Darien is a picturesque small coastal town hugging the shoreline of Long Island Sound less than an hour from Manhattan. What was once considered a summer destination for New Yorkers, Darien has evolved into a vibrant and active community of 20,000 residents who have successfully integrated 21st century needs with Darien’s unique architectural and natural heritage.
Within Darien’s 14.9 square miles, residents enjoy a wide variety of resources including two sandy public beaches, 205 acres of park and recreational facilities, a renowned indoor ice rink, movie theater, an impressive baseball park, not to mention a highly respected equestrian center. Its two train stations and close proximity to I-95 and the Merritt Parkway not only make for easy access to New York, but provide a gateway to the rest of New England as well.
Known for its family friendly neighborhoods and excellent schools, Darien has one of the highest expenditures per student in the nation with over ninety percent of graduates going on to competitive colleges and universities. A new 54,000 square foot state-of- the-art library is ranked one of the top 100 libraries in the country, and is the first LEEDS gold-certified library in New England.
Innovative new shops and trend setting restaurants now line downtown Darien streets as a result of an aggressive and strategic revitalization program. Well known retailers such as Brooks Brothers and Whole Food Market are happily coexisting with long term icons such as the Darien Sport Shop, Sugar Bowl luncheonette and Post Corner Pizza.
Darien’s reputation as a warm and friendly town with a strong sense of community is well deserved. Whether residents live on the outskirts of town on a bucolic 2 acres or reside within close proximity to train and shops, there’s a good reason they want to call Darien home.
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