When it comes to small cities with a high quality of living, Danbury, CT is at the top of the list. Located just 50 miles northeast of New York City, this is the perfect place for an apartment renter looking to be close to the action but also near the countryside.

This small Connecticut city has come a long way from being the center of the American hat industry in the early twentieth century. Today, Danbury ranks as one of the best US cities to live according to USA Today, and it’s easy to see why.

The City

Danbury has a population of just over 85,000 and sits almost directly on the border of New York and Connecticut. Danbury is located at the intersection of Rt. 7 and Rt 84 which provides direct shot access in all directions. Easily get south to the beach, 95 and Metro North trains or head up to weekend ski getaways and all points north. For apartment renters, it’s the perfect combination of New England charm and modern amenities. Let’s take a closer look at some of the attractions Danbury has to offer.

Food and Drink

Renters looking to get out and be social will have plenty of nearby options in Danbury. Whether it’s Barbarie’s Black Angus Grill for the best steaks in Connecticut, Ibiza Tapas or Mezon Tapas Bar for Spanish cuisine, Rosy Tomorrow’s for Mediterranean, or Stanziato’s for wood-fired pizza, your palate will never be bored here.

If you have an overflow of company in town for the holidays and you opt for them to not stay at your apartment, send them to RMS’s very own Hotel Zero Degrees Danbury; conveniently located off of I-84, nestled in a woodland reserve with breathtaking views of Ridgefield. And grab a memorable Italian dinner together there at Terra.

Cultural and Social Attractions

Whether you like sports, concerts, wineries, or just great shopping, Danbury definitely has you covered. Sports fans can enjoy the Danbury Sports Dome which includes a wide variety of sporting events on multiple indoor courts. The Danbury Ice Arena is another worthwhile option. For golfers, be sure to check out nearby Richter Park Golf Course which is open to the public.

For outdoor shows and concerts, check out Ives Concert Park located on 40 acres just west of the city. Ives attracts big acts in a beautiful outdoor, lakeside setting. If wineries are your thing, make your way to Shelter Rock Urban Winery or take a day trip to Litchfield County vineyards. And for all your shopping needs, look no further than the Danbury Fair Mall, considered one of Connecticut’s best malls with over 200 shops and restaurants.

Historical Attractions

Even before Danbury’s train station appeared in an Alfred Hitchcock movie, Danbury was well-known for its train history. The city even built the Danbury Railway Museum inside an old railway station to celebrate this fact. There’s also the Danbury Museum and Historical Society which is constructed of five separate buildings and offers visitors food and an open bar with admission.

Outdoor Attractions

If you’re looking to enjoy the outdoors in Danbury, look no further than Tarrywile Park. With over 720 acres of land, over 20 miles of hiking trails, a lake, plenty of picnic space, and the Hearthstone Castle and Shingle Style mansion also located on the property and open to visitors, Tarrywile will provide you with plenty of outdoor fun for a long time to come.

You can also check out Ives Trail Greenway, Wooster Mountain State Park, Lake Kenosia Park, and Bear Mountain Reservation for more Danbury outdoor adventures. There are many lakes in the Danbury area, including the largest one in Connecticut; Candlewood Lake.

If you’re looking for a smaller-city vibe with easy access to New York City, Danbury just might be the next perfect place to call home.

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