An eclectic town within Greater Hartford lined with million dollar mansions in the Mountain Road area and more marginal housing in the Elmwood area.
Good public and private schooling, many kids graduate and become lawyers and doctors while many others opt for more non-traditional artistic careers.
West Hartford center has excellent dining and nightlife options, though people who prefer dive bars or seedy night clubs may find themselves disappointed.
I'VE LIVED IN GREENWICH, and I can honestly say that West Hartford is a better place to live. First of all, most people who live in Greenwich, or anywhere in Fairfield county, pay upwards of 500K for a house that looks like an old shanty w/ a tiny yard. That doesn't stop those people from feeling like they are amongst the upper crust of society...inherited money can have that affect on some people, I suppose. Also, unlike Greenwich, there is a lot of diversity in West Hartford, it's not just white kids w/ large adam's apples, lobster embroidered shorts, and a displaced sense of entitlement.
Overall, it's a town similar to most places, there are good and bad people, it just comes down to what you make of it. People who find themselves on the receiving end of social rejections will define the townspeople negatively, so take it with a grain of salt.
WEST HARTFORD RESIDENT: Why were you bragging about living in Fairfield County when your house looks like a dumpster with windows?
FAIRFIELD COUNTY RESIDENT: I don't know, brosky, my family inherited money so we feel classy.
A wealthy town in Connecticut where Jews reside, McMansions sparkle, kids think they have street cred, and the center thrives with ugly rich, melodramatic teenagers wearing eyeliner and polo shirts.
Guy 1: Dude, look at the ugly bitch with the BMW!
Guy 2: Yeah, she must be from West Hartford.
A town in West Hartford, which is a somewhat populated portion of the greater Hartford area. This city-town is known for being one of the nicer towns in this area but could never rival the class and wealth of the southwestern portion of the state. West Hartford is a mix: Jewish, Latino, Caucasian, Black, Asian, etc. The average home is priced between $350,000 and $400,000 according to the 2008 CNN/Money Report, which is above the national average, but below the state average. Overall, not a desirable place to be from unless you surely do not want to be or cannot afford to be part of the greater Boston or New York crowd.
High School Person #1: So... you live in West Hartford?
High School Person #2: Oh, near Hartford?
High School Person #1: Yeaaa dude.