Charm abounds in this 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath Colonial just steps from the water and St. Mary's-by-the-Sea. Many updates, including three year old roof. Interior recently painted. Eat-in kitchen with farmhouse sink, new dishwasher, and wood countertops. Move-in condition. Living room with fireplace, hardwood floors, and bay window. Formal dining room, sunroom, laundry room on first floor. Large, level, fully-fenced backyard. Attached garage. Potential for expansion in large walk-up attic. MLS #99024332
Stunning water views of the Ash Creek tidal estuary and Sound at exclusive St. Mary’s-by-the-Sea. Large windows in this Contemporary capture the water views and natural beauty of the Fairfield Open Space area on the other side of the estuary as well as views of the Sound. Four season sunroom, living room with vaulted ceiling and marble fireplace, updated kitchen, marble master bath in master bedroom suite, 3 bedrooms and 3 baths total, 2 car garage under. Fenced in backyard. Zoned gas hot water heat, central air. Launch your kayak from the shoreline across from your home and enjoy the Black Rock coastal lifestyle. Easy commute to New York City from new train station with express trains one mile away.
One bedroom, one bath second floor unit with bay window. Quiet location set back from Haddon Street near courtyard with porch. Needs updating. Common charges include heat, hot water, and property taxes. Walk to new Fairfield Metro Train station. One block from public library, close to public tennis courts, boat launch, marina, yacht clubs, and Seabright Beach. One block from Black Rock's Arts & Entertainment District. Complex is on the historic register, designed by a famous Boston architect. Live the the Black Rock coastal village lifestyle for less than you would pay for rent. Not a short sale!
Meticulously maintained 1920′s three bedroom, two bath Colonial with artist studio (had been garage), one block from water in desirable Black Rock. Vintage charm including furniture quality hardwood floors, stained glass transoms in living room and formal dining room, and French doors. Updated kitchen with granite counters, under mount sink, and stainless steel appliances including gas range. Updated full bath on first floor with laundry and office. Backyard and deck. Updated full bath on second floor and three bedrooms. Pull down stairs to attic. Perennial gardens with off street parking for two cars tandem. Newer high efficiency gas furnace (low heating bills, ask for utility costs). Convenient to new train station and steps from St. Mary’s-by-the-Sea. Call Gail Robinson, REALTOR, GRI, e-PRO for more information at 203-521-0768. MLS #99018396
While prices are rising nationwide, Black Rock prices are still low, but may not stay that way. There are several things that are likely to impact Black Rock prices in the next few years:
- Fairfield Metro train station – express trains to Manhattan, most of Black Rock is within walking distance to it, and there is ample day parking
- Fox Street Pedestrian Bridge – in planning stages, not funded yet, 3-5 years away from completion, this will connect the business are of Black Rock with the train station and shorten the walking distance for those living west of Brewster Street
- Black Rock School – expansion in size planned and in grades (K through 8th grade), high parental involvement in this school makes for a quality education
- St. Anne’s School – next door to Black Rock School for those who want a private school education (K through 8th grade)
- Reputation as a “hip” area – Black Rock has been gaining a reputation among young professionals as the cool place to live and hang out, upscale coffee shops, cafes, art galleries restaurants, and music venues such as The Acoustic Café. For more information please visit www.blackrockonline.org
- Natural beauty – for the past 30 years I’ve been taking a three mile walk along Gilman Street, Eames Boulevard, Grovers Avenue and most of that time I’m walking on a sidewalk looking at the water (tidal estuary or the Sound), most coastal areas are populated with expensive homes on the shorefront, there are very few where you can actually see the water as you walk along. Ash Creek is one of the few pristine tidal estuaries in an urban area. For more information please visit www.ashcreekassoc.org or look at the photos of Black Rock on www.facebook.com/blackrockconnecticut
- Coastal lifestyle – we have a marina, public boat launch, and two yacht clubs. Many people launch their kayaks into the gentle waters of Ash Creek. For more information, please look at the other posts on this site
- Elevated water views – most coastal areas along the Connecticut shoreline are flat near the water, but areas of elevation near the shoreline have become very desirable post-Irene and Sandy. Sasco Hill in Fairfield offers the same terrain as Grovers Hill in Black Rock, but prices there range from $3-5 million compared to $500,000-$2 million on Grovers Hill. Over 2,000 Fairfield homes were damaged in Hurricane Sandy, whereas very few homes in Black Rock were affected. In fact, one direct waterfront home went under deposit the day after Sandy and sold for $1.75 million.
