About Old Greenwich

Old Greenwich is a neighborhood in the town of Greenwich.  It was founded in 1641. Old Greenwich has become extremely popular for home buyers and currently ranks 7th place among the nation’s wealthiest communities in an annual Bloomberg report published March 5, 2018, “America’s 100 Richest Places.”

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One of the founding settlers of Old Greenwich was Elizabeth Fones,  niece and daughter-in-law of John Winthrop, founder and Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.  What is now called Greenwich Point was known for much of its early history as “Elizabeth Neck” in recognition of Elizabeth (Fones) Feake Hallet and their 1640 purchase of the Point and much of the area now known as Old Greenwich.

The Old Greenwich railroad station which serves commuters in the neighborhood was originally called the “Sound Beach” railroad station.  It was built in 1894 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.  The town’s largest beach is on a long, thin peninsula at the southwest end of the neighborhood. The town’s local beach is called Tod’s Point after a former resident. The beach is now public property, which belongs to the town of Greenwich. Residents can purchase a seasonal beach pass. Non-residents can purchase a one-day pass for $20 per vehicle. During “off season”, Innis Arden, a local golf club, is a popular sledding destination for kids in Old Greenwich and neighboring Stamford.

Old Greenwich was known as “Sound Beach” in the 19th century, and the main road through the small downtown business section is Sound Beach Avenue.

Old Greenwich had an industrial presence back in the 1950s/60s when Electrolux had a vacuum manufacturing facility on Forest Avenue, opposite “ECCman Center” (now Greenwich Civic Center). The Civic Center also hosted a very fine swamp where local kids would pick cattails and search for frogs and turtles.

LOOKING FOR FOOD?

The Old Greenwich Social Club
148 Sound Beach Ave
Bar games · Happy hour food · Late-night food
Garden Catering Old Greenwich
185 1/2 Sound Beach Ave
$ · Chicken
Known for their chicken nuggets, this tiny deli is a longtime (since 1991) go-to for homemade fare.
Comfort food · Breakfast · Quick bite
Le Fat Poodle
20 Arcadia Rd
$$ · French
Classy spot with a terrace serving bistro favorites & international fare plus wine & cocktails.
Comfort food · Great dessert · Upscale
Oriental Gourmet
214 Sound Beach Ave
$ · Chinese
Comfort food · Quick bite · Casual
RéNapoli | Pizzeria & Chicago Italian Beef
216 Sound Beach Ave
$$ · Italian
Snug storefront turning out Neapolitan-style pies (whole or by the slice) & other Italian dishes.
Comfort food · Quick bite · Casual
Sound Beach Pizza, Grill & Delicatessen
178 Sound Beach Ave
 $$ · Pizza
 Comfort food · Breakfast · Quick bite
Alpen Pantry
23 Arcadia Rd
$· Fast Food
Quick bite · Fast service · Healthy options
Applausi Osteria Toscana
199 Sound Beach Ave
$$ · Italian
Contemporary family-owned eatery offering a range of Italian recipes in a stylish setting.
Comfort food · Great dessert · Upscale
Bobby Q’s Pit Stop
1340 E Putnam Ave
 $$ · Barbecue
Smoked meats, sandwiches & burgers are on the menu at this unfussy joint with a simple interior.
Comfort food · Quick bite · Casual
Lugano Wine Bar
1392 E Putnam Ave
· Restaurant
Cozy · Casual · Groups
 
Dunkin’ Donuts
184 Sound Beach Ave
$ · Donuts
Long-running chain serving signature donuts, breakfast sandwiches & a variety of coffee drinks.
Breakfast · Casual · Great coffee
Sweet Pea’s Baking Company
212 Sound Beach Ave
$$ · Bakery
Lugano Salumeria & Wine Bar
1392 E Putnam Ave
$$ · Italian
Italian small plates & entrees accompany a curated wine list in a chic space with a long marble bar.
Happy hour food · Late-night food · Comfort food
Beach House Cafe
220 Sound Beach Ave
$$ · Seafood
American beach food in a shore-town setting popular with families & for live music on weekends.
Comfort food · Small plates · Quick bite
Winfield’s at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich
1800 East Putnam Ave
$ American
Casual Dining

 

Data & Demographics

OLD GREENWICH  
Population

6,829

Median Household Income

$200,001

Average Household Income

$285,793

Per Capita Income

$96,046

Total Housing Units

2,475

Owner Occupied Housing Units

74.5%

Renter Occupied Housing Units

18.1%

Vacant HU

7.3%

Median Home Value

$1,000,001

Average Home Vaue

$1,060,217

Total Households

2,294

Average household size

2.97

Family Households

1819

Average Family Size

3

Local Businesses

20/20 Optical
Back 40 Mercantile
Bennett Jewelers of Old Greenwich
Chilly Bear
CM Almy
Feinsod True Value Hardware
Fred
Images of Old Greenwich
Panache Hair Salon
Sound Beach Optics
Saint Saviour’s School of Dance
The Village Ewe
Village Barbers
Upper Crust Bagel Company
Venture Photography