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Living a Beach Lifestyle in Niantic, Connecticut

Niantic is a small town on the Long Island Sound coast of Connecticut. This former fishing village has about 6,000 residents and is in one of the nicest stretches of CT - between Old Saybrook and New London. It has several beaches either in town or nearby. While the waves are not large it definitely offers a seaside experience. Boating and fishing are fantastic from here, and so is the New England charm. The nearby towns of Stonington, Lyme, and Mystic are also pretty seaside communities.

Where to Retire in Niantic and Home Prices

There are active adult communities in Niantic (see link at left). In mid-2021, Zillow reported the home value listed at $339,240.  Obviously, homes near the water are worth much more.

What Is Special about Niantic

Niantic is a very charming town and a wonderful place to live if you are a sailor, artist, or writer. Very close to the Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos. The nearby beaches of Rhode Island are fantastic and under-rated.

What Is Not Special about Niantic

Niantic and Connecticut in general is an expensive place to live. New Englanders have a reserve that can be hard to penetrate if you are not from the area.

Climate and Physical Environment

Long Island Sound, a body of water between CT and Long Island, is on the south side of Niantic. This small town is near the Rhode Island border.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Not too much is going on in Niantic from a cultural standpoint, although the local art and antiques scene is lively. Fortunately, New Haven, Providence, and Hartford are not far away. Two of the largest casinos in the world, Foxwoods and the Mohegan Sun, have world class entertainment and sports just a short drive from Niantic.


Crime in Niantic is slightly lower than the national average.

Medical Facilities

The nearest hospitals are in New London and Norwich. Yale in New Haven and the Providence hospitals are not too far away.


Niantic is well-connected. From Old Saybrook you can take Amtrak to NY or Boston, as well as the Shoreline East commuter line to New Haven. There are some small airports nearby, but great service is available from either Hartford or Providence (less than 1 hour away). I 95 is close by and also connects in Old Saybrook with the convenient Rte 9 (going north to Hartford and Vermont).

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