Vibrant and active with unlimited recreational options
With a population of over 130,000 and ranked as the third largest city in Connecticut, Stamford has an unapologetic urban vibe balanced by an abundance of outdoor space and room for activities. Residents of downtown Stamford enjoy 19 miles of shoreline and over 40 parks and recreational centers. Stamford is also home to beautiful public beaches, hiking and golf courses.
Due to its flourishing restaurant and bar scene, Stamford attracts many young individuals, with Harbor Point recognized as the main entertainment area. Located directly on the Long Island Sound, Harbor Point is considered a “Live-Work-PLay” community with an abundance of shopping and dining options. The Harbor Point Trolley is the most exciting way to get around the city, which runs everyday and makes 14 stops throughout - and best of all, its free.
Stamford has a Manhattan-like vibe with off-Broadway musicals, operas and ballets and plenty of options for music and entertainment. A popular summer activity is Alive@Five, a five week outdoor summer concert series featuring live music from national and regional headliners.
North Stamford offers privacy and tranquility with convenient access to local and regional amenities. This section of Stamford is entirely residential save for a few grandfathered gas stations, restaurants and food markets, commercial uses which zoning now forbids. Consisting of roughly 5,300 households and less than 15,000 residents, North Stamford is the least densely developed section of Stamford.
Endless opportunities in a well-educated and accessible city
Stamford boasts a large work-day population and is home to a variety of large companies, including Fortune 500 companies. Ranked as one of the highest educated cities in the country, Stamford is home to more people working in fields that require strong math and computer backgrounds than 95 percent of the places in the U.S.
Stamford is an international city and has excellent access to I-95, mass transit (including the MetroNorth and Amtrak) and six different airports. Compared to other cities of similar size, it is very driver-friendly, and unlike Manhattan, you probably won’t spend hours looking for parking - there are 9,500 parking spots in 15 locations.
North Stamford residents enjoy numerous outdoor attractions right in their backyard. Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens is a 93-acre park with walking trails, gardening classes and a children’s summer camp. Dorothy Heroy Park offers a public pool, while the Newman Mills Park allows visitors to cool off in the Mianus River. Residents can play a round of golf at Sterling Farms, the city’s cherished public golf course. One of the most coveted places in North Stamford is the Stamford Museum and Nature Center, home of the former mansion of the late department store owner Henri Bendel, with its restored 18th century barn, animal farm, lake, art and science exhibits and indoor and outdoor concerts. The Nature Center's trails cover 80 acres of woods and fields.
Want to Explore Before You Buy? BROWSE VACATION RENTALS IN STAMFORD
We always recommend spending some time in a neighborhood before you start looking at houses. You can browse through some local vacation rentals at the link below. And If you'd like to spend a weekend here, we're happy to share our favorite spots to explore and even set you up with an itinerary.
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A mix of luxury apartments, convenient condos and hillside hamlets
Downtown Stamford has plenty of high-rise apartments, most of them stocked with luxury amenities, such as pools, barbecue pavilions, fire pits, gyms and game rooms. The city has seen an uptick in development in the last few years, with over 1,900 residential units added between 2013 and 2018. As of Fall 2019, there were four different high-rise apartment complexes under construction, containing a total of over 1,400 units, and another three complexes with a total of 665 residential units have received land use approvals. And if a high-rise isn't your style, there are plenty of options for single- and multi-family houses and condos in the surrounding neighborhoods, which offer more space and privacy without sacrificing convenience.
North Stamford is zoned almost entirely for one-, two- and three-acre lots, with commercial development limited to small neighborhood shopping centers. The terrain is rocky and hilly, making flat, usable land difficult to find in North Stamford, which means houses on such land comes at a premium. Most available land has been developed, and teardown activity is rare. Large ranches and split-levels are most common, but contemporaries can be found more easily than in neighboring towns, though they vary widely in age and style. Older homes border the two busy main thoroughfares, High Ride Road and Long Ridge Road. Long Ridge Village, a designated historic district, is known for its concentration of 18th-century dwellings.
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