Ridgefield is a safe quiet town in Fairfield County, Connecticut. The population in this town was estimated to be about 24,638 in the 2010 census. Ridgefield real estate is settled in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains and offers good size homes on spacious lots. Fairfield County is right by the Hudson River which is near several New York cities like Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and more.
Homes in Ridgefield are spectacular and commonly surrounded by mature trees and lush vegetation. Ridgefield homes are known for their open floor plans providing plenty of space for a family to run around and make the most of their forever home. This is a great place to find a cozy ranch home tucked away in the woods with a nice big deck to relax on with a hot cup of joe in the morning. If your budget allows for a more upscale property, there is no shortage of options for you and your family to choose from. In Ridgefield, you’ll be happy to find some of the most exquisite estates that still have that cozy, tucked-in-the-woods feel. There’s truly a home here for a variety of family styles and budgets. If you like the idea of modern or country living in the midst of nature, you’ll love Ridgefield. Camping in your backyard couldn’t get any better than this.
The history of Ridgefield dates back to 1708 when it was first settled by English colonists from Norwalk and Milford. These settlers purchased land from the chief of the Ramapo tribe that was native to the area. In 1709, Ridgefield was incorporated under a royal charter from the Connecticut General Assembly. Later, in 1777, an American Revolutionary War battle took place and is now known as the Battle of Ridgefield. General David Wooster and Benedict Arnold were both involved in this battle. Victims from the war were buried in a small cemetery nearby on Main Street. The Keeler Tavern, a local inn and museum, has a cannonball lodged into the side of it from the Battle of Ridgefield, and it can still be seen, right in that very same spot, to this day. For many centuries following the battle, Ridgefield and the surrounding area served as a farming community. In the late 1800’s, a new railroad connection, along with Ridgefield’s beautiful elevated countryside (1,000 feet above sea level) caught the eye of New York City residents. These New Yorkers decided to build large luxury properties and summer homes, but many of these became unaffordable during the Great Depression. In the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, Ridgefield transformed into a suburban bedroom community filled with gorgeous neighborhoods and lovely Ridgefield homes for residents to build their lives in.
There are plenty of activities to do and places to explore here in Ridgefield. Locals and tourists love to visit places like Keeler Tavern Museum, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield Playhouse, Weir Farm National Historic Site, Ridgefield Golf Course, Bennett’s Pond State Park, Brewster Farm and Pine Mountain. Nearby Danbury has a great shopping mall that locals love to visit, and it’s called Danbury Fair Mall. This is one of New England’s largest shopping centers. Ridgefield has some wonderful places to eat as well, such as Bernard’s, Bailey’s Backyard, Luc’s café and Hoodoo Brown BBQ.