Once Rockefeller land, Deer Park is a hidden gem among Greenwich neighborhoods. The highly desirable but hardly known private neighborhood is located in central Greenwich, close to downtown, with pathways to the private Brunswick and Greenwich Academy schools.
The neighborhood’s history dates to the time of Great Estates. The Rockefellers first began purchasing property in Greenwich in the 1870s, when financier William Avery Rockefeller — John D. Rockefeller’s brother, and James Stillman Rockefeller’s grandfather — began buying unconnected properties and stringing them together into a massive estate. At one point, the family’s cache of land exceeded 400 acres, making them one of the town’s largest landowners, even in a time of great estates. In 1880 William Rockefeller purchased 43 acres for $15,000 from David Husted, a descendant of one of Greenwich’s founding families, and named the area Deer Park. He turned the land into a sanctuary of lakes, brooks and open land with stables for horses.
Since then, the land retains the name Deer Park but has been divided into smaller estates and a good portion of the land belongs to the esteemed private schools. The boundaries of the community are roughly North Maple Avenue to the north and east, the Boston-Post Road to the south and Lake Avenue to the west.
The neighborhood has proved highly desirable among Greenwich real estate because of its great central location just north of the Post Road, which provides easy access to the amenities of Greenwich, and off of Lake Avenue, one of the main North-South roads in Greenwich, making the private neighborhood easily accessible from both the Merritt Parkway and I-95.
The 42 gracious homes with large, park-like yards are considered some of the best among Greenwich Real Estate. Many are tucked away dead end roads, including the neighborhood’s namesake, Deer Park Drive, off of which there are pathways to the elite private schools of Brunswick School for Boys and Greenwich Academy.
Brunswick School, a private pre-K through 12 school for boys, was founded in 1902 by George B. Carmichael, a teacher at the nearby Greenwich Academy. The school is a college preparatory day school serving approximately 930 boys.
The sister school, Greenwich Academy, was founded by members of the Congregational Church in 1827. Until the turn of the twentieth century, the school admitted both girls and boys until the Brunswick School for Boys opened. In 1913, the Greenwich Academy Board of Trustees formally approved the decision to accept only girls in the Middle and Upper Schools, and Greenwich Academy was reconceived as a day school for girls. Today, the schools offer many courses together as co-ed offerings, and together the two high schools offer more than 400 sections of approximately 200 courses, with 80+ honors and advanced placement classes.
Brunswick is a college-preparatory day school for boys of genuine potential and differing backgrounds in Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12.
Greenwich Academy is an independent college-preparatory day school for girls and young women.
Gabriele’s of Greenwich
A high-end steakhouse on the south end of the neighborhood just north of the Post Road with a raw bar, pasta an extensive wine list in a sophisticated setting.
Monday – Thursday: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sunday: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
35 Church Street
Greenwich, CT 06830