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Everyone who walks this trail, especially my dogs, agrees that this is one of the most wonderful places to go to decompress and gain inspiration in Fairfield Connecticut’s beach area. You may find yourself alone with the wildlife (and your dogs), or you may see other people dog-walking, jogging or bicycling.
There is convenient access from several beach area neighborhoods. One entrance is on Old Dam Road. You can jump on the trail from the Meadows condo complex off South Pine Creek Road, or you can enter at Mona Terrace by the soccer field and senior center. The latter is my favorite because there is a cut-through from an additional neighborhood near me at the Veres Park cul-de-sac. A parking lot is also available at the senior center, next to the soccer field.
When entering from Mona Terrace, I like the fact that you have options. You can choose to go for a short and sweet stroll along the marsh-side path that leads out to Oldfield Road. Or for a bigger commitment, you can jump onto the wide trail and go through the woods, across the bridge, and past the Meadows condos and Old Dam Road to the end of the trail and back.
The woods are always peaceful and pretty, but in my view, the vistas along the tidal marsh are where I find my “Zen”. When it’s high tide, the water winds through the tall grasses, and when the sun hits the water just right, it sparkles through the reeds and tree branches like diamonds! In the summer, the seaside greenery boasts flowers of vivid colors, and a vast variety of birds are busy doing what they do!
Last, but not least, if you take the full route to the end, you will get the prize. What makes this my favorite trail is that it narrows along a little strip of raised land, where you start to wonder where you will end up. But it leads you to the sweetest of surprises. The tail takes you to a final destination, where (spoiler alert) you are surrounded on three sides by the water of a tranquil lagoon. Beyond the edge of the lagoon, to the right, you can see two more waterways. Old Dam Road flanks the lagoon with Pine Creek behind it. And behind that, you see Fairfield Beach Road and the Long Island Sound. Three different waterway views all at once, what a rare treat! Your dogs can go for a swim, you can take some photos as I’ve done here, and then, you can head back to reality feeling renewed.
For more information about the rich local amenities or any real estate questions, send me a note below or give me a call.
If you are a home buyer and don’t see many options during your initial search online, make sure you get a Realtor on board to help you.
Even though inventory may be low and declining, there are at least three key actions your agent can take for you. Make sure your agent knows what you are looking for, the location you want and your ideal timing.
3. Last, but not least, your agent can write a letter or design a postcard describing your dream home and mail it directly to the homeowners on your favorite street or in the area you are focused on.
If you are a seller dealing with buyers that are circling and taking no action or facing a complete lack of buyers altogether, there are key action steps you can take too.
So don’t give into a slowing market, surge ahead, get the market to work for you, and make your move!
For questions or help in this market, send me a note using the form below.
Many people come to their Realtor with an attorney already on board. They figure the attorney is of no concern to their agent thinking that if they know the attorney or have dealt with them before, that lawyer is the best option. They may think a recommendation from a friend covers all the bases. Besides price, most people haven’t considered the critical factors below about the attorney they hire to successfully close their real estate transaction.
Here’s a Top 10 List of questions you should know the answer to before bringing your attorney on board-
Is there an attorney you are considering that you would like feedback about? Have you had a good or bad experience you would like to share? Is there something you would add to the list above? Your questions and comments are welcome below.
Thinking about a home renovation or possibly building a new house? Here’s a story about a homeowner in the beach area of Fairfield Connecticut that changed their plans after weighing all their options. Some helpful resources are also included along the way to help with this dilemma.
Jen and Chris came to Fairfield in 2006 and settled into their new home, a cozy Cape in the beach area on Pratt Street. From day-one, they loved the location and the street. They figured down the road they would have a baby and then renovate, expand or even add another floor.
Fast forward to last year when their little boy wasn’t so small anymore, but their house still was, and it was time to expand. However when they went to town hall and reviewed the beach area Zoning Regulations, they ran into a problem. They hadn’t realized that if the cost of their renovations exceeded fifty percent of the market value of their house structure, they would be required to fill in their basement, or stretch their project costs out over several years.
Their other major consideration was the rising cost of flood insurance in the beach area, especially for houses not compliant with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) regulations. After reviewing all the variables and costs, they changed course. Instead of renovating, Chris and Jen determined that it would be more cost effective to tear down their house and rebuild. This way their home would be FEMA-compliant and brand new with the added space they needed plus an attached garage.
If you are having a similar dilemma, there are some additional factors you may also want to consider such as timing, location, local market values, interest rates, energy efficiency and tax incentives.
Upon solidifying their decision and hiring a builder, Chris and Jen enlisted my help to find a nearby rental to live in during the construction. They were not alone since many other families in the neighborhood were also raising their houses, renovating or rebuilding after superstorm Sandy. We began looking and found some good prospects. But the process had to be put on hold a few times to wait for the town to catch up with processing backed-up building permit applications. Eventually, we secured a great place a few blocks away that was perfect for keeping a handle on construction oversight.
The long haul of tearing down and rebuilding began. And one year later, the new home stood welcoming its owners back to the beloved place where their old Cape once sat.
There’s nothing like home sweet home!
And should you also be thinking about your options for a great second home to get away from it all, consider the new eco-friendly, luxury, ski-on/ski-off enclave currently being developed at Okemo Mountain Resort.
Well, the winter weather was balmy for awhile, but we’re off to a brisk start for the New Year. It’s a perfect time to dream about summer, so mark your calendars for some great beachfront open house events you can look forward to!
Lordship Lifestyle at Russian Beach
OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, January 24, 1-3 PM
Visit this better-than-new colonial with a new price of $859,000 and water views from every room! Enjoy an open flow, high ceilings, ample light and a private fenced yard for relaxing and entertaining.
Kensie Point on the Sound
OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, February 28, 1-3 PM
Come to the beach in Fairfield to see this turnkey beachfront condo priced at $845,000 and enjoy the fabulous water views!
Come to the beach and make an offer that can change your life!
Contact us with any questions or to request more info-
You might say the phenomenon is like a rollercoaster ride when a house changes hands. It goes from someone’s beloved home to being the commodity of ‘a house’ and then back to a dear home again when the new owners move in.
And during this process, the lives of those connected to the transfer undergo such a monumental, emotional and bittersweet transition.
Cathy and Sal passionately enjoyed two decades of raising a family on Charles Street in the Fairfield Beach area. They always celebrated holidays to the hilt. Their elaborate lawn displays each Halloween included their camouflaged kids as spirited spooks who actively taunted trick-or-treaters before handing out candy. And their Christmas displays included every conceivable festive (inflatable and not!) item they had in their attic during the off season! Top these 20 Halloweens and 20 Christmases with a beautiful wedding ceremony for their eldest daughter this past summer, and you have just a few exceptional memories in your chest.
But now that the last of two girls and a boy have grown up and found a place of their own, it was time to move on. They didn’t expect it all to happen so quickly, but they priced their house to sell , staged it to look great and had it under contract for above their asking price in just 23 days!
Cathy and Sal found another fantastic home near the shore in New York and will be much closer to their family. This was an exciting change and the start of a new chapter, yet I know Cathy was fighting back the tears as she waved goodbye to her old house and smiled for the picture before making the full transition to her new home.
Today Charles Street welcomes a new family with two little boys, and like Cathy and Sal, they’re ready for lots of new good times to be had!
For questions and about your own transition, just send me a note below, and I’m happy to help. -Linda