Stamford, CT

   
     

 
   

   
 
Stamford, a beautiful coastal City located some 30 miles northeast of Manhattan, has evolved from being a major port between New York City and New Haven during the turn of the 20th century, to “The Research City” in the 1970’s, to the third-largest corporate center in the country in the 1980’s. Stamford’s latest evolution began in the 1990’s, when it cemented its status as a major financial center.
 
Stamford real estate offers a variety of living options for its diverse population of 117,000 residents. The city has both urban and suburban elements – multi-acred wooded lots in North Stamford to beautiful shoreline areas such as Shippan Point and Dolpin Cove. Significant new high-rise residential development has taken place in the downtown area, with condominiums and apartments ranging from “affordable” to high-end luxurious residences. River Oaks, offering single-family homes within a private gated community comprising some 30 acres, is a great example of the few high-end luxury residences constructed recently and located in a more suburban setting.
 
In downtown Stamford you’ll find a variety of shopping, fine dining, and entertainment. The Stamford Center for the Arts includes the 1,700-plus seat Palace Theater, home to the nationally-recognized Stamford Symphony Orchestra and the Connecticut Opera. Visit the “Restaurant Rows” on Summer and Bedford Streets where you will find a veritable world of dining choices. The Stamford Town Center in downtown Stamford offers over 200 retail stores and services as well as several popular restaurants. For more information, go to www.shopstamfordtowncenter.com.
Stamford’s proximity to New York City opens a huge world of entertainment options, from Broadway to Times Square. The Metro North railroad will take you to New York City’s Grand Central Station in some 45 minutes and you can conveniently find ample parking at the Stamford train station. The “Acela”, the high-speed train between Washington, D.C. and Boston, also stops in Stamford.

 
Along the Stamford coastline, you will find large tracts of open land, including many public parks for recreational use. Throughout Stamford, there are more than half a dozen parks ranging in size from six acres up to the 187-acre Mianus River Park and Glen, offering swimming, fishing, ice skating, picnic areas, riding and nature trails, athletic facilities and natural areas. Scalzi Park, located on the river in the downtown area, has bocci and tennis courts, baseball and softball fields, volleyball courts, a fitness course and a roller hockey rink. A busy boating area with many marina slips, Stamford also has great beaches such as Cove Island Park, Cummings Beach and West Beach. A public ice skating rink at Cove Island Park and two private rinks are popular sites and have even attracted a few Olympic skaters.
 
Stamford offers a variety of public and private education options. The Stamford public school system serves some 15,000 students and is one of ten districts nationwide named as a model of exemplary education reform by the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future. The district offers magnet schools at all grade levels. For more in-depth information please visit www.stamfordpublicschools.org. Stamford offers a full parochial school system, including a regional high school. Located downtown, University of Connecticut’s Stamford campus offers both undergraduate and graduate programs, many geared toward the needs of the local corporate community.

 
Stamford is a popular residential choice for both buyers of condominiums and single-family-homes as well as people looking for rental properties. For additional information on the City of Stamford, please visit www.cityofstamford.org.