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.
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.
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.
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.
CHOICES 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.
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.