worth a try. And there are plenty of outdoor areas to enjoy, from our beaches to our many parks scattered around town.

And the food is excellent. There are options for any budget, and the caliber of both food and service can match the best establishments in New York City. From French restaurants in Greenwich CT to Indian restaurants in Greenwich, there are plenty of restaurants in Greenwich CT to try.

Convinced yet? Come for a visit and see what the hype is about. And while you’re here, be sure to come check us out at the Stanton House Inn. We’re centrally located to any point in town in downtown Greenwich on a classic street with impressive homes characteristic of this town. And we’ve got plenty of local knowledge, to boot, after decades of experience living here.

 

 

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