Greenwich Town Profile
Welcome to Greenwich, CT, gateway to New England and jewel of Fairfield County’s Gold Coast. Painted in the media as home of hedge funds, horse farms, and Hollywood moguls, Greenwich is all of this and more!
Greenwich encompasses 67 square miles, of which nearly a third is water. It is bordered by Westchester County, NY to the north and west, Stamford to the east and Long Island Sound to the south. In July 2005, CNN/Money and Money magazine ranked Greenwich 12th on its list of the 100 Best Places to Live in the United States. Greenwich is easily accessed by car via Interstate-95, the Merritt Parkway or Route 1. The town is also served by Metro-North Railroad and New Haven Line, with four stations, Greenwich, Cos Cob, Riverside, and Old Greenwich. It’s just 40 minutes to Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan on the express train, and a 50 minute ride on the local. Amtrak stops in the adjacent city of Stamford.
The town is well-loved and well-managed, preserving its precious wetlands and open spaces and offering its residents many terrific recreational facilities. There are four beaches on the Long Island Sound which are Greenwich Point, Byram Beach, Island Beach (Little Captain’s Island), and Great Captain Island. A community sailing center and rental area are also located in the park. The town owns the 18 hole Griffith E. Harris golf course, named after “Griff” Harris, First Selectman from 1952 to 1958. There are also eight private country clubs in town with golf courses.
There is plenty of shopping in Greenwich, highlighted by famed Greenwich Avenue, a dream shopping destination for residents and tourists alike. The Avenue offers selections from Madison Avenue giants such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Ralph Lauren, upscale chains like Gap and J. Crew, a bounty of bookstores, and locally owned boutiques that offer one-of-a-kind handmade clothing and decorative items. Greenwich is also a focal point for interior decor, antiques, and jewelry, from Tiffany’s to well-loved local treasure stores such as Betteridge. The villages of Cos Cob and Old Greenwich offer their own unique shopping experiences, with delightful small clothing and gift shops. Greenwich restaurants offer a cosmopolitan mix of award-winning European and British fare, urban nouveau cuisine, Asian delicacies, international pubs, four-star hotel restaurants, and family-run bakeries and bistros.
Neighborhoods and Real Estate – Homes and Condos for Sale in Greenwich, CT
Greenwich has distinctive neighborhoods and villages which focus on Long Island Sound, the elegant downtown area, or the lakes and rolling hills of the Greenwich countryside. Its home choices range from chic brick luxury townhomes to sprawling estates, historic homes, centuries old farms to modern loft condominiums. Due to its affluence and convenient location near New York City, Greenwich has long been associated with celebrities and business tycoons.
Come and explore Greenwich… its location and luxurious lifestyle make it a great place to call home.
For the original Native Americans, this was a summer camp where they could feast on the bounty of Long Island Sound and linger in the cool woodlands. The coastline was dominated by rocky hills that had been carved out by glaciers over 15,000 years ago, with resulting ridges and rivers that ran to the seacoast.
In the early 17th century, Europeans set up trade routes between Boston and New Amsterdam (New York) and in 1640 a group of British settlers bought land from the native inhabitants along the coast. The long thin stretch of beach was called “Elizabeth’s Neck” in honor of founder Elizabeth Fones Withrop, a member of Massachusetts governor Winthrop’s family. Adjacent to this stretch of coastland, the Dutch claimed land under the authority of the colony of New Netherland, so part of Greenwich was actually a Dutch colony until 1650. In 1672 another stretch of land, a horse pasture along the “Myanos” (Mianus) River, was purchased from the natives and named Horseneck. Relations between immigrants and Natives were not always peaceful, however, and coastal Connecticut saw its share of local battles for land.
During the American Revolution, Greenwich son General Israel Putnam made a daring escape from the British in 1779 riding his horse down breakneck cliffs. His ride is memorialized in the Town Seal, and the name of coastal Route 1 which is called Putnam Avenue. Greenwich also celebrates the famous maritime town of Greenwich, England, home of the Greenwich meridian of Zero degrees longitude and the world-recognized Greenwich Mean Time, hence the image of a clock as a widespread symbol for Greenwich today.
Area: 67 Square Miles
Boston: 163 miles
Hartford: 72 Miles
New York City: 27 miles
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