By Brian McCallion
Just 90 minutes from New York City lays a true gem of Fairfield County – a quaint little town called Ridgefield.
With a population of 25,000, Ridgefield is big enough to have a large downtown with restaurants and shopping galore but still retains that quaint small New England feel. Originally settled in 1708, Ridgefield is full of history, even being the backdrop for a battle between the Colonial army and the British during the Revolutionary War.
During the late 1800s, Ridgefield got a train station and a traditional farming community began to attract many wealthy and notable people, a trend which continues to this day. Famous authors, playwrights, actors, and directors have all called Ridgefield home including Robert Vaughn, Cornellius O. Ryan, Maurice Sendak, Judy Collins, and even John F Kennedy to name a few.
Living in Ridgefield has many perks. Main street, which is located in the center of town, is full of restaurants and little boutiques. Ridgefield's restaurants have something for everyone, from Southern-style BBQ to French Pastries. Hoo Doo Brown which is located on Route 7 is the best BBQ joint in the Danbury area, offering succulent North Carolina style pulled pork and brisket that is to die for.
If you love croissants like me then Luc's Cafe is the place for you, located directly on Main Street. Coffee and croissants are a great way to start your day or you can choose from a variety of freshly baked traditional French pastries that are made fresh each day.
And if you love pizza then Venice is the place for you. They have been in business for close to 40 years and have the best New York style pies in town. They also have the largest slices in the area measuring at 14 inches in length! No one leaves Venice hungry!.
Ridgefield also has one of the best public school systems in the state. Overall rated 11th best, just beating out Greenwich which is ranked at #12. There are also a multitude of Private schools that are nationally ranked. The Ridgefield academy is K-8 and prides itself on fostering joyful learning experiences and teaching mutual respect to empower each student to be the best they can be.
The academy and the town itself pride themselves in being a cradle of creativity and artistic expression. The Aldrich Museum, which is located just south of Main Street, is dedicated to contemporary art. They have no permanent collection and are constantly adding new pieces.
While downtown and Main Street all have a late 19th and 20th-century feel, Ridgefield is very open to different types of architecture featuring many Mid Century Modern Homes. Many famous architects have lived in Ridgefield and left their mark on the town including Rafael Vinoly, the man behind the WW2 Memorial in Washington DC and the 432 Park Avenue building in NYC.
This quaint Big-Little community is a wonderful place to call home. The median closing price for a home in Ridgefield is $605,000 and 106 properties have sold so far this year at an average price of $707,255.
If you or someone you know is interested in living in Ridgefield or is buying or selling real estate in Ridgefield, please do not hesitate to reach out below.