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387 Apartments for rent in Branford Center, CT

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3 Curve Street
3 Curve Street
Branford Center, CT
3 Bedrooms
$1,500
1100 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 11:53 AM
Huge 3BR/1BA unit with new kitchen and new bath. Walk to beach and enjoy every thing Branford has to offer. 1.5 month deposit and 35 application fee per adult
1 Unit Available
25 Stannard Avenue
25 Stannard Avenue
Branford Center, CT
3 Bedrooms
$4,500
4709 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 11:53 AM
Grand Victorian colonial within walking distance to the beach. This gracious custom built home with an inground pool offers space for grand-scale entertaining.
1 Unit Available
9 Parker Memorial Drive
9 Parker Memorial Drive
Branford Center, CT
4 Bedrooms
$1,750
1265 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 11:53 AM
Magnificent setting overlooking Branford Harbor. Full water views from almost every room. As close to living on an island but being on land. Access to 2 sandy beaches, playground. Full wrapround porch with amazing views.
1 Unit Available
1 Parker Memorial Drive
1 Parker Memorial Drive
Branford Center, CT
3 Bedrooms
$1,500
1129 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 11:53 AM
2021 availability only. Direct waterfront, furnished, seasonal property located on private property within Parker Memorial Park. Beautiful views of Branford Harbor.
Results within 5 miles of Branford Center
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8 Units Available
Encore 99
99 Hemingway Avenue
East Haven, CT
1 Bedroom
$1,200
720 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,375
900 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 04:47 AM
Looking for chic apartments that put you in the center of the Hartford, CT, action? You’ve found it at Encore 99. Our one and two bedroom apartments offer spacious living with thoughtful additions that add to your modern life.
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1 Unit Available
The Fairways
80 Eastern St
New Haven, CT | Fair Haven Heights
2 Bedrooms
$1,350
850 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated December 3 at 04:47 AM
Townhouses feature wall-to-wall carpeting, state-of-the-art kitchens, hardwood floors and laundry facilities. Located close to I-91 and I-95 as well as downtown New Haven. Community is landscaped with private entrances.
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1 Unit Available
Brook Hollow
430 Eastern St
New Haven, CT | Fair Haven Heights
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
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3 Bedrooms
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Last updated December 3 at 04:47 AM
Spacious units with wall-to-wall carpeting, fully-equipped kitchens, central air and heat, and extra storage. Community has secure buildings and laundry rooms. Located close to downtown New Haven, I-95 and I-91.
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6 Units Available
Bella Vista C/D
339 Eastern Street
New Haven, CT | Fair Haven Heights
Studio
$723
1 Bedroom
$827
2 Bedrooms
$916
Last updated June 23 at 05:21 PM
Bella Vista is designed for carefree, secure and active Senior Living Community. The property is located 5 miles outside of the Central Business District of New Haven on a ridge crest in a wooded setting.
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4 Units Available
Bella Vista A
321 Eastern Street
New Haven, CT | Fair Haven Heights
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$827
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated August 14 at 06:46 PM
Bella Vista is designed for carefree, secure and active Senior Living Community. The property is located 5 miles outside of the Central Business District of New Haven on a ridge crest in a wooded setting.
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3 Units Available
510 Main Apartments
510 Main St
East Haven, CT
Studio
$1,010
425 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,075
475 sqft
Last updated December 2 at 03:17 PM
510 Main redefines Connecticut living, with a clubhouse that contains free Wi-Fi and a coffee bar. Residents enjoy wall-to-wall carpeting and walk-in closet space, and extra storage is available.
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4 Units Available
Autumn Ridge
90 Gerrish Ave
East Haven, CT
Studio
$990
400 sqft
Last updated December 2 at 03:17 PM
All-studio apartment complex Autumn Ridge offers efficiency combined with modern upgrades like new cabinetry, fully-equipped kitchens and private patios and balconies. The complex accepts small dogs.
1 Unit Available
232 Main Street
232 Main St
East Haven, CT
Studio
$2,350
2052 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 12:46 PM
Shopping Strip
1 Unit Available
466 Middletown Avenue
466 Middletown Avenue
New Haven, CT | Quinnipiac Meadows
3 Bedrooms
$1,350
960 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 11:53 AM
3 Bedroom 1 Bath Ranch Unit - Stand alone Brick Building without the noise of common wall neighbors. 5 Minutes from Downtown New Haven off of Exit 8 easy on and off of I-91.
1 Unit Available
1659 Quinnipiac Ave
1659 Quinnipiac Avenue
New Haven, CT | Quinnipiac Meadows
1 Bedroom
$1,350
Last updated December 3 at 11:36 AM
Renovated Large 1 bed with plenty of room for an office - Newley renovated large 1 bedroom with plenty of room for an office. Washer & Dryer in Unit and Off street parking (RLNE6257902)
1 Unit Available
14 Oak Ridge Dr Apt 8
14 Oak Ridge Drive
New Haven, CT | Quinnipiac Meadows
2 Bedrooms
$1,295
725 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 11:36 AM
Newly remodeled 2 bedroom & 1 bathroom condo available now! The unit is freshly painted and has beautiful hardwood floors throughout. The kitchen is newly updated with chic white cabinets and features: brand new range and refrigerator.
1 Unit Available
