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Gail Robinson Awarded Five Star Professional for 2016

fivestaragent2016Gail Robinson, REALTOR, CRS, GRI, e-PRO with William Raveis in Southport, Connecticut  was recently honored with the Five Star Professional rating once again! See the entire article in the upcoming March 2016 issue of Connecticut Magazine.

The Five Star Real Estate Agent award program has been recognizing and promoting outstanding real estate agents for over 13 years. Five Star Professional conducts market research to identify excellent service professionals in over 45 markets across the U.S., and recognizse agents who meet their five objective criteria.

The award is given on the basis of exceptional results via an in-depth research process, whereb real estate agents are evaluated by consumers based on customer service, integrity, market knowledge, communication and negotiation skills, closing preparation, helping you find the right home, marketing the home being sold, and overall satisfaction.

Five Star Professional follows standard survey practices used by other professional research organizations. The research also includes feedback from industry peers and leaders, and a regulatory review to provide necessary checks and balances.

The research methodology allows no more than 7% of service professionals in a given market to qualify for the Five Star award.

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 Condos – Anchorage Condominium Complex

Anchorage Condominums

 

 

 

The Anchorage Condos are located at 350 Grovers Avenue in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport, Connecticut  This direct waterfront gated community has an in-ground pool and is built around a beautiful courtyard with water views.

There are a total of 68 units in 12 buildings.   Building 1 has the only garage parking, the others have reserved parking spaces in the parking lots.  Four buildings have two units in them.   Most of the units are one or two bedroom units, but four units have three bedrooms, the rest have one or two bedroom. 

Anchorage Condo BuildingsThere are also direct townhouse units with carports, some of them are located on direct waterfront and have spectacular views.   All units have gas heat.  This is a  gated community with two entrances to the parking lots, two entrances to the garage parking, and one pedestrian entrance. 

There is a beautiful in-ground pool with a cabana with changing rooms and rest rooms located in the center of the courtyard.  Beyond the pool there is a pedestrian dock and fabulous water views of Black Rock Harbor and Fayerweather lighthouse.  There are community clambakes and pool socials, but no clubhouse. 

No pets are allowed in this complex.  Sales and rentals at this complex are not common as there is not much turnover.

 

 

Black Rock Condos – Fayerweather Towers Condominiums

Fayerweather Towers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fayerweather Towers is a mid-rise condominium building with one of the best water views in Fairfield County and is direct waterfront.  It is also Black Rock’s only doorman building.  It also has two elevators.  The building has six floors with a total of 57 units.  The water-facing side of the building hastwo-bedroom units with fabulous views of Black Rock Harbor, the Fayerweather Lighthouse, and Long Island Sound.  Black Rock Harbor is active year round, but in the summer the continual show of sailboats passing by is relaxing and exhilarating.

There are 8 two-bedroom units on each floor from the 2nd through 5th floor.  The 4 corner units are slightly smaller in square footage (1,365 sf) and balcony size.  The four non-end units are larger (1,430 SF) with the largest balconies (10′ x 47′).

The units on the street facing side are one bedroom, 1.5 bath units with smaller balconies.  There are six one-bedroom units on each floor from the 2nd through the 5th floor.

The 6th floor houses the Penthouse, the community room, and the storage lockers for each unit.  Many units have laundry facilities, but there are coin-op washer and dryers on each floor.

The two bedroom units (non-end units) have A, B, N, or P after the unit number.  The two bedroom corner unit with M after the unit number has the best water views of the corner units, followed by L and C, and D only has views of the park, no water views.  The one bedroom units all face the street, but K and J have limited water views from their balconies, whereas E, F, G, and H are closer to the park.

Pets are allowed.  Individual in-wall heat pump/air conditioning units are found in each room.  There is no central heat source.  The units are powered by electricity.

This is a gated community.  The number of reserved parking spaces varies with each unit, depending upon how many the previous owner had purchased.  Some parking units are located under the building and thus are covered, whereas others are in the open.

The combination of doorman building, elevators, and ranch style units make the units accessible to people in wheelchairs and desirable for those who wish to age in place.

Black Rock Condos – Bywatyr Condominiums

Bywatyr CondosThe Bywaytr condominium complex on Bywatyr Lane is Black Rock’s only true townhouse style complex.   Located near the Fayerweather Yacht Club, many of the units have water views of Black Rock Harbor, but the complex is not direct waterfront.  Some units do not have any water views.

 

The 23 unit complex was built in 1987.  All the units are approximately the same size (1,786 SF, 2 BR, 2.5 BA) with the same layout.  There is a ground floor with an oversized one car garage with plenty of room for a second car to park in front of the garage.  There is also parking in nearby parking spaces for an additional vehicle or guests.  There is a first floor laundry area off the hallway and a room that can be used as an office or family room or exercise room with two sets of sliding glass doors onto a covered patio.   The second floor consists of a formal dining room, kitchen, half bath, and living room with gas or woodburning fireplace and sliders onto a large deck.  The third floor has two bedroom suites.  The master bedroom suite has a fireplace and sliders onto a balcony.  There is a large master bathroom with a jetted tub and separate shower.  The second bedroom has its on ensuite bathroom.  The townhouses have gas heat and central air conditioning.

Bywatyr Condo Buildings

Black Rock Garden Cooperative Complex

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BLACK ROCK GARDEN COOPERATIVES

Fine Architectural Design in the Heart of Black Rock

What are the Black Rock Garden Cooperatives?

