Welcome Home: Life in Fairfield, Connecticut

DowntownFairfield is a wonderful town located along the Gold Coast of Southwestern Connecticut. This sought-after suburb offers many local amenities including a lively downtown with shopping, dining, culture and the arts, while cherishing historical roots and strong values.An active community throughout all four seasons, you’ll see us attending concerts on the green, town fairs and farmers markets, and marching in parades, hosting pumpkin carving contests, sled riding and holiday festivities.

One of my favorite things about living in our town is the sense of community: Bringing a blanket to watch live music at the gazebo, neighbors waving hello when you take the dog for a walk, the children’s trick or treating event in town center, the local PD running their Toys for Tots program, and more. It’s a beautiful town inside and out, and people care about one another here.

DSC_0745Nature plays a large part in our community, as our town spans along 8 miles of Long Island Sound coastline and boasts hundreds of acres of protected green space. This offers a wide variety of recreational amenities including a handful of public beaches, fresh water Lake Mohegan with hiking trails, 3 public golf courses, indoor and outdoor town tennis courts and plenty of parks and playgrounds. Boating enthusiasts can moor their craft at the South Benson Marina, with 600 rental boat slips and Ye Yacht Yard, which provides launch services and access to Southport Harbor. Ye Yacht Yard is also the home to Community Sailing of Fairfield, whose members share two 18-foot sailboats. Bird lovers frequent the Fairfield Audubon Society and the Birdcraft Museum.

It’s wonderful that Fairfield has the best of both worlds. If you’re feeling social, there’s plenty to do for both early birds and night owls in the center of town; but if it’s quiet time you’re after, there are endless trails, rivers, waterfalls, and more for you to take a little escape from the daily grind. It was and continues to be one of my favorite aspects of life here.

Southport Village Kaitlyn Walsh PhotoPerched overlooking the harbor lined with sailboats; you will find the quaint Village of Southport, which boasts the Pequot Yacht Club and Sailing School. Southport is an exquisite seafaring village with one of the most picturesque harbors in all New England; Southport real estate being amongst the finest in the world. Inland, you will find the prestigious Greenfield Hill area, with stately mansions, rustic charm and equestrian properties; both of which are notably scenic and affluent. In addition to the Pequot Yacht Club, Fairfield offers many private clubs including the Patterson Club, Country Club of Fairfield, Brooklawn Country Club and the Fairfield Beach Club. Fairfield’s vibrant community offers three distinct business and retail districts-along the Post Road, Southport Village and Black Rock Turnpike. Fairfield’s bustling downtown area offers a wide variety of shopping, dining, and entertainment including a popular live music venue: The Warehouse at Fairfield Theater Company.

Ludlowe GraduationFairfield is renowned for its superb public education system, which includes 11 elementary schools, 3 middle schools and 2 high schools. There are also numerous private and parochial schools as well as two outstanding Universities, Fairfield University and Sacred Heart.

Fairfield was ranked #7 for Top-Earning Towns by CNN Money in 2010, “Best Town in Connecticut” in 2009 by Connecticut Magazine, ranked 9th in “Best Places to Live” in the United States and the very best in the Northeast by Money Magazine in 2006. The awards were given based on a variety of overall attributes and characteristics, such as the excellent Fairfield Public School System whose students consistently achieve the highest test scores in the State. Fairfield also launched its “clean and green” program in the ‘90s, and today city officials drive in hybrids, and citizens get incentives for energy efficiency and conservation. Strict emission standards are par for the course. The middle school, and even the wastewater treatment plants, run on clean energy.

The homes in Fairfield and the homes in Southport reflect many different types of architecture, styles and vintages as well as a wide variety of price points within each unique neighborhood. Fairfield’s rich fabric is evident throughout and its vast history can be seen in the hundreds of historic homes that have been preserved throughout the town.
With so much that Fairfield has to offer its residents … it’s a great place to call home!

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