What's Guilford, Connecticut like?

Guilford is a quintessential New England community and one of the most desirable places to live in Connecticut due to its blend of shoreline and farmland, excellent school system and charming town Green. First settled in 1639, Guilford has the third largest collection of historical homes in New England, with dwellings from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Buyers can find beautifully maintained and restored historical homes, along with newer houses bordering the Green and luxury condominiums. Guilford boasts a variety of beach neighborhoods where buyers can find charming cottages and grand estates. Originally an agricultural community, Guilford maintains those roots with its rural neighborhoods and farms to the north. 

From shoreline beaches to peaceful lakes to miles of hiking trails, there is a lot to enjoy in this charming town of about 22,000 residents. The area is well served by Interstates 91 and 95 and rail connections to New York and Boston. Along with our Guilford real estate agency, residents here enjoy great schools, a strong community, outdoor activities, arts, culture, shops and restaurants appeal to families, young adults and retirees alike.

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Schools & Education

The Guilford Public School System consistently ranks among the top in Connecticut. There are four neighborhood elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school, which recently moved to a newly constructed state-of-the-art facility and is known for its International Baccalaureate (IB) program and strong theater, visual arts and sports programs.

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Getting Around

Guilford is convenient to I-95 and New Haven is just 20 minutes away. Shore Line East provides train service to New Haven and Old Saybrook, where you can make connections to New York City and Boston. A public bus transit system offers multiple stops in Guilford.

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Things to Do

Kayak in Long Island Sound, the East River and Lake Quonnipaug, or launch your boat from one of Guilford’s marinas. Enjoy scenic views of Long Island Sound and far reaching vistas from the top of Bluff Head Trail, one of the many local hiking routes that include the New England Trail.  

Visit Bishop’s Orchards and pick your own fruit. Take a class at the Guilford Art Center, which hosts a large Craft Expo on the Green each summer. Walk around town and enjoy the boutique shops, antique stores, restaurants and art galleries. Be sure not to miss the annual Guilford Fair, held at the Fairgrounds each September, or Shakespeare on the Shoreline performances on the Green.

Step back in time at one of the historical museums displaying Guilford's heritage.

Living in Guilford, CT. FAQs

Is Guilford CT a good place to live?

Most would consider Guilford CT a good place to live, giving residents a rural feel and most residents own their homes. Guilford is known to have many parks and is a part of New Haven County.

Is Guildford a good place to buy a house?

Guilford, CT can be a good place to buy a house for those who are looking for a quaint small-town atmosphere with a coastal location.

What is Guilford CT known for?

Guilford is famous for its Town Green, which has been voted as the "Best in New England." The Green is reminiscent of an old New England village and serves as the hub of the town's activities. It features unique shops, restaurants, galleries, and historic landmarks, making it a popular destination for visitors and residents alike. The Town Green is also home to various family-friendly events and activities throughout the year, making it an excellent spot for entertainment and socializing.

Does Guilford CT have a beach?

Yes, Guilford, CT has several beaches, which are popular destinations for residents and visitors. One of the more popular beaches in Guilford is Jacobs Beach, which offers 25 acres of sandy shore off the Long Island Sound for a small fee.

Is Guildford a small town?

Guilford has a population of around 23,000 people.

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