Schools are always high on the list - AND There are so many reasons buyers flock to New Canaan when trying to decide what town is best for them. They have one of the most charming downtown areas you will find in lower fairfield county with dozens of great eateries and small boutique shops. The Waveny Park is a place you will surely find yourself spending time either with friends or family. Outdoor concerts in the summer - and plenty of spots to just put down a blanket and enjoy the beautiful surroundings or take a family photo.
Being that New Canaan is just 1 hr from Manhattan - makes it a desirable town for NYC commuters - complete with a train :)
BUT for buyers with families wanting the best schools - it is indeed a BIG consideration. Here is a link rating CT schools.