Buyers Pay More For Houses In A Great School District

Building on last week’s blog discussing Ridgefield High School’s phenomenal school ranking, it pays to buy a house in a sought-after and highly ranked school district. According to a recent study just published on, in most markets, families are willing to pay more for a highly ranked school than an extra bedroom, a shorter commute, and even big home features such as a swimming pool, higher ceilings, sport courts, and even a private dock. overlaid data from their residential listings database with granular school ratings from Specifically, they aggregated key price, demand and supply metrics for all homes listed during the first half of 2016, and compared properties located in school districts rated nine or 10 on the 10-point scale against all other homes, as well as homes in lower rated districts.

The analysis shows homes within the boundaries of the higher rated public school districts are, on average, 49 percent more expensive – at $400,000 – than the national median list price of $269,000 and 77 percent more expensive than schools located within the boundaries of lower ranked districts with a median of $225,000. Houses located in these areas, on average, also move eight days faster than homes in below average school districts and sell four days faster – at 58 days – than the national median of 62 days.

For many years now, Ridgefield Public School District, as well as the individual schools, have ranked well in numerous reports issued annually.  Last week we reported on Ridgefield High School superior ranking in Newsweek’s annual America’s Top High Schools list for 2016.  Most recently, the 2016 Best School Districts by ranked Ridgefield School District number eight in Connecticut and 58th Nationally. The ranking provides a comprehensive assessment of the overall experience of a school district and takes into account key factors such as the strength of academics, quality of teachers, school resources, the quality of student life, as well as student and parent reviews, in an attempt to measure the overall excellence of the district.  The final ranking results in 10,488 districts receiving a numerical ranking.



Newsweek Ranks Ridgefield High School No. 151 Nationally

The fourth best public high school in Connecticut and the 151st best public high school in the entire country.

Those were the honors Newsweek bestowed on Ridgefield High School Thursday morning when it released its annual America’s Top High Schools list for 2016.

The Tigers finished with a college readiness score of 80.6 and a graduation rate of 98.2%, with 90.1% of Ridgefield students heading to college after receiving their diplomas in June.

Some of the other information that Newsweek posted in its ranking for Ridgefield High School includes:

  • Student Retention: 99%
  • SAT/ACT Composite Score: 58.5
  • Avg. SAT Score: 1724
  • Avg. ACT Score: 26
  • AP/IB/Dual Enrollment Composite: 78.1
  • Avg. AP Score: 91.2
  • Dual Enrollment Participation: 4.5

RHS finished behind Weston High School (No. 39), Wilton High School (No. 56), and Avon High School (No. 116) in the state rankings.

Below the Tigers on the list of Connecticut schools were East Lyme High School (No. 224), Haddam-Killingworth High School (No. 277), and Farmington High School (No. 286).

The list included 500 national public high school scattered across America. A total of 16 Connecticut schools made the list.

Last year, Weston cracked Newsweek’s top 100 at No. 47 and Staples High School in Westport finished No. 63.

Fast forward to 2016, and Staples did not make it onto the top 500 list.

According to the Newsweek list, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Virginia is the top public high school in the country.

Rounding out the top five are: the Academy for Math, Science and Engineering in New Jersey, Stuyvesant High School in New York, Union County Magnet High School in New Jersey, and The Early College at Guilford in North Carolina.

See the total list of the Best High Schools In America or read about how the ranking was determined in the full Newsweek Report.

Source: The Ridgefield Press

Gray Is The New “It” Color

Gray walls are becoming the modern, neutral choice for interior spaces as painting experts sum up the trend by saying “gray is the new beige.”

But you need to find the right gray for your home.

“Although the color gray is commonly associated with cooler, cloudy days, there are both ‘cool grays’ and ‘warm grays,’” the paint company Sherwin Williams explains. “Cool grays have more blue undertones, while warm grays are grounded in yellow and brown – similar to ‘greige,’ a combination of gray and beige.”

To find the right gray, painting experts suggest looking at the flooring, cabinetry, lighting, and wood trim in the home. The undertone of such interior elements should match the undertone of the gray home owners opt for in their home. For example, brushed nickel often pairs better with cooler gray paint colors. Brick and gold, on the other hand, tend to pair better with warmer undertones, such as beige.

Gray can also be used to add dimension into a home’s space, Sherwin Williams suggests. For example, for more impact, paint the ceiling gray too, but make it a shade two or three lighter than the wall color. The painted ceiling can give a smaller room a more spacious feel. For high ceilings in a large room, select a darker gray paint to make the space feel more cozy.

“Whether you choose gray on the walls or on the ceilings, it offers a crisper, cleaner look than beige,” the paint company notes. “And because gray paint is offered with many different undertones, it can either be the most neutral hue possible or give dramatic dimension — another great reason to add it to your palette.”