Stamford is one of Connecticut's largest cities and serves as an economic hub to the county. The business economy in Stamford fuels its growth and is one of the largest reasons so many professionals choose to call Stamford their home.
It's not all business however, Stamford offers the big city amenities you would expect. From shopping centers, to countless highly rated restaurants, to boutique coffee shops, and even a thriving night life.
If that's not your speed, you can find a place to call home in one of the more suburban neighborhoods either in Northern Stamford or along one of its beautiful waterfront neighborhoods.
If you want one place that has it all, Stamford is just waiting to be explored...
One of the reasons that neighborhood maps are so hard to come by is that everyone has an opinion as to where the boundaries lie. While there are few exact neighborhood boundaries, we have used the consensus of local agents, and the listing service we use, to create the neighborhood maps below.
If you are looking for a waterfront home in Stamford, the Cove neighborhood is a fantastic option. Here you can find any type of home from a modest single family, to a luxurious beachside cottage.
Most of the hustle and bustle of Stamford takes place in the Downtown neighborhood. Between the restaurants, shopping centers, and other amenities, you will never run out of things to do in Downtown Stamford.
Filled with Cape Cod, Colonial, Ranch, and Queen Anne style of single family homes, many Glenbrook residents feel as though they live in a quaint small town, rather than a bustling city.
Nestled between Long Ridge and High Ridge Roads is the neighborhood of Mid-Ridges. Located right in the middle of Stamford you'll never be farther than a short drive away from Downtown's amenities, and North Stamford's suburban charm.
Many are drawn to the Newfield neighborhood by the suburban lifestyle, and stay for the countless options for coffee shops, restaurants, and parks.
Everything between the Merritt Parkway and the CT/NY Border in Stamford is considered the North Stamford neighborhood. If you're looking for a home with a larger lot than the rest of Stamford, North Stamford is where you want to be.
The beauty of living in the Ridgeway neighborhood cannot be overstated. It's a picturesque image of suburban living and offers plentiful restaurants and a large shopping center within walking distance from anywhere in the neighborhood.
The Shippan neighborhood finds itself on a large peninsula in western Stamford. It has breathtaking views of Long Island Sound and many of the gorgeous homes here also come with access to one of Shippan's many private beaches.
South End, or Harbor Point as many locals call it, is a favorite amongst young professionals beginning their careers. Stamford is one of Connecticut's main economic hubs, and the South End offers plentiful options for marvelous apartment rentals.
If you want to enjoy a small town feel while staying in Stamford, but don't want to add too much time to your New York City commute, the Springdale neighborhood is a wonderful option for you because of the Springdale train station located right in the heart of the neighborhood.
Waterside is the westernmost waterfront neighborhood in Stamford and shares a border with Greenwich. Due to it's location here you can find some beautiful waterfront homes while being in relatively close to both Stamford and Greenwich amenities.
The majority of locals tend to rent in the West Side neighborhood and while some of the areas tend to be more industrial in nature, there is some affordable housing options relative to the rest of Stamford.
To the north of the West Side neighborhood is Westover. Here you'll find the homes to be more extravagant than the ones in Westside and you'll also find fabulous options for golfing and hiking in the area.
On my YouTube channel I show you a glimpse of what it's like living in Stamford in my Neighborhood Tour. You'll get a look at each of the neighborhoods above as well as a first hand look at the train stations, parks, homes, and other things to do in Stamford.
You probably know that Connecticut is much safer than the US average. Many Gold Coast towns have virtually no violent crime according to Neighborhood Scout. Many of our clients also search the sex offender registry before renting or purchasing.
Use the link below to access population, demographic and economic information for Stamford...
There are many good websites for school information. I have found that they all basically say the same thing: Many of our towns rank very high, and other towns rank much lower compared to the neighboring towns. To be frank, the website that is the most user-friendly to you is the one you should use. Many of our clients use greatschools.org, below is a link to their ratings of the Stamford school system.
Below is a link to the Stamford school district website so you can learn everything you need to know before deciding to send your child there.
Most towns have defined areas for each school. Sites like Great Schools and Niche are great for research, but the town's school administration makes the final decision on which addresses go to what school, and the street lists do change. For this reason, you cannot count on the information provided by anyone except the official public school websites. Before purchasing or renting a home, check if it belongs to the school district you desire.
