Rocky Hill, Connecticut Real Estate and Community Information
Rocky Hill is a town in Hartford County, Connecticut. The town also occupies the 06067 zip code. The population, according to the 2014 estimate is 19,635 residents. The town is 10 miles south of Hartford and 30 miles north of New Haven along the I-91 corridor.
The town is a typical upscale bedroom community and many residents commute to Hartford to the north and New Haven to the south for employment opportunities. The town enjoys a stable economy and housing market with most homeowners owning their home for at least five years or more.
There is public bus transportation system that operates through town and many of Rocky Hill roads have dedicated bicycle lanes.
Rocky Hill was first inhabited by Native Americans with Europeans settling in the mid 1600’s. The land was purchased by John Oldham and other adventure seekers and the new settlers built homes and mills. The area was formerly named Stepney Parish and was part of nearby Westerfield. The town of Rocky Hill was later renamed for the trap rock ridge that rises in the northeast. The location of the town on the Connecticut River made it an ideal location for shipbuilding, agriculture and trade. The land was very attractive as it stood high above the flood plain. A ferry service was established and became known as the Rocky Hill – Glastonbury ferry service.
Rocky Hill remained a farming community as the shipbuilding industry began to wane. The railroad brought renewed interest to the community and connected the town to Hartford. The town built the Grange Hall in 1901 and became a cooperative for the farmers, as well a commitment to the importance of agriculture to the community.
Industry moved into town and broom and shoe making became as prominent as farming. A large factory was built to attract other industries and factories to take up residence in Rocky Hill. In the early 1950’s when the federal government allotted millions of dollars for a national highway system, the highways brought greater accessibility to town. Housing and school construction increased and the population rose greatly. Today, Rocky Hill stands as a suburb of Hartford, but remains a small town with a strong sense of community.
The town is served by the Rocky Hill Public School system. The system operates two elementary, one middle and one high school and provides educational opportunities for children in Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12. The school department is committed to providing an education that will prepare each student for success in the 21st century. The school system is highly rated by educational professionals, students, parents and teachers. Students have the option to attend any school in the district, as well as surrounding districts, rather than their neighborhood school, providing there is room. The school system spends significantly more per student than the national average. The student to teacher ratio is 15 to 1.
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Available real estate in Rocky Hill includes single and multi-family homes, condominiums, town houses and cooperatives. Interested parties will also find undeveloped property suitable for a variety of purposes include residential development. The price range for homes and property varies, but most real estate is in the affordable range with select properties considered expensive. Homes are multi-bedroom and bathroom and a mix of older and newer construction.
The town is made up of several neighborhoods and they are ideal for families and professionals. Homes vary in architecture style and floor plan, making the neighborhoods eclectic in design. The neighborhoods are well kept and the members of the community tend to be involved in the community and always work for the betterment of the neighborhoods.
People interested in real estate in Rocky Hill should contact Barbara Puorro, accredited buyer representative. Ms. Puorro is highly experienced with single and multi-family homes as well as townhouses, condominiums and cooperatives. She will guide the home buyer through the home buying process and find the right home to match the needs and lifestyle of the buyer.
Parks and Recreation
Residents will appreciate the variety of programs designed to promote improved health, reduce stress and provide life skills. The programs are also intended to promote family unity, reduce crime and strengthen community and neighborhood involvement.
The town goal is to also provide parks that are safe for all. Rocky Hill operates and maintains six parks with amenities that include playgrounds and tot lots, hiking trails, sitting areas, sports fields and courts, an Amphitheater, ice skating and a dedicated dog park. The dog park is available for off-leash exercise. The town also maintains a pavilion that is open to the public and available for rent.
One of the most popular attractions in town is Dinosaur State Park. It is one of the largest dinosaur track sites in North America and it is protected by a geodesic dome. In addition to the museum and track casting area, the park also features picnic areas, interactive displays and an arboretum.
Residents will find a variety of programs for children, adults and seniors. Programs include swimming bocce, cards and games, crafts, gardening, crafts, dance classes, guitar lessons and karate. There are also a variety of sports programs and leagues for youths and adults, including instructional groups. There is also fitness, theater and pre-school programs.
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Attractions, Activities and Events
Residents of all ages will find a variety of attractions and activities in town and the surrounding area. Things to do include Rocky Hill – Glastonbury Ferry, Dinosaur State Park and Museum, golf, historic sites and tours, theater, corn and hay mazes, pottery painting and indoor parks and play areas.
There are also a variety of events in town and the surrounding area that are designed to bring the community together. Events include seasonal and holiday celebrations, charitable road races, cultural events and street fairs. One of the more popular events is the annual celebrations held at the Dinosaur State Park. There are special programs held throughout the year, in addition to the ongoing programs that are fun, entertaining and educational for all.
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