45 Barnes Ave
45 Barnes Avenue
New Haven, CT | Quinnipiac Meadows
1 Bedroom
$1,125
Last updated December 3 at 11:36 AM
VIDEO TOURS AVAILABLE!!! GUT RENOVATED 1BR APTS F/H HEIGHTS/ FOXON AREA!!! Features: *New Hardwood & Tiling Throughout *Plenty Of Sunlight *Granite Countertops *Stainless Steel Appliances (Not Pictured) *Laundry on Premises *Parking Lot **Income
1 Unit Available
170 Quinnipiac Ave Fl 2
170 Quinnipiac Ave
New Haven, CT | Annex
4 Bedrooms
$1,800
Last updated December 3 at 11:36 AM
Coming available December 2020 a two family has a large 2nd floor which leads to a 3rd Floor very very spacious living 2nd Floor apartment has two bedrooms, a living room that leads to the kitchen and bathroom, the other floor leads to another
1 Unit Available
40 Bristol Street
40 Bristol Street
New Haven County, CT
2 Bedrooms
$1,850
1000 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 11:09 AM
Steps from beach Three season porch, eat in kitchen, laundry in basement, Close to train and I 95 Walking distance to restaurants Kayak,paddle-board,Or just enjoy the beach
1 Unit Available
110 Fulton St
110 Fulton St
New Haven, CT | Annex
2 Bedrooms
$1,100
Last updated April 4 at 11:14 AM
Spacious 2BR 1.5x Bath condo in beautiful Fair Haven Heights! *Clean & Bright *New Hardwood Floors *Redone Kitchen *Ample Closet/Storage Space *Laundry Room on Premises *Parking *Requirements: *2 Month Security Deposit *Minimum Income 2.
Results within 10 miles of Branford Center
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8 Units Available
Canal Crossing
380 Mather St
New Haven, CT
Studio
$1,475
611 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,625
775 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,125
1042 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 11:19 AM
Located in a suburban, accessible area, this community offers access to countless amenities, including gourmet kitchens, soft-close drawers, walk-in closets, vinyl plank hardwood floors, nine-foot ceilings, and keyless apartment entry.
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8 Units Available
Lakewood Apartments
1199 Whitney Ave
New Haven, CT
Studio
$1,035
368 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,265
589 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,695
1066 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 11:18 AM
Stylish apartment homes located right on Lake Whitney. Homes feature updated decor and open layouts. Located on the bus line and near I-91. Steps from cafes and restaurants.
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1 Unit Available
Chestnut Hill South
835 Mix Ave
New Haven, CT
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$1,775
1123 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated December 3 at 11:18 AM
Cozy homes with open-floor plans and oversized balconies. Community includes an organic garden, bocce court, and swing set. Close to Town Center Park. Easy access to Wilbur Cross Parkway.
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5 Units Available
Eli Whitney
750 Whitney Ave
New Haven, CT
Studio
$1,225
462 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,495
721 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,795
975 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 11:18 AM
Walkable, beautiful, and comfortable, this beautiful development offers lots of unique features. Apartments include heat and hot water as well as hardwood floors, walk-in closets, an on-site fitness center, and a shuttle.
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3 Units Available
Chestnut Hill East
2 Skiff St
New Haven, CT
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$1,195
460 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated December 3 at 11:18 AM
Contemporary apartments with energy efficient appliances and free basic cable. Residents can enjoy access to a fitness room and billiards room. Take a walk along the nearby Farmington Canal Trail. Close to I-91.
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How much is rent in Branford Center?
Apartment Rentals in Branford Center start at $1,500/month.
How much is rent in Branford Center?
Apartment Rentals in Branford Center start at $1,500/month.
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You can use the pet-friendly filter to find apartments that allow pets.
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While some Branford Center properties may not allow visitors at this time, most are open for business by phone or email. Please reach out to them directly for virtual touring options. Additionally, some properties may offer video and 3D tours, which can be found on the listing details page.
How can I tour apartments during the COVID-19 pandemic?
While some Branford Center properties may not allow visitors at this time, most are open for business by phone or email. Please reach out to them directly for virtual touring options. Additionally, some properties may offer video and 3D tours, which can be found on the listing details page.
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The answer to this question depends on your household income and a couple of other factors. You can use our Rent Calculator to figure out how much you should spend on rent in Branford Center.
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You can use the off-campus housing filters to find apartments near colleges located in or around Branford Center. Some of the colleges and universities in the area include Albertus Magnus College, Capital Community College, Trinity College, Yale University, and Southern Connecticut State University.
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You can use the off-campus housing filters to find apartments near colleges located in or around Branford Center. Some of the colleges and universities in the area include Albertus Magnus College, Capital Community College, Trinity College, Yale University, and Southern Connecticut State University.

