This month’s “RE/MAX Around New England” takes a look at Westport, CT.
Westport is a small, coastal Connecticut town located on the Long Island Sound in Fairfield County just 47 miles from New York City and 30 miles from New Haven. Westport has a rich colonial history, originating as a Native American settlement, and later contributing minutemen to the Revolutionary War. An active historical society has been present in Westport since 1889, highlighting the town’s unique New England charm through academic programs, nationally recognized historical landmarks, and holiday home tours. Westport offers residents a rich cultural history as well; at the turn of the twentieth history, many artists, writers, and thinkers, such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, retreated from the hustle and bustle of New York City and found inspiration in Westport’s scenic ocean views.
Downtown Westport is a vibrant commercial area, offering specialty shops, delicious restaurants, an arts center, and diverse recreational organizations.
Residents can enjoy the extensive public library and community theater, or join soccer and golf associations. Residents have access to three beaches in Westport, as well as Sherwood Island, Connecticut’s first state park, which provides opportunities for fishing and observing marsh life. With a high quality of life for residents, easy access to New York City, recreational activities, and abundant natural resources, Westport provides traditional New England charm with all the convenience of modern living.
For this issue of “RE/MAX Around New England,” we spoke with Carrie Perkins of RE/MAX Heritage.
1. What is the median price of a Single Family home?
In Westport, a single family home with several large bedrooms, updated kitchen, and two bathrooms is priced at $1,539,494.
2. What is the public transportation system like?
Westport has a Metro-North Railroad station with one hour express trains to Grand Central Terminal in New York City, making the town a natural choice for commuters. There are also city and county wide bus systems.
3. What is access like to major highways?
Westport is flanked by two major roadways – Interstate 95 and RT 15/Merritt Parkway. From the center of town, I-95 and the Merritt Parkway is a five to 10 minute drive. Both roadways have a number of exits in Westport.
4. How are the school systems in the area?
Westport has an exemplary school system. Staples High School was recognized as a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the US Department of Education and sited in the first category defined as “Exemplary High Performing.” With a high Advanced Placement (AP) Participation rate, extracurricular activities, and professional development for teachers and staff, Staples is an excellent preparation for college. Westport’s middle schools are equally impressive, ranking number one and number two in the state.
5. Who is attracted to this area?
Westport attracts families and individuals that are inspired by the lifestyle the town offers. The excellence of the school system and beauty of the coastline and architecturally rich communities inspire people to choose Westport, but it’s the feeling of true community spirit that inspires people to stay for a lifetime.
6. Total population?
As of the 2010 census, Westport is a close-knit community of approximately 26,391.
7. Average age of population?
The average age of a resident in Westport is 45 years-old.
Carrie’s Five Faves in Westport
1. Favorite Dining Establishment: leFarm is a truly unique culinary experience. leFarm aims to support Connecticut farmers, serving fresh, organic, locally grown meals that change with the seasons. There’s also an affordable wine list and friendly, knowledgeable staff to answer questions about the menu. leFarm is perfect for an intimate dinner for two, or for sharing plates with a large group.
2. Favorite Place for a Stroll: Compo Beach is a scenic stretch of beachfront coast along the shore of the Long Island Sound and bordered by the Saugatuck River. Compo Beach extends across 29 acres, with a boardwalk, concession stands, marina, volleyball courts, and unparalleled views of the Long Island Sound.
3. Best Hidden Gem: Burying Hill Beach on Beachside Avenue is a small 2.39 acre park surrounded by a wildlife preserve. It’s tucked back off the road and is a quiet, neighborhood beach perfect for walking, mediation, or taking in a peaceful sunset.
4. Best Place to Get a Pizza: Tarry Lodge Enoteca Pizzeria, owned by famous chef Mario Batali, serves up more than your basic slice of cheese pizza. Each pizza on the menu is prepared with artisan cheeses, fresh sauces, and gourmet meats, such as pancetta, prosciutto, and pepperoni. Several pizzas come with truffle oils and honey, and are reasonably priced. Tarry Lodge also serves pasta, meat, and seafood entrees, and Saturday and Sunday brunch.
5. Best Ice Cream Establishment: Sunny Daes, on Riverside Avenue, is situated along the Saugatuck River. With dozens of delicious homemade ice cream, sorbet, and gelato flavors, there is a shake, sundae, and combination for everyone. Sunny Daes stays open into the fall with seasonal flavors, such as pumpkin and eggnog.
To learn more about Westport, CT please contact Carrie Perkins of RE/MAX Heritage.
991 Post Road East
Westport, CT 06880