Connecticut’s Best Places For Your Home: Old Saybrook CT

January 10, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Home and Family

Set on the beautiful Long Island Sound on the west bank of the Connecticut River mouth, Old Saybrook is a great place to work, visit and play. Connecticut Magazine ranked Old Saybrook number one among Connecticut towns with a population of 10,000-15,000 making it one of the state’s best communities for your family and home.

One of the earliest settlements in Connecticut and the United States, it was originally founded in 1635 as a trading post on the west bank of the river mouth. In the 1700’s and 1800’s Old Saybrook became an important center for the coastal trade and trade with the West Indies.

Old Saybrook’s rich history is displayed throughout the town’s main streets. Old Saybrook has about 100 historical homes and many of the houses in the North Cove area were built by sea captains or ship owners.

The Hart House is one of the earliest houses in Old Saybrook built in 1767. William Hart was a prosperous merchant in the West Indies trade noted for entertaining lavishly. During the Revolution he led the First Connecticut Light Horse Militia and armed his merchant ships as a privateer against the British. The Hart House has been beautifully restored with its distinctive corner fireplaces and extensive gardens.

The lower Connecticut River Valley is widely regarded as having one of the mildest climates in Connecticut. Many subtropical plants grow here that grow no place else in Connecticut like Southern Magnolias and Needle Palms.

In the summer time Old Saybrook’s stunning natural surroundings, excellent amenities and prime location at the mouth of the Connecticut River and Long Island Sound attract thousands of visitors. Local businesses are often busy during particular seasons with vacationing families and tourists present.

Along the shores and waterways, nature lovers can take pleasure in watching heron, egrets and osprey by canoe or on foot. Old Saybrook has two public beaches and several parks, and a mini-golf course at Saybrook Point. There are a number of boat marinas and a state-owned boat launching area.

Gracious oceanfront properties, charming cottages and vacation homes spot the coastline, while single-family houses of traditional and modern design sprinkle the countryside. Stylish condominiums and apartments also are available. Residents of Old Saybrook take pride in their education system, offering public elementary, middle and high schools. Private school opportunities are also available.

Old Saybrook has successfully maintained its small town atmosphere by controlling growth and providing for open space. The top ranking the city received from Connecticut Magazine was based on quality of life measures such as crime rates, education, cost of living and leisure.

Located in Connecticut’s Middlesex County about 100 miles or midway between Boston and New York – and 45 miles from Hartford the State Capital, there is a conveniently located Amtrak railroad station with frequent connections to all major metropolitan centers.

The combination of Old Saybrook’s beautiful location at the mouth of the Connecticut River on the scenic Long Island Sound, together with its central location close to major metropolitan areas makes Old Saybrook one of Connecticut’s best cities for your home and family.

Steven Penny author of Hiring The Best People writes on the best cities for your home and family in Connecticut. If you are looking for Old Saybrook CT Homes, Condos please visit


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