Located in picturesque lower Fairfield County, New Canaan is a quaint New England town with a vibrant downtown. Prior to being incorporated in 1801, New Canaan was shared by the neighboring towns of Stamford and Norwalk, and was known as Canaan Parish. Today this charming town remains distinctive featuring manicured landscapes and grand architecture. With its great schools, high profile residents, rich history, and boutique and high-end shopping, New Canaan is a wonderful place to raise a family.
The New Canaan public school system is considered to be one of the best in Connecticut. Nationally, Forbes ranked New Canaan’s public school system third in the country for communities with a median home price of $800,000. The school district encompasses West, South and East Elementary Schools, Saxe Middle School and New Canaan High School. The New Canaan school system is also notable for its achievements in extracurricular activities, including athletics and drama. In 2012, the Wall Street Journal ranked New Canaan as the 8th wealthiest school district in the United States. Alternatively, the town also has three private schools – St. Aloysius School (K-8), St. Luke’s School (5-12) and New Canaan Country School (PS-9). For more information visit New Canaan Public Schools, or obtain my comprehensive School Report allowing you to compare up to three school districts.
New Canaan consists of 22.5 square miles and has a population of 20,000. With a focus on community, activities include the Annual Summer Vintage Fair and Sidewalk Sales – a 45 year old event that continues to bring out the entire town – dazzling fireworks at Waveny Park on the Fourth of July, the Halloween Parade, and the Holiday Stroll, which has now been implemented as monthly Stroll Evening creating a block party 12 times a year. One of the wealthiest towns in America, New Canaan is also notable for housing one of the most significant collections of mid-century modern homes. Echoing the “Harvard Five” – architects who changed the course of modern home design – New Canaan boasts such iconic residences as the Philip Johnson Glass House and the Landis Gore House. Other points of interest in New Canaan include New Canaan Nature Center, the Silvermine Arts Center and John Rogers Studio.
New Canaan commuters enjoy the option of two Metro North railroad stations: the New Canaan station and the Talmadge Hill station. Both stations are located on the New haven Line and travel time to Manhattan is approximately one hour. For more detailed commuting information see Commuting to New York.
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