Less than two weeks after Alen Ilic moved into the house he bought a block from the marina in Milford, Conn., he arrived home to find his mailbox filled with a fruit platter and an assortment of notes signed by his neighbors.
“That pretty much sums up how people behave around here — they’re so welcoming,” said Mr. Ilic, 46, who was also surprised by the friendly greetings he got while walking his dog, Kane — something that rarely happened during the 20 years he rented in Woodside, Queens, before moving to Milford in early May. Now, he said, “It happens all the time. People say ‘good morning,’ and it’s so nice.”
When he decided it was time to buy a home earlier this year, Mr. Ilic, a cyber security engineer, knew he couldn’t afford the sort of place he wanted in the city, so he began researching outlying areas. After ruling out New Jersey, as well as Westchester and Long Island, where the taxes were too high, he settled on Connecticut.
Like many others, he quickly discovered that simply by crossing into New Haven County, his savings would be substantial.
“Milford is the first coastal town outside of Fairfield County, so the housing prices and taxes are much lower,” said Barbara Zink, a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker, who grew up in Milford.
Mr. Ilic, who wanted something with character, decided on a 1900 house that previous owners had converted from three bedrooms to two, with stained-glass windows and built-in cabinetry. He paid 0,000, and his annual property taxes are just over ,000. The house is in the Devon neighborhood, close enough to the city’s bustling downtown and to one of the many beaches that Mr. Ilic can walk to either spot in less than 30 minutes.
Milford’s 14 miles of shoreline — the most of any city in Connecticut — is a big draw for its 52,500 residents. With five public beaches, seven private beaches and a beachfront state park, the city (and especially the neighborhoods adjacent to those beaches) has become increasingly attractive to second-home buyers, retirees and empty-nesters, like Ibett Aponte.
Following a divorce, and nearing retirement after a 47-year nursing career, Ms. Aponte was ready for a change. So a year and a half ago, she left Westborough, Mass., for the Walnut Beach section of Milford, where her daughter had moved 11 years earlier. She bought a four-bedroom house with a yard big enough to accommodate her nine grandchildren, paying 0,000. The home is a five-minute drive from Walnut Beach, or a 12-minute walk to the three-quarter-mile boardwalk that connects Walnut Beach to Silver Sands State Park.
“It’s a pretty New England town that’s just big enough, but not too big,” said Ms. Aponte, 68, who attends the free summer concerts and weekly farmers market at Walnut Beach, and participates in programs at Milford’s senior center and the local YMCA. She is also happy to be closer to New York City, and makes frequent train trips there, taking advantage of Metro-North Railroad’s senior discount. Now she is hoping to talk her sons into moving to Milford.
“If any of my kids in Massachusetts were willing to move, I’d tell them to only consider Milford,” Ms. Aponte said.
Tucked beside the Housatonic River and hugging a long stretch of the Long Island Sound, Milford has a close relationship with the water. The beaches provide much of the city’s social fabric during the summer, as do the boat-filled marinas and busy harbor. Added to that are the many ponds, inlets and salt marshes, and a downtown waterfall that offers a picturesque backdrop for City Hall.
Residents can age through Milford’s various housing options without having to leave the city, said Stephanie Ellison, a broker associate with Re/Max Right Choice: “When people have kids, they want the larger properties in the north, with big yards. Then when the kids leave, they move to the beach, where there’s a very social vibe and everybody knows everybody.”
For big-box stores, car dealerships and furniture shopping, there is the Connecticut Post Mall and other commercial centers on Boston Post Road. Bird-watchers gravitate to the Connecticut Audubon Society Coastal Center at Milford Point, where 315 species have been sighted in the adjacent 840-acre Charles Wheeler Salt Marsh and Wildlife Management Area.
Milford’s public school system includes eight elementary schools, three middle schools and two high schools (both of which have about 900 students), plus the Academy, an alternative education high school.
Average SAT scores for students at the Jonathan Law and Joseph A. Foran public high schools in 2017-18 were 529 in English and 521 in math, compared to state averages of 516 and 503.
Kaliegh Garris, an 18-year-old competitive dancer and student at Joseph A. Foran High School, was crowned Miss Teen USA in April.
Private schools include Lauralton Hall, a Catholic girls high school with about 400 students.
Driving the 70 miles to New York City on I-95 or the Merritt Parkway takes about 90 minutes to two hours, depending on traffic.
The Metro-North New Haven Line offers direct service to New York City from a station in downtown Milford. Trains take 90 to 115 minutes; a one-way ticket is .75 to , depending on the time of travel and method of purchase, and a monthly pass is 9.
Sailing along the Connecticut coast, Captain William Kidd and his pirate crew stopped in Milford in 1699, and are believed to have buried some of their stolen treasure on Charles Island before continuing to Boston, where they were captured.
During low tide, treasure hunters walk out to the island, now a nature preserve and part of Silver Sands State Park, hoping to uncover his booty, and occasionally get caught in the returning tide’s currents. The city celebrates the legend with an annual Pirate’s Day in June.
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