Chester CT Real Estate & Information

Chester CT Real Estate & Information

Hugging the western shore of the Connecticut River, the artisan community of Chester, Connecticut awaits you. Named for Chester, England and part of the Connecticut River Valley, Chester’s rich history dates back to 1692 and includes milling and ship building. With a small population of less than 4,000 in 2010, Chester has much to offer tourists and residents with its focus on the arts, artisan foods and outdoor activities. The town sits in the southeastern portion of Middlesex County attracting many artists and young families with its appealing village vibe.

Shopping and Dining
For a great day of shopping in Chester, be sure to hit the town’s meandering Main Street. Here you’ll find Ceramica which stocks hand painted ceramics from Tuscany and Umbria, Peekabooquet n. Cupcake, a one-of-a-kind baby and kid clothing boutique and Dina Verano’s, a custom jewelry, art and gift boutique named for its owner/designer.

Also located on Main Street, The Local Beet Co-op stocks natural foods and is dedicated to the concepts of buying and eating local, sustainable and organic. The Connecticut River Artisans Cooperative provides the unique opportunity to meet many of the artists and shop their collections in one location. After a long day of browsing, stop in at the town favorite River Tavern featuring a new menu of locally produced foods every day. For fine French cuisine, Restaurant L&E / French 75 Bar will please the most discerning palate. In fact, it’s hard to find a local eatery among Chester’s regionally renowned offerings that doesn’t inspire and delight its guests.

Parks and Recreation
An enviable location for boating, fishing and other outdoor activities, Chester’s portion of the Connecticut River shoreline includes numerous marinas, many offering rentals and tours to the public. Pataconk and Cedar lakes accommodate boaters and fishermen seasonally as well as swimmers in the summer and ice skaters in the winter (though the town makes no assurances as to the safety of ice skating on the lakes any time of year). Cockaponset State Forest takes up a large area within Chester’s northwestern border offering easy access to residents and visitors looking to get even deeper into nature. Here, outdoor enthusiasts will find the Chester Cedar Swamp, hiking trails and Pine Ledge, a popular destination for rock climbers.

The Chester Public Library hosts a number of weekly, monthly and annual events. The town is overflowing with art galleries and is just as dedicated to the performing arts with its Goodspeed-at-Chester / The Norma Terris Theatre. The farmer’s market here, known as the Sunday Chester Market, is nothing less than legendary, as is the Chester-Hadlyme Ferry connecting Chester, for the past two centuries, with the east shore community of Hadlyme. Annual events in Chester include the May Day Night Art Gallery and Shop Opening Receptions, Four on the Fourth (a four-mile road race held every Fourth of July), the Chester Fair (complete with exhibits and carnival rides in August) and the Chester Holiday Market running for nearly a whole month in November and December.

Village life in Chester provides for everything a homeowner could want within walking distance. On the other hand, those looking to relocate to a more rural setting will also be pleased with Chester’s offerings, which span both preferences. Additionally, homes for sale range from historic renovations to modern new construction to fit any preference. Either way, you’ll enjoy this area’s four distinct seasons and year round activities

Schools, Health, Transportation
Chester is part of the Regional School District 4 serving the Tri-town Area. Public school children here will attend Chester Elementary, John Winthrop Middle and Valley Regional High schools. Parents, and in fact all residents, will appreciate the proximity of Shoreline Medical Center just about six miles away in Essex, which provides hospital and emergency services to Chester residents, supplementing the number of local primary care and specialty practices in town.

Catch a bus to almost anywhere in Chester and the surrounding communities on Estuary Transit District’s “9 Town Transit” buses. Look up the bus route with a stop at the Old Saybrook Train Station and you can catch a Shore Line East or Amtrak train without ever having to catch a cab. In fact, getting into Chester, by boat, bus, road or rail, is easy, but once you’ve experienced this town’s unique charms, finding any reason to leave is an entirely different story.

If you are thinking about buying or selling a home, give us a call at 860.334.1379 or send us an email to explore your options and to find out when is the best time for you to make a move.