OLD GREENWICH

Old Greenwich has a small town charm. It’s often likened to a quaint New England town and it’s the oldest of all the neighborhoods within Greenwich. Is it a popular place to live? It sure is!  Young and old residents love living in this bustling happy place. Take a walk on Sound Beach Avenue. Stop at Sweet Pea’s for a cup of coffee, note residents smiling and children being pulled in red wagons. Old Greenwich is hip, yet proudly old fashioned and a great place to live!

Location

Old Greenwich, exits 5 and 6 off I-95 borders Stamford, reaches above and below 95, stretching all the way down in a thin peninsula at the southwest end to Tod’s Point, Greenwich’s fabulous beach, picnic and boating area. 

History

Anya Seton’s book, The Winthrop Woman, gives a romantic view of the founding settlers in Old Greenwich. In 1640, the Siwanoy Indians sold the land to four Englishmen. One of them was Jeffery Ferris. He named the place after his birth place, Greenwich, England. This first settled part, now called Old Greenwich with farm houses, beach houses, capes and contemporaries reflects the many periods of the area history.

Easy Commute to NYC

Old Greenwich has it’s own Metro North train station. Residents grab a bagel and a cup of coffee and hop on the train to NYC. You can be in NYC in approximately 57 minutes. 

Old Greenwich Neighborhood Association

http://oldgreenwich.org/

Joining the Old Greenwich Neighborhood Association is a great way to meet your neighbors and stay informed on town issues.

Fun Activities

The Old Greenwich merchants sponsor a number of events including First Light Festival, which you will want to attend.

Binney Park

Sound Beach Avenue, Old Greenwich, 203.622.7824

The park is 22 landscaped acres with a beautiful pond, 4 tennis courts, a playground and a baseball diamond. It’s such a pretty park, brides want their wedding photos there. The park is the site of a variety of community activities including band concerts, outdoor movie nights, July fireworks and the model sailboat regatta.

For more information see the Binney Park Master Plan

https://www.greenwichct.gov/163/Binney-Park-Master-Plan-PDF

Greenwich Point / Tod’s Point (Swimming, Cycling, Running)

Shore Road, Old Greenwich

www.greenwichct.gov/Facilities/Facility/Details/Greenwich-Point-Park-69 

147 acres at the end of Sound Beach Avenue and Shore Road. Greenwich Point is a popular spot for water sports, as well as walking, bicycle riding, roller blading and running. Many fun events are held on the beach such as making sand castles and kite flying contests. A network of trails leads along the changing coastline and through the woods. A trail guide is available at the Seaside Education Center of the Bruce Museum. During the summer a beach pass is required.

WHAT KIND OF HOMES ARE IN OLD GREENWICH?

You will discover homes of all styles and ages. Homes are usually on less than a half acre and homes are close together. This creates a lot of neighborliness. Many streets hold their own block parties. Old Greenwich homes spread North and South of the Post Road. Some homes are on direct waterfront. Depending on the location within Old Greenwich, homes range in price from $900,000 to $5,000,000 plus. The higher priced homes are in or near the direct waterfront and special Neighborhoods like Lucas Point. Condos are frequently a choice for residents who want to live in Greenwich yet near the waterfront or near Stamford. There are several condo options. Old Greenwich Gables is a favorite choice for NYC commuters. There is a walkway from the condo to the Old Greenwich train station and the beach at at Greenwich Point is only a short bike ride away.

SCHOOLS

First Church Pre-School

108 Sound Beach Avenue, Old Greenwich CT, 203.637.5430

www.firstchurchpreschool.org

Children, ages 3 – 4. Hours: 9am – 11:30am or 12:30pm – 3pm. Extended day program for 4 year olds: 9am – 2pm. Some preference is given to church members. Summer camp program for ages 3 – 4.

