Top Ten Reasons to Live in Wallingford CT

by Harriman Real Estate on June 27, 2015

Founded in 1670, Wallingford, Connecticut has been my home town for over 20 years. The population at the 2010 census was 45,135, but that doesn’t mean it feels like a big town. Indeed, there are many things about Wallingford that make it an amazing place to live! After surveying several hundred residents…

Here are the top ten reasons to live in Wallingford CT:

1. Central location. Located just a few miles south of the geographic center of the state, Wallingford is ideally situated for easy access to the rest of the state. Interstates 91, 95 and 84 and Route 15 are all close by, making getting to your favorite locations (beaches, parks, attractions, concert venues, casinos, etc.) pretty easy. I was able to drive to Springfield, MA for a show in less than an hour, and that included several minutes stuck in traffic.

2. Excellent schools. Wallingford is served by two public high schools (Lyman Hall and Mark T. Sheehan) and one private one (Choate Rosemary Hall), and several elementary and middle schools. Among Choate’s alumni are President John F. Kennedy, two-time presidential nominee Adlai Stevenson, playwright Edward Albee, novelist John Dos Passos, philanthropist Paul Mellon, and actors Glenn Close, Michael Douglas, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Paul Giamatti. For more information on Wallingford schools, please click here. Also, please watch this amazing video made by students and faculty of the Wallingford school system to see why they are proud to attend school here:

Wallingford Public Schools — “I’m so proud…” from Moran Mustangs on Vimeo.

3. Local wineries. Wallingford is fortunate to have two excellent wineries within its boundaries: Gouveia Vineyards, located at 1339 Whirlwind Hill Road, and Paradise Hills Vineyard, located at 15 Wind Swept Hill Road. Both are part of the Connecticut Wine Trail and feature excellent locally made wines served in an atmosphere of friendly hospitality amid relaxing views of the Wallingford countryside.

Top Ten Reasons to Live in Wallingford CT

4. Local amenities. From amazing places to eat, to the above-mentioned wineries, to a great public library to the community pool, Wallingford has the programs and services you’re looking for. Here’s just a few of the many amenities Wallingford offers:

  • Train service from New York City to Springfield, MA with stops in town
  • YMCA (2 locations, one on the East side and one on the West side)
  • Senior Center
  • Wallingford Center Inc.
  • Shopping (from big box stores to locally owned boutiques)
  • Health care facilities/doctors dentists/therapists
  • Ample open space to preserve the recreational, ecological and aesthetic value of the undeveloped areas of the town
  • Quality lodging facilities, including a Victorian Bed & Breakfast
  • Excellent walkability, especially in the downtown area and the Linear Trail, which is currently undergoing expansion
  • A Farmer’s Market, as well as several area farms such as Farmer Joe’s, Geremia Farms and Beaumont Farms
  • 3 golf courses
  • Holiday Cinema movie theater
  • and much more!

5. Oakdale Theater. Built in 1957 as a tent in a field of alfalfa, the area’s most famous venue for music has grown substantially. Since it’s opening, the Oakdale has hosted countless bands and musicians, including classic rock acts such as Led Zeppelin, Chicago, Santana, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Steely Dan and Cream, and more contemporary acts such as Jill Scott, Josh Groban, Lady Gaga, Brooks & Dunn, and Pentatonix. In addition, many well known comedians have graced the stage here, including Howie Mandel, George Carlin, Don Rickles, Rich Little, Jerry Seinfeld and Lewis Black. The venue seats approximately 5,000 and is one of the historical icons of Wallingford.

Top Ten Reasons to Live in Wallingford CT

6. Historic significance. Founded in 1670 with 125 settlers, Wallingford has a rich and diverse history. George Washington passed through twice (1775 and 1789), one of the last witch trials in New England took place here in the 1690’s, and it’s the birthplace of several prominent historical figures, including Aaron Jerome (Winston Churchill’s great-great-grandfather), Lyman Hall (signed the Declaration of Independence), Moses Y. Beach (founded the Associated Press), and WWI flying ace Raoul Lufbery. Wallingford has several sites on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Samuel Parsons House, The Nehemiah Royce House, and the Center Street Cemetery, which dates to 1683. See here for more of the history of our amazing town.

