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Darien

A community-minded coastal town offering a wealth of life and luxury.

 

Welcome to Darien

A jewel on Connecticut’s “Gold Coast,” Darien is an affluent town nestled along stunning shorelines. In addition to the resplendent beauty of the town itself and the community-rich environment, residents can venture into the urban grandeur of NYC, which is under an hour away by train from Darien’s two local stations.

The city was originally settled by its “first planters” in 1640 when they purchased the land from the native Siwanoys. The town began as a part of Stamford before it was incorporated under its current name in 1820. From a small settlement to a coastal trading town to the blossomed suburban area it is now, Darien has always been a growing, idyllic place to live.

Residential architecture in Darien is nothing short of astonishing. Historic colonial houses, modernized cottages, sweeping contemporary homes that incorporate the beautiful scenic surroundings—no matter what type of home you’re searching for, this suburban area is replete with elegance.

What to Love

People & Lifestyle

Darien establishes the feeling of home in every aspect of its setting. A residential suburb, the town is ranked among the top 10 richest places in the country and has also been rated as the safest city in Connecticut.

Due in part to its young population, Darien bustles with life and is constantly moving towards further development and amenities. Home to a high number of families with small children, retirees, couples, and an overall highly-educated populace, this small town is full of people who are intent on experiencing the very best of everything they do.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Like the city itself, the opportunities for entertainment, shopping, and dining in Darien are unique and vibrant. The town boasts several boutiques that provide an incomparable shopping experience, as well as dozens of irresistible restaurants.

For uncommon and quality children’s toys, visit Darien Toy Box and pick up some vintage games, collectibles, and so much more. All of your apparel and recreational needs can be met at Darien Sport Shop, and anyone searching for on-trend clothing or the perfect gown for any occasion should check out Helen Ainson.

Dining in Darien is truly a one-of-a-kind event no matter where you go. Uncle’s Deli—where you’ll have to try their famous bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches—and Mama Carmela’s Italian Deli are two well-known establishments for quick, quality homestyle food. As well, consider any of the following restaurants for a meal you’re sure to remember:

Things to Do

A mainly residential area, Darien is a place where you can live out the lifestyle of your dreams, satisfied with your surroundings. The town has parks, beaches, and dining, and several indoor recreational facilities. The arts are plentiful here too, and you can visit The Darien Arts Center for classes and performances.

In Darien, there is a near-constant stream of festivities and celebrations. The town has the Easter Egg Hunt at DCA, a Memorial Day parade, and the Hindley Elementary School’s “Hindley Happening” fair all in May. In the summer months, you can join the fun of the Darien Sidewalk Sales, the YWCA Darien Push N’ Pull Parade, the Darien Boy Scouts Tag Sale, the Fourth of July Fireworks, and the Darien Farmers Market. For holiday-themed celebrations, there’s the Tokeneke Pumpkin Fair, the DCA Halloween Parade, and the Downtown Holiday Magic & Lights.

Recreationally, Darien has an abundance of parks and beaches, including the following parks, which you can find guides to here: Baker Park, Woodland Park, Cherry Lawn Park, McGuane Park, Selleck’s Woods Nature Preserve, and Tilley Pond Park. Additionally, two of the more popular beaches are Pear Tree Point Beach and Weed Beach.

Schools

Darien is home to an award-winning school district and has several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:

  • Tokeneke Elementary School, PK-5, highly-rated public elementary school
  • Ox Ridge Elementary School, PK-5, highly-rated public elementary school
  • Royle Elementary School, PK-5, highly-rated public elementary school
  • Hindley Elementary School, PK-5, Blue Ribbon School
  • Holmes Elementary School, K-5, highly-rated public elementary school 
  • Middlesex Middle School, 6-8, Blue Ribbon School
  • Darien High School, 9-12, highly-rated public high school





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