Founded in 1640, Greenwich is one of the oldest towns in America. Greenwich has been called the gateway to New England and has the perfect mix of small town and city living. The areas known as Byram, Cos Cob, Riverside and Old Greenwich dot the coastline while areas known as mid and back country stretch to and beyond the scenic Merritt Parkway. The rolling hills of Banksville and Round Hill include properties ranging in style from large country estates to streamlined contemporaries. Blending seamlessly with the town's residential communities are the corporate offices of hedge funds and other businesses headquartered in Greenwich. The town is well known for its beautiful public parks including Tod's Point, Binney Park, Bruce Park, and the Babcock Preserve. Greenwich also offers hiking trails, bicycling, public and private golf courses, horseback riding, and public and private yacht clubs. An active cultural center, Greenwich hosts local theatre groups, an Arts Council, and is home to the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra. Additional desirable assets include the outstanding educational opportunities, both public and private, as well as the world class Greenwich Public Libraries.
The advent of the railroad in the mid-nineteenth century was an economic boon for central Greenwich, transforming Greenwich Avenue into the major shopping center it is today, with its many upscale stores and top-rated restaurants. Central Greenwich is the hub of economic activity and the seat of town government. It is also where the main Greenwich library, Bruce Museum, Greenwich Hospital and many other town institutions are located.
The central Greenwich area offers a wide range of residential opportunities, from apartments and condominiums convenient to shopping and public transportation to mid-country homes and the exclusive waterfront properties in Belle Haven and Mead Point.
Cos Cob is known for the late American impressionist Cos Cob Art Colony of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Cos Cob is a neighborhood made up of approximately 2.2 square miles. It is situated along the western shore of the Mianus River that empties in the Cos Cob Harbor of Long Island Sound.
Riverside is one of the most desirable of our suburban communities. It is closely linked to neighboring Old Greenwich, and its abundant stretch of waterfront on the river, harbor and Long Island Sound attracts those who have a particular interest in living near the water and in sailing and fishing.
Old Greenwich has evolved from a farming community to a summer resort to the quiet commuter community it is today. Residents of the village take a particular pride in their community with its special amenities: its intimate downtown shopping center; proximity to popular Greenwich point with its fine beach, park and public boating facilities’ and scenic Binney Park, where Little League baseball and soccer are regular weekend events and the annual model sailboat races on the pond draw many young would-be sailors.