City Guide

Branford Center
An architect's dream -- the city of Branford Center houses buildings that represent almost every major architectural style used in the United States, from Italianate to Tudor Revival architecture and everything in between.
An architect's dream -- the city of Branford Center houses buildings that represent almost every major architectural style used in the United States, from Italianate to Tudor Revival architecture and everything in between.

Branford Center, Connecticut, is not so much a town or borough as it is a neighborhood of the larger town of Branford. It is an historic neighborhood where much of life, as in its past, is centered around the coastal region and the activities and industries associated with it. As a neighborhood, it is a tightly-knit community that has developed over the years into a desirable area to settle down in.

Moving to Branford Center

Tight Market

Rental property in Branford Center can be hard to come by -- only about a quarter of the housing units are renter-occupied. This makes for a competitive market, and it means you may find yourself battling it out for an apartment for rent with numerous other possible tenants. You can get the upper hand by making sure to have great references ready along with pay stubs that show proof of a steady income. You'll also need your security deposit at the ready to put down, and that's where things can get difficult. Connecticut has an average rental cost that is higher than the national average, and the average rent in Branford Center is higher than the state's average. Finding a home for rent in Branford Center can cost you well into four figures. Thankfully, there are condo rentals and apartment rentals that can be found at a lower price.

Timing is Everything

This goes for the time of the year, as well as how much time you give yourself to find a place. With such a competitive market, you'll need to start your search for apartment homes well ahead of when you need to be moved in. A full month ahead would be recommended, or even more than that if possible. Also, don't be in a hurry to search for a place or move in during the winter months; nor'easters, or big blizzards, can hit the area hard sometimes and cause delays in schedules. You're best off doing your apartment or house hunting in the spring months.

Manage Expectations

Branford Center is an older town, so it will have older buildings -- half of the homes were built prior to 1970, so some of the available apartment homes may be a bit outdated. Some of the homes were built prior to 1940, so make sure the rental units you check out have updated wiring, and check for drafts; a small draft in the summer can turn nasty in the frigid winters.