There are 3 train stations in Stamford, so if you are commuting to the NYC you have plenty of options if you want to live near the train.
To the right, you can see the approximate time each train station takes to get to Grand Central. From bottom to top the stations appear as follows: Stamford, Glenbrook, and Springdale.
In the station-by-station breakdowns below, I cover all of the Stamford train stations. You will get parking maps where available, parking permit information, the stations that typically have the shortest waitlist for a parking pass, parking rates, train schedules and tips to help you choose the best station.
*Commute time estimates are pre-covid. We expect Metro North to return to its old schedule.
In Downtown Stamford, particularly the area around Bedford Street and Summer Street, you can experience cuisines from dozens of different cultures. The area is truly a melting pot where you can get Italian, American, Indian, Thai, Korean, Japanese, Mexican, and so much more, all within walking distance of one another.
Thursday nights in Mill River Park have become a ritual in Stamford Downtown with great music, great dancing and great times! Alive@Five is an annual concert series featuring live music from national and regional headliners. Past Performers have included: Gavin DeGraw, Sean Kingston, Sammy Adams, CeeLo Green, Ziggy Marley, Shaggy, and so many more.
As the landscape of film making evolves, we are seeing a shift towards bigger studios, larger budgets, and less creative liberties. The Avon Theatre is unlike other theatres in that it exclusively shows classic movies, locally made films, and touching documentaries. In addition to presenting independent, art, foreign language and classic films and documentaries, the Theatre partners with other local and regional organizations to present programs that appeal to different audiences and deal with the critical issues of the day.
One of the finest sports and recreational facilities in the country, is located in Stamford. Chelsea Piers offers instructional programs, camps, sports leagues, competitive teams, fitness and drop-in fun for children and adults.
If you are looking for places to shop, you cannot go wrong with the shopping area on Greenwich Ave in Greenwich. There is dozens of high end national retailers, and local businesses to support as well. That in combination with the countless high quality restaurants in the area means you will never run out of things to do in Greenwich.
Widely considered one of the best aquariums in Connecticut, the Maritime Aquarium is a fantastic place to take the kids for a weekend day-trip. It's exhibits feature all manner of oceanic life such as sharks, seals, jellyfish, otters, sea turtles, and even a Ray touching pool! When you come to the Maritime Aquarium you are guaranteed to walk out with memories that will last a lifetime.
The SoNo Collection is a spectacular shopping, dining, art, and entertainment destination located near I-95 in Norwalk, Connecticut. It is home to many high end retailers such as Apple, Bloomingdales, H&M, Nordstrom, Swarovski, Zara, and so many more.
Stew Leonard's began as a small Dairy store in 1969, and grew into one of the most respected grocery brands in Connecticut. Stew Leonard's values itself on creating high quality food, and satisfied customers. They have a bakery, a butcher, a deli, a florist, and so much more! They even have an excellent prepared food section if you are in the area and looking for a quick bite.
The low taxes in Fairfield County are a large part of the reason many financially savvy people choose to live here. Below, you can find the Mill Rates for all Fairfield County towns and compare for yourself.
Whether you're looking to buy or sell, it is always a wise decision to understand the Real Estate market you are entering into. Below is a link to our Stamford Market report, where you can see the effect COVID-19 had on the market, create a custom market report, or even analyze the past 12 months of housing data. The data from that page is updated on the first of every month.
If you're planning on taking the train from Stamford to NYC, you have some options. There's 3 stations in Stamford each of them have certain benefits over the other ones. In this video I'll help you decide which station is best for your commute.
If you plan on commuting to work by car then you probably want to know exactly how long it will take. Luckily there is a feature in Google Maps that can estimate your commute time. To find out how long it will take, do the following:
1. Go to Google Maps.
2. Click Directions
3. Enter the address of the home you are considering for the starting point, and your work address for the destination.
4. Click the "Leave Now" drop down and select "Arrive By", then input the time you need to arrive at work by.
5. This will give you an estimation of your commute time from the home you are considering.
Whether you have to travel for work or play, the closer you live to the airport means the less stressful those inevitable travel days have to be. Below are rough estimates for the commute times you can expect to the major airports in the greater New York area.
*Commute times are calculated using Google maps, and do not account for traffic.
