New Canaan is one of the most affluent towns in the United States. The town is perfectly located just north of Darien and offers a convenient 44 mile commute by train or car to New York City. The landscape is picturesque with open land, stunning views, lovely woodlands, sprawling parks, elegant homes, stone walls and rippling ponds. The town offers several upscale shops and fine restaurants which adds suburban sophistication to its country charm.
The town of New Canaan is nationally recognized for its modern architecture thanks to “The Harvard Five” – a group of five architects from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design who settled in New Canaan in the late 1940s. Over a 30-year period, they designed and built nearly 100 unique houses in New Canaan using modern materials, construction methods and design. Four are now listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places: the Landis Gores House, the Richard and Geraldine Hodgson House, the Philip Johnson Glass House, and the Noyes House.
New Canaan’s renowned school system attracts executives and professionals who have families. The town takes pride in the solid academic education obtainable at its public schools. The five schools recently underwent a multi-year renovation, and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges awarded the district with a “superb” rating.
New Canaan features hundreds of acres of parkland with wildlife and woodland preserves. It also offers a wide selection of recreational and athletic facilities, including numerous public parks, private swim and tennis clubs, country club, ball fields, tennis courts, skating ponds and a town pool. The Silvermine Arts Center and the Town Players of New Canaan regional theater group are just a few of the creative outlets that add to the town’s charm and culture. In addition, an historical society, art society and community chorus promote the town’s avid involvement in culture and the arts.
Travel Times to NYC: Approximately one hour
Population: 19,738 (2010)
Square Miles: 22.5
New Canaan differs from other towns as each area is denoted by the south, east, north or west part of town.
- Behind the Y
- Lost District
- New Canaan Center
- Pinneys Corners
- Silvermine (which extends into Norwalk and Wilton)
- Talmadge Hill
- The Ridges, including Smith Ridge Road, Oenoke Ridge and Ponus Ridge
- Waveny Park features acres of walking trails, open meadows for play, a golf area, an art gallery, live theater, a town pool, a dog park and a beautiful old manor house.
- Smaller Irwin Park has a rubberized walking/biking trail and passive open space.
- Kiwanis Park has a great playground that sits in sand and a public pond for swimming.
- Mead Park has a beautiful playground, a casual seasonal restaurant, numerous baseball fields and a lovely pond that houses numerous duck and geese families.
- Brunswick School
- Convent of the Sacred Heart
- Greenwich Academy
- Greenwich Catholic School
- The Greenwich Country Day School
- The Mead School
- The Stanwich School
- Whitby School
- Winston Preparatory School (Norwalk)
This independent report ranks New Canaan schools among the highest in the state.