Also, don't expect large houses -- while over half of the units in Branford Center are single family, detached houses, most of the units have three bedrooms or fewer.

Moving to Branford Center
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Tight Market

Rental property in Branford Center can be hard to come by -- only about a quarter of the housing units are renter-occupied. This makes for a competitive market, and it means you may find yourself battling it out for an apartment for rent with numerous other possible tenants. You can get the upper hand by making sure to have great references ready along with pay stubs that show proof of a steady income. You'll also need your security deposit at the ready to put down, and that's where things can get difficult. Connecticut has an average rental cost that is higher than the national average, and the average rent in Branford Center is higher than the state's average. Finding a home for rent in Branford Center can cost you well into four figures. Thankfully, there are condo rentals and apartment rentals that can be found at a lower price.

Timing is Everything

This goes for the time of the year, as well as how much time you give yourself to find a place. With such a competitive market, you'll need to start your search for apartment homes well ahead of when you need to be moved in. A full month ahead would be recommended, or even more than that if possible. Also, don't be in a hurry to search for a place or move in during the winter months; nor'easters, or big blizzards, can hit the area hard sometimes and cause delays in schedules. You're best off doing your apartment or house hunting in the spring months.

Manage Expectations

Branford Center is an older town, so it will have older buildings -- half of the homes were built prior to 1970, so some of the available apartment homes may be a bit outdated. Some of the homes were built prior to 1940, so make sure the rental units you check out have updated wiring, and check for drafts; a small draft in the summer can turn nasty in the frigid winters.

Also, don't expect large houses -- while over half of the units in Branford Center are single family, detached houses, most of the units have three bedrooms or fewer.

Neighborhoods of Branford Center

As Branford Center is itself a neighborhood, there are no defining characteristics that change depending on what part of town you're in. There are definitely differences depending on the apartment building or complex you live in, and there are minor differences between living by the cove or living further inland, but they are small differences. Your best bet for finding rental units will be further inland though, with buildings such as Ivy Street Apartments and Rosehill Apartments being top spots to start your search for an apartment for rent.

Neighborhoods of Branford Center
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As Branford Center is itself a neighborhood, there are no defining characteristics that change depending on what part of town you're in. There are definitely differences depending on the apartment building or complex you live in, and there are minor differences between living by the cove or living further inland, but they are small differences. Your best bet for finding rental units will be further inland though, with buildings such as Ivy Street Apartments and Rosehill Apartments being top spots to start your search for an apartment for rent.

Living in Branford Center

One thing you can't deny, Branford Center knows how to eat. The borough has some nationally recognized eateries, such as the French bistro Le Petit Caf̩, rated one of the Top 30 in the nation by the USA Today. There is a wide variety of cultures represented by the eateries, with favorites such as Darbar India, Yooki Yama Japanese Restaurant and Dragon East Chinese leading the way. One place you've got to go is just over the Branford River to the Lobster Shack, and grab what many consider the best lobster roll in the state, if not in the entire northeast region.

After you've stuffed yourself silly, wander over to Branford Green to see what's going on. The venue is constantly hosting concerts and events, including the yearly Branford Festival that celebrates the town every June with games, entertainment, food and fun. It's also a favored place for sitting out in the sun during the summer, catching up with neighbors or just relaxing.

As a town that was built around the coast and the river, plenty of activities center on the water. Fishing and boating are common leisure activities, whether it's along the Branford River or out in Lindsey Cove.

Branford Center has some areas that are easy to walk or bike, and the public transportation system is adequate; bus routes are provided by Connecticut Transit, and the Shore Line East Branford Train Station has trains to New Haven, New York City, and other stops along the way on a daily basis. This makes it possible, though not easy, to make it in Branford Center without a vehicle.