Old Greenwich Elementary School

285 Sound Beach Avenue, Old Greenwich CT, 203.637.0150

http://www.greenwichschools.org/ogs

Eastern Middle School

51 Hendrie Avenue, Riverside CT, 203.637.1744

http://www.greenwichschools.org/ems 

LIBRARY

Perrot Memorial Library of Old Greenwich (Independent Library)

90 Sound Beach Avenue, Old Greenwich, CT, 203.637.1066

Children’s Library 203.637.8802

www.perrotlibrary.org

The Perrot Memorial Library is a non-profit institution independent of the Greenwich Library. It is open to all residents of Greenwich, although it principally serves the residents of Old Greenwich, Riverside, and North Mianus. Perrot has a beautiful seven thousand square foot Children’s Library that cost $3.3 million. 

Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9am – 6pm; Tuesday and Thursday 9am – 8pm; Saturday, 9am – 5pm; Sunday, 1pm – 5pm (closed on Sundays in the summer)

EASTERN GREENWICH CIVIC CENTER

(aka: Greenwich Civic Center or Old Greenwich-Riverside Civic Center)

90 Harding Road, Old Greenwich, 203.637.4583

www.greenwichct.org/ParksAndRec/prFacilityPrograms.asp

The center is 14 acres and operates 7 days a week from 9am – 9pm. The center has a basketball court, 2-tennis courts with lights, a baseball diamond and playground. The center is used extensively for a wide variety of activities such as roller skating, men’s basketball, soccer, tennis for tots, Old Greenwich Art society painters, Halloween Happenings, and brunch with Santa.  The town is presently working on a remodel of the civic center.

OLD GREENWICH POST OFFICE [Zip: 06870-9203]

36 Arcadia Road, 203.637.1405

Hours: weekdays 9am – 5pm, Saturday 9am – 12pm.

Passport Hours: Monday-Friday 9:30am-2:30pm (Call to Make an Appointment).

HYATT REGENCY HOTEL

1800 East Putnam Avenue, Old Greenwich CT, 203.637.1234

www.greenwich.hyatt.com

This 374 room luxury hotel has an elegant interior with excellent food.  Greenwich residents often check into this hotel for a weekend of pampering. The hotel also has a very nice health club and high speed internet access.

Rates: Rooms $124 – $199; Suites $289-$489.

CLUBS

www.gardenclubofoldgreenwich.org

They care about keeping the Old Greenwich area beautiful and work on many civic projects. They share their talents and knowledge through horticulture programs designed for the young and the elderly.

(A Private club with Dining, Golf, Tennis, Paddle Tennis, Swimming)

120 Tomac Avenue, Old Greenwich CT, 203.637.6900

www.innisardengolfclub.com 

PO Box 256, Old Greenwich CT, 06870, GreenwichNewcomers@gmail.com 

https://greenwichnewcomersclub.wildapricot.org/ 

The Club is 50 years old and hosts a great variety of functions, from wine tastings to museum trips. There are events for everyone, and they welcome new and established residents of Greenwich and surrounding areas. 

(Clubhouse, Kayak, Sailing, Cruising, Fishing)

Greenwich Point (aka Tods Point), Old Greenwich CT, 203.637.3074

www.ogyc.org 

Open to all residents with beach cards. Membership costs are reasonable. It has deep water moorings as well as Mercury sailboats for member use. The club provides sailing lessons on weekends and trophy races during the summer.    

(Clubhouse, Mooring, Salt Water Pool) Membership required.

60 Rocky Point Road, Old Greenwich CT, 203.637.2397 (summer only)

www.Rockypointclub.com 

151 Sound Beach Avenue, Old Greenwich CT, 203.637.3398

www.OldGreenwichTennisacademy.com

5 indoor Har Tru courts. Often used by groups who contract for court time. Open September to May, they have Junior and Adult programs for all levels.

SHOPPING

The shopping district on Sound Beach Avenue is filled with unique stores and restaurants. Many are locally owned and catering to what the locals want. Shoppers are greeted by their first names. In a world where retail is struggling to compete with big box stores and internet shopping, Old Greenwich residents shop locally wanting all of their shops to stay!

