New Britain is located in the center of Connecticut, just south of Hartford. It is a two-hour drive to both Boston, Massachusetts, and New York, New York, accessible by I-84. Nearby I-91 zips you up to Massachusetts and Vermont. Amtrak's New Haven-Springfield shuttle stops in adjacent Berlin, providing a connection to the Northeast Corridor line and Metro-North. Beginning in 2015, CT Fastrack, arapid-transit bus system, will make New Britain its hub in linking Waterbury, Bristol and Hartford. A cityscape improvement plan will complement the new station and make downtown more pedestrian-friendly. [See note above about CT Fastrack] With 73,000 residents, New Britain is diverse and includes a large Polish population. There are also 12,000 college students enrolled at Central Connecticut State University, two miles from downtown.
Downtown New Britain boasts many impressive buildings from its industrial heyday a century ago, including beautiful Victorian and Beaux Arts architecture. Overlooking downtown is Walnut Hill Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It includes a well-maintained rose garden, playing fields and leafy paths. The park is surrounded by the beautiful old homes of the area known as Walnut Hill Historic District.
Renting in New Britain gives you easy access to New England. The Green Mountains are less than a three-hour drive away, making a day trip to the slopes of Vermont's Mt. Snow and Stratton Mountain simple. Even closer are the many attractions in the Berkshires. For a beach weekend, Cape Cod, Massachusetts; Block Island, Rhode Island; and the North Fork of Long Island are all within 150 miles.
Renting in New Britain, CT
Apartments for rent in New Britain are affordable for the region. As with any city, you will want to get a sense of different areas. While it is not necessary to move as quickly as in some coastal Connecticut areas, it is still a good idea to sign on the dotted line as soon as you feel happy with a property.
New Britain Museum of American Art. (Courtesy of Staib)