Deep River CT Real Estate & Information

Deep River CT Real Estate & Information

On the western bank of the Connecticut River, the town of Deep River, Connecticut (formerly Saybrook) makes up the central portion of the Tri-town Area which also includes Chester to the north and Essex to the south. Offering both housing at attractive prices for first-time home buyers and luxury estates along its riverbank, Deep River boasts a charming, small town atmosphere, plenty of natural resources and open space and a small, but diverse, retail and industrial business community appealing to young families and professionals.

With a population just over 4,600 in 2010, this stately, unspoiled town features a delightful array of attractions as varied as the Deep River Ancient Muster (DRAM), the largest and longest running drum and fife gathering in the world, Pratt Cove, one of the few freshwater tidal marshes in the country and the roughly century-old Deep River Freight Station listed in the National Register of Historic Places. With its recently restored Main Street, attractive real estate and very low unemployment rate, Deep River continues to turn more and more homebuyers’ heads.

Shopping and Dining
Like all aspects of life here, Deep River’s shopping and dining scenes appeal to both residents and visitors. Celebrations, a 30-year institution in Deep River, stocks cards, gifts, jewelry and clothing for women and children. Harnessing a cool and funky vibe, the clothing store Chaos captures the latest trends while maintaining a vintage flare. Touting itself as “the coolest place for men's clothing and gifts on the CT Shoreline,” Anchor and Compass makes for one-stop shopping for men who are buying for themselves or women looking for great gift inspirations. The store even throws occasional beer tastings!

Regional favorite Adam’s Hometown Market draws grocery shoppers from Chester, Essex and beyond with its fresh selection and fantastic service. Dining options in town stand out for those same reasons. For early breakfast or a light afternoon bite, stop in at Hally Jo’s Corner Cafe at Main and River streets. The Ivory Pub, featuring local ingredients while incorporating South American and other international flavors, will make any visitor’s must-try list, and if live entertainment is just as important to you as your meal, The Red House Restaurant and Bar offers an enticing selection of both.

Parks and Recreation
Chances for active fun abound in Deep River. The town’s location right on the Connecticut River provides for abundant boating and fishing opportunities. Plattwoood Park, the largest of the town’s parks, hosts activities ranging from Summer Concerts and Movies on the Beach to the Sonny Stebbins Fishing Derby and Misfit Cruise Nights (May through September) featuring car cruises open to all makes and models. The town also hosts its annual Fun Run and 5K Run/Walk events.

For anyone looking to get even closer to nature, the freshwater tidal marsh Pratt Cove attracts canoe enthusiasts and kayakers from miles around, almost as well as it attracts an impressive population of majestic water birds from White Egrets to Osprey and Great Blue Herons! The Parks and Recreation Department runs a basketball league for local children in first through 12th grades. And, don’t forget about the Deep River Ancient Muster (DRAM). This internationally-known, “Colonial Woodstock” held on the third Saturday in July draws more drum and fife players and enthusiasts than any other in the world. While the event takes place in one day, its beloved status in Deep River affects the culture here year round.

With summers perfect for boating, enviable fall foliage and very good chances for a white Christmas each year, Deep River boasts four distinct seasons with activities for all ages. Coupled with its small, well-educated and relatively young population, Deep River consistently finds favor with young families and professionals in a number of industries. The wide range of real estate, everything from colonial style historic homes to modern condominium communities, also proves attractive for those looking to relocate to Deep River. Piano Works, a newer condominium complex located in a building that used to house a piano factory, provides a great example of the kind of hip, urban living available here. Piano Works residents enjoy homes that pair the building’s historic charms (like brick walls), with modern amenities, all within walking distance of just about anything they could want or need. Piano Works is just one example of homes for sale in Deep River.

Schools, Health, Transportation
The private boys’ school in Deep River, Mt. Saint John, provides regular and special education for grades 7-12. The town is also home to Deep River Elementary school which is part of the Regional School District 4 serving the Tri-town Area. Public middle and high school students will attend John Winthrop Middle and Valley Regional High schools respectively. For medical care, in addition to a number of smaller family and specialty practices, Shoreline Medical Center less than 3.5 miles away in nearby Essex. Shoreline provides emergency and general hospital care. Public transportation can be found through the Estuary Transit District buses which also stop at the Old Saybrook Train Station served by Amtrak. With so much to offer residents and visitors, there seem to be more people coming (by boat, bus, car or train) than going in Deep River.

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.