Welcome to Norwalk
Trendy town made up of a blend of historic homes and blossoming business district
Norwalk is a pleasant blend of suburban and urban living thanks to maintaining its small-town charms with a busy, lively atmosphere. Featuring a young, vibrant community and numerous trendy hotspots and modern conveniences, Norwalk sits only a little over 40 miles outside New York City. One of its main attractions is the many active neighborhoods, each with a unique personality and features.
The land comprising Norwalk wasn't purchased until 1640 and then chartered as a town in 1651. The Revolutionary War wiped out most of the city, leaving only six houses behind. In the 19th century, Norwalk started to evolve and develop once again, primarily attributed to the booming oyster farming industry. However, it wasn't until construction on the New York and New Haven Railroad finished that the town truly began to blossom.
Today, Norwalk is a much sought-after neighborhood, offering something for every style. Many homes along the Long Island Sound face the water and feature incredible views. There are many historic homes in the area, as well as more contemporary styles. Prices range from low to multimillion-dollar manors.
What to Love
- Most homes overlook the Long Island Sound, providing incredible, breathtaking views
- A great mix of sandy beachfront, ponds, and lush parks
- Incredible and trendy dining and shopping scene
People & Lifestyle
Norwalk is a great neighborhood for city dwellers looking for a slightly more laidback atmosphere. Thanks to the town's lively and energetic feel, those used to big city life won't find themselves bored in Norwalk but will enjoy the coziness offered by a less hectic version of entertainment and lifestyle.
The excellent nearby schools make Norwalk an excellent choice for families and young couples planning to expand their families. The majority of residents own their homes, but there are rentals available. Rent tends to be on the higher end, with the average cost for a one-bedroom apartment coming in at $1,880.
Dining, Shopping & Entertainment
The South Norwalk business district (dubbed SoNo by the locals) is full of shopping and dining options, from local boutiques and cafes to high-end retail and fine dining. SoNo is the place to be. Stemming from robust manufacturing roots, SoNo was once known for leather goods and other clothing materials. The district is still home to large corporations like Applera and Xerox.
When it's time to grab some food, visit neighborhood staples like Tablao Sono Wine Bar and Restaurant for a glass of your favorite wine and delicious food or Public Wine Bar for high-end drinks and eats. Match is perfect for dining on seasonal New American cuisine, while Bruxelles Brasserie is an idyllic European-style café.
Things to Do
There's no shortage of entertainment and activities in Norwalk. Natural features are a huge draw, and the area offers two sandy beaches alongside several parks and ponds. Calf Pasture Beach is where the locals hang out most often.
There are also many golf courses, tennis courts, and the Maritime Aquarium is a huge hit with families. Celebrate Norwalk's history with the annual Norwalk Oyster Festival. This exciting fair enlightens guests on Norwalk's ties to the oyster industry with vendors, excellent food, live music, crafts, and so much more.
Norwalk is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
- Norwalk Public Schools, PK-12, rated #1 city school district for three years in a row
- Columbus-Magnet School, K-8
- West Rocks Middle School, 6-8