South West

Hartford’s South West neighborhood is probably Hartford’s best kept residential secret. Located along New Britain Avenue and south to the Newington boarder, this neighborhood offers wonderful single family residential homes along quite streets. The neighborhood also offers two and three-family homes, apartments, and condos. This is a perfect places for young families with children.

The eastern boundary of the neighborhood is Fairfield Avenue, which runs along a natural ridge of land that is 159 feet above the Connecticut River and was once promoted as the "highest elevation in Hartford." The road was considered to be the main thoroughfare to Wethersfield and attracted leisure drivers with its sweeping vistas eastward and westward. In 1874 the Hartford Courant reported, "[Fairfield Avenue] commands from almost every rod of its entire distance a view of the Connecticut valley on the east and the fine stretch of country lying on the west—a most sightly and beautiful landscape in either direction. It will make altogether the longest direct drive with unobstructed outlooks, and the most attractive too, that we have in Hartford, and that is saying a good deal...."

The most notable landmark in the neighborhood is the beautiful Cedar Hill Cemetery. It is an exemplary landscape-park style open space. Laid out by landscape architects Jacob Weidenmann and Fredrick Law Olmsted, the chapel, gatehouse and several monuments were designed by George Keller. Several notables are buried at Cedar Hill, among them J.P. Morgan, Samuel Colt, the Galludets, and poet Wallace Stevens.

Neighborhood description provided by Studio O'Maxfield.