Guide to Black Rock – Free eBook

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Click on the image above to receive the free e-book on Living in Black Rock.  Black Rock is a coastal community close to the Fairfield Metro train station with plenty of parking for an easy commute to Grand Central.  Perfect location for Manhattan commuters.  It is a true community with many civic groups, including the Black Rock Garden Club, Black Rock Community Council, Black Rock Art Guild, Ash Creek Conservation Association, and much more.

Walk for over 1.5 miles on sidewalks along the water at St. Mary’s-by-the-Sea, the Ash Creek tidal estuary, and Seabright Beach.  If you love boating, there are two yacht clubs, a marina, a public boat launch, and many kayak and paddleboard enthusiasts.

Discover why so many people are moving from New York City, Westchester, and other parts of Fairfield County to Black Rock!

2015 Year End Report on Black Rock Real Estate

2015 Black Rock Year End Market ReportThe 2015 year-end Black Rock real estate market report has just been published.  This 8-page full-color report provides detailed information single family, condo, co-op, two-family, and three-family sales in Black Rock, including foreclosures and short-sales.  It provides an analysis of the Black Rock market within the context of the national, state, county, and surrounding community real estate markets.  It also provides stunning visual graphic,  Available only to subscribers of the Black Rock Real Estate updates.  To get your copy, fill in the newsletter subscription widget on the top of this site.  Thank you.

Photo Gallery of Black Rock CT

10 Reasons to Buy a Home in Black Rock in 2017

St. Mary's-by-the-Sea in Black Rock

St. Mary’s-by-the-Sea in Black Rock

Prices are rising nationwide and Black Rock prices are increasing as well, but are still low compared to surrounding towns, such as Fairfield.  There are several things that are likely to positively impact Black Rock prices in the next few years:

  1. Fairfield Metro train station – express trains of just over an hour to Manhattan, most of Black Rock is within walking distance to it, and there is ample day parking, New York City residents have discovered Black Rock and word is spreading
  2. Ash Creek Pedestrian Bridge – has been funded by the State of Connecticut and the permit process is underway, the bridge is estimated to be completed in 2019.  The pedestrian bridge will connect the business are of Black Rock with the train station and shorten the walking distance for those living west of Brewster Street.
  3. Black Rock School – expansion has been completed and classes extend from Pre-K (3 years old)  through 8th grade.  New gymnasium, classrooms, library, science center, playground.  Pre-school care and after-school care at affordable prices.  Extracurricular programs include: Wakeman Boy’s & Girl’s Club (aftercare until 9 pm), Fairfield YMCA Swimming, Yoga Club, Garden Club, Creative Writing Club, Chess Club, and more.  High parental involvement in this school makes for a quality education.
  4. St. Ann’s Academy – next door to Black Rock School for those who want a parochial school education (K through 8th grade).
  5. 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 on local events please visit www.blackrockonline.org 
  6. 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.  Black Rock has an amazing amount of public access to its shoreline, including a public boat ramp on Brewster Street and a sandy beach on Seabright Avenue.   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
  7. 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: Black Rock Marinas & Yacht Clubs
  8. 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 $450,000-$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. 
  9. 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 view 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); “Black Rock: A Close-Knit Harborside Connecticut Neighborhood “(December 21, 2016).  Check out the Wikipedia entry on Black Rock Connecticut  .
  10. New Yorkers Buying Bridgeport Homes – New Yorkers have been driven out of Manhattan and the Boroughs by high prices as well as Westchester County.  As they look along Connecticut’s coastline near rail stations, Bridgeport becomes the best value.  Black Rock is a very desirable part of Bridgeport to New Yorkers due to easy access to the Fairfield Metro train station.  
    Black Rock Development

    Black Rock Development

    In fact, New Yorkers are buying homes elsewhere in Bridgeport as well.  Bridgeport is the largest city in the state and is one of the fast growing.  More residents means the tax burden is spread out among more people.  Also, there are exciting economic developments in the city.  Steelpointe Harbor is a 2.8 million square-foot mixed-use, urban-oriented waterfront project on Bridgeport Harbor. When complete, Steelpointe Harbor will have approximately 1,000 to 1,500 residential units , 800,000 square feet of retail, 200,000 square feet of commercial/office space, 300,000 square feet of hotel/meeting area, a new 200-slip marina with complete shore-side support. Due to the scale of the project, Steelpointe Harbor will be constructed in phases over a period of several years.  Downtown Bridgeport is becoming a hip destination for young professionals to live, dine, and enjoy entertainment.  The revitalization of downtown Bridgeport is well underway and will bring more tax revenue through commercial and residential developments.  To see recent Black Rock developments check out this post http://www.blackrockhomesforsale.com/real-estate-news/black-rock-developments-add-value/ 

Black Rock is an area approximately one square mile in size.   To get a daily update of new listings in Black Rock as they come on the market, sign up at http://gailrobinson.listingbook.com

Black Rock is an Easy Commute to New York City

Is it possible to have a coastal lifestyle within easy commuting distance of Manhattan?  Can you enjoy great natural beauty and open spaces in an urban location?  Would you like to be part of a village, where interesting and creative people join together to create a true community spirit?

