North Branford is a small, charming town in New Haven County. The town is 26.6 square miles and the neighboring towns are Wallingford and Durham to the North, Guilford to the East, Branford to the South and North Haven and East Haven to the West. A fair amount of the town’s acreage is taken up by the amazing Totoket Mountain and its beautiful views. The Totoket Mountain is part of the Metacomet Ridge. The North side of Salton Stall Mountain is also located in North Branford. Totoket Mountain contains Lake Gaillard, a reservoir that was formed in 1926. There are many reasons why North Branford is a very good place for families to consider, with an enviable combination of fantastic schools and low crime rate. Overall, this is a solid community with many things to recommend it as a family friendly place to live. In keeping with the tradition of public education being a high priority in this community, the middle school, North Branford Intermediate School, has recently undergone construction which renovated an existing structure and added 35,000 square feet to the school. Much of the housing in North Branford was built relatively recently. The construction of new real estate can often be taken as an indication that the local North Branford economy is robust and that jobs or other amenities are attracting an influx of new residents. This seems to be the case in North Branford. Although North Branford is a relatively small town, it doesn’t fall short on things to enjoy with the whole family. You can be certain that there is always an opportunity to learn a bit about the history of the town, which is really very interesting. The Reynolds-Beers House was built in 1786 and was acquired by the Town of North Branford in 1997. It is now maintained and operated as a museum and learning center for local history by the Totoket Historical Society. The Totoket Historical Society is a great resource for history buffs and for new-comers to the town. NorthFord Center Historic District, also known as Northford Center, is a historic district that was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002. It is located along Middletown Avenue (Route 17) and includes parts of Old Post Road in North Branford. This is a great area to stroll around and appreciate all the beautiful examples of Colonial architecture and Early Republic architecture. After you have enjoyed some of the historical aspects the town has to offer, it’s time to have some fun. This is easy to do in a town that has so much to happening throughout the year. Van Wilgens Nursery is a great place to bring the kids. You will find yourself surrounded by incredibly beautiful grounds to roam around on and explore. You can spend a whole day there and not see everything. Rose Orchards has fruits, veggies, ice cream and frozen yogurt. Support the local farm and great local farm stand by visiting and enjoying some of what they have to offer. They have a patio, plenty of parking, hay rides, a pumpkin patch and hay maze in the Fall, as well as, a petting zoo for the kids. The landscape is really something to see when the apple trees are in season and lined row by row behind the little watermill. North Farms Park is a small park with a playscape for the little ones, open spaces and a pavilion. There is a soccer field in the park and access to the North Farms trails. The park is also dog friendly. I think if you’re looking for a spot that is just off the beaten path (but not too far) and is family friendly, has a great sense of community, fantastic schools and great outdoor space, North Branford is worth checking out. The location alone just happens to be perfect when combined with its small town neighborhood feel for an all-around great place to live.
Last Updated on September 12, 2017 by Minna Reid