Real Estate Monroe, CT & Community Information
Monroe is a quiet yet energetic town in Fairfield County, Connecticut. The 2010 Census states the population of Monroe to be 19,749. Monroe was featured in a Forbes article called “Best Places To Live,” and describes living in Monroe as a peaceful yet spirited town perfect for residing at a slower pace. Similar to the surrounding areas, Monroe is considered a suburban Community of New York City and Stamford. Neighboring towns include Easton, Newtown, Oxford, Shelton and Trumbull.
Monroe is a growing community and was incorporated in 1823 and is named after James Monroe, the fifth President of the United States. There have been many changes through the years. Monroe was once known largely as a farming community and continues to uphold a small town feel through continual advances in economic improvements and growth. Homes vary from Modernized Farm houses to New England Style Colonials set on large lots of land with close proximity to highway and major cities. The neighborhoods that make up Monroe are East Village, Midtown, Monroe Center, North Central, Stepney, Stevenson, Upper Stepney and Zoar.
Monroe remains a vital town in the hearts of those who live there or have once lived there. Often, heritage and the Strong Sense of Community play a part in the lives of teens that leave for College and often return later in life to find their perfect family home. There are many sports leagues and recreational facilities that continue to make Monroe a great place to raise a family. In addition, there are several supportive church communities of different denominations to aid in balancing everyday life.
Monroe has a Highly Rated School System which includes Masuk High School’s earning the Blue Ribbon Award. The school district for Monroeincludes approximately 4,000 students, in three elementary schools, two middle schools and a high school. In 2011, The STEM Academy at Masuk High School was opened as an option for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.One of Monroe's schools, Chalk Hill, was provided to the neighboring town of Newtown, in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
Monroe has developed into a Foodies Dream offering Restaurants from Casual to Gourmet as well as Breakfast hidden gems, Food Trucks, Coffee houses and Everything in between. There are Restaurants of every Ethnicity, in addition to Vegetarian Enclaves and Outdoor Dining along Main Street and Route 111. Monroe is also known for their Mom and Pop offerings ranging from Unfinished Furniture and Consignments to Gift Shops and Boutiques.
The commercial base of Monroe is made up of primarily services and retail outlets, but corporations such as The North American Headquarters of Victorinox, Aquarion Water Company and Cornell-Carr are located there as well.
Some featured sites in Monroe are:
William E. Wolfe Park: A 309 acre park that includes an outdoor public pool, a football field, four baseball fields, a basketball court, a playground and a hiking trail that leads to Great Hollow Lake.The park also features a barbeque setup and Pavilion.
Great Hollow Lake: Visitors can enjoy relaxing on the 700-foot beach and swimming in the 16-acre lake. The lake is also used for row boating and fishing.
Rails to Trails: A walking and biking trail that runs for approximately 5 miles from Great Hollow Lake to the Newtown Town Line. There is consideration in connecting Monroe's walking trail to Trumbull's, which would connect both Monroe, Trumbull, and Bridgeport's Rails to Trails paths.
Lake Zoar is aa scenic reservoir that is formed by Stevenson Dam and entertains boaters and fishermen of all kind.
The Stevenson Dam Hydroelectric Plant is located on the Housatonic River at the boundary between Monroe and Oxford.
The Warren's Occult Museum: A world-renowned museum with hundreds of thousands of visitors annually that holds the largest exhibit of occult artifacts from the Ed and Lorraine Warren investigations. The Warrens founded the New England Society for Psychic Research in 1952 and remains the oldest ghost hunting set in New England.
Farmers Markets and Seasonal Festivals: including The Strawberry and Apple Festivals.
Official Monroe, CT website: http://www.monroect.org/content/341/default.aspx