From remarkable beaches, to rolling mountains and farmlands, Connecticut’s landscape is diverse for its size. A mixture of contrasts from its rural areas and small towns, to its industrial cities, Connecticut offers many different lifestyle options.
Featuring over 6,000 lakes and ponds, Connecticut spans 5,543 square miles (14,357 square kilometers) and can be divided into four regions. The Coastal Lowlands have shallow bays, sand and gravel beaches, and excellent harbors. The Central Lowlands run from north to south, dividing the state. The Eastern Highlands feature moderate elevations, meanwhile the Western Highlands have the state’s lowest and highest points with Mt. Frissell at 2,380 feet (726 meters). The forests consist of oaks, hickories, and maple trees.
As the fifth state of the original thirteen states, Connecticut has preserved its colonial history. Many of its towns are built around a village green. Historical visual symbols of New England towns can usually be found nearby the village green and include places such as colonial homes, a white church, a colonial tavern, or a colonial meeting house. Once settled in largely by the Puritans who had left Massachusetts, today Connecticut has a population of 3,580,709 people ranging in ancestry from Italian to Lithuanian, and in religion from Protestant to Muslim.
Industrialized cities paired with rural townships mean Connecticut’s economy is supported through a wide variety of sources. Its agricultural production focuses largely on eggs, clams, nursery stock, lobsters, dairy, cattle and tobacco. Meanwhile its more industrialized outputs feature aircraft parts, helicopters, nuclear submarines, military weaponry, fabricated metal products, chemical and pharmaceutical products, scientific instruments, and heavy industrial machinery and electrical equipment.
New Haven is the second largest city in Connecticut and the home to Yale University. New Haven is rich in culture with an assortment of cuisine, music, theatre and film, museums, and festivals. Many of its neighborhoods are considered historic because they feature well preserved architecture modeling the American styles of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
The affluent town of Greenwich, Connecticut is only forty minutes by express train from Grand Central Station in Manhattan. Nearly 30% of Greenwich is water, but by area, the town is twice the size of Manhattan. It is also home to the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra and a number of leading business headquarters, such as Nestle Waters North America and Cambridge Solutions. The spectacular neighborhoods and communities of Greenwich offer many options for the luxury home seeker. From the countryside of the Backcountry to Central Greenwich’s proximity to every amenity, the neighborhoods of Greenwich are varied and beautiful.
Not far from Greenwich, the town of Fairfield was named ninth “best place to live” in the United States by Money Magazine in July 2006. From a beautiful community to the Mill River which flows through the town, Fairfield is a town of distinct character. Neighborhoods such as Southport and Greenfield Hill offer charming luxury homes.