Moving From Manhattan to Norwalk?

Norwalk is a prime destination located along Fairfield County’s Gold Coast. A historic town, located between Westport and Darien, Norwalk is situated right on the gorgeous Long Island Sound. Home to over 80,000 residents, Norwalk is the 6th most populated city in CT which will certainly suit Manhattanites who may miss the urban flair of New York City. 

Moving From Manhattan to Norwalk?: Things to know before you move

Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, many New Yorkers have flocked to the nearby suburbs for some extra square-footage. Manhattanites have departed the city for places like Greenwich, New Jersey, Long Island and Westchester County. But, Norwalk is actually one of the most exciting places on the map!

Norwalk is a fun destination for young professionals and families alike. Norwalk stands out for its hip cafes, shops and restaurants that can convince you that you’re in the coolest part of Brooklyn.

Norwalk is an expensive area, but far more affordable than Greenwich or some of the other more upscale cities in CT; the median home price in Norwalk is around $450,000, with home prices on the rise as of lately. However, buying real estate in Norwalk can be a great investment especially due to the lower property taxes and lack of buyer’s fees in CT. 

Life in Norwalk

From architecture, to history, to nature to nightlife, Norwalk has a little bit of everything!  Right in the middle of Norwalk you can visit the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, an enormous mansion that was home to an old railroad magnate in the 19th century. And nearby in New Canaan you can check out the famous Philip Johnson Glass House  for some architectural oohing and aahing. Another unique must-visit spot in New Canaan is Grace Farms; a unique 80 acre public space project aimed at sustainability, nature preservation and community building. 

Raising a family in Norwalk is also a great idea; Norwalk has plenty of public schools that are well ranked with AP opportunities and good college acceptances. The Center for Global Studies is a great public high school in Norwalk that specializes in travel, language learning and immersing students in a more internationally-focused experience. Many students who attend this school get to travel abroad as part of their high school experience!

Norwalk is also notable for being one of the most diverse cities in Connecticut, which is great news for newcomers who arrive and want to feel welcome in their new community. 

Things to do locally in Norwalk

For Connecticut, Norwalk is undoubtedly cool. It’s the home to P.Diddy’s famous Ciroc alcohol brand, as well as a bunch of awesome nightlife venues. Out in SoNo (South Norwalk), you can go to some hip craft beer and wine spots. There are also a number of retro cinemas, cute coffee shops and fresh bakeries in the area which are a must for any movie lover or coffee addict! There are plenty of local boutiques that specialize in handmade jewelry and artisan crafts. Be sure to check out the SoNo collection, a chic mall with tons of good food and shopping. 

Unlike other Connecticut cities, Norwalk is ripe with job opportunities for young professionals and home to tons of unmarried folks, which means that being single here can actually be an asset! You never know who you’ll end up meeting on a night out. 

Beaches, Local Parks & Oyster Festival

Aside from the number of cool spots to shop and dine in Norwalk, you’ve also got the beach! Norwalk is home to the gorgeous Calf Pasture Beach where you can kayak, sunbathe or play sports! You can also take a ferry down to Sheffield Island on a nice summer day. Otherwise, check out Cranbury Park for some hiking or a game of disco- golf (yes that’s a real game!). 

One of the most magnificent events in Norwalk is the annual Oyster Festival which takes place every September. The Festival is a fun event with live music, food vendors and amusements a plenty! This festival is a must go if you love oysters and want to support the Norwalk community; every year, they raise millions of dollars to give back to the local economy.  

Commuting to NYC

Norwalk is only an hour away from NYC! There are Metro-North train Stations in Rowayton, East Norwalk and South Norwalk that can connect you right to Grand Central (in Midtown Manhattan) or the greater CT area: Hartford, New Haven, Bridgeport and Stamford. The express train is your best bet if you are commuting to New York for any reason. Many daily commuters may find Norwalk to be a convenient home base in the Tri-State. 

Ready to move?

Moving can take a lot of planning and organizing. One of the best ways to start preparing for your move to Norwalk is to request a quote from Movers in CT, NYC movers or a local moving company in your area. 

 

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