Welcome To Darien

Enclave on Long Island Sound.
Darien, the smallest coastal town on Connecticut’s Gold Coast, situated on Long Island Sound between Stamford and Norwalk, is a popular diverse community for executives, professionals of all ages, young couples, and families because of its blend of seaside living and easy commuting
distance to major business and metropolitan centers and close proximity to New York City in Fairfield County. With a population of 21,742 and a land area of just under 13 square miles, the combination of Darien's upscale waterfront living, entertainment, its outstanding schools, and
proximity to corporate centers, makes Darien one of Connecticut's best cities for anyone’s home. Many residents commute to Manhattan with two metro-North railroad stations -Noroton Heights and Darien - linking the town to Grand Central Terminal. Commuters are served by easy
access to the I-95 and the Merritt Parkway.

Originally part of Stamford, Darien was mostly a summer retreat for rich New Yorkers who built waterfront cottages that still dot the coastline. The town's quiet, privacy and beauty were well-kept secrets until 1920 when prosperous artists and writers uncovered the natural beauty of this Long Island Sound community. Today it's a part of the tri-state area of New York City that still boasts extraordinary seaside properties, large country estates, contemporary residences and stunning Victorian mansions. Darien is a central hub of civic activity. The Darien Public Library ranks as one of the top ten libraries in the country for its size. The Bates-Scofield House includes an historic herb garden with over 30 varieties of herbs used during the 18th century. It's
home to over 20 varieties of historical roses. A saltbox built in 1736 featuring a massive central chimney, beehive oven and large fireplace, visitors can enjoy 18th and early 19th Century New England regional furniture.

Darien residents enjoy easy access to many leisure and sporting activities. Darien's beautiful beaches provide swimming, windsurfing, water-skiing, and sunbathing. There are several public and private marinas for fishing and boating enthusiasts. Equestrian sports are appreciated and well attended in Darien. The Ox Ridge Hunt Club sponsors an annual qualifying event for the National Horse Show. The Darien community offers an appreciation and preservation of the type of open space equestrian sports require within easy commuting distance of Manhattan. The town boasts eleven parks, two public beaches, the private Tokeneke Beach Club, three country clubs including the first organized golf club in Connecticut, a riding & racquet club, the public Darien Boat Club, and  Noroton Yacht Club .


Darien has 8 schools: 7 public schools and 1 private schools. Darien schools spend aprox. $19,312 per student (The US average is $12,383). There are approx. 12 pupils per teacher, 363 students per librarian, and 527 children per counselor.

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