Darien

Darien is a small coastal town in southwest Connecticut with a population of nearly 22,000 residents.  It covers 14.9 square miles with approximately 30 acres of scenic shoreline of the Long Island Sound.

Darien has easy access to Interstate 95 and the Merritt Parkway.  There are two Metro-North stations that offer service to New York’s Grand Central Terminal with commute times of about 50 minutes during peak travel times.

Darien residents enjoy two public beaches, 205 acres of park and recreational facilities, an indoor ice skating rink, and an equestrian center.

Originally settled in 1641 as part of Stamford, the area we know as Darien became Middlesex Parish in 1737. In 1820, residents petitioned the state legislature to establish Darien as a separate town.

DATA & DEMOGRAPHICS

DARIEN

Population – 21,901
Owner Occupied Housing – 78%
Renter Occupied Housing – 16.5%
Vacant Homes – 5.5%
Median Home Value – $1,359,701
Per Capita Income – $89,409

DARIEN NEIGHBORHOODS

NOROTON – southwest corner of Darien on Boston Post RoadThe name Noroton originates from the Native American “Norporiton” assigned to the river along Darien’s border with Stamford.  This section of Darien is defined by two peninsulas that claw their way into Long Island Sound, their curved appendages protecting enough coves and inlets to make the area a haven for beachgoers and sailors.

NOROTON HEIGHTS – north of I-95 to Middlesex School & bounded on the east by Noroton Ave

The densely populated streets of this part of town are full of “modest Capes and colonials” along with other house styles.

TOKENEKE – mostly private community in southeastern Darien

Darien’s eastern coastline is almost entirely Tokeneke, a private community with a beach, club, and police patrol. All homeowners within the district pay a separate tax to maintain the roads and police constables in the neighborhood. Coveted Contentment Island sits in the southeasternmost part of town, encompassed by Tokeneke.

NOROTON NECK

The shorter of the peninsulas, Noroton Neck, is divided into shore communities like Noroton Bay and Pratt Island.  Long Neck, which extends farther into Long Island Sound includes Long Neck Point which provides westerly views of Manhattan.  Long Neck Point consistently ranks as one of the best places to live in America.

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