The answer is yes — if you choose to live in Black Rock, a vibrant coastal community located in the historic seaport that was once part of the Town of Fairfield and is now part of Bridgeport.

EASY COMMUTE TO NEW YORK CITY

Commuting to Manhattan is a breeze with the new train station, located within a one mile radius of most homes in Black Rock.  Express trains take just over an hour from the new Fairfield Metro Station to Grand Central.  Unlike other stations, the new train station has ample day parking.

COASTAL LIFESTYLE

Black Rock has two yacht clubs on Black Rock Harbor and a marina.  It is a fabulous location for people who enjoy sailing, boating, or fishing.  The Ash Creek tidal estuary has several open space areas on both the Fairfield and Bridgeport sides and is enjoyed by kayakers and canoeists who want to enjoy quieter waters than the Sound.  The tidal estuary has tremendous biodiversity and attracts migratory shorebirds and the bird lovers who enjoy them.  There are sidewalks along much of the waterfront, unlike many coastal communities.  A three-mile walk will bring you in contact with water along Gilman Street, Eames Boulevard, Beacon Street, and the beach at Seabright Avenue.

105 Battery Park Drive

St. Mary’s-by-the-Sea in Black Rock

HISTORIC SEAPORT

Wealthy shipbuilders, merchants, and sea captains made Black Rock their home in the 1800’s.  They built beautiful, finely crafted homes, some of which exist to this day.  Black Rock has a historic district where many historic homes can be enjoyed and has a number of homes on the Historic Register.

A COMMUNITY WITH SPIRIT AND EDGE

That’s what the New York Times called Black Rock one of several articles about it.  Artists, writers, professors, architects, designers, musicians, environmentalists, chefs, and many other interesting people are attracted to Black Rock because it is a community that embraces creative expression and intelligent discourse.  A series of interesting talks are held at the Black Rock Branch Library, the Acoustic Cafe attracts musical talent, and Framemakers and the Harborview Market hold artist receptions and art exhibits.  Many residents work out of their homes and stop by the Harborview Market, Home on the Range, or Port Coffeehouse for breakfast, coffee, lunch, and to enjoy the company of others.

CONVENIENT LOCATION

Black Rock is close to everything – Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Stop & Shop, restaurants, clothing stores, dry cleaners, etc.  Five minutes in either direction takes you to the downtown areas of Fairfield or Bridgeport.  It also has an entrance onto I-95 and the Merritt Parkway is just off of Black Rock Turnpike.  The map on the left shows a one mile radius around the new Fairfield Metro train station, Black Rock is the peninsula.  Nearly every home in Black Rock is within a mile of the new train station.

WEB Exterior from StreetCHOICES IN HOUSING

Where you plan to rent or buy, there are many options.  If you rent, you can rent a condo, single family home, or an apartment in a multi-family.  If you decide to buy, you can live in a direct waterfront home with a private dock on Black Rock Harbor or on Grovers Hill overlooking Long Island Sound.  You can live in a 1920’s vintage Craftsman bungalow or Colonial with stained glass and Douglas Fir floors.  You can also live in a waterfront condo with an in-ground pool, a waterfront mid-rise doorman building with ten foot wide balconies overlooking the harbor, townhouse style condos, or a historic co-op complex with charm and character.  Single family home prices range from under $100,000 to over $2 million.

INTERESTED?

If you are considering a move to Black Rock, please call or text me at 203-521-0768.  I’m the only agent specializing exclusively in Black Rock and I have been the #1 real estate agent in Black Rock since 2007.

Black Rock CT – Dining

DINE IN ONE OF BLACK ROCK’S AWARD WINNING RESTAURANTS

 

BRYAC Restaurant & Bar – #3 Best Place for Lunch and #3 Best Romantic Restaurant**  3074 Fairfield Avenue  203-522-4777  www.bryac.biz

 Bloodroot   –  #1  Vegetarian restaurant*.  Outdoor dining with water views.  85 Ferris Street (off Hackley)    203-576-9168  www.bloodroot.com

Harborview Market   –  #1 Breakfast**  218 Harborview Avenue   203-367-7336

nom-eez   –  #1 Vietnamese restaurant*   Vietnamese Street Food.  Serves 7 AM to 9 PM.   2992 Fairfield Avenue  (203) 923-8686

