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No Bargains, But Plenty of Great Value in New Haven, CT Houses

One can’t discuss this city without mentioning Yale University, its largest employer and taxpayer. New Haven itself combines the benefits of a small town with the cosmopolitan feel of a modern city. It is a seaside metropolitan area with centuries-old architectural details adorning houses, galleries, concert halls and shops.
Of the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the country, New Haven is in the bottom third for overall crime and falls within the 15 percent least stressful areas in the nation in which to live.

History

Before looking at New Haven houses for sale, it’s fun to learn about this historic city. New Haven was one of the first planned cities in America. A year after its founding by English Puritans in 1638, eight streets were laid out in a symmetrical grid. The central block is New Haven Green, a 16-acre square at the center of Downtown. In 1716, the Collegiate School relocated to New Haven, establishing the town as a center of learning. Shortly afterwards the school was renamed Yale, after a large donor. For over a century, the town’s citizens had fought in the colonial militia alongside regular British forces, in the French and Indian Wars. As the American Revolution approached, the militia general and other influential residents hoped that the conflict with the government in Britain could be resolved short of rebellion. However, one company broke into the powder house to arm themselves and joined George Washington. In the summer of 1779, thousands of loyalists and British regulars landed in New Haven Harbor and raided the town. The former president of Yale rode out to confront them and his conciliatory efforts must have been successful as the town was not torched and many of the town's colonial features were preserved. New Haven was subsequently incorporated as a city in 1784. In the late 18th century, a Yale graduate developed the cotton gin and established an armaments factory, bringing great economic benefits. This factory and others, along with busy clock-making and brass hardware sectors, contributed to making the city a powerful manufacturing center. Samuel Colt invented the revolver here in 1836 and Oliver Winchester had another workshop. After the Civil War, the population grew and doubled by the start of the 20th century, primarily because of immigration from Italy. Today, roughly half the population is of Italian-American descent. Jewish immigration to New Haven has also left an enduring mark on the city. From the 1960s through the late 1990s, central areas of New Haven continued to decline despite attempts to resurrect neighborhoods through renewal projects. In the past 20 years, much of the downtown area has been revitalized with new restaurants, nightlife and small retail stores. In particular, the area surrounding the New Haven Green has experienced an influx of apartments and condominiums.

Things to do in New Haven

New Haven is the home port of a life-size replica of the historic schooner Amistad, which is open for tours at Long Wharf pier at certain times during the summer. Also at Long Wharf pier is the schooner Quinnipiack, offering sailing cruises of the harbor area throughout the summer.
The New Haven Green is the site of many free music concerts, especially during the summer months. These have included the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, the July Free Concerts on the Green, and the New Haven Jazz Festival in August.
Yale University Art Gallery is the oldest college art museum in America. The Gallery’s encyclopedic holdings of more than 250,000 objects range from ancient times to the present day and represent civilizations from around the globe. Spanning a block and a half of the city of New Haven, Connecticut, the Gallery comprises three architecturally distinct buildings, including a masterpiece of modern architecture from 1953 through which visitors enter.
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library is one of the world’s largest libraries and is devoted entirely to rare books and manuscripts. The Gutenberg Bible, the first Western book printed from movable type, and John James Audubon’s Birds of America are on permanent public display on the mezzanine. The library holds more than one million books.
New Haven was named the Best Foodie City in the country in 2014. There are 56 highly rated restaurants in New Haven, the most in Connecticut. More than 120 restaurants are located within two blocks of the Green. New Haven-style pizza made its debut at the iconic Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana in 1925. Now several other pizzerias keep the tradition of ‘apizza’ going.