- True community – there aren’t many areas where people identify with their community, but Black Rock is one of them. Black Rock has always had its own identity before it became a part of Fairfield and then Bridgeport. It was a colonial seaport and continues to see itself as a coastal village. Harborview Market is the prime gathering spot to catch up with one another over coffee, lunch, or weekend brunch. Black Rockers join together on common causes and there is always a meeting to attend or an event to go to. It’s a lively community with interesting people living lives with a purpose. The New York Times has published a number of articles on Black Rock in recent years: “Living in St Mary’s-by-the-Sea, Connecticut: The Saltwater Smell Means You’re Home” (May 23, 2010), “Living in Black Rock, Connecticut: A Community with Spirit and an Edge” (August 8, 2004), and “If You’re Thinking of Living In St. Mary’s-by-the-Sea, Connecticut: At Peninsula’s End, a Waterside Enclave” (June 9, 2002). Check out the Wikipedia entry on Black Rock Connecticut .
- Limited inventory – Black Rock is an area approximately one square mile in size – not many homes come on the market – there are only 17 single family homes at the present moment on the market and they range in price from $199,900 to $1,950,000. To get a daily update of new listings in Black Rock as they come on the market, sign up at http://gailrobinson.listingbook.com
After six years of decreasing prices and slow sales, 2012 marks the first year of good news in the U.S. housing market. Many believe it is the beginning of a housing recovery. According to NAR (the National Association of REALTORS), existing home sales increased 9.2% in 2012 compared to 2011 and they expect a similar increase in 2013.
Water views of Long Island Sound and Black Rock Harbor from bay window in great room. Also views of in-ground pool and courtyard. Located in sought-after Anchorage direct waterfront complex. Kitchen with pass through to great room. Large master bedroom suite with bay window facing North and full bath. Second bedroom across the hall from full bath. Area for washer/dryer (no hook ups). Storage in basement. One reserved parking space. One mile from new Fairfield Metro Train Station. Walk to St. Mary’s-by-the-Sea, Black Rock Yacht Club, public tennis courts. Common charges $384. Gated community. Possible short sale.
Sunny, one bedroom (could be two) end unit with four rooms, pantry, and screened-in porch. One of best locations in complex. Second floor unit. Newer bay window. Needs paint and updating. Vacant. Dedicated basement storage for unit. Located on quiet Nash Lane (dead end street with ample on-street parking). Permit for one car in complex parking lot. Walk to new Fairfield Metro Train Station or bus.
Common charges of $435/month include heat, hot water, sewer, and property taxes. Live the Black Rock water community lifestyle for less than $1,000/mo. incl. common charges and mortgage!
On same street as park with public tennis courts, public boat ramp, and yacht club. Walk to award-winning restaurants one block away. Complex was designed by famous Boston architect and is on the National Historic Register. Board approval required. MLS#99011861 Gail Robinson, REALTOR, GRI, e-PRO 203-521-0768.
Spectacular panoramic water views of one of the last remaining pristine tidal estuaries in Fairfield County. Charming bungalow with open floor plan, vaulted ceilings, and wall-to-wall glass to capture water views on two sides. Large wraparound deck. One bedroom upstairs with walk-in closet. 2.84 acre assemblage of four land parcels. Fabulous weekend getaway for Manhattan city dweller or amazing year round home for commuter to Manhattan. New Fairfield Metro train station is minutes away with express trains just over an hour from Grand Central. Get away from it all surrounded by nature’s splendor at the end of a quiet dead end street after a day in the city. Life doesn’t get better than this! MLS #99012049 Gail Robinson, REALTOR, GRI, e-PRO 203-521-0768.