Source Coffeehouse  – #1 coffee house**    2889 Fairfield Avenue

Taco Loco  – #1 Mexican restaurant and #1 margarita** 3170 Fairfield Ave  203-335-8228  www.tacoloco.com

Timothy’s Ice Cream   –  #1 Ice cream parlor**  2974 Fairfield Avenue  203-366-7496

TruNorth Tavern & Table  –  3171 Fairfield Avenue  203-690-1918   www.trunorth.com

Walrus + Carpenter – #1 in barbecue, craft beer, and cocktails*  **  2895 Fairfield Avenue  203-333-2733   www.walruscarpenterct.com

 

*As rated by Connecticut Magazine

** As rated by Fairfield County Weekly Reader’s Poll

 

 

 

 

Black Rock CT Marinas & Yacht Clubs

Black Rock Yacht Club
Private club
80 Grovers Avenue   203-335-0587
www.blackrockyc.com

Fayerweather Yacht Club

Private club
51 Brewster Street  203-576-6796
www.fayerweatheryachtclub.com

Captain’s Cove Marina
Full service marina with slip space for 350 boats
1 Bostwick Avenue  203-335-1433
www.captainscoveseaport.com

Black Rock CT Transportation

 

Fairfeld Metro Station

Wherever you need to go, you can get there from Black Rock. Easy access to I-95 and the Merritt Parkway puts all of Connecticut’s towns and cities within reach. Hartford, the state capital, is just 51 miles away. And if you’re travelling out of state, you have plenty of options:

 
  •   By Rail: The Metro-North Railroad will take you to New York City’s Grand Central Terminal, about 50 miles from Black Rock. There are three train stations in Fairfield, including a new one on the Black Rock/Fairfield line called the Fairfield Metro Station   www.mta.info/mnr Amtrak serves the entire Northeast Corridor from Boston to Washington, D.C., with stops in nearby Bridgeport. www.amtrak.com
  • By Air: Black Rock is just 60 miles from Bradley International, less than 50 from JFK and LaGuardia and about 20 minutes from Sikorsky Memorial Airport. Don’t feel like driving there yourself? Connecticut Limo’s Bridgeport terminal is just minutes away from Fairfield Center  www.ctlimo.com or get picked up at your door by Redgate Town Car service 203-259-0550.
  • By Ferry: It’s only a ten minute ride to the Bridgeport terminal of the Port Jefferson ferry serving Long Island.  Drive, walk or ride your bicycle aboard one of three ferries.  Sit back, relax and enjoy the view.  Experience today the simplicity and comfort of travel.  Listen to the sounds of the waves as you enjoy a meal from the Snack Bar or, if you choose, have a cocktail in the Steamboat Lounge as the Ferry cruises across the Sound.  Make reservations ahead of time if you plan to board with your car.    www.portjeffferry.com
 Within Connecticut, Metro-North serves more than a dozen shoreline communities from Greenwich to New Haven, with connections to Waterbury, Danbury, and Shoreline East

 

One Mile Radius Around New Fairfield Metro Train Station

THE NEW FAIRFIELD METRO TRAIN STATION

 

 

The new train station on the Fairfield/Black Rock border opened on December 5, 2011. The station has 1,400 parking spaces and has express trains for Grand Central Station and Stamford. A feasibility study is underway for a pedestrian bridge from Fox Street to the new train station, which would provide easy access for Black Rock residents. Eventually there will a hotel/retail/office complex called Fairfield Metro on the site.  Original plans called for a Hilton Hotel and upscale retail stores.  Most of Black Rock is located within a one mile radius of the new train station.

Black Rock Developments Add Value

Living in Black Rock Developments 2015

Black Rock is benefiting from commercial, state, federal, and charitable development money pouring into our small area. The area south of Fairfield Avenue and west of Ellsworth Street has always been the highest value area of Black Rock, but much development is taking place north of Fairfield Avenue and east of Ellsworth Street.

THE TRAIN STATION EFFECT

Studies have shown that a new train station can boost prices between 14-18% within a mile radius of the station.

THE WHOLE FOODS EFFECT

A 2007 study in Portland, Oregon found that property values typically go up by about 17.5% percent if you live near a Whole Foods store. The impact of all the developments together is actually called the “Whole Foods Effect” according to urban planners. The process of gentrification of an area starts with one anchor store, such as Whole Foods, which attracts other high end stores.

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Black Rock Real Estate Market Report for 2014

2014 Black Rock Real Estate NewsletterThe 2014 year-end Black Rock real estate market report has just been published.  This 8-page full-color report provides detailed information on every known sale in Black Rock, including foreclosures, private sales, and MLS sales.  It provides an analysis of the Black Rock market within the context of the national, state, county, and surrounding community real estate markets.  It also provides stunning visual graphics that show changes in market value and activity over the past ten years.

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