South Norwalk, CT
Bordered by the Norwalk River and Norwalk Harbor, SoNo has overcome superstorm Sandy and an economic recession to become the brightest zip code in Connecticut for defecting New Yorkers. It’s an hour train ride to Grand Central, a convenience that’ll matter less and less as you tap into everything this exciting red-bricked neighborhood has to offer. Affordable luxury apartments and new innovative eateries such as El Segundo and Tablao lend SoNo its on-the-rise energy. Strolling Washington St's cobblestone sidewalks, beside 19th-century buildings and a mix of bars, restaurants, and galleries, will make you feel like you’ve held onto the best parts of NYC, minus the crowds, cabs, and expenses. What’s more, it’s a haven for craft beer geeks and cocktail lovers -- there’s Match, The Loft, Cask Republic, Local, and The Blind Rhino -- in addition to a thriving art scene.