Few people embody the romance of Manhattan more than Daniel C. Levine and Bryan Perri. Mr. Levine began acting on Broadway in the mid-1990s, appearing in hits like “Les Miserables” and “Mamma Mia!” Mr. Perri, a Broadway music director and conductor, led the orchestra for “Wicked” for five years and is now attached to the Alanis Morissette musical “Jagged Little Pill.”
Yet the couple, who are married, found magic in the air some 60 miles northeast of Times Square — in Ridgefield, Conn., the arts-centric town that butts up against Westchester County in New York.
Kieran Smith, the 21-year-old Ridgefield native who won a bronze medal swimming the 400-meter freestyle at the Tokyo Olympics. The town offers a recreation center with a wellness center, a skate park and a 25-yard-long pool. An all-inclusive family membership for residents costs $1,023 a year.
What You’ll Pay
In July, the median sale price of Ridgefield homes was $835,000, an increase of 8 percent since February, according to information provided by Karla Murtaugh Homes. Homes sold at an average of 2 percent over asking price, compared with a sale-to-list price of 99 percent six months ago.
Ridgefield school district served 4,867 students at six elementary schools, two middle schools and Ridgefield High School. The student body was 82 percent white, 7 percent Hispanic, 6 percent Asian and 1 percent Black. Among students who opted to take state tests, 86 percent met standards in reading, versus 58 percent statewide; 78 percent met standards in math, versus 47 percent statewide. The district spends an average of $22,107 per student, compared with the state median of $20,069.
In its 2021 survey, U.S. News & World Report ranked Ridgefield High School eighth in Connecticut, based on its 99 percent graduation rate and Advanced Placement program (the school offers 20 A.P. courses, and 61 percent of students passed at least one A.P. exam), among other metrics.
Because Ridgefield’s Branchville station runs most of its trains through Stamford, commuters to New York City often opt for a direct Metro-North line from Katonah or Goldens Bridge in New York. A shuttle bus runs from Jesse Lee Church on Main Street to Katonah station at 6:41 a.m. on weekdays. The trip from Katonah to Grand Central Terminal takes between an hour and 90 minutes; a monthly pass is $384.