Living in Branford Center
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One thing you can't deny, Branford Center knows how to eat. The borough has some nationally recognized eateries, such as the French bistro Le Petit Caf̩, rated one of the Top 30 in the nation by the USA Today. There is a wide variety of cultures represented by the eateries, with favorites such as Darbar India, Yooki Yama Japanese Restaurant and Dragon East Chinese leading the way. One place you've got to go is just over the Branford River to the Lobster Shack, and grab what many consider the best lobster roll in the state, if not in the entire northeast region.

After you've stuffed yourself silly, wander over to Branford Green to see what's going on. The venue is constantly hosting concerts and events, including the yearly Branford Festival that celebrates the town every June with games, entertainment, food and fun. It's also a favored place for sitting out in the sun during the summer, catching up with neighbors or just relaxing.

As a town that was built around the coast and the river, plenty of activities center on the water. Fishing and boating are common leisure activities, whether it's along the Branford River or out in Lindsey Cove.

Branford Center has some areas that are easy to walk or bike, and the public transportation system is adequate; bus routes are provided by Connecticut Transit, and the Shore Line East Branford Train Station has trains to New Haven, New York City, and other stops along the way on a daily basis. This makes it possible, though not easy, to make it in Branford Center without a vehicle.

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City Guide

Branford Center
An architect's dream -- the city of Branford Center houses buildings that represent almost every major architectural style used in the United States, from Italianate to Tudor Revival architecture and everything in between.
An architect's dream -- the city of Branford Center houses buildings that represent almost every major architectural style used in the United States, from Italianate to Tudor Revival architecture and everything in between.

Branford Center, Connecticut, is not so much a town or borough as it is a neighborhood of the larger town of Branford. It is an historic neighborhood where much of life, as in its past, is centered around the coastal region and the activities and industries associated with it. As a neighborhood, it is a tightly-knit community that has developed over the years into a desirable area to settle down in.

Moving to Branford Center

Tight Market

Rental property in Branford Center can be hard to come by -- only about a quarter of the housing units are renter-occupied. This makes for a competitive market, and it means you may find yourself battling it out for an apartment for rent with numerous other possible tenants. You can get the upper hand by making sure to have great references ready along with pay stubs that show proof of a steady income. You'll also need your security deposit at the ready to put down, and that's where things can get difficult. Connecticut has an average rental cost that is higher than the national average, and the average rent in Branford Center is higher than the state's average. Finding a home for rent in Branford Center can cost you well into four figures. Thankfully, there are condo rentals and apartment rentals that can be found at a lower price.

Timing is Everything

This goes for the time of the year, as well as how much time you give yourself to find a place. With such a competitive market, you'll need to start your search for apartment homes well ahead of when you need to be moved in. A full month ahead would be recommended, or even more than that if possible. Also, don't be in a hurry to search for a place or move in during the winter months; nor'easters, or big blizzards, can hit the area hard sometimes and cause delays in schedules. You're best off doing your apartment or house hunting in the spring months.

Manage Expectations

Branford Center is an older town, so it will have older buildings -- half of the homes were built prior to 1970, so some of the available apartment homes may be a bit outdated. Some of the homes were built prior to 1940, so make sure the rental units you check out have updated wiring, and check for drafts; a small draft in the summer can turn nasty in the frigid winters.

Also, don't expect large houses -- while over half of the units in Branford Center are single family, detached houses, most of the units have three bedrooms or fewer.

Moving to Branford Center
+

Tight Market

Rental property in Branford Center can be hard to come by -- only about a quarter of the housing units are renter-occupied. This makes for a competitive market, and it means you may find yourself battling it out for an apartment for rent with numerous other possible tenants. You can get the upper hand by making sure to have great references ready along with pay stubs that show proof of a steady income. You'll also need your security deposit at the ready to put down, and that's where things can get difficult. Connecticut has an average rental cost that is higher than the national average, and the average rent in Branford Center is higher than the state's average. Finding a home for rent in Branford Center can cost you well into four figures. Thankfully, there are condo rentals and apartment rentals that can be found at a lower price.