John F. Kennedy Airport - 1 Hour 5 Minutes
LaGuardia Airport - 55 Minutes
Westchester County Airport - 28 Minutes
If you're still at the point in your search where you're weighing the pros and cons of Stamford and the rest of the towns in lower Fairfield County, then you should definitely check out our Comparison Guide.
In the guide you will have a direct comparison of each town, so you can see how their schools, crime ratings, commute times, and housing prices, stack up against one another.
1. Head over to Google Maps, enter the address and do a satellite view. Look out for things like railroad tracks, cemeteries, water towers, high tension wires, highways and proximity to industrial areas. That home that looks like a great deal might turn out to be a dud. Also, be sure to use Google to check the time to the train station and/or other important town amenities.
2. While you are there, do a street view and walk the neighborhood. Keep in mind that it takes Google several years to get back to some neighborhoods, so that neighbor with the yellow house...Well, it might not be yellow anymore.
3. Put the home's address into Google, and search several pages in. The first few pages are likely to be filled up with real estate agency listings, so you will need to dig deeper to find out if there is any news on the home.
4. Check that your phone has cellular service at the address.
5. Head over to the sex offender registry and enter the address
6. If you are able to do a drive-by, I would recommend it.
Are you thinking about making an offer? What concerns did you have during the showing?
See if the property disclosure is available, it's a document that seller fills out which discloses any known issues with the home.
Have us call the listing agent to get answers on specific questions.
After the offer is accepted, you will have the opportunity to do an inspection, so it's best make a list of any building concerns for your inspector. We also recommend radon air testing for every home. Some additional inspections may be required depending on the home.
In Connecticut, a good lawyer will check for open building permits, oil tank removal documentation, and for title issues.
Few if any Connecticut lenders require a land survey when purchasing a property. For this reason, it's difficult to know exactly where the property lines are. One easy way to approximate a property line is to open Google Maps on your phone when you are on the property. A blue dot will show your location on the property. Most, but not all the time, there will be faint gray lines that indicate the property boundaries. Walk towards the property lines until the blue dot hovers over the faint gray line to determine where the property lines are. Keep in mind that this is an approximation, but we have found that most buyers are satisfied with this solution. If you have concerns about the property boundaries, you can always make a property survey a condition of the sale.
1. In Stamford, you submit a written offer, a check for 1% of the offer price (refundable, goes toward the purchase), signed disclosures and a pre-approval letter from your mortgage broker or proof of cash funds (bank statements).
2. Once price and terms are agreed to, you typically have 7-10 days to complete your inspections.
3. Assuming both the buyer and seller are in agreement post-inspection, you will go to your lawyers office to sign the sale contract and submit any additional deposit money. We do not use title companies to transfer title in Connecticut; this will be handled by your real estate lawyer. You should use a local lawyer, and we can provide recommendations.
4. The mortgage and legal process typically takes 4-8 weeks.
This is a simple overview. Each property, mortgage and town likely has a unique process and we will walk you through each step of the way.
1. Call the utility companies and have them switch the utilities to your name on the closing date. Utility provider information for each Gold Coast town is included below.
2. Have the USPS forward your mail to your new address.
1. Change your locks. Recommend locksmiths are included below.
2. Go to town hall to get your dog license...or get a dog! Welcome to the 'burbs!
It would be my pleasure. Whatever you do, avoid the big box stores and kiosks for key service. The quality of the keys are poor and you will likely regret it. These three locksmiths provide excellent quality and service on a consistent basis.
Charles Stuttig Locksmith (On-Site & Mobile) website >>
158 Greenwich Ave, Greenwich CT 06831 (203) 869-6260
Cross River Lock (On-Site & Mobile) website >>
117 Main St, Norwalk CT 06851 (203) 845-8700
Wizard Locksmiths (Mobile Only - 24hr) website >>
(203) 721-6990 *ask for the 10% move-in discount
* Water and Sewer will be activated by your Lawyer upon closing.
Electric: Eversource 800-286-2000
Gas: Eversource 800-989-0900
Public Water: Aquarion 800-732-9678
Public Sewer: WPCA 203-977-5832
Cable/Internet/Phone: Enter your zip code at highspeedinternet.com/ct>>
Trash: Town Collection, Private Collection in North Stamford More Information >>
Heating Oil: Enter your new ZIP code at fuelsnap.com>>
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