Wilton remains a desirable town for homebuyers. The Wilton school system is highly sought after and the town has earned several accolades for its quality of living. Many homebuyers are attracted to Wilton for its home value, New England charm and close proximity to New York City.
According to the ranking and review site Niche.com, Wilton is recognized as the #1 best suburb and the #2 best town to raise a family in CT. Wilton has also been ranked the second safest town in CT by Alarm System Reviews.
The Wilton Economic Development Commission’s Residential Real Estate Survey shows that the main reason people move to Wilton is its distinguished school system. The Wilton schools have very strong academics with plentiful arts and sports programs. According to the US News and World Report’s 2016 Best High Schools Ranking, Wilton is the 7th best high school in CT. The ranking is based on student/teacher ratio, math and reading proficiency and college readiness.
Wilton also boasts large open land and quaint, historic colonial architecture. Compared to other towns closer to Manhattan such as Greenwich and Darien, Wilton offers much more house and land for the same amount of money. Wilton is a rural suburb with small town appeal but access to amenities that are found in larger towns. Wilton has an ideal location to the city. Manhattan is less than an hour drive and access to the Merritt Parkway and Interstate 95 is convenient from the Route 7 connector.
Tom Fullam is one of the many Wilton newcomers who have recently purchased a home in town. Fullam is a life-long Norwalk resident who will move to Wilton in June. The local newspaper, The Wilton Villager/The Hour, states that Fullam chose Wilton because "It's a 'mom and pop' type of town - it's a nice middle ground between urban and rural lifestyles, which is pretty unique as Fairfield County is concerned." He also felt that his home is "a relatively inexpensive home that offered up a nice chunk of land and more privacy than Norwalk had to offer."
For Fullam and many new Wilton homebuyers, these benefits far outweigh any concerns regarding the real estate market. For the last 5 years, Wilton homes sales have remained steady and active home listings have been gradually increasing. Wilton’s real estate market appears to be on a plateau, much like the rest of Fairfield County.
The town has the distinction of having the 5th highest average sale price in Fairfield County with towns only ranking ahead of Wilton due to their closer location to New York City. Wilton remains to be town of choice for many homebuyers. Wilton’s school system, small town appeal with large town amenities and bang for the buck are sought after qualities for homebuyers. Throw in Wilton’s prime location and you have a very desirable town for homebuyers!