Darien Connecticut Real Estate
Located on Long Island Sound, Darien is a picturesque coastal community less than one hour from New York City and easily accessible to all metro airports, as well as the mountains, streams and villages of upper New England. Its graceful shoreline of sandy beaches, rocky headlands, rivers and tidal estuaries offers all the pleasures and resources of sea and sun, while its inland region is filled with rolling woods, green fields and freshwater ponds. A strong sense of community exists within the town, with scores of friendly neighborhoods, excellent public schools, two town beaches, two train stations, nearly 205 acres of park and recreational facilities, a state-of-the-art nature center and a well-respected equestrian center.
Population 20,230 Area 14.9 square miles
Education in Darien has reached a standard of excellence that has brought national attention to its superior school system making the area a most desirable place to live. Students, teachers and parents work together to create a learning experience rich in study, experience and commitment. Teachers in the Darien school system holding masters degrees constitute 90 percent of the staff!
Several parks and a 64-acre nature preserve, two town beaches, YMCA, YWCA, town tennis and paddle courts, gardening facilities, indoor ice rink, newcomers club, Darien Historical Society, Darien Library, Darien Nature Center, summer day camp, art and antique shows, Senior Center and Darien Movie Theater.
Cherry Lawn Park
144 Brookside Road
27.5 acres. Five tennis courts, small pond with dock, multi-use Casey Field, nature trails, playground areas, basketball court, softball field, picnic areas.
Darien Nature Center
Located in Cherry Lawn Park children’s zoo, summer garden tour, special events, etc.
Selleck’s Woods Park
With almost 2 miles of trails, the woods are a wonderland of ecologically diverse fauna and flora. There are 7 distinct ecosystems ranging from densely wooded areas to ponds, marshes, swamps, streams and even prairie pockets. A 1997 study sponsored by the Darien Nature Center identified 114 plant species. The woods also serve an important role in maintaining local wildlife populations by providing critical sanctuary for our songbirds, shorebirds, waterfowl and small mammals.
Stony Brook Woods
Park Ledge Road
11.3 acres with hiking trails, waterfall, small lawn area, and benches.
Tilley Pond Park
West Avenue and Lakeside Drive
8.6 acres open lawn areas, walking/jogging paths, benches, garden area, wooded areas, 2.75 acre pond, stone hut with fireplace.
Woodland Park is the largest remaining natural public open space in Darien. It currently consists of a number of walking trails as well as a limited gravel parking area accessible from Middlesex Road. There are two trail systems, two ponds (Turtle Pond and Old Maid’s Pond), a stream, a footbridge, an archaic stonewall, and ornamental plantings. The extensive trail system includes step ways and bridges, two field areas, two ponds, and ornamental plantings
Pear Tree Point Beach
90 Pear Tree Point Road
Pear Tree Point Beach is an 8-acre beach loaded with amenities including picnic tables and grills, a bath house, a gazebo, and a concession stand in addition to two great beaches. It also features an excellent boat launch ramp.
“In addition to a large beach, this 22-acre park includes picnic areas, a bathhouse, a concession stand, children's play areas, 6 tennis courts, 5 paddle tennis courts, and a windsurfing area.
Norwalk Hospital, Greenwich Hospital, Stamford Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Yale New Haven Hospital are all within a ten to forty five minute car ride.
Meals on Wheels, Person-to-Person, Bloodmobile, Hospital Volunteers, Hospice, United Way, Family and Children’s Services, Safe Rides, Darien Book Aid Plan, American Red Cross, Darien Arts Council and many more.
Metro North Commuter Railway to New York City (55 minutes). Driving: I-95 and Merritt Parkway, 50 minutes to New York, 45 minutes to New Haven. Public Transportation: bus line, taxi, seniors’ van, limousine service to airports and New York City.
The Bates-Scofield Homestead: c.1736 The Homestead is a classic New England saltbox named for the Bates family, who built and owned the original farmhouse, and the Scofields who later occupied it. The house was carefully restored by the Darien Historical Society in 1964. The garden adjacent to the house contains over 30 varieties of herbs known to have been used in Connecticut in the 18th century.
Darien Historical Society: The Society maintains the Bates-Scofield Homestead and houses local historical archives. It also has an excellent collection of quilts, over 1,500 antique costumes including accessories of men, women and children’s hats, fans and paisley shawls dating from the mid 18th Century to 1935. Located at 45 Old Kings Highway North 203-655-9233.