In recent years, Stamford has swung the wrecking ball aggressively to clear room for a parade of sleek new office and residential towers. The UBS Investment Bank’s North American headquarters features the world’s largest trading floor unsupported by columns. Outside, the company’s Stamford Cone is a 45-foot high tower of stained glass. The First Presbyterian Church is known as the “Fish Church” for its unusual piscine shape and floor plan.
To experience a touch of old Stamford, look in on the Italianate-styled Main Post Office on Atlantic Street. Nearby, the Beaux Arts Old Town Hall still stands with the modern government offices appended onto it. The French Second Empire-styled Linden Apartments from 1886 are a reminder of what the Stamford housing market of days gone by looked like. Although no longer protecting Stamford Harbor, the 140-year old Harbor Ledge Light can still be seen on its rocky perch in Long Island Sound.
The real estate trends in downtown Stamford are in step with today’s Millennial needs as new construction is geared not towards permanence, but flexibility. As a result, there are 10,781 apartments for sale and 509 apartment properties in the real estate inventory. Another 2,753 properties offer multi-family housing. Buyers can check listings to see which of Stamford’s 13,980 single family homes are for sale. Other types of residential properties add up to a total of 68. Business properties include 1,196 commercial opportunities and 340 properties zoned for industrial use. Stamford possesses 354 mixed-use buildings. Potential lies in 875 vacant lots.
Connecticut Transit provides bus service across the city and into surrounding towns in Connecticut and New York State. Metro North trains run every three to fifteen minutes into Manhattan – the trip will take between 49 and 59 minutes. In the Stamford downtown core, the Harbor Point Trolley runs 7 days a week, in a 30-minute loop. You can board at any of the 14 stops for a free ride.
Stamford public school students funnel into three high schools. There are also two state charter schools in the city. The University of Connecticut, University of Bridgeport, and Sacred Heart University all operate branches in the city. The Ferguson Library, housed in a century-old Georgian Revival building, is the largest public library in the state. Over half of Stamford residents hold a college degree, making this one of America’s most educated cities.
According to Healthcare Finance News’s latest ratings, Stamford Hospital received three stars out of five, placing it among the best care centers in Connecticut.
According to FBI statistics, urban Stamford sees less crime than the state of Connecticut as a whole. The chances of experiencing property crime are 1 in 69 in the city and 1 in 55 in the state. The chances of violent crime are roughly similar; 1 chance in 452 in Stamford and 1 in 458 in Connecticut.
Stamford prides itself on downtown walkability and lively new eateries and entertainment venues in spots like Bedford Street and Columbus Park. The Stamford Town Center offers 130 shopping options. You can also dial back to old-time Stamford with the vintage American fare at Lucky’s Classic Burger & Malt Shop where you sip bottomless mimosas in Naugahyde booth seats.
The Stamford Center of the Arts has restored two classic theaters for live performances and the Avon Theatre still screens first-run independent films. The Stamford Museum is both a space for art exhibitions and a nature center. Cummings Park provides recreation and access to the Long Island shoreline for boating and fishing. The city-owned Bartlett Arboretum is open every day with more than 3,500 plant specimens in a variety of habitats. For more rustic adventures head out to the Mianus Maze Trail, a sporty five-mile loop with over 500 feet in elevation gain.
For longer journeys, the Mohawk-Hudson Bikeway is a biking and hiking trail that traces the beautiful landscapes along the Hudson River and connects into the state-wide Erie Canalway Trail.