RESTAURANTS

There are many good restaurants. Check the Anderson Guide to Enjoying Greenwich for a complete list. The following are some of our favorites:

1340 East Putnam Avenue, Old Greenwich CT, 203.990.0606

https://www.grubhub.com/restaurant/bobby-qs-pit-stop-1340-e-putnam-ave-old-greenwich/296316

Bob LeRose, owner of Bobby Q’s in Norwalk, has a terrific BBQ spot in Old Greenwich. The Pit Stop is just that, wood walls and diner-style stools and booths. A great place for a quick BBQ fix, chili or hamburger. Carolyn always gets their brisket. Jerry always gets their pulled pork. You can’t go wrong whatever your order. You can buy their BBQ sauces, and you should. Their “pit beans” are a great side.

Hours: Open Monday – Sunday 11am – 9pm.

Size: seats 12 (2 booths, 4 counter seats).

212 Sound Beach Avenue, Old Greenwich CT, 203.990.0008

www.sweetpeasCT.com   

When Rafael and Katja Pita added breakfast (served all day), salads, Acai bowls, & sandwiches to their terrific bakery, Sweet Pea’s became a popular cafe. Try one of their sandwiches made with their marvelous cheese bread. The pastries are international, including one of Rafael’s favorites – Brazilian Cheese Balls.

Hours: Monday – Saturday 7am – 5pm, Sunday 8am – 5pm (kitchen closes at 2pm).

197 Sound Beach Avenue, Old Greenwich CT, 203.698.0079

www.UpperCrustBagel.com

A good place to sit down and chat while having a deli sandwich and a fruit smoothie. They have tasty old-fashioned kettle-boiled and hearth-baked bagels, as well as gourmet spreads and coffees. We think they make the best bagels in Fairfield County.

Hours: Monday – Friday 6am – 4pm, Saturday 7am – 4pm, Sunday 7am –

3pm.

Size: Seats 20.

216 Sound Beach Avenue, Old Greenwich CT, 203.698.9300

www.ReNapoli.com

They make three styles of pizza; Napoletana, New York and Romana. All fired at different temperatures – some gas fired and some wood fired. Jacalyn likes the white. Nick likes the Cal Italia. Both are great choices. They deliver to Old Greenwich, Riverside and Cos Cob.

Hours: Sunday 11am – 8pm, Monday 12pm – 10pm, Tuesday – Thursday 11am – 10pm, Friday & Saturday 11am – 10:30pm.

Size: seats 16.

220 Sound Beach Avenue, Old Greenwich CT, 203.637.0367

www.beachhousecafe.com

If you haven’t dined at Beach House Café recently, then you are in for a very pleasant surprise. A favorite chef of ours – Kane Xu – is now in the kitchen and the dishes he has added to the menu are sophisticated and delicious. The restaurant has the same light, bright and cheerful decor that diners have enjoyed for years. Besides the salads and sandwiches, we like his fish soup, goat cheese wontons, crackling duck and seafood risotto. Be sure to have the “monkey bread” for dessert. This is just the right place where children and parents can both be happy.

Hours: Lunch, Sunday 11am – 3:30pm, Monday – Saturday, 11:30am – 4:30pm; Dinner, Sunday 4:30pm – 9pm, Monday – Thursday 4:30pm – 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday 4:30pm – 10:30pm.

Prices: Brunch, $12 – $19, Lunch, $12 – $18, Dinner, $15 – $35, Children’s menu $10 – $15; wine by the glass $8 – $15.

Size: seats 80.

20 Arcadia Road, Old Greenwich CT, 203.717.1515

www.LeFatPoodle.com 

This lively restaurant owned by Anshu Vidyarthi and Antoine Blech (owners of Le Penguin) is all about flavor, fun and feeling happy. The papered tables and quiet tones in this iconic Arcadia building are backdrop to the fat poodle on the wall beckoning you to relax and have a good time. For dinner, choices such as the wicked tuna tartare and the red snapper with coconut-curry sauce are very tasty indeed. Our favorite dessert is the tarte tatin.

Hours: Lunch, everyday 11:30am – 2:30pm; Dinner, Monday – Wednesday and Sunday 5:30pm – 10pm, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 5:30pm – 11pm.

Prices: Lunch, entrees $15 – $26, Dinner, entrees $22 – $37; wine by the glass $9 – $17.

Size: seats 60 inside, 36 outside.