Moving to CT? Top 10 Reasons Why That’s a Great Idea!

So you’re moving to CT?  Moving isn’t always an easy choice, but joining the ranks of Connecticuters is a move you won’t regret.

Here are the top 10 reasons you will love living in CT.

10. Even the dinosaurs preferred Connecticut. A visit to Dinosaur State Park and Arboretum is a visit to one of the largest dinosaur track sites in North America. Travel back 200 million years to the time of the dinosaur!

9. Not quite as old as the dinosaurs, Connecticut is also home to the country’s oldest continually operating amusement park. Opened in 1846, Lake Compounce is now home to the world’s top rated wooden roller coaster, Boulder Dash, as well as Crocodile Cove Water Park.

8. With 618 miles of shoreline, Connecticut proudly serves up some of the nation’s best seafood.

7. Not in the mood for seafood? New York and Chicago have nothing on New Haven style “apizza”. With a very thin crust, baked in a coal-fired oven, this pizza is not to be missed.

6. It’s not all about the food, but even our nation’s iconic hamburger has roots in New Haven. In 1900, a man entered the restaurant Louis’ Lunch. in need of something more portable to eat. What he received is considered to be the ancestor of the great American burger known today.

5. With all the great dining options, you’re sure to need something to wash it all down. Connecticut also boasts a booming microbrew community. Popular options such as Half-Full Brewery, City Steam Brewery and Rheingold Brewing Company are just a few of the choices.

4. UConn’s Huskies are a college basketball team to be proud of. The Huskies have a strong history in both men’s and women’s basketball, so it’s no surprise that the residents of CT are a very loyal fan base.

3. Mystic Seaport: The Museum of America and The Sea, located in Mystic, CT, is the largest maritime museum in the world. Offering visitors a link to the seafaring past, Mystic Seaport is a hands-on historical experience with something for everyone.

2. As the 2nd school to join the Ivy League, Yale University in New Haven is an incredible school. Ivy covered buildings and neo-gothic architecture also make it a beautiful place to visit.

1. Originally settled in 1614, it’s no surprise that Connecticut has a rich and vibrant history. The first medical diploma in the US was given by Yale University. New London, Connecticut launched the first nuclear submarine. The first revolver was produced in CT, and the first public art museum was opened in CT. There are many more “firsts” that took place in Connecticut, so now that you are moving, you’ll have to find out more for yourself.

To experience first hand what an incredible state Connecticut is, contact us to find the prefect place to call home.

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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