Bustling and beautiful, Fairfield is a town-sized community that packs a city-sized wallop. One of the most important pre-Revolutionary settlements on Long Island Sound, today, Fairfield is a delightful combination of coastal charm, historic preservation, cosmopolitan entertainments, and cultural opportunity. And it has a trove of residential diversity.
Fairfield has easy access to NYC or to New Haven via interstate, parkway, or from its two convenient, historic train stations (with a brand new one on the way). Boasting one of the best school systems in the country, two premier private universities, and an urbane, diverse downtown, Fairfield is a Mecca for corporate relocation and a major cultural center in New England.
The Historic District and Downtown: With landmarks and period architecture from 17th, 18th, and 19th Centuries, this area extends into the residential beach community, and includes the Landmark buildings--- Old Town Hall, The Fairfield Public Library, and the 13,000 sq ft Fairfield Museum and History Center. For movie buffs, there are multiplexes and, in town, is the Community Film Center---run by a dedicated group of volunteers----and the Fairfield Theater Company presenting classic and modern plays, as well as concerts, lectures artistic workshops and exhibitions. At the center of town is the Sherman Green Gazebo, which offers free concerts in summer evenings; residents bring lawn chairs or a blanket and picnics. At holiday time, residents gather for the annual tree lighting at the Old Town Hall.
The Universities: Having two excellent private universities creates educational interest and opportunity for the community. The residential area around the beautiful university campus is an attractive and convenient place to live. Fairfield University with its 3,900 undergraduates and 1,000 graduate students, is notable for its science programs---having produced a MacArthur Fellow and Guggenheim Fellow--- and for 53 Fulbright Scholars since 1993 coming out of its international programs. The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University is an important cultural institution in its own right. It houses two theaters and an art gallery providing music, dance theater and programs for young audiences and has one of the finest concert halls in the country. Just to the North and east of Fairfield U, is the smaller but no less vital Sacred Heart University. Its Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts houses an intimate 776-seat theatre adding to Fairfield’s cultural richness.
Shopping and Dining: Yes, Fairfield has more museums, more theatre and two more libraries including the nationally acclaimed Pequot Library (a beautifully preserved 1893 mansion, but let’s not forget dinning and shopping! Within a few square miles, Fairfield has a dizzying array of Zagat-rated restaurants---like the popular Centro Restaurante with its outdoor seating area overlooking Sherman Green Gazebo. Or you can to grab a sandwich at the famous Firehouse Deli, sip coffee at an outdoor café, or catch a band with lunch at Chef’s Table. Friendly Fairfield shopping has an eclectic mix of shops from small moms and pops, to exclusive shops, to national popular chains. You can browse the books at Borders, window shop at the many excellent jewelry stores or even purchase fine and exotic fabrics for custom tailoring.
A Community of Neighborhoods: When you venture forth just a block or two from the downtown area, Fairfield reveals neighborhoods with a range of residential prospects. Fairfield Beach: this extensive beach community features street after street of family-centered living with range of architectural flavors, from the period architecture of its Historic District to wooden beach houses and contemporary condos. The coastline is dotted with wetland nature preserves and with five beaches and two public marinas. A significant section of Fairfield’s wonderful waterfront setting, is the village of Southport, with its perfectly preserved 19th century architecture, quaint streets, Pequot Yacht Club and unsurpassed views overlooking the Fairfield Golf and Country Club.
Travel a few miles further north and west to horse country to experience Greenfield Hill. Stately mansions, lush lawns make this a highly desirable neighborhood. Famous for its springtime Dogwood Festival, this genteel upscale community is centered on the village green of the National Historic Landmark Greenfield Hill Congregational Church. The green is also the locale for the annual Summer Arts Festival where the Dogwood trail begins. Greenfield Hill is planted with the world’s most extensive array of Dogwoods, and in May, you can follow roads and roads of blossoming dogwoods---a dense canopy of pastels---that makes spring in Fairfield a magical place.
For fresh-water recreation, travel a little further north to the tiny village of Stratfield. Its charming center village has picturesque shops, and Lake Mohegan with its miles of surrounding trails, beach and sprinkler park provides wonderful outdoor activities year-round.
White church steeples, exciting downtown, an array of cultural festivities, fun beach living, and a variety of suburban and country lifestyles, Fairfield is the treasure of the Connecticut Gold Coast.