Top Ten Reasons to Live in Wallingford CT

7. Parks/Recreation. Wallingford is fortunate to have several beautiful parks within its borders, including Community Lake, Doolittle Park, Viet Nam Veteran’s Memorial Park, Pragemann Park, Harrison Park, Lufbery Park, and Harriet Wallace Park. Several parks contain playscapes for children, ball fields, picnic areas and tennis courts for your enjoyment. All Wallingford parks are overseen by the Department of Parks and Recreation.

Top Ten Reasons to Live in Wallingford CT

8. Low taxes/mill rate. The current mill rate in Wallingford is 27.47, which is a slight increase from the previous rate of 26.89. However, this low tax rate still affords residents relatively low property taxes compared to other cities and towns in the state.

9. Low crime rate There have been several studies on crime rates in Connecticut towns, and some that rank towns according to how safe they are. The criteria that is used in most of them varies, but most will agree that Wallingford is one of the safest towns in the state to live in. Don’t get me wrong, like most towns Wallingford has issues that it has to deal with, but overall the level of crime in Wallingford is substantially below that of most comparable towns.

10. Wallingford Electric Division Probably one of the most unique features of our town is the fact that it has its very own electric division. The men and women who are entrusted with keeping our electricity flowing are second to none, and usually don’t get the credit they deserve. We have endured several natural disasters in recent times, including a hurricane and tornado-like disturbance called a microburst, and in both instances the Wallingford Electric Division staff worked around the clock to get the power flowing again to our residents, and did it with a minimum of delay or complication. In the 20+ years I’ve lived here, we’ve only lost power once for longer than an hour, and the problem was fixed quickly and efficiently. Couple the efficiency and dependability of the service with some of the lowest electric rates in the region, and you’ll understand why most residents feel that Wallingford Electric is the #1 reason why Wallingford is such a great place to live!

11. Bonus: The People While it’s great to have lots of amenities, good public utilities, low taxes, low crime, etc, it can be said that a town is only as good as the people that live there. If that’s true, then Wallingford truly is at the top of the heap. The people of Wallingford are compassionate, friendly and warm, but also fiercely protective of each other. During times of hardship and struggle, they will willingly reach out to neighbors and offer aid in any way they can, and ask only that it be paid forward. While Wallingford can be called a small city, having over 45,000 residents, it’s those people that give the town its small town charm and appeal.

If you’re thinking about moving to Wallingford and needed something to convince you it’s the right move, I hope this helped. If you need additional info, please feel free to reach out!

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Wallingford Twilight Tunes 2015

by Harriman Real Estate on June 14, 2015

Wallingford Twilight Tunes 2015

Summer is just a few days away, bringing hot days and cool nights. Now that the Community Pool is open, that takes care of the hot days, but the cool nights need something to do as well, and this fits the bill.

The Wallingford Twilight Tunes Concert Series is set to kick off on July 1st and every Wednesday night through August 12th, bringing some of the area’s best musical acts to Wallingford. These concerts always bring out a big crowd, so bring your chairs and get there early, it fills up fast!

Where: Wallingford Parade Ground (in front of Town Hall)

Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Cost: FREE!

Wallingford Twilight Tunes 2015Here are the acts scheduled to perform:

July 1st: Coyote River Band

July 8th: Six Foot Step

July 15th: Rich Bobinski Orchestra

July 22nd: Southern Voice

July 29th: No concert due to Hyperflite Skyhoundz Frisbee Dog Event at Doolittle Park

August 5th: Jimmy & The Hat Tricks

August 12th: The 42nd Street Band

From rock to blues, country to swing, pop to polka, these bands cover the musical spectrum and will put on a great show. Mark your calendars now, and we’ll see you at Twilight Tunes!

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Wallingford Community Pool to Open

by Harriman Real Estate on June 9, 2015

Beat the heat this summer in the Wallingford Community Pool!

The days are getting longer, the kids will be out of school soon, and the temperatures are getting warmer and warmer. What better way to handle those three events than by taking a cooling dip in the community pool?

Wallingford’s Community Pool will open initially on the weekend of June 13-14th from 11am to 7pm each day. The pool will then close for a week and reopen for the season on June 20th and close on August 16th.

