The second-largest city in Connecticut, New Haven offers the sophistication of nearby cities Boston and New York combined with distinctive New England charm. Nicknamed "the Elm City" by the author Charles Dickens, this thriving city is home to Yale University. New Haven is immensely walkable, with plenty of of popular places to dine, shop and play thanks to award-winning restaurants, eclectic shopping opportunities, and a great arts and culture scene.
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Housing StatisticsDespite the national housing market downturn, New Haven has continued to experience a consistently high demand. New Haven has historically maintained one of the country's most stable residential rental markets, including both apartments and homes for rent. Vacancy rates hover right around two percent; in 2012, in fact, New Haven reported the country's lowest vacancy rate at one point in time -- 2.1 percent. New Haven's most recent median home sales price reported was $160,000 with an average per square foot price of $149. As of August 24, 2013, there are currently 491 resale and new homes for sale; additionally, there are just over 200 New Haven homes currently in some part of the foreclosure process. The average list price is $237,926. If buying outright is out of your budget in New Haven, rent to own homes are a viable option in this thriving market.
Tourist Attractions A visit to New Haven is hardly complete without visiting Yale University. Founded over 300 years ago, Yale's esteemed alumni include four of the last six American Presidents, and countless other senior government officials and captains of industry. Stop by the Visitor's Center for information and take a free tour guided by a Yale student to learn more about this legendary institution. While at Yale, don't miss a stop at the Yale University Art Museum. Admission is free, and the museum features pieces from Hopper, Degas, Miro, Manet, Rothko, Lichtenstein, Gaugin and many others -- including van Gogh's famous "The Night Cafe." When you have wrapped up your visit, head downtown to Chapel Street in the heart of New Haven. This large town green features eclectic shops, trending clothing stores, art galleries, bookstores and coffee shops. Other popular New Haven destinations include the Grove Street Cemetery, Little Italy, the Shubert Theater, the Connecticut Children's Museum, and the Carousel at Lighthouse Point Park. Arts enthusiasts will find it hard to beat New Haven's dynamic theater scene, which includes the Shubert, which will celebrate its 100th birthday in 2014, as well as other major players: the Long Wharf Theatre, the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, and the Yale Repertory Theatre.
NightlifeNew Haven is a college town, and there's no shortage of nightlife for those inclined. From sports bars to dance clubs, there's always something happening. Local favorites include Gotham Citi Cafe for dancing, Toad's Place for live music and The Wicked Wolf for an old time-y Irish Pub. Right next door to The Wicked Wolf is the Black Bear Saloon, a popular sports bar. When all the others close down for the night, head to Oz After Hours Club to keep the party going.
Neighborhood GuideNew Haven is home to approximately 40 distinctive neighborhoods with strong communities and even stronger personalities. Many of these neighborhoods are pedestrian-friendly, thanks to the city's relatively small size. A few neighborhood are described here:
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