Residents like the neighborhood's congeniality and walkability. Artists and Intellectuals have long been attracted to life in Cos Cob. The Bush-Holley House is now the home of the Greenwich Historical Society. It was once the residence of the Cos Cob School of American Impressionists which included Elmer MacRae, Childe Hassam and John Twachtman.
Commuters to NYC find the trip easy from the Cos Cob train station - approximately a 46 minute ride.
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Glenville is located in the Western part of Greenwich at the falls of the Byram River. Many remember the "Anderson Associates" sign hanging in the center of Glenville. When the building was sold, our Realtors merged into our central office. We still feel like Glenville “insiders”. This is a very special neighborhood. Neighbors often stopped in our office to chat, sometimes bringing us fresh tomatoes from their gardens. Frances Geraghty, a town historian, asked us to sell her home and it was from Frances that we learned the fascinating history (The Greenwich Library has copies of Frances Geraghty's oral history). She told us about the early residents, predominately Irish and Polish and about Glenville when the mills on the Byram River were open. The American Felt Company turned out felt for hats and operated until the mid–1970s. The mill building was beautifully restored and now houses restaurants, condos and offices. The town center was designated in 2007 as an historical district and it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The center of Glenville has a shopping area for groceries and essentials. Check out the video on You-Tube, "Glenville History Then and Now" for a picturesque view.
In 2001, a New York Times article touted the value of living in Glenville indicating it was a good place to raise a family and a good place to buy a home for less and have the prestige and all the amenities of Greenwich. This may still be considered an area of good value, however, in the last 14 years, homeowners have seen their values rise and often inventory is low. There are many housing options. Whether you are seeking a spacious new home in Sherwood Farm, a home in one of Glenville's unique neighborhoods, such as Bailiwick or King Merritt, or the sweetest 1000 square foot farmhouse overlooking the local park - it can be found in Glenville.
Residents love being so near Westchester County, yet taxes are so much lower. They have fun at the renovated Bendheim Western Greenwich Civic Center, a place for sports and lots of programs for all ages. All residents are welcomed into the Pemberwick-Glenville Association, an active group of business leaders and home owners. www.pemberwick-glenville.org
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Byram, a neighborhood in the Southwest corner of Greenwich is bordered by Long Island Sound on one side and the Byram River on the other. Byram was first settled in the 1600s . The Thomas Lyon house at 1 Byram Road was built in 1695. Byram is a wonderful mix of gorgeous shore front estates and charming "farm house" style homes.
The business center is filled with unique clothing, home goods, antique and sporting good shops - often owned by Byram residents.
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Also in Byram:
- The Byram Beach Park is located on Ritch Avenue and Byram Shore Road. With 30 acres this is a delightful place to walk and relax on the beach. There are 3 tennis courts, a picnic area, playground and a swimming pool. A concession stand is open in the summer season.
- The Dorothy Hamill Skating Rink located on Sue Merz Way off Sherman Avenue is a place where skater's dreams come true.
- The Byram Schubert Library is the heart of Byram. They continually present programs of interest to all ages, book readings, community get-togethers and the Friends of the Library hold the best book sales you will find anywhere!
Mid-Country & Back-Country
Greenwich is large - 48 square miles and almost 2/3 of this area is referred to as Mid-Country or Back-Country. This is primarily a residential area with single family homes on picturesque streets. The area close to Central Greenwich is called Mid-Country. Town zoning in Mid-country requires one and two acre lots. North of the Merritt Parkway, four acre zoning is the rule. Some smaller lots exist as they were in place before our town zoning rules were established. Lovely homes in all shapes and sizes dot the landscape.
In 1904, Edmund Converse acquired more than 1000 acres on the border of Connecticut and New York for his great estate. In the 1960's this land was sold to the Conyers Farm Partnership and sub-divided into 60 lots. Now know as “Conyers Farm”, magnificent homes are on these 10 acre lots. The Greenwich Polo Club is at Conyers Farm. In the summer, it is great fun to go to a polo game on a Sunday afternoon.
Take a drive in any season and you will be struck by the beauty. Once farm country, many streets are winding and bordered with stone walls. In Spring and summer, daffodils and lilies abound and in the Fall, the colors are spectacular The Greenwich Land Trust, an active group, has encouraged many residents to donate land. Open space is treasured. The Greenwich Tree Conservancy encourages the preservation of trees. The Greenwich Riding and Trails Association maintains many miles of trails for horseback riding - getting special permission to ride across private property. Wonderful hiking trails are in our Parks - The Babcock Preserve, the Mianus River Park, and the Montgomery Pinetum. A visit to the Audubon Center is a must. With 280 acres and well kept trails, this is a delightful place to walk. Golfers love the town owned Griffith Harris Memorial Golf Course. This par 71, 18 hole golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones has a club house, putting green and a driving range. If you want to meet residents, stop in the casual restaurant at the golf course -Fairways at the Griff, 13231 King Street.
Riverside, with it’s own zip code 06878 is a sailor’s delight! Three sides are bordered by water - the Mianus River, the Cos Cob Harbor and the Long Island Sound. It is easy to understand why residents who love fishing and boating and simply looking out at the Sea, choose this neighborhood. The train station on the Metro-North line is within walking distance of many of the homes. Commuters from NYC hop off in Riverside and minutes later they are at home.
The Riverside Garden Club, a member of the National Council of State Garden Clubs, heartily welcomes new members. Members have a wonderful time as they work on horticultural education and projects to enhance the beauty of Greenwich. New residents quickly show a lot of pride in Riverside. Even before you have unpacked your boxes, you will want to join the Newcomers Club, formerly know as the Old Greenwich Riverside Club. Over 280 members are taking part in morning coffees and evening socials. Attend a Riverside game and you may find yourself cheering, “Go Riverside Gators!” The Greenwich Youth Football League is for children 8 - 13. Everyone has fun!
Riverside residents have close ties with neighboring Old Greenwich, often dashing there to enjoy activities or shop on Sound Beach Avenue.
"Old Greenwich is where we want to live!" Residents are fiercely proud of their neighborhood. Old Greenwich with its own zip code, 06870, borders Stamford, above and below 95, stretching all the way down in a thin peninsula at the southwest end, Tod's Point, the Town'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 the men was Jeffery Ferris. He named the place after his birth place, Greenwich, England. This first settled part of Greenwich, now called Old Greenwich with farm houses, beach houses, capes. Victorians, contemporaries, and colonials reflects the many periods of the area history. 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. The sidewalks are filled with chatting neighbors and parents pulling children in little red wagons. Old Greenwich is often likened to a quaint New England town.
An active neighborhood association welcomes everyone. It's a happening place with events such as the annual sidewalk sales and block party. In September, the Old Greenwich Art Society holds a show, displaying local artist work along the sidewalks. The Friends of Greenwich Point are always seeking volunteers to join in preserving and protecting Greenwich Point.
Binney Park is so pretty, brides want their wedding photos there. It's a scene of little league baseball, soccer and tennis. Annually, miniature sailboats are raced on the Pond.
Commuters to NYC find the trip easy from the Old Greenwich train station.
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