Sweet country living or bright neon lights, Stamford’s cityscape varies greatly from towering office buildings and high-rise condominiums to peaceful wooded areas in the north or the shoreline beauty of Long Island Sound. As a major business Center, Stamford is home to many Fortune 500 companies, corporate headquarters, and research facilities. Respected as one of America’s most desirable cities, Stamford melds the finest of suburban lifestyles with a dynamic economy. The housing options range from modest ranch styles to elegant homes and estates in the wooded northern section and luxury waterfront communities. More than 600 acres of beautiful parkland and beaches combine with public and private marinas. Recreational amenities are outstanding, from the YMCA and organized programs to parks, beaches, tennis courts, skating rinks, and golf courses.