Welcome to Cos Cob

This centuries-old Greenwich neighborhood, once called “Coscobneck”, was home to an Impressionist art colony from the 1890s to the 1920s. With water on two sides (the Cos Cob Harbor to the south and the Mianus River to the east) and hundreds of acres of parkland, the commuter-friendly village still feels worlds away from Manhattan.

Key Details

Attributes

waterfront, boating, parks, quaint, friendly, quiet, river, walkable

LOCATED IN FAIRFIELD COUNTY, CT

Commute Times
Grand Central 50m. by train, 60m. by car
LGA 45m. by car
Westchester County Airport 20m. by car
Boundaries
East to West The Mianus River to Bible St.
North to South Mianus River Park to Cos Cob Harbor
Nearby Neighborhoods Riverside, Greenwich, North Stamford

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Cos cob:
A relaxed, waterfront haven just 35 miles from New York City.

Around 7,000 people live in this close-knit community on the banks of the Long Island Sound, and on nice days you’ll see many of them strolling through the streets—likely en route to one of Cos Cob’s many gathering places, like the seven-acre playground or the mom-and-pop cheese shop.

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What to expect:
Plentiful parkland, waterfront views, and thriving businesses.

Just north from Cos Cob Harbor lies the relatively new Cos Cob Park (on the site of a former power plant) and the wood-framed train station. Further up, you’ll hit the busy commercial strip of East Putnam Avenue. At the intersection of Strickland Road, known by locals as “the Hub”, lie a variety of local businesses including a trio of specialty food stores. To the east, you’ll find the private Greenwich Water Club hugging the Mianus River.

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The lifestyle:
Everything within walking distance.

The post office, restaurants, playgrounds, the library—all are just steps apart in the heart of this four-and-a-half-square-mile town.

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Unexpected appeal:
A public park with a famous collection of conifers.

The Montgomery Pinetum is a huge draw for horticulturists because it’s home to about 100 different types of evergreens. The 61-acre swath also has miles of winding trails, a massive rock garden, and a picturesque picnic area.

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The market:
As modest or as majestic as you’d like—at relatively affordable prices.

Modest homes are squeezed on tiny lots near the village’s commercial center. Farther north, newer contemporaries and colonials with pools and tennis courts have room to stretch on two-acre parcels. But you’ll find far fewer of the fancy estates and famous residents here than in the neighborhoods east and west.

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You'll fall in love with:
The locals’ infatuation with being on the water.

Cos Cob’s nautical roots date back to the 18th century, when the town was a shipping port for potatoes, onions, and apples. Today, Cos Cob Harbor is dotted with fishing boats and chartered yachts, and barely a day passes where you won’t see rowers drifting across the Mianus River.

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