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Where to Retire in Essex and Home Prices

The Villages of Essex, Ivoryton, and Centerbrook offer several neighborhoods, some historical, with Zillow reporting the median home value to be $484,312 in late mid-2022. Homes along the Connecticut River are priced much higher and can cost over a $million.

What Is Special about Essex

Essex is a pretty and historical town offering four seasons of natural beauty along the river with a waterfront district, a village green, and the only Steam Train and Riverboat connection in the country. The Long Island Sound is just a few miles away.

What Is Not Special about Essex

High real estate prices and taxes, cold winters.

Climate and Physical Environment

January's average temperature is 32 degrees with July's average at 72 degrees. Essex gets about 27" of snow each winter.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Essex offers interesting dining choices including the Griswold Inn which is considered one of the oldest continuously run taverns in the United States and features its interesting history on the walls displaying historic artifacts; The Essex Clipper Dinner Train is also a popular choice offering a 2.5 hour scenic ride while dining. Essex's cultural scene consists of performances at the Ivoryton Playhouse, many festivals and town events, the Connecticut River Museum, and the Essex Historical Society. NYC and Boston are both about 100 miles away with easy access by train.


The crime rate in Essex is very low.

Medical Facilities

There are medical facilities nearby and closest hospital is Middlesex Hospital located in Middletown.


The Estuary Transit District provides transportation through 9 surrounding towns including the train station located in Old Saybrook, where you can catch an Amtrak or a Shoreline East train to NYC or Boston.

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