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Cos Cob

Well-known for its unusual alliterative name, Cos Cob is a hamlet with its own community identity, though it’s technically part of Greenwich. This is a nautical neighborhood, tucked on Cos Cob Harbor along the western shore of the Mianus River. It’s the center of Greenwich’s rowing community and you’ll see everyone from high school crew teams to solitary, meditative adults out sculling on the water. The river also inspired the American Impressionist painters who came to town in 1890 to depict the ever-changing light and nature in their artwork, living together at the Cos Cob Art Colony. Property lots in Cos Cob tend to be smaller and closer together compared to the rest of Greenwich, creating a tight-knit village vibe. Neighbors walk together to run errands, with a stretch of specialty stores—consisting of a cheese shop, a fishmonger, and a craft butcher next to each other—being particularly popular.

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Living in Fairfield County

Fairfield County is often called Connecticut’s Gold Coast, referring to its string of waterfront towns that glisten in the sun, with hubs of finance interlaced with beach towns and nautical villages—albeit villages with some of the most prosperous populations in the country. The station names called off by the train conductors evoke images of ultimate suburbia: Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, Norwalk, and Westport. Residents have long been drawn to Fairfield County because of its proximity to New York City, thanks its many stops on the commuter rail. It also offers idyllic country acreage, much of it with views and access to the Long Island Sound. Houses here include aristocratic estates, where sailing and horseback riding is still a part of daily life; glass-walled Modernist icons; and solid, historic clapboard Colonials that might have been models for a 19th-century painting.