Pool passes for adults are $15, $5 for children under 12 and also for seniors 63 and older. Also, non-residents can also get pool passes this year. A Wallingford resident must sponsor a non-resident and accompany them to purchase a pass. There will be two forms of non-resident passes: a Two Week Pass that will be dated and cost $15.00 per person, and a Season Pass that will cost $30.00 per person. (There is a $15.00 replacement fee for all lost tags. Children 15 and under are required to have an adult present with them at the pool.)

Passes can be purchased at the Wallingford Parks and Recreation Department located at 6 Fairfield Boulevard. Their office hours are 8am to 7pm and Saturday 8am to 12:30pm. Proof of residency – driver’s license, tax bill, report card or school ID – is required. If you purchased a pass last year you can take it to the Parks and Rec office and they will put a 2015 sticker on it so you don’t have to have a new picture taken!

Don’t let the summer heat and humidity get you down this year, head down to the community pool and stay cool this summer!

When: June 13-14, June 20-August 16

Hours: Daily, 11am to 7pm

Where: Wallingford Community Pool, No. Main St. Ext.

Who: Everybody!

Cost: Residents – Adults, $15; Children under 12 and seniors 63 and older, $5; Non-residents – 2 week pass, $15 per person, season pass, $30 per person

Where to get passes: Wallingford Parks & Rec, 6 Fairfield Blvd

 

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Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce Centennial Celebration Gala

by Harriman Real Estate on June 1, 2015

Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce Centennial Celebration Gala

It is my pleasure to announce that the Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce is celebrating its 100th year of operation in 2015. The Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce is a business association of over 550 members, from sole proprietorships to large international companies, and local non-profit organizations. For the past 100 years, the Chamber has supported business and community growth, and provided legislative, educational and marketing opportunities to its members through a full calendar of events and programs. In order to mark this historic anniversary, the Chamber announces their upcoming Centennial Celebration Gala!

When: Friday, June 12th, 2015

Hours: 6:00PM to 10:30PM

Where: Choate Rosemary Hall, 333 Christian Street, Wallingford

Tickets: $100 per person for Chamber members; $120 per person for non-members

Registration link: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Additional info: Brittany Bishop, britanny@quinncham.com

This black tie optional gala is a once-in-a-lifetime event. The Wallingford Symphony Orchestra will be performing during the cocktail hour. Dinner is a surf and turf dinner with cocktails included. All participating vendors are local: Gouveia Vineyards and Paradise Hill Vineyard will be supplying the wine; G and G Beverage will be supplying the beer and Connecticut Beverage Mart supplying the liquor; also there will be a whiskey tasting from Elm Street Distillery and hard cider tasting from New England Hard Cider and a DJ for dancing and more.

In addition, local military cadets will be on hand to escort the ladies up the stairs of the beautiful Hillhouse dining hall at Choate, with a photo opportunity as well.

All in all, this will be an event to remember, so be sure to click the registration link above and reserve your seats before time runs out!

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New Listing: 18 Draper Ave, Meriden CT 06450

by Harriman Real Estate on May 22, 2015

18 Draper Ave, Meriden, CT

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18 Draper Ave, Meriden CT 06450

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3 BEDROOMS | 1 (1 full ) BATHROOMS | 1176 SQUARE FEET

Property Description

18 Draper Ave is a three bedroom Cape Cod home in neighborhood setting. Updates include siding, windows and electric. Additional room could be used as a fourth bedroom. Located in small neighborhood close to local amenities. Two car garage in need of repair. House and garage sold as is. No FHA/CHFA financing.



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Michael J. Citak Art Work Now on HRE Art Wall

by Harriman Real Estate on May 14, 2015

Michael J. Citak Takes On HRE Art WallWe are proud to announce the eighth artist in our series of local artists has taken their spot our “Wallingford Inspires…” art wall, and the bold colors of these Impressionism paintings are striking!

Mixed Media Artist Captures Imagination Through Imagery

We are honored to have local artist Michael J. Citak displaying his artwork in our office for the next 60 days. Michael uses a variety of creative substrata to organically create each piece as a reflection of himself. Take a look at the collage below and you’ll see just how much care and emotion he puts into every piece of art!

