Welcome to New Canaan
Surrounded by the cities Darien, Norwalk, and Stamford, and nestled amongst a breath-taking woodland environment, New Canaan, Connecticut is a refuge for those looking for a peaceful lifestyle. Step away from the daily bustling of urban life to enjoy this charming town with a community-centered heart.
Rather than a town, New Canaan began as a parish when it was first settled in 1731, and it wasn’t until it was incorporated in 1801 that the residents found themselves responsible for building a city. New York’s affluent residents found the quiet beauty of the area appealing and began settling in what is now a vibrant suburb.
Housing in New Canaan is diverse. Known as “The Harvard Five,” a group of architects began building contemporary, exciting homes in the area during the mid-20th century. The residential areas of New Canaan range from modern aesthetic homes with innovative floor plans, to luxury apartments, to more traditional single-family colonial homes.
What to Love
People & Lifestyle
New Canaan values creating a refined, relaxed, and close-knit environment for its residents. With one of the best school districts in the state and the country, New Canaan proves that excellence isn’t only for the bustling urban areas. Here, you’ll find luxury and tranquility, along with a desire to pursue and be the best. The city is ideal for families but is also well-suited for individuals and entrepreneurs who are looking to grow something incredible.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
One-of-a-kind boutiques, spectacular dining, and ample opportunities to explore the arts and culture, New Canaan is a place where you’ll find something exciting around every corner.
Head to the lovely upscale boutique, More N’ More
, in New Canaan for all of your clothing essentials, or take a trip to The Whitney Shop
for high-end décor, bridal necessities, and more. Ralph Lauren
also has a store in the city, and here you can find your wardrobe staples with the luxury brand.
The list of must-try dining is expansive here, and you’ll want to be sure you sample all of New Canaan’s delicious restaurants that have enough variety to suit any taste buds. Several of the most popular restaurants include LoCali Pizza
, Elm Restaurant
, and the wine bars of Spiga
and Cava Wine Bar.
Things to Do
In New Canaan, you can find everything from fairs and festivals to ample park trails, recreational facilities, museums, art centers like the Silvermines Arts Center
, and seasonal events that you won’t want to miss out on. The town is the perfect place for those who love activities with a community feel.
The annual Harvest Festival
promises a night filled with live music, delicious food, craft beers, and delectable wines, all set in the beautiful fall foliage of Connecticut. For annual outdoor fun and shopping summer sales, attend the Village Fair Sidewalk Fair
hosted every July.
The New Canaan Land Trust
is dedicated to preserving the natural landscape of the area, and consequently, New Canaan has several areas of exploration and recreation. Waveny Park
provides trails and family recreation for all, and you’ll also want to visit the New Canaan Nature Center
which focuses on educating all ages on Connecticut wildlife.
New Canaan is home to many excellent schools and is proud to be home to one of the best public education programs in the country. Top educational opportunities include:
- East School, K-4, one of the top-rated elementary schools in the state
- St. Luke’s School, 5-12, highly-rated private school
- New Canaan High School, 9-12, one of the top-rated public schools in the state