The Town of Greenwich has one political body, but consists of several distinct sections with their own mailing addresses and zip codes, such as Cos Cob, Riverside, Old Greenwich and Greenwich (sometimes referred to as central or downtown Greenwich). Byram, Glenville, Pemberwick and Rock Ridge are other neighborhoods that use the Greenwich name and zip code for their mailing addresses. There are many other neighborhoods within Greenwich such as Belle Haven, Banksville, Chickahominy, Milbank, Milbrook and Mianus to name a few.
The downtown area of Greenwich consists primarily of Greenwich Avenue, a one way street that has many restaurants, boutiques, and antique shops, all located on extraordinarily expensive retail space. Greenwich Avenue is also somewhat unique in that it does not have traffic lights, but instead has individual traffic officers at each intersection directing traffic. The sections of the town each have smaller shopping areas, but these are much smaller than Greenwich Avenue.
Real estate in Greenwich is very expensive when compared to the national average, and is about on par with some nearby communities such as Darien, Westport and New Canaan. The high property values, however, cause property taxes to be very low, on a percentage basis. Greenwich is officially considered the wealthiest town in Connecticut.
The town has four beaches on Long Island Sound which are Greenwich Point, Byram Beach, Island Beach and Captain’s Island. Originally, Greenwich Point (often referred to as Tod’s Point), which is on a peninsula and also includes picnic areas, was open only to town residents and their guests. However, a lawyer from nearby Stamford sued, saying his rights to freedom of assembly were threatened because he was not allowed to go there. The lower courts disagreed, but the Supreme Court of Connecticut agreed, and Greenwich was forced to amend its beach access policy to all four beaches. A single-visit beach pass for non-residents is $10 per person and $20 per car and must be purchased at the town hall or the Eastern Greenwich Civic Center.
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