Timing is Everything

This goes for the time of the year, as well as how much time you give yourself to find a place. With such a competitive market, you'll need to start your search for apartment homes well ahead of when you need to be moved in. A full month ahead would be recommended, or even more than that if possible. Also, don't be in a hurry to search for a place or move in during the winter months; nor'easters, or big blizzards, can hit the area hard sometimes and cause delays in schedules. You're best off doing your apartment or house hunting in the spring months.

Manage Expectations

Branford Center is an older town, so it will have older buildings -- half of the homes were built prior to 1970, so some of the available apartment homes may be a bit outdated. Some of the homes were built prior to 1940, so make sure the rental units you check out have updated wiring, and check for drafts; a small draft in the summer can turn nasty in the frigid winters.

Also, don't expect large houses -- while over half of the units in Branford Center are single family, detached houses, most of the units have three bedrooms or fewer.

Neighborhoods of Branford Center

As Branford Center is itself a neighborhood, there are no defining characteristics that change depending on what part of town you're in. There are definitely differences depending on the apartment building or complex you live in, and there are minor differences between living by the cove or living further inland, but they are small differences. Your best bet for finding rental units will be further inland though, with buildings such as Ivy Street Apartments and Rosehill Apartments being top spots to start your search for an apartment for rent.

Neighborhoods of Branford Center
+

As Branford Center is itself a neighborhood, there are no defining characteristics that change depending on what part of town you're in. There are definitely differences depending on the apartment building or complex you live in, and there are minor differences between living by the cove or living further inland, but they are small differences. Your best bet for finding rental units will be further inland though, with buildings such as Ivy Street Apartments and Rosehill Apartments being top spots to start your search for an apartment for rent.

Living in Branford Center

One thing you can't deny, Branford Center knows how to eat. The borough has some nationally recognized eateries, such as the French bistro Le Petit Caf̩, rated one of the Top 30 in the nation by the USA Today. There is a wide variety of cultures represented by the eateries, with favorites such as Darbar India, Yooki Yama Japanese Restaurant and Dragon East Chinese leading the way. One place you've got to go is just over the Branford River to the Lobster Shack, and grab what many consider the best lobster roll in the state, if not in the entire northeast region.

After you've stuffed yourself silly, wander over to Branford Green to see what's going on. The venue is constantly hosting concerts and events, including the yearly Branford Festival that celebrates the town every June with games, entertainment, food and fun. It's also a favored place for sitting out in the sun during the summer, catching up with neighbors or just relaxing.

As a town that was built around the coast and the river, plenty of activities center on the water. Fishing and boating are common leisure activities, whether it's along the Branford River or out in Lindsey Cove.

Branford Center has some areas that are easy to walk or bike, and the public transportation system is adequate; bus routes are provided by Connecticut Transit, and the Shore Line East Branford Train Station has trains to New Haven, New York City, and other stops along the way on a daily basis. This makes it possible, though not easy, to make it in Branford Center without a vehicle.

Living in Branford Center
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One thing you can't deny, Branford Center knows how to eat. The borough has some nationally recognized eateries, such as the French bistro Le Petit Caf̩, rated one of the Top 30 in the nation by the USA Today. There is a wide variety of cultures represented by the eateries, with favorites such as Darbar India, Yooki Yama Japanese Restaurant and Dragon East Chinese leading the way. One place you've got to go is just over the Branford River to the Lobster Shack, and grab what many consider the best lobster roll in the state, if not in the entire northeast region.

After you've stuffed yourself silly, wander over to Branford Green to see what's going on. The venue is constantly hosting concerts and events, including the yearly Branford Festival that celebrates the town every June with games, entertainment, food and fun. It's also a favored place for sitting out in the sun during the summer, catching up with neighbors or just relaxing.

As a town that was built around the coast and the river, plenty of activities center on the water. Fishing and boating are common leisure activities, whether it's along the Branford River or out in Lindsey Cove.

Branford Center has some areas that are easy to walk or bike, and the public transportation system is adequate; bus routes are provided by Connecticut Transit, and the Shore Line East Branford Train Station has trains to New Haven, New York City, and other stops along the way on a daily basis. This makes it possible, though not easy, to make it in Branford Center without a vehicle.