Connecticut Real Estate, on the Map with the Best Small Cities

ConnecticutEvery year, Money Magazine publishes the Best Places to Live, their list of America’s best small cities. As we are all about Connecticut real estate, this list, if it were up to us, would simply have 100 Connecticut locations. But because the folks at Money have to be fair, in 2012 it featured four of our fine cities. And considering big states like California, Colorado and Texas only got five, we think that’s a pretty big deal.

According to Money, the best Connecticut small city of 2012 is Greenwich. It has the benefits of NYC being just an hour away on train without the hassle of actually living there. Plus you’ve got the 147-acre Greenwich Point Beach on a picturesque peninsula extending into Long Island Sound. As Money notes, “Greenwich is synonymous with luxury.”

While New Haven is hustling and bustling, we head 30 minutes up the road to Hamden for the next small city being honored. Home to Quinnipiac University, you get that college-town vibe that many enjoy, plus you get to go “Ooh, that’s us!” whenever they’re mentioned for their many political tracking polls. What’s more, they have the Hamden Symphony Orchestra, which is all-volunteer! Music for the love of music–neat!

Of course, if you really like the university lifestyle, Fairfield isn’t a bad place to be either. Home to both Sacred Heart and Fairfield University, it’s also got five miles of shoreline and is just an hour away from New York City. If the kids say “Aww, there’s nothing to do!” you can look back and say “Are you kidding?” Plus, with a highly rated school system, you know they could probably be doing their homework anyway.

Finally, any list of “best places to live” is rarely complete without looking at West Hartford. It’s pretty much a perennial favorite in lists looking for great places to set up a household. As Money notes, “Suburbs often compete with their big-city neighbor when it comes to nightlife and entertainment. Not so with West Hartford.” Families get the best of all worlds; Blue Black Square is the place to be for shopping, eating and culture, and the two public high-schools in town are in the top ten for the state.

If your in the market for a home in Connecticut, check out our  CT Home Buyer Guides before you start your Home Search.

There are so many great places to live in Connecticut. The four above are just the start; we could go on and on about 2011’s selections of Tolland, South Windsor, Simsbury, Cheshire and Portland (yes, we have one too). To hear us go on, and to get started on finding your ideal place to call home, please feel free to contact us. We would love to help.




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Michelle Manter Giglietti

Owner~Realtor at Manter Realty Group of Keller Williams
Top Producing Realtor and recognized blogger. In her free time you can hear her screaming fore at the local golf course,or catch her at home enjoying fresh cooking and a glass of wine with her husband and favorite 6 pound Morkie named Pedro.
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