Just east of Stamford, west of Norwalk and across a calm yacht harbor from Rowayton, Darien offers an ideal balance of culture, community and scenic beauty. Its coastal New England lifestyle, combined with a lively downtown and easy commutability, make Darien a popular landing place for those looking to put down roots in Fairfield County. Trains from two stations on Metro North’s New Haven Line, Darien and Noroton Heights, keep Manhattan in convenient reach.
To many, Darien is best known as a waterfront town. Its two public beaches, Weed Beach and Pear Tree Point, are among the best in the New York metropolitan area. Miles of shoreline include the shorefront enclaves of Tokeneke, Delafield Island, Noroton Bay and Long Neck Point, which are home to some of the finest coastal real estate in Connecticut. The town’s most celebrated estate is 63-acre Great Island, an unparalleled world-class compound once owned by baking power magnate William Ziegler — proudly listed with Houlihan Lawrence and truly a once-in-a-lifetime offering.
Darien has a longstanding equestrian community galvanized by historic Ox Ridge Riding & Racquet Club (formerly Ox Ridge Hunt Club), which has hosted a popular horse show in town for more than 90 years and was recently purchased by the town. Golfers will know storied Wee Burn Country Club, one of the first in the country.
But Darien is hardly singular. Beyond waterfront living, the town boasts charming in-town neighborhoods, large-lot inland estates and more. Kensett is a new construction community of 76 homes set amidst an 18-acre enclave, complete with a four-acre conservation area with walking trails, open meadows and a pond.
This is a place with truly something to offer everyone.