Darien, Connecticut is a popular community for executives, professionals and their families because of its blend of seaside living and easy commuting distance to major business and metropolitan centers. The combination of Darien’s upscale waterfront living, its outstanding schools and close proximity to corporate centers makes Darien one of Connecticut’s best cities for your home and family.
Stephen Dent Greenwich
Originally part of Stamford, Darien was mostly a summer retreat for rich New Yorkers who built waterfront cottages that still dot the coastline. The town’s quite privacy and beauty were well-kept secrets until 1920 when prosperous artists and writers uncovered the natural beauty of this Long Island Sound community.
Today it’s a suburb of New York City that boasts extraordinary seaside properties, large country estates, contemporary residences and stunning Victorian mansions. A bedroom community with relatively few office spaces, most workers commute to the adjacent cities with many residents working in Manhattan. Commuters are served by easy access to Interstate 95 and the Merritt Parkway. It’s less than an hour’s drive to New York City, less by train. Two Metro North railroad stations – Noroton Heights and Darien – link Darien to Grand Central Terminal and the rest of the New Haven Line.
Stephen Dent Greenwich
Darien High School is one of the community’s many award winning public schools. A central hub of civic activity, the Darien Public Library ranks as one of the top ten libraries in the country for its size. As one measure of the town’s intellectual curiosity, Darien Connecticut has the highest per capita circulation rate in Connecticut with approximately 169,000 books.
The Bates-Scofield House includes an historic herb garden with over 30 varieties of herbs used during the 18th century. It’s home to over 20 varieties of historical roses. A saltbox built in 1736 featuring a massive central chimney, beehive oven and large fireplace, visitors can enjoy 18th and early 19th Century New England regional furniture.
Darien residents enjoy easy access to many leisure and sporting activities. Darien’s beautiful beaches provide swimming, windsurfing, water-skiing and sunbathing. There are several public and private marinas for fishing and boating enthusiasts.
Equestrian sports are appreciated and well attended in Darien. The Ox Ridge Hunt Club sponsors an annual qualifying event for the National Horse Show. The Darien community offers an appreciation and preservation of the type of open space equestrian sports require within easy commuting distance of Manhattan.
The combination of easy access to major commercial and metropolitan centers, its upscale oceanfront living makes Darien one of Connecticut’s best communities for your home and family.