What was once a town of only 20 people in the 1850s has ballooned into a thriving city of 17,737. Located in Windham County, Willimantic is only thirty minutes from Hartford and an hour from Providence. Highlights include the 3rd Thursday Street Fests held from May to September that allow local musicians and artists to show off their skills and the Prospect Hill Historic District, which has the highest number of historic buildings in the state.
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Stroll through revitalized downtown! Within the last few years, Willimantic's historic downtown has gone through a complete restoration. Voted a 2014 Fan Favorite Town by CT Magazine, Willimantic is home to eclectic stores like the Bench Shop and historic monuments like the iconic Frog Bridge.
Meet your neighbors at community events! Held weekly, the Windham Theatre Guild presents a different drama production ranging from Fiddler on the Roof to The Christmas Story. No matter what, you won't want to miss the annual February Chocolate Festival.
Vibrant natural food scene! In an effort to promote healthy living, Willimantic is home to a natural foods co-op. Located in the center of town, the market features locally grown grains, spices, dairy products and produce. In addition, The Farmer's Cow holds a weekly Farmers Market every Sunday from May 'til August that sells fresh fruit, veggies and meat.
Delicious restaurants to fulfill every craving! Because of the natural food scene in the town, many local restaurants are committed to using fresh and organic ingredients. For a twist on Irish fare, stop by the Harp on Church for the lightly breaded and baked fish and chips or the veggie sandwich. End any meal with a visit to A Cupcake for Later where the chocolate dipped Boston Creme will leave you begging for another bite.
More space for less! Newcomers to the area will be able to capitalize on Willimantic's affordable rent at an average price of $708/month. Because rent is so much lower than Hartford County ($938), buyers are able to get more space for less money. Look for a rent to own property along Ridgewood Road or State St.
Less expensive than nearby cities! With an average selling price of $229,700 in Franklin and $231,100 in Storrs Mansfield, Willimantic is a bargain at $122,800. Capitalize on the affordable homes in an area like North Street or Gem Drive.
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