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Location

New Haven is a coastal city in Connecticut. It is located on New Haven Harbor on the northern shore of Long Island Sound, about 80 miles west of New York City, and about 40 miles due south of the state capital, Hartford. New Haven Neighborhoods The city has many distinct neighborhoods. Downtown, centered on the central business district and the Green, has a more residential character than most downtowns. In recent years it has become filled with dozens of new upscale restaurants, in addition to shops and thousands of apartments and condominium units which have helped the overall growth of the city. In addition to Downtown, there are several other popular neighborhoods, including the west central neighborhoods of Dixwell and Dwight, the southern neighborhoods of The Hill, historic water-front City Point, and the harborside district of Long Wharf, the western neighborhoods of Beaver Hills, Edgewood, West River, Westville, Amity and West Rock. East Rock, Cedar Hill, Prospect Hill and Newhallville are located on the northern side of town. The east central neighborhoods are Mill River and Wooster Square, an Italian-American neighborhood. Fair Haven is another immigrant community located between Mill River and Quinnipiac Rivers. Quinnipiac Meadows and Fair Haven Heights are sited across the Quinnipiac River, and facing the eastern side of the harbor, are The Annex and East Shore.

New Haven demographics

With a population of about 134,023, New Haven is now the third-largest city in Connecticut.
New Haven's economy originally was based in manufacturing, but the postwar period brought rapid industrial decline. The whole state was affected and medium-sized cities with large working-class populations, like New Haven, were hit particularly hard. At the same time, the growth and expansion of Yale University further affected the economic shift. Today, over half of the city's economy is now made up of services, in particular education and health care. Recently, the city was ranked as one of the top 10 in America for launching tech start-ups.

Arts in New Haven

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The city hosts numerous theaters, including the Yale Repertory Theater, the Long Wharf Theater and the Shubert Theater. There is also theater activity from the Yale School of Drama, which works through the Yale University Theater and the student-run Yale Cabaret. Southern Connecticut State University hosts the Lyman Center for the Performing Arts. The Palace Theater, opposite the Shubert Theater, was renovated and reopened as the College Street Music Hall.
The Yale School of Music contributes to the city's music scene by offering hundreds of free concerts throughout the year at venues in and around the Yale campus. Large performances are held in the 2,700-seat Woolsey Hall auditorium, which contains the world's largest symphonic organ, while chamber music and recitals are performed in Sprague Hall.
New Haven has a variety of museums, many of them associated with Yale. The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library features an original copy of the Gutenberg Bible. There are also the Connecticut Children's Museum, the Knights of Columbus Museum near that organization's world headquarters, the Peabody Museum of Natural History and the Yale University Collection of Musical Instruments. The Yale Center for British Art houses the largest collection of British art outside the UK. The Yale University Art Gallery is the western hemisphere's oldest college art museum. The New Haven Museum and Historical Society has many treasures dating from colonial times to the present.

Mural in Spanish Harlem in New York City

Schools in New Haven

New Haven is a notable center for higher education. Yale University, at the heart of downtown, is one of the city's best-known features and its largest employer. The city is also home to Southern Connecticut State University and the private Albertus Magnus College. Gateway Community College consolidated into a new state-of-the-art campus, on the site of the old Macy's building. Curiously, The University of New Haven is not located in the city but in neighboring West Haven. New Haven Public Schools serves the city with 44 institutions. Wilbur Cross High School and Hillhouse High School are New Haven's two largest public secondary schools. Hopkins School, a private school, was founded in 1660 and is the fifth-oldest educational institution in the United States. New Haven is home to several other private schools as well as public magnet schools, including Metropolitan Business Academy, High School in the Community, Hill Regional Career High School, Co-op High School, New Haven Academy, Edgewood Magnet School, ACES Educational Center for the Arts, the Foote School and the Sound School, all of which draw students from New Haven and suburban towns. New Haven is also home to two Achievement First charter schools, Amistad Academy and Elm City College Prep, and to Common Ground, an environmental charter school. The city is renowned for its progressive school lunch programs and participation in statewide busing efforts toward increased diversity in schools.

Why New Haven?

If you are prepared to buy a well-priced house in a mature, safe and stress-free neighborhood, where the economy is on the rebound, then look no further than New Haven, CT.

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