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Living in Downtown Stamford

A view of Downtown Stamford from the Mill River Park. In the foreground is trees and green space, while stunning high rises touch the sky in the background. On the left is Vela on the Park, our luxury apartment building near Stamford Train Station.

What’s even better than taking in those sweeping views of Stamford from the terraces at Vela? Venturing out to explore all that this highly walkable city has to offer. Living at Vela puts you right in the heart of downtown Stamford, giving you easy access to restaurants, parks, performing arts events, and so much more.

Read on for a sampling of the spots that are turning Stamford into one of the metro area’s most desirable places to live.

Mill River Park - Right across the street from Vela, this riverside greenspace serves as one of the city’s favorite gathering spots. Warmer weather brings festivals, farmer’s markets, outdoor movies, and a summer concert series, while winter is all about ice-skating sessions on the outdoor rink and walking among the twinkling lights on the trees.

Bedford Street- Considered Stamford’s restaurant row and just a 10-minute walk from Vela, Bedford Street is lined with great spots to eat, drink, and gather. Locals especially love Bedford Hall Craft Kitchen and Bar) for its elevated comfort food, Fish Restaurant and Bar for fancier fare, and Remo’s for brick-oven pizza.

Stamford Center for the Arts (also called The Palace) - A 5-minute walk brings you to Stamford’s hub for performing arts, where you can catch comedy acts, concerts, ballet performances, and plays.

Stamford Station - Whether it’s for work or for fun, chances are you’re going to want to head into New York City now and then. Lucky for you, the Amtrak/Metro North station is an easy 11-minute walk from your apartment, and the ride to Grand Central takes just one hour.