Tour of Westville (New Haven) Connecticut

Tour of Westville (New Haven) Connecticut

this is Barbara Pierce from Pierce real estate many cities have a neighborhood like Westville whose residents are passionate devotees of both City and suburban charms it's nestled in between the downtown of New Haven and some of its suburbs you can begin by looking at all the shops restaurants and civic attractions that are located in Westfield bustling Center it's easy access to libraries concert venues art galleries restaurants synagogues and churches among other things it's an easy bicycle commute or bus ride downtown many of its residents do actually work in downtown New Haven and get there in a variety of ways once they're in Westville you can see from looking at the housing stock that it encompasses much of the best that New England has to offer within a multi-block radius you can see houses of many different varieties of architectural distinction background style and size it abuts the Yale playing fields which adds a nice touch of green too much of Westville and contains the very large and well used Edgewood Park we have many other parts of Yale that are easily accessible and a lot of the charms of the city along with the benefits of living in a place with a little green and a lot of trees

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Westville – a neighborhood of the City of New Haven, Ct., an area Pearce Real Estate serves for buying or selling a home.

Westville is a great neighborhood to call home. Diverse, cultural, educated, community-minded are words residents use to describe this enclave. Located in the northwest corner of New Haven, Old Westville Village, designated an historical landmark, is boarded by the Yale Bowl and University-owned playing fields, the Connecticut Tennis Center where world class talent plays every August, Edgewood Park with walking trails and waterways and its own public basketball and tennis courts, Forest Road and a section of Whalley Avenue which is home to the area’s businesses, numerous cafes, bistros and restaurants such as Lena, Stone Hearth, Bella’s, and House of Chao; critically-acclaimed art galleries including the Gabriel deSilva’s Frame Shop and Kehler Liddell ; antique shops; and the famous Lyric Hall Theater, venue for lively music and scores of talented visual and performing artists.

Residential streets south of the bustling center are lush with mature trees, green lawns and large, stately homes which reflect the architectural styles of early to mid 20th century America. Take a morning run or evening stroll, as many residents do, down McKinley and Alston Avenues or on upper Chapel Street and marvel at the colonial, Tudor, bungalow, art and craft, and even Spanish-revival styles. Walk the dog or wheel the baby in the carriage to the Yale Bowl via tree-lined Cleveland Road, where one side abuts the open polo fields. Apartments and condos, built in the style of the surrounding architecture, fit right in on Fountain Street close to the commercial area. The population is as varied as the architecture: young, professional couples with children; hip artistic types; older “Villagers” who raised their families there and still enjoy the communal ambiance of the area; doctors, lawyers and bio-tech executives who drive the short distance to their workplaces in downtown New Haven. Neighbors know each other and gather together for community events such as the annual Spring ArtWalk, block watch meetings, legislative hearings on traffic control or fund raising drives. At Christmas, carolers with fire-lit lanterns walk the streets and sing in return for freshly baked goodies; at Halloween, children and their parents go door to welcoming door with their increasing heavy bags of treats.

Westville is home to two distinguished elementary (kindergarten through 7) magnet schools and the Hopkins School, a private institution founded in 1660, for grades 7 through 12. It is close to Southern Connecticut State University, the University of New Haven, and, of course, Yale University. It’s a quick drive for access to Interstates 91 and 95, as well as the Merritt Parkway. Area churches (including one in the Korean language) and synagogues, all within walking distance, schedule events for children and seniors. Community events and numerous reading programs for children are held at Mitchell Library (including classes by Literacy Volunteers of New Haven). The Library’s adjacent Beecher Park is the summer setting for Monday evening picnics and concerts with beautiful West Rock as the backdrop. The best gathering of residents is on Sunday mornings when the cafes are filled with those who brunch and then visit the area’s Farmer’s Market held at Edgewood Park for local produce and artisan wares.

Visit Westville soon. There’s a lot to like.

2 Replies to “Tour of Westville (New Haven) Connecticut”

  1. I lived in parts of Westville for some time, one year of which was next door to the library. Glad to see House Of Chao is still there (same owners?). I actually saw Victor Borge there one time. Jackson Marvin Hardware closed years ago. My first after school job was there in my teens in the 60s.
    I also remember the seafood restaurant whose name I don't recall, Melody Lane, a camera store, Westville Theater, a grocery store, and a department store. I worked at a factory on a side street for a bit, and canoed the river which I've also forgotten the name of. I couldn't tell what is presently in the old Hallock's building.

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