Michael J. Citak Art Work On HRE Art Wall
Pat and I are very pleased to have Michael’s work on display on our art wall, and we hope you’ll stop into our office to check it out. We will be holding an art open house for Michael on June 4th from 6pm to 8pm at our office located at 116 Center Street in Wallingford. We’ll have some light refreshments available and Michael will be here to discuss his work, so mark your calendars!

About Michael J. Citak

Michael J. Citak is a local artist who lives in Wallingford. His works of art have evolved over the years from 3D sculpture paintings of wild jungle beasts to the abstract impressionism of urban and naturalistic landscapes. To learn more about Michael and his work, visit him on Facebook, or on Instagram.

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New Listing: 95 Mildred Rd, Meriden CT 06450

by Harriman Real Estate on May 4, 2015

95 Mildred Rd, Meriden, CT

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95 Mildred Rd, Meriden CT 06450

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3 BEDROOMS | 1 (1 full ) BATHROOMS | 988 SQUARE FEET

95 Mildred Rd is a charming ranch featuring large living room with new carpet open to kitchen and breakfast area, rooms freshly painted, hardwood floors. There have been several updates within the last 10 years, such as siding, windows, furnace, central air and more! Two car detached garage. Beautiful .67 acre lot. This home is being sold in as is condition – any inspections are for informational purposes only. May not go FHA or CHFA due to back concrete steps that have a crack.

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Third Annual Wallingford Restaurant Hop Coming to Downtown

by Harriman Real Estate on May 1, 2015

If you’ve ever wondered what the food at some of Wallingford’s downtown restaurants is like, now is the time to find out! Wallingford Center, Inc. is sponsoring the third annual Wallingford Restaurant Hop on May 6th from 4pm to 9pm. Bring the whole family and sample the specialties of some of the best eateries Wallingford has to offer, enter the raffle and enjoy some good company, too! Here’s how it works: you purchase an entry “bracelet” for $25 ($10 for kids under 12) which will get you into each of the participating restaurants and allow you to sample selected items off their menu. You also receive a raffle ticket for the Grand Prize, which is a $25 gift card to each of the participating restaurants. Now that’s a LOT of food!

This event serves as a fundraiser for Wallingford Center, Inc in support of other programs, such as Celebrate Wallingford, The Farmer’s Market, and the Holiday Stroll.

Join us at the third annual wallingford CT restaurant hop!Here’s the vital info:

When: May 6, 2015

Hours: 4 PM – 9PM

Where: Downtown Wallingford CT

Tickets: $25, $10 kids under 12 (only 300 tickets will be sold!)

Who to Contact: Wallingford Center, Inc, (203) 284-1807 or email lizlandow@wallingfordcenterinc.com

Tickets can also be purchased at these local businesses:

  • HUBCAP Wallingford
  • Craig Jewelers
  • Yankee Cloth

Join us at the third annual wallingford CT restaurant hop!And here’s a list of participating restaurants:

Speaking from prior experience, I can vouch for the quality of food at all of these establishments, and I’m looking forward to getting out and trying them all again! If you’re looking for a break from the kitchen and you can’t decide where to go, this is a great way to get out of the house, try some food you might not have tried before and support local Wallingford businesses. As a wise man once said, “Good bread, good meat, good God, let’s eat!”.

See you at the Hop!

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Wallingford YMCA Sponsors Fine Wine Pairing Dinner

by Harriman Real Estate on April 29, 2015

Wallingford YMCA Fine Wine Pairing DinnerFor 70 years, the Wallingford YMCA has been helping to strengthen the community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. It serves over 8,500 members every year, providing services and programs like Upward Bound, All Day Kindergarten, Camp Ulbrich, and many more. These excellent programs are made possible through the various fundraising efforts of the YMCA and its staff, and one of the most anticipated events of the year is rapidly approaching.

On May 9th, the YMCA will be holding their annual Fine Wine Pairing Dinner at The Farms Country Club in Wallingford. The event begins at 5:30PM and features a four course dinner expertly paired with complementing French wines; live jazz and R&B classics performed by The Macaroni Mafia; a cash bar and a silent auction. Also available are raffle tickets for $10 each for an amazing 8 day stay at a private home on Cape Cod for up to 11 people, a prize valued at $2,500!

