Situated along Connecticut’s Gold Coast, Fairfield offers a wealth of recreational opportunities to its roughly 55,500 residents. In July 2006, Money magazine ranked Fairfield the ninth best place to live in the United States, and the best place to live in the Northeast.
A great deal Fairfield’s appeal stems from its enviable location on the Long Island Sound. There are 5 miles of coastline which include five town beaches. South Benson Marina is a town-owned facility providing 600 boat slips available to residents for summer rental. Ye Yacht Yard, also town-owned, provides boat launch services to residents and access to moorings in Southport Harbor. Lake Mohegan is a popular destination for hiking, picnicking and enjoying The Cascades waterfalls. Other popular destinations for hiking include the Fairfield Audubon Society and the Bird Sanctuary.
Many popular sources of entertainment can be found about town. The Sportsplex is located in town center and offers athletic activities such as; ice skating, gymnastics, indoor soccer and indoor climbing. Fairfield University’s Quick Center for the Arts is a multi-faceted facility that present a wide variety of high quality events which include popular and classical music, dance and theatre programs. There are two vast shopping districts in town boasting a diverse and delectable assortment of fine eateries.
Fairfield consists of many neighborhoods. Best known are prestigious Southport, with its picturesque harbor, and Greenfield Hill, with its open spaces and famous dogwood trees. Other well established neighborhoods include Stratfield, Tunxis Hill, the University area, Grasmere, Mill Plain, Knapp’s Village, Melville Village, Holland Hill, and the perpetually evolving Fairfield Beach area, favored by residents wishing to live in proximity to the beach and downtown.