 The Black Rock Garden Cooperatives (BRGC) are co-op units located in the desirable water community of Black Rock.  The BRGC complex is noted for its fine architectural design which incorporates tree-lined streets, courtyards, and resident maintained gardens.  BRGC is conveniently located within walking distance of the new Fairfield Metro train station, the newly renovated Black Rock branch library, Burroughs Community Center, Captain’s Cove Seaport, the public tennis courts at Ellsworth Field, a public beach on Seabright Avenue, and a waterfront park at St. Mary’s-by-the-Sea.

Why are they so desirable?

 The complex is on the National Register of Historic Places.  It was created under the supervision of a noted architect, R. Clipston Sturgis, who was President of the American Institute of Architecture and whose work included renovations on the Massachusetts State Capitol Building and construction of the Federal Reserve building in Boston.  His work is noted for blending architecture with its environment and for its emphasis on light and air flow.

The BRGC Cooperatives were planned around courtyards with existing trees.  They were also designed with outdoor porches and with no central hallway, only two rooms deep, so that air could flow freely from the front of the apartment through the back windows.  At that time there was a central heating plant which provided steam heat to all the buildings.  This has since been replaced by gas heating systems in each building.  The architectural goal was to provide ample light and air as well as a pleasant view from each room in every apartment.  The use of brick added both beauty and safety compared to wooden structures, which were less expensive, but more prone to destruction by fire.

The buildings were constructed beginning in 1918 and completed in 1920.  The complex was owned by the Black Rock Housing Company until 1954 when it was sold to the tenants and incorporated as a cooperative.  BRGC units are all owner-occupied.  The common charges for BRGC units include heat, hot water, and even property taxes.

A Board of Directors, comprised of residents, controls the cooperative, but all leaseholders share the responsibility for the financial stability, maintenance of the property, and enforcement of the rules and regulations.  When you buy into a cooperative you are given the lease to a particular unit, however, you own shares in the entire complex.  Cooperative living provides a higher quality of life at a lower cost than other housing options, but requires more participation than condominium living.  Greater participation also brings a sense of community, making BRGC a pleasant and safe place to live.

WEB 20 Haddon #2 EXTERIORWhat does the BRGC complex consist of?

There are 36 buildings in the BRGC complex and 216 units on 6.77 acres of land.  A parking lot for residents has an entrance on Rowsley Street.   The BRGC office is located on the first floor of 2825 Fairfield Avenue.

What size units are available?

There are three sizes of units in the complex, which are called: 3 room, 4 room, and 5 room styles.

Black Rock Garden Coops 45 room units

  • 42 units in complex
  • Approximately 682 SF (not including porch, some of which are enclosed and heated)
  • Located at 590 & 606 Brewster; 29, 75, & 78 Haddon; and 108 & 109 Rowsley
  • 2 bedrooms, 1 bath

Black Rock Garden Coops 5

4 room units

  • 156 units in complex
  • Approximately 607 SF (not including porch, some of which are enclosed and heated)
  • 1-2 bedrooms, 1 bath

Black Rock Garden Coops 6

3 room units

  • 18 units in complex (one used as office for complex)
  • Located at 2825 Fairfield Avenue, 44 Haddon, and 61 Rowsley
  • 1 bedroom, 1 bath

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                                            Q & A ON RULES & REGULATIONS AT THE BRGC CO-OPS

Can I have a dog or cat in my unit?

One dog of gentle disposition and two cats are allowed.  Carpeting is required in the bedrooms, living room, and dining room of units with pets.

Can I have a washer and dryer in my unit?

Yes, some units already have stackable washer & dryers, but if the unit you are interested in doesn’t have it, you can do so, if you follow the BRGC rules & regs.

Can I work at home?

Home professional pursuits are allowed, however, they must comply with all zoning regulations.  The types of businesses allowed are those that do not involve visits from the public, walk-in clients, employees, or unreasonable levels of mail, shipping, trash, or storage.

Can I rent or sublet my BRGC unit?

No, all units must be owner occupied.

Can I cook outdoors?

Yes, but cooking must end by 8 PM and the area thoroughly cleaned.  No cooking is allowed on porches of units for fire safety reasons.

Can I garden?

Gardening is encouraged, but you will be responsible for the upkeep.

Can I remodel my unit?

Yes, after completing a Remodeling/Repair request form from the management office and obtaining written Board approval.

Can I have a picnic in one of the three courtyards?

Yes, after filling out a Picnic Request form and obtaining Board approval.

Can I install a satellite dish?

Yes, after filling out an Antenna Notification and obtaining Board approval.

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STEPS IN PURCHASING A BLACK ROCK GARDEN COOPERATIVES CO-OP

Mortgage Pre-Approval

You will want to meet with a mortgage broker or lender who is currently providing mortgages on BRGC co-ops (this is an ever-changing list, so please check with your buyer agent) and obtain a pre-approval letter for amount of the purchase price of the home (not just the amount of the mortgage) when you find the right property.

Making the Offer

Your buyer agent will fill out a binder for you to sign.  The binder should be submitted with the preapproval letter.  It is customary to put 1% of purchase price in escrow. This check will be deposited within 72 hours of signed acceptance by the seller into your broker’s escrow account.

Inspections

Inspections are usually scheduled within 7-9 business days of the signed offer. You will want to schedule this ASAