Welcome to Greater Danbury and Candlewood Lake area. With Danbury as the regional center, the surrounding towns include Bethel, Brookfield, Newtown, New Fairfield, New Milford, Ridgefield, Redding and Sherman. With easy access to major employment centers such as White Plains,Stamford, Norwalk and New York City as well as natural surroundings, recreation, excellent school systems, cultural opportunities, health care facilities, reasonable real estate values, low property taxes, and low crime rates often place its towns at the top lists of most desirable places to live.
The area has real estate choices ranging from wonderful rural wooded properties, suburban neighborhoods, bustling downtown; and the jewel in its crown: the 75 miles of shoreline along Candlewood Lake,the largest lake in the state, in addition to several local reservioirs, ponds and lakes. It is often referred to as the "Gateway to New England" since it is located just west of the New York State Line. It is a small town area within close proximity to metropolitan centers placing it 80 minutes north of New York City, 1 hour west of Hartford and within easy reach of lower Fairfield County and the Long Island Sound. Greater Danbury offers a long tradition as a cultural and educational center and is home to Western Connecticut State University. Benefits of living in Greater Danbury and the Candlewood Lake region include excellent school systems; state of the art health care at Danbury Hospital; beautiful natural surroundings; temperate climate and ample recreation and shopping. There are several historic sites, museums and centers of the arts for numberous activities. Situated on the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains, there are numberous lakes and ponds for boaters, swimmers, fishers, sailers, windsurfers, water skiers, ice fishers, and well as showshoers and skaters.
Danbury is especially appealing for retail businesses ranging from small shops and local restaurants found a small New England town to world-class shopping at the Danbury Fair Mall. Real estate thrives on the well run transportation system. At the heart of the region, Danbury occupies 44 square miles with a population close to 80,000. Danbury is known as the "Hat City" because in the ealry 1800's there were over 56 hat shops in operation.The greater Danbury Fair ran from 1869 to 1981 until the land was sold and construction started on the Danbury Fair Mall which opened on its ground a few years later. There are numberous light industry and corporate offices in Danbury as well,which help keeps jobs in the community and keeps the property taxes down.
Candlewood Lake is the crown jewel of the region. It is the largest manmade lake in the state of Connecticut. There is 60 miles of shoreline with frontage in five different towns, Danbury, Brookfield, New Fairfield, New Milford and Sherman. The lake is about forty feet deep in most places, with other points that are eighty feet. There are several lake and beach communities located along Candlewood Lake. They include Candewood Shores, Candlewood Isle, the Knolls, Sail Harbour, Candlewood Lake Club, Aqua Vista, Atchison Cove,Candlewood Point, Pleasant Acres and Shoreview Estates. Real estate in most lake communities range from humble bungalows & ranchs to modern day mansions. Because of this large variety of home types, prices range from low $200,000sto $5,000,000.
In addition to real estate on or in communities along Candlewood Lake, there are plenty of options to choose from. Danbury has a wide variety of neighborhoods to choose from. The Aunt Hack & King Street area on the west side of town offer large colonials, capes and contemportary style homes situated on about 1 acre lots near the New York State line. The Great Plain & Stadley Rough neighborhoods, located on Danbury's east side, consists of mostly ranch and raised ranch styled homes built between the middle 1950s and middle 1970s on 1/2 acre lots. In the City Center region of Danbury, you can going to find everything from 1880s Victorians, modest cape cod style homes 1/8 on acre, multi family homes and vintage colonials. In the Shelter Rock area, you will find mostly modest raised ranchs and capes on about a 1/4 of an acre constructed in the middle 1950s to middle 1960s. Up in the Pembroke area of Danbury, there is a mix of a modest ranchs in the Margerie Manor area, large colonials & contemporaries in the Huntington Farm subdivision and mid century ranches, splits and raised ranches in the Charcoal Ridge subdivision. Located along the Ridgefield & Redding border is the Long Ridge neighborhood of Danbury. With a mix of vintage colonials to newly built homes, Long Ridge offers a wide spectrum of homes situated along former country roads.
In addition, there have been a wide variety of condominium and townhome devolpments that have built in Danbury within the last 25 years. These make great options of buyers that wish to enjoy the maintence free lifestyle. Westwood Village is a 294 unit devolpment with 1 to 3 bedroom floor plans inbetween exit 2 & 4 on I-84 with 2 inground pools, playground and a dog park. Also located on near the New York border is the Lake Place townhome community which offer contemporary styled units with a pool, tennis courts, clubhouse and private beach all along scenic Lake Kenosia. Kensington Woods & Briar Woods are two newer townhome communities located near exit 2 on I-84. On the east side of Danbury, there is Shepherd Hill, Sterling Woods, Lexington Mews, Woodland Hills and Arlington Woods which offer a carefree lifestyle with easy access to exit 7 & 8 of I-84. Poet's Landing is the only condo community in Danbury that has a private beach on Candlewood Lake. In the nearby area of Candlewood Lake, the communities of Park Ridge, Barclay Commons,Arrowood and Apple Blossom offer buyers great value. Rivington,Timber Oaks, Bethel Meadows & The Summit at Bethel are the Danbury area's newest luxury townhome communities found along the Danbury/Bethel line with a host of recreational activities.
Brookfield is a small town with colonial New England charm set with major shopping & consumer destinations located along Federal Road. Outside of Federal Road, there are a wide variety of neighborhoods ranging from 1960s raised ranches to newly completed custom built colonials & almost everything in between. Route 7 & I-84 put Brookfield within easy commuting distance to the major job centers in the area. Candlewood Lake,Lake Lillinonah, Williams Park, the Sunset Hill Golf Club and the Greenknoll YMCA are the most popular recreational facilities in town. Neighborhoods in Brookfield include Candlewood Shores, Barkwood Falls, Lake Lillinonah, Long Meadow Hill, Seven Fields, Birham Woods, Greenridge, Rollingwood, Stony Hill Village and Ironworks Hill.
There are recreational oppotunities for childern of all ages in Greater Danbury. Tarrywile park is a 700 acre park found just outside of downtown. With over 14 miles of trails, there is a wide variety of natural settings to take in with great views in a peaceful setting. Located on the west side of Danbury, Richter Golf Course ranks as of the top 25 public golf courses in the country. The Charles Ives Center for the Arts, named in honor of Charles Edward Ives, one of America’s great composers, is set on 40 wooded acres on the west side of Danbury where the community can enjoy performances at the outdoor amphitheater and extensive high quality music and arts related programs. The city of Danbury is governed by an elected Mayor and Common Council. Lake Lillinonah ,located in Brookfield, Bridgewater, Newtown & Southbury, has 45 miles of shoreline and ranks as of the top choices for bass fishing in the state.
An investment in greater Danbury and Candlewood Lake is an exceptional value as well as the opportunity to explore unlimited shopping, fine dining, extensive parks and trails as well as strong educational opportunities on all levels. The region features a peaceful blend of the rural, suburban and city living with all the comforts and amenities your would expect in Fairfield County. Please contact me to help you find your perfect year round residence, seasonal lake home or wooded retreat or for a tour of the region!