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New Haven County, Middlesex County, & Surrounding Areas
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The Communities of New Haven and Middlesex Counties offer the best of many cultural and outdoor amenities, employment and education opportunities, and home choices. You can literally have it all in this lovely area, with easy access to magnificent waterfront areas, farmland, and miles of wooded trails, as well as world-class theaters, concert venues, museums, top-notch education, and, of course, the best pizza in the world.
Residents enjoy a truly remarkable range of employers to choose from, with commutes averaging about 30 minutes. As of 2016, Connecticut was home to 19 companies on the Fortune 500 list. Some leading employers in the area include Yale New Haven Hospital, Yale University, United Technologies, Eversource Energy, Alexion, and ESPN.
Highlights for outdoor fun include: Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, Connecticut, Silver Sands State Park in Milford, the treasured Thimble Islands in Stony Creek, The Essex Steam Train & Riverboat along the Connecticut River, and miles more of waterfront fun. Families, walkers, runners, and hikers alike enjoy the scenery of Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden, The Greenway Trail, which stretches through many shoreline towns from Madison to East Haven, and other extensive hiking trails maintained by well-organized land trusts. Connecticut’s historic greens and community organizations offer up more places for outdoor activities and many festivals and fairs throughout the year.
Head indoors for museums of all sorts, from the Peabody Museum of Natural History to the Yale Center for British Art, and a variety of preserved historic homes open to public viewing. Concert goers of all tastes will find an artist of their choosing at venues as diverse as the large, 4,600 seat Oakdale Theater in Wallingford to beautiful Woolsey Hall at Yale, which features performances by the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, as well as other performances. Shopping and restaurants are available for all tastes and varieties, and we are lucky to have many independent books stores, including RJ Julia Booksellers, one of the nation’s top independent bookstores.
Families will benefit from the top-notch public school systems throughout the area, some of which are the most highly regarded schools in Connecticut. Many of the public high schools in the communities we represent are recipients of the College Success Award, including Amity Regional High School, Cheshire High School, Daniel Hand High School in Madison, Guilford High School, Joseph A Foran High School in Milford, and Lyme-Old Lyme High School. Connecticut also offers some of the very best private schools in the nation, including Choate-Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Hamden Hall Country Day School, Hopkins School in New Haven, and Taft School in Watertown.
New Haven and Middlesex counties offer seaside and river views, farmland and rural settings, and downtown living in both small towns and cities. Home offerings are as diverse as the landscape, and so residents can have their pick among luxury waterfront homes, posh downtown condos, family-friendly neighborhoods, charming historic houses, and rural farmhouses.