Nestled along Long Island Sound in lower Fairfield County, the city of Norwalk has a rich history and a strong maritime heritage. At the forefront of the oyster industry since the 1800s, the city has transformed itself into a thriving, diverse community with a solid economic base and an excellent quality of life.
Sandwiched between Darien and Westport, Norwalk is less than an hour’s drive from Midtown Manhattan and is also one of the best places to raise a family in Connecticut. Good schools, a wide range of homes, and family-friendly attractions have long made it a top choice among all kinds of homebuyers.
Houses for Sale in Norwalk, CT
Norwalk’s housing market is composed primarily of single-family homes and condos, with the majority of homes having three to four bedrooms. Many residences have updated kitchens, formal dining rooms, spacious decks, and two-car garages.
The largest homes can have as many as five bedrooms, including plush master suites with balconies. Other typical features of homes in the higher end of the market include lofty ceilings, studies, walk-in pantries, and walk-up attics.
Colonial, Shingle,and other classic New England architectural styles are prevalent, though you’ll also find more contemporary styles like mid-century modern.
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Living in Norwalk
Incorporated in 1651, Norwalk has a land area of 23 sq. mi. (including some of the Norwalk Islands) and a population of approximately 88,000 (as of 2017 estimates). The city is composed of over 20 distinct neighborhoods, including:
- Broad River
- Flax Hill
- Golden Hill
- Harbor Shores
- Harbor View
- Lexington Ave.
- Marvin Beach
- Ryan Park
- Shorefront Park
- East Norwalk
- Farm Creek
- South Main
- Spring Hill
- Tracy Area
- Village Creek
- West Main
- West Norwalk
- Wilson Point
- Wilton Ave.
Whether you want to live right by the water in vibrant South Norwalk (SoNo) or tucked away in a quiet, leafy corner of hilly Silvermine, Norwalk will have the right home and neighborhood for you.
Events and attractions in the city include:
- Sheffield Island Lighthouse – The lighthouse is over 150 years old and offers some of the best views in Norwalk. Take the Seaport ferry from the Sheffield Island dock, next to Stroffolino Bridge, to get to the lighthouse. Go on a tour of the 10-bedroom lighthouse and get a chance to see what life was like for lighthouse keepers in the 19th century.
- Norwalk Harbor – The harbor is a hotspot for commercial shell fishing, recreational boating, and other water-based activities on western Long Island Sound.
- The Maritime Aquarium – A trip to the Maritime Aquarium will increase your appreciation for marine life. Their living, hands-on exhibits include jellyfish, sea turtles, and manta rays. The aquarium also boasts the biggest IMAX theater in the state and offers year-round cruises on its research vessel “R/V Spirit of the Sound.”
- Oyster Festival – This annual festival celebrates Norwalk’s leading role in the oyster industry. The three-day event traditionally takes place over the span of a weekend each September. Sample a variety of oyster and clam dishes, buy one-of-a-kind trinkets from participating vendors, and join all kinds of family-friendly activities.
- Calf Pasture Beach – Go swimming, fishing, picnicking, and bird watching at Calf Pasture Beach, one of the most scenic stretches of sand along Connecticut’s Gold Coast. Its natural beauty makes it a popular venue for outdoor beach weddings.
Facilities include a playground, skate park, sand volleyball courts, baseball diamonds, and a boat ramp. There’s also a food concession in the summer.
- Lockwood–Mathews Mansion Museum – Built between 1864 and 1868, this Second Empire-style country house currently serves as a museum and has been listed on the National Register for Historic Places since 1971.
Highlights include the library and conservatory, which is among the most magnificent rooms on the first floor, and the music room, which retains much of its original characteristics.
- Stepping Stones Museum for Children – The museum offers a colorful and stimulating environment where children can play and learn. Take your kids through age-appropriate exhibits, drop by the Energy Lab, and let them learn about architectural design by having them paint walls and install carpeting.
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