Find It Cross the Q-bridge headed east from downtown on I-95 and take the first exit. Follow Townsend Avenue through the center of East Shore. The neighborhood ends where the roads meet water on Long Island Sound.

Dog It At East Shore Park, even leashed, you and your best friend can still have fun at this sprawling public park along New Haven Harbor. Acres of open fields, rocky waterfront, and paths and trails ensure plenty of exercise for two- and four-legged visitors alike.

Wrap It Distant and occupying a narrow strip of land on the map, East Shore appears almost as an afterthought to New Haven’s city plan. Standing along the harbor at sunset, however, the perception changes and East Shore seems more like a model seaside community where everyone wishes they could live.

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It is a place where, after the weekday commute, the car can stay in the garage all weekend.

Visit It

A sleepy bedroom community stretching from Long Island Sound along the New Haven Harbor, East Shore is a place to relax, spend time with family, and leave the city behind. Snuggled between the water and New Haven’s Tweed Airport, the neighborhood is a tranquil escape accented by abundant parkland, beaches, and wooded knolls.

From atop East Shore’s rolling hills, estate-like homes feature harbor views and precisely manicured lawns. Down the hills and closer to the water, smaller houses sit within a stone’s throw of gently lapping waves. East Shore’s predominantly residential feel is rarely interrupted by commercial intrusions. The neighborhood has an Italian market, a pizza shop, and one convenience store among only a few other businesses along its main thoroughfare.

East Shore residents and visitors enjoy easy access to the Pardee Seawall promenade and each of the neighborhood’s other parks or beaches are close enough to walk to. It is a place where, after the weekday commute, the car can stay in the garage all weekend.

Live It

East Shore is not just a haven for families looking for a quiet neighborhood away from the city. It’s also home to the most affordable and attractive waterfront property between New York and Boston. With an abundance of green spaces, it’s as much fun for adults without kids as it is for children who love to play and enjoy nature.

The waterfront community stretches south of the industrial shipyards and downtown New Haven is an easy commute. Getting to New York is just as easy on MetroNorth, and rental and home prices are a fraction of what one might expect. Even though rentals in the neighborhood are some of the highest in the New Haven and state of Connecticut, prices of $1,250 and up are a bargain-hunter’s dream and include shoreline amenities not found anywhere else on the Connecticut coast.

Older homes built before the 1950s retain their character and comfort, but also keep real estate prices affordable for the area. Even with 75% of all homes valued above $300,000, East Shore is a real estate dream come true. Comparable homes an hour closer to New York City would sell for four times as much.

Walk It

East Shore Park Over 80 acres of park bordering New Haven Harbor offers a variety of recreational activities for any outdoor enthusiast. Wander along New Haven’s first “living shoreline” or meet friends for a game on one of the many public fields. East Shore Park is also home to Hannah’s Dream — a boundless playground accessible for children of all ages and abilities. Woodward Avenue & Tuttle Street (203) 946-8027 newhavenct.gov

Drive It

Shubert Theater Often called the “Jewel of the City,” the Shubert opened its doors to the public over 100 years ago. The historic theater has more than 1,600 seats and was built for the live theater experience before the advent of sound movies or rock concerts. 247 College Street (203) 624-1825 shubert.com

Woolsey Hall Designed by the same architects who created the New York Public Library and built in 1901, the hall is Yale’s largest auditorium and seats over 2,500. Home to the Yale and New Haven Symphony Orchestras, Woolsey Hall also boasts a world-renowned symphonic organ. 500 College Street (203) 436-4840 woolsey.yale.edu

New Haven County Vineyards Located in the heart of southeastern Connecticut hill country, a number of boutique vineyards have discovered Connecticut’s ideal climate for grape cultivation. Pack a picnic lunch and bring the family for a day of fun and relaxation.

Eat It

Bistro Mediterranean & Tapas Bar Health and flavor are only two parts of the tapas experience. The third, and possibly most important, is time. At Bistro Mediterranean, leisurely service and a relaxed atmosphere are just as important as the freshness of the food and spices. 383 Main Street East Have (203) 467-2500 bistromediterraneanandtapasbar.com

Fireside Bar & Grill A perfect casual place for a bite after the beach, Fireside Bar & Grill offers a selection of American and pub classics. 810 Woodward Avenue (203) 466-1919

Jennifer’s Ice Cream For an absolute treat on a hot day, visit the local family-owned shop where ice cream is made fresh daily. Try the mixed up flavor called Banoffee when it’s available and your mouth will thank you. 388 East Main Street East Haven (203) 468-1573jennifersicecream.com

Capone’s Pizza Bar For a cozy romantic dinner or a family get-together, the short drive from East Shore to Capone’s is worth it. With abundant portions and tasty traditional dishes, this is the kind of food even Italian grandmothers will approve of. Mangiare i miei amici! 223 East Main Street Branford (203) 488-2900 caponespizzabar.com

Amarante’s Sea Cliff A popular banquet, wedding, and event location, the view from Amarante’s is breathtaking. Watch sailing vessels and ships come in from Long Island Sound while you enjoy an elegant and sumptuous buffet dinner as the host or invited guest of a soiree to remember. 62 Cove Street (203) 467-2531 amarantes.com

Sugar Bakery Uniquely tempting flavors like Unicorn Poop, Maple Bacon Brittle, Call Me a Cab and 37 others helped Sugar Bakery take home the prize on Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars.” Sugar Bakery has been putting a new twist on the average cupcake since 2004. Bring lots of milk! 424 Main Street East Haven (203) 469-0815 thesugarbakery.com

The Sandpiper Restaurant Casual and comfortable with a nautical motif throughout, this beachfront eatery has a seafood specialty for everyone. Pick a table on the patio overlooking Long Island Sound, and please do not feed the seagulls. 161 Cosey Beach Avenue East Haven (203) 469-7544

Shop It

DelMonaco’s Italian Market From homemade calzones to their signature Roast Beef Bomb, DelMonaco’s is the ideal quick stop for a beach picnic or a few staples to take home. 475 Townsend Avenue (203) 468-0360

Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets Looking for that something extra special at a bargain? Try Clinton Crossing’s selection of high-end outlet stores. From Abercrombie to Zumiez, the outlet center has your shopping needs covered and is convenient to I-95 for a quick drive. 20 Killingworth Turnpike Clinton (860) 664-0700 premiumoutlets.com/outlet/clinton-crossing

Bishop’s Orchards Farm Market & Winery Pick your own apples, get lost in a corn maze, or browse the selection of fresh native fruits and vegetables. For almost 150 years, the Bishop family farm has been growing and growing to provide southern Connecticut with the very best in produce. 1355 Boston Post Road Guilford (203) 453-2338 bishopsorchards.com

See It

*MUST DO IT* Lighthouse Point Park Sandy beaches, dancing fountains, and a rare antique carousel are delights for all visitors. Walk to the point, to stand beneath the nearly 100-foot tall lighthouse that rises from the rolling dunes and has been welcoming ships to the harbor since before 1850. 2 Lighthouse Road (203) 946-8020 newhavenct.gov

Shore Line Trolley Museum Recognized as a National Historic District, the Shore Line Trolley Museum operates the oldest continually running suburban trolley line in the United States. Hop aboard for a three-mile ride from East Haven to Short Beach. 17 River Street East Haven (203) 467-6927 shorelinetrolley.org