Greenwich, Backcountry

Greenwich boasts a wonderfully convenient location just 31 miles and only 41 minutes by train from Manhattan. The town is close to three major airports in the New York metropolitan area, as well as Westchester County Airport. Greenwich property taxes are among the lowest in Connecticut and well below those in neighboring Westchester County.

Our educational system is rated among the best in the country. Greenwich High School has produced outstanding athletes and leaders in the world of business, communication and the arts. Our middle and elementary schools have been cited for their outstanding programs. For those who prefer a private education, Greenwich has a number of schools ranked among the finest in the East. We enjoy some of the best recreational programs around for younger residents and adults alike.

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The back country is generally considered the area north of the Merritt Parkway, which runs east to west through Greenwich. It is bounded by Westchester County to the west and north, and by Stamford to the east. With a minimum of four-acre zoning in most of the area, the roughly 1,700 homes there are set well apart. Historic houses tend to sit close to the narrow roads, while many multimillion-dollar homes are set way back, nearly hidden behind stone walls.

A long tradition of horseback riding is upheld by the Greenwich Riding and Trails Association, which oversees the many miles of bridle trails in the area — a responsibility that includes prevailing upon individual homeowners to observe the custom of allowing riders to cross their property.

Back country is a golfer’s paradise, with three private clubs — the Stanwich Club, Fairview Country Club and Tamarack Country Club — as well as a popular public course, the Griffith E. Harris Golf Course. Known as the Griff, its has an 18-hole course designed by Robert Trent Jones, a driving range, a youth program for children 5 and up, and a new barbecue restaurant.

Kelsey Farm has offered youth riding lessons since 1949. Facilities include indoor and outdoor arenas and a cross-country course.

Audubon Greenwich, headquartered in a rambling, Adirondack-style building, has a 285-acre main sanctuary with seven miles of trails.

The Brant Foundation, which has a mission to promote education and appreciation of contemporary art and design, opened its doors at 941 North St in backcountry Greenwich in 2009 and presents two long-term exhibitions each year, curated primarily from the collection. The collection is remarkable in that scores of artists are represented in depth, including works from the earliest period of their practice through their most recent works. The structure was originally built in 1909 as a cold-storage barn, part of the vast E.C. Conyers estate.

Greenwich Polo Club was established in 1981 and is recognized as one of the elite high-goal polo venues in the world. Known for its unmatched roster of legendary teams, professional players, and champion equine athletes, fondly known as polo ponies. Distinguished families, young entrepreneurs, artists, and well-known personalities are all part of the international dynamic which makes  Greenwich Polo Club so unique.

Driving the roughly 35 miles to New York City on the Merritt and Hutchinson River parkways takes about 45 to 90 minutes, depending on traffic. The Metro-North New Haven Line trains from Greenwich station to Grand Central take 45 minutes to an hour. 


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