Old Lyme CT Real Estate & Information

Old Lyme CT Real Estate & Information

Old Lyme Connecticut, located along the Atlantic coast south of Hartford and east of New Haven, is noted for its sandy beaches, charming architecture and variety of art and culture. The town of around 7,600 residents is divided into several villages, including Black Hall, Laysville, Lyme, Soundview, and South Lyme. A number of notable people have called the city home, including Albert Einstein, Childe Hassam and other members of the American Impressionist school of painting, and Sally Jesse Raphael.

Shopping and Dining
Residents of Old Lyme have plenty of choices for shopping and dining. Lyme Street, the town's main promenade, is lined with 19th century townhouses which house art galleries, antique stores and one-of-a-kind retailers. Halls Road is a favorite of local shoppers. Stores here include the perennial favorite BowerBird as well as coffee shops, small and large food markets and Treasures, a gift shop frequented by locals and visitors alike.

Old Lyme residents need never go hungry. The town offers a plethora of restaurants, ranging from historic American inns to Italian eateries to charming seafood restaurants situated on the waterfront. Local favorites include the Bee and Thistle Inn, Jesse's Restaurant and the Old Lyme Inn.

Parks and Recreation
One of the best things about living in Old Lyme is the nearness of the Long Island Sound and the CT River along with the city's abundant parks and green spaces. The 46-acre Rogers Lake is noted for its world-class trout fishing and the city boasts three public, sand beaches along the Sound with some of the clearest water along the eastern seaboard.

The City of Old Lyme also manages a collection of city parks, with facilities that include hiking and biking trails, picnic tables, ball fields and a recreation center.

Living
Real estate in Old Lyme consists mostly of single-family homes and vacation and seasonal properties, and each of the villages that make up the city has its own distinct personality. Old Lyme Street offers antique homes and lots of village comings and goings. The Hamburg Cove area offers large, scenic properties, many with views of the Connecticut River. Hadlyme Village offers a variety of antique colonial homes, and the White Sand Beach area features cottages and condos, many of which have water views and beach access. For those who prefer a most secluded locale, there are homes that abut the Lieutenant River and Marshland.

Arts and culture are part of daily life in Old Lyme. The city boasts the Florence Griswold House, a former 19th century boarding house that is now home to a collection of paintings by American Impressionists; the Lyme Art Association, a gallery of work by regional artists; and the Eastern Connecticut Ballet.

Schools, Health, Transportation
Area school-age children attend the five schools of Regional District 18. The district, with an enrollment of around 1,450 students, manages three elementary, one middle and one high school. The city is also home to several private schools, including Xavier High School and the Saint Bernard School.

For higher education, the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in town is one of the few schools in the country to teach Renaissance painting and offers four-year degrees in sculpture, drawing, illustration and painting. There are more options just outside of town, including Yale University in New Haven, Trinity College in Hartford and Wesleyan University in Middletown.

Residents don't have to worry about access to health care, as the town offers the usual collection of doctors' and dentists' offices. For more serious concerns, however, the city is just a short drive from Shoreline Medical Center in Essex and Yale-New Haven Shoreline Medical Center in New Haven, a 1,451-bed acute care facility that's ranked among the best hospitals in the United States.

Getting around town is easy. The city's small size guarantees that you're never far away from your destination. The Estuary Transit District offers bus transportation around the city as well as between Old Lyme and cities of Westbrook, Old Saybrook and other coastal towns. Interstate 95, which runs right through town connects the city with New Haven to the west and New London and Providence, Rhode Island to the east.

For trips further afield, Old Lyme is just a 40 minute drive from Bradley International Airport in Hartford. This two-terminal facility, the second largest airport in New England, offers daily non-stop flights to dozens of cities throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean, including Chicago, Orlando, Toronto, Ft. Lauderdale and Atlanta.

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