A short stroll quickly reveals why Essex was named the Perfect Small American Town in 1,000 Places to See Before You Die. Another guidebook names Essex, CT #1 on its list of The 100 Best Small Towns in America. Ooh, what a pretty Main Street Everyone knows the Griswold Inn don't they? In the Travel section of the January 2018 edition of New England Today Annie Graves wrote Historic Essex, CT | The Perfect Small Town...surrounded on three sides by water and loaded with small-town charm. Why settle for someone else's tastes when you can build to suit on a blue-ribbon lot at in the wonderful Heron Pond neighborhood. We have a wonderful building design or bring yours. Heron Pond is just a mile from the top of Main and is adjacent to Essex Land Trust walking trails. As Annie Grave's writes recently and many before her, you'll enjoy the village shops, restaurants, marinas, yacht clubs, Griswold Inn and CT River Museum. Kid's and adults love the Essex Steam Train. Located just a few miles up the Connecticut River and close to CT 9 and I95, one is only two hours from New York or Boston. The Saybrook Junction train station is a mere 5 minutes away and a convenient way to either. It's the perfect choice for a primary for second home in a world class town and neighborhood.