Living in New Canaan Connecticut


New Canaan is a very unique town. The culture centers around the village. Driving off the Merritt Parkway at Exit 37 (hopefully you have already called me by this point!) onto South Avenue you have arrived. It incorporates Elm, Main, Forest and Cherry Streets. It’s a quintessential and picturesque New England town with the feeling that you could be far into the Berkshires, but within commuting distance to Manhattan (with a seat on that morning train waiting for you). When you tour through the Village, In-Town streets, grand estates, Waveny, Irwin and Mead parks and architectural gems galore, even on the drabbest day, New Canaan manages to look beautiful. It’s a bit of a hidden gem.

With one of the most active newcomers clubs in the country (there were over 40 new members last year) it feels friendly and welcoming. The village itself is enchanting, encompassing Elm Street where one can find many upscale and casual restaurants. There are well attended events throughout the year: The Easter Egg Hunt at Waveny, Outdoor dining on Forest Street, Fourth of July fireworks, Music in the Park during the summer, the Halloween Parade, the Holiday Market, the Holiday House Tour, the Holiday Stroll.

There is a wonderful artist community with Silvermine Arts Center and Carriage Barn Arts Center. The Town Players of New Canaan has been active for 30 years. New Canaan has its fair share of high-profile residents who prefer to keep a low profile on the whole.

Besides the town recreation department’s many parks, tennis courts and pool, private clubs include the Field Club, Winter Club, Lake Club and The Country Club of New Canaan. Foodies enjoy Elm Restaurant, Chef Luis, Boulevard 18 and South End. Shoppers love the mix of local boutiques and national stores.

New Canaan offers a fantastic quality of life within a commuting distance to Manhattan. Less than an hour on the express train to Manhattan’s Grand Central Station. Even with all the accessibility, New Canaan embodies that tucked away feeling which is well cherished.


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