The incredible list of items that will be available for the silent auction is chock full of amazing gifts and services that will make your jaw drop! Here’s a partial list:

  • One year YMCA membership (value: $888)
  • 3 day stay in Killington, VT (value: $750)
  • Wallingford YMCA Fine Wine Pairing DinnerAn assortment of wines from The Lunch Club (value $500)
  • A signed picture of Malcolm Butler (value: $500)
  • A round of golf for 4 at The Farms CC (value: $360)
  • A round of golf for 4 at Wallingford CC (value: $350)
  • 3 hour Bouncy House rental from Sound Spectrum (value: $300)
  • An Italian silver necklace from AJ Canelli Jewelry (value: $250)
  • Private Airplane ride and sightseeing tour from Cazz Aviation Services (value: $250)
  • 13 weeks of fresh vegetables from Kate Klarman (value: $247)
  • and many, many more!

All of the silent auction items will be on display at the YMCA lobby starting on Friday, May 1st. The YMCA is truly grateful to all of the donors and volunteers who have secured these great items.

UPDATE: All the silent auction items are on display in the lobby of either the East or West side YMCA. CLick the link below to see what’s available and where it’s on display, then go and place your bid on it before the event!

Silent Auction List of Items on Display

The YMCA Fine Wine Pairing Dinner is sure to be one of the highlights of the year and I, for one, can’t wait for the day to arrive! Tickets for this event are $125 and are available now at the YMCA, and we also have some tickets for the event and raffle tickets at our office located at 116 Center Street in Wallingford. The staff of the Wallingford YMCA thanks you for your support throughout the year, and hopes to see you for dinner on May 9th!

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Church of the Resurrection Carnival to Try Again

by Harriman Real Estate on April 27, 2015

Church of the Resurrection carnival to try again

Due to the infamously bad weather that we usually experience in April, the Church of the Resurrection carnival was forced to cancel the opening day of festivities and saw a marked drop in attendance for the other three days. Because of this, the carnival organizers are going to try keep the carnival in town this week and open it up again on Friday and Saturday, May 1st and 2nd, to let visitors have another opportunity to enjoy the festival in some more hospitable weather. Right now, the weather outlook for those two days is: afternoon showers on Friday with a high of 54 degrees, and mostly cloudy on Saturday with a highs in the low 60’s.

Carnival committee chairman Paul Bankowski released this statement today which gives more details:

“Wind and unseasonably cold weather have forced the Church of the Resurrection to seek a do over.   Not many in this situation have that option, but with the only major fundraiser and the ailing HVAC system in desperate need of repair the Church at 115 Pond Hill Road in Wallingford may just get that opportunity.  Paul Bankowski, chairman, said Saturday that if the stars are in alignment we just might be able to pull this off. Wednesday’s driving rain, wind and hail forced the Church to cancel the night’s event and unseasonably cold temperatures Thursday, Friday and Saturday just kept the people away.  When the Rainbow Amusements Company owner mentioned that he had a free weekend the following week for most of the rides and asked if the church wanted to open again the wheels were set into motion.  Paul approached his committee members with the idea and they all felt that we could attempt a scaled back version the following Friday and Saturday nights May 1st and 2nd.

We will be losing the Ferris wheel and the salt and pepper rides due to another engagement, but the rest will stay in place for another week. The menu will be limited to cheesesteak, fried dough, hot dogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, french fries and limited desserts such as ice cream bars and cannoli.  We will try to license the plant and basket booth, 50/50 raffle and the wine and beer, but may not be able to do so in the short timeframe.  Of course the Grand Raffle and Tea Cup raffle cannot be held over due to state regulations; they must be drawn on the date and time stated on the original permit issued back in February.  The committee has already begun seeking volunteers to man the various booths and filing out the necessary permit applications, in the hopes of pulling off an event that usually takes months of planning in just one short week.  Paul said “I have the best committee there is, I have faith that we can do this.”

Hopefully everything falls into place and the carnival gets to extend their stay and get some more visitors this week!


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