Want a home in "The Center"? Or "Bishop's Corner"? Perhaps "West of Mountain Road" is more your style? Or maybe even in "Elmwood"? It seems that when buyers are searching for homes in West Hartford, it's all about the neighborhood. Simply ask someone where they live and they'll give you the street address. If you don't recognize the street, they'll quickly follow up with, "Oh, it's in the Morley district" or "it's in Norfeldt". But for those who are unfamiliar with the various intricacies of the the town it can be difficult to know exactly what that means.
Here's a quick summary of the West Hartford neighborhoods. A West Hartford neighborhood primer, if you will:
"The Center" - This term gets thrown around a lot in our MLS since homes in "The Center" have the advantage of a high walkability rating. This area basically covers a grid surrounding the intersection of Farmington Avenue and North Main Street about 3/4 mile in each direction. Homes in these neighborhoods tend to be older Colonials and Cape Cod style homes (1920's - 1940's) situated close together (i.e., smaller yards), have sidewalks, and are within close proximity to shopping and dining in West Hartford Center and Blue Back Square. Homes in this neighborhood are typically in the Braeburn, Duffy, Morley, and to some extent Bugbee Elementary School districts. The 06107 zip code primarily defines this area, but part of the 06119 zip code encompasses "The Center".
"Bishop's Corner" - This is an area in the northern section of West Hartford and centers around the intersection of North Main Street and Albany Avenue (Route 44). There's also plenty of shopping and dining in this neighborhood and there tends to be more Split-Level homes here. Backyards tend to be a bit larger than "The Center" homes. Elementary schools mostly include Aiken, Norfeldt, and Bugbee and the zip code for the area is mostly 06117.
"Elmwood" - The "Elmwood" section of West Hartford has it's own zip code, 06110. This area is in the southeast section of West Hartford and centers around the intersection of New Britain Avenue and South Quaker Lane. It is defined by close neighborhoods with affordable homes in a walkable community. Most of the stores in the area are locally owned, although you can't beat it's proximity to Westfarms Mall shopping. Elmwood continues to thrive and there are plans for a dog park as well as a greenway/bikepath along the Trout Brook. Elementary schools include Charter Oak, Smith, and Wolcott.
"West of Mountain Road" - Mountain Road runs in a northerly direction from the Farmington Avenue all the way into Bloomfield (parallel to North Main Street) and this area is characterized by larger homes that are spread out on more spacious lots. As in most West Hartford neighborhoods, there are a variety of architectural styles, but Colonial-style homes are by far the norm here. Sidewalks are replaced by rolling lawns and the neighborhood is mostly "car dependent". The area straddles the 06107 and 06117 zip codes and elementary schools include Braeburn, Duffy & Norfeldt.
Of course, there are other West Hartford neighborhoods including "Wood Pond", "Sunset Farms", and the "Hartford Golf Club" area among others. Since our local Multiple Listing Service doesn't really allow for neighborhood categorization, it's best to check with a local market expert for more insight or information about these or other West Hartford neighborhoods.