Greenwich is home to corporate executives, entrepreneurs, artists, actors, sports and media personalities as well as leaders in finance. It is an affluent community with residents coming from around the world. Niche.com recently named Greenwich as “Safest Town in the Nation.” Greenwich covers over 50 square miles and can accommodate just about every lifestyle – from urban downtown to breathtaking waterfront living along over 30 miles of Long Island Sound shoreline, to large mid-and backcountry estates.
LIVING IN GREENWICH
Greenwich is synonymous with high quality living. Great public and private schools, extensive parks and open space, wide variety of sports including golf, tennis, ice skating, ice hockey to sailing, kayaking, crew in private AND public facilities, backcountry horseback and polo and so much more. Over the years, many Olympians and professional athletes have come from Greenwich. Others are making Greenwich their home currently.
A dynamic art scene, world-class shopping featuring local to international brands, great restaurants and coffee shops provide vibrancy to downtown.
Five very different Greenwich hamlets offer a wide range of housing choices and accommodate a wide range of lifestyles.
ARTS & CULTURE
There simply isn’t another town where so many residents and organizations support fine arts, drama, dance, music and literature. Greenwich Fine Arts roots go back to the well-known Cos Cob School of American Impressionists which resided at the Bush Holley House.
Every year, The Greenwich Arts Council presents “Art to the Avenue”. The Bruce Museum is dedicated to both art and science. Its lecture series and educational programs are regularly sold out. The Flinn Gallery at the Greenwich Library is known to show exciting contemporary artists and the Marine Museum at Greenwich Point offers educational/ environmental presentations.
Greenwich Symphony Orchestra has a 50-year tradition in Greenwich. Performances of the 120-member Greenwich Choral Society are not to be missed and The Grace Notes, a cappella women’s singing group are known all the way to the White House. And, of course there is the Town Party with big name performers such as Eric Clapton, Paul Simon and James Taylor.
Every summer theater lovers are sure to catch summer performances of Shakespeare on the Sound in Roger Sherman Baldwin Park.
It is no accident that Greenwich students outperform their national peers on SAT and AP tests. Greenwich public schools are ranked among the best in Fairfield County and the nation.
There are 30 preschools in Greenwich most of them connected to the Greenwich schools or houses of worship. Many Greenwich daycare centers also offer programs for preschool-age children. Eleven elementary schools (k-5) are community based. There are three middle schools (6-8), one alternative high school for students with special needs and one centrally located high school (9-12).
Greenwich has an extensive park system throughout town. In addition there are four beach parks, two of which, Island Beach and Great Captain’s Island can be visited by a town operated ferry.
Beyond yoga studios, fitness clubs, YMCA and YWCA facilities there are numerous private yacht clubs, golf, skating, rowing, riding and tennis clubs. Uncommonly however, the Town owns tennis courts sprinkled throughout its many parks, and the Town has a highly rated golf course, the Griffith E. Harris Memorial Golf Course. Simply get a tennis or golf card and off you go!
RESTAURANTS, MARKETS & HOTELS
Greenwich might be a peaceful place to live, but it’s hardly sleepy. Many top chefs have restaurants in town. Find backcountry Rebecca’s, to L’Escale on the water, to Thomas Henkelmann in Belle Haven and Valbella in Riverside for fine dining, farm to table Back 40, Mediterraneo with always fresh mediterranean food, and the always packed Meli Melo soup and sandwich place and so many more.
Greenwich offers a variety of accommodations for every occasion. From the large Hyatt Hotel in Old Greenwich, to boutique hotels like the waterfront Delamar Hotel, Stanton House B&B and The Homestead in Central Greenwich as well as J House in Riverside.
To Greenwich residents shopping is an experience of convenience. When it comes to food shopping, Greenwich offers a wide range of organic markets to grocery stores sprinkled throughout town.
The casual and relaxed atmosphere along Greenwich Avenue, makes it easy to overlook just how special Greenwich’s unique mix of high-end local and national shops, galleries, restaurants and coffee shops truly is.
The long Post Road corridor offers a gamut of stores, from design and home goods merchants to banks, sports gear to salons, spas and galleries and most every major car brand. And look carefully, you may just see museum quality cars out of Greenwich garages right there on a showroom floor – what a treat.
Greenwich has benefited from fiscally conservative government over 90 years. Property taxes are half or less of surrounding communities with substantial town services to boot. Fiscal management is vested with the Board of Estimate and Taxation (BET) and the Representative Town Meeting (RTM), the 230 member legislative body of the Town. In the word of the First Selectman, Peter Tesei, “Greenwich’s greatest strength are the citizens who volunteer countless hours to keeping Greenwich an enviable place to live, work and raise a family.”
Greenwich has a well developed network of highways, interstates and public transportation.
About 6,000 residents commute to New York City using four different train stations for a quick 40-minute ride into Grand Central Station. Greenwich has many class A & B office buildings that are home to financial services and private equity firms, which bring in reverse commuters from Westchester and New York City. For this reason, many reverse commuters come to Greenwich from Westchester and New York City on a daily basis.
Four major airports starting with nearby Westchester Airport easily connect Greenwich to the rest of the world.