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Living a Biking Lifestyle in New Milford, Connecticut

New Milford is a small town of less than 7,000 (28,000 in the region) but one of the largest towns in terms of land area in the western part of Connecticut. The entire region is conducive to road biking as it is not only scenic but has many quiet country roads. It is in the beautiful area about Danbury on the northern shore of Lake Candlewood.  New Milford is home to the private Canterbury School. There are a lot of other extremely picturesque towns just to the north including Sharon, where wealthy New Yorkers tend to have weekend houses. Photo of old New Milford Library courtesy of Wikipedia and Hugh Manatee.

Where to Retire in New Milford and Home Prices

Retirees can live in town, in the beautiful hills around town, or in at least one active adult community.
According to Zillow, the median home value was $198,000 in mid-2017.

What is special about New Milford

New Milford is near Lake Candlewood which is quite a resort and cultural center. This is a beautiful part of the state.  There are many buildings on the National Registry of Historic Places. The house that inspired the novel and film, Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, was built and still stands in the Merryall section of town (although the movie was not filmed here).

What is not special about New Milford

New Milford is a small town and Connecticut is not conseidered a tax-friendly state.

Climate and Physical Environment

New Milford is on the western edge of Connecticut in the center of the state.  Located on the Housatonic River, it is a short drive above Danbury. The average July high temperature is 84 and the average January high is 35 (the average low is 14). The wettest month is July (5").

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

New Milford has a well-funded library. The library got its start in 1796 as the Union Library. It became the New Milford Library in 1886. There are a dozen places on the National Registry of Historic Places.

Crime

Crime in New Milford is just under the national average.

Medical facilities

New Milford Hospital serves the community.  Danbury and Stamford Hospitals are nearby.

Transportation

New Milford is an hours drive from Bradley Airport or White Plains Airport.

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