This North-Central Connecticut town is every homebuyer’s dream. Nestled along the eastern banks of the magnificent Connecticut River, Glastonbury is known for its award-winning energy-saving initiatives, exemplary municipal management, and commitment to sustainability.
It also ranks consistently among the Safest Cities in CT. Learn more about this environmentally conscious community and find out if this special corner of Connecticut should be your new home.
Living in Glastonbury, CT
Glastonbury is the quintessential New England town with its stately Colonials and Queen Anne cottages – some of which back to the 17th and 18th centuries and can still be seen in Glastonbury Historic District.
To the south of the township, you’ll find undulating hills and bountiful berry farms and orchards.
Surrounded by natural beauty, residents pass the time in well-maintained parks and recreational areas that offer countless opportunities for enjoyment:
- Riverfront Park
- Blackledge Falls
- Dondero Orchards
- Rose’s Berry Farm
- Minnechaug Golf Course
- Cotton Hollow Preserve
- Rocky Hill – Glastonbury Ferry
Annual events like the Apple Harvest & Music Festival provide entertainment and attract out-of-towners to this wonderful community.
The Shops at Somerset Square features major retailers like Talbots and Bluemercury as well as popular chains like Starbucks and Chipotle.
For more dining options, make your way to downtown, where you’ll find independently owned restaurants that serve Southwest, French, Italian, Mexican, Thai, Indian, and Vietnamese cuisine.
How to get to Glastonbury, CT
Located in Hartford County, roughly 7 to 8 miles southeast of the county seat, Glastonbury is a small and close-knit community of over 34,427 residents (as of the 2010 census).
Named for Glastonbury in Somerset, England, it has a suburban feel and plenty of historic character as evidenced by the remarkably preserved 17th century structures in and around the Historic District.
The following roads and highways wind through Glastonbury:
- Route 160
- Route 83
- Route 94
- Route 17
- Routes 2,3
The nearest airports and heliports include:
- Rentschler Heliport (EHT) (approx. 5 miles)
- Hartford-Brainard Airport (HFD / KHFD) (approx. 7 miles)
- Bradley International Airport (BDL / KBDL) (approx. 19 miles)
- Tweed New Haven Regional Airport (HVN / KHVN) (approx. 41 miles)
- Westover Metropolitan Airport (CEF / KCEF) (approx. 42 miles)
- Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport (BAF / KBAF) (approx. 45 miles)
- Groton-New London Airport (GON / KGON) (approx. 45 miles)
- Waterbury-Oxford Airport (OXC / KOXC) (approx. 47 miles)
- Fishers Island Airport (FID) (approx. 50 miles)
- Worcester Regional Airport (ORH / KORH) (approx. 63 miles)
As for public transportation, residents have access to CT Transit bus services while the elderly and differently-abled are served by the Dial-A-Ride Program and A.D.A Transportation CT Transit Minibus.
A brief history of Glastonbury, CT
As one of the oldest municipalities in the state, Glastonbury incorporated in 1693, though the community dates back to 1655, when 30 families from a neighboring settlement purchased farmland from Algonkian-speaking Native Americans and tilled the land.
Originally part of Wethersfield, the community formerly known as “Pyaug” went on to become a prosperous manufacturing hub, producing gunpowder during the Revolutionary War before getting into shipbuilding and commercial soap manufacturing in the 18th, 19th,, and 20th centuries.
Important historical figures include the Smith Sisters – abolitionists and suffragettes who initiated progressive change from within 18th-century Connecticut.
Glastonbury, CT real estate
Buyers can choose from a stunning selection of Colonial, Queen Anne, Ranch, and Cape Cod homes on spacious wooded lots. The most common property types include single-family homes, townhomes, and condos scattered across the desirable sections of town.
The township is divided into three main sections:
- Glastonbury Center
- East Glastonbury
- South Glastonbury
Some of the most popular subdivisions and housing developments include:
- Apple Hill
- Chimney Sweep Hill
- Milestone Commons
- Hale Farms
Most homes have lofty ceilings, oversized windows, and skylights – all the better for you to enjoy Glastonbury’s gorgeous scenery.
Homes in the high end of the market typically feature outdoor pools, private gyms, and state of the art kitchens.
Schools in Glastonbury, CT
The school district, Glastonbury Public Schools, serves students in K-12, with over 6,000 enrolled in its 8 schools:
- Buttonball Lane Elementary School
- Hebron Avenue Elementary School
- Hopewell Elementary School
- Naubuc Elementary School
- Nayaug Elementary School
- Smith Middle School
- Gideon Welles School
- Glastonbury High School
The township also offers a wide range of creative and recreational programs that cater to preschoolers, children, teens, and young adults. These programs cover theatre, music, gardening, arts and crafts, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, architecture, mathematics), and more.
Ready to explore Glastonbury, CT? The Danais & Gordon Realty Group can introduce you to this close-knit community. You can reach us, Kathy Danais, at 860.214.1295 and KathyDanais(at)gmail(dotted)com, Lisa Gordon, at 860.805.7722 and LGordonRealtor(at)gmail(dotted)com. With over 15 years of experience, you can count on us to make the home buying process as pain-free as possible.
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