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!
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.
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
Joining the Old Greenwich Neighborhood Association is a great way to meet your neighbors and stay informed on town issues.
The Old Greenwich merchants sponsor a number of events including First Light Festival, which you will want to attend.
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
Greenwich Point / Tod’s Point (Swimming, Cycling, Running)
Shore Road, Old Greenwich
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.
First Church Pre-School
108 Sound Beach Avenue, Old Greenwich CT, 203.637.5430
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
Eastern Middle School
51 Hendrie Avenue, Riverside CT, 203.637.1744
Perrot Memorial Library of Old Greenwich (Independent Library)
90 Sound Beach Avenue, Old Greenwich, CT, 203.637.1066
Children’s Library 203.637.8802
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
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
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.
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!
There are many good restaurants. Check the Anderson Guide to Enjoying Greenwich for a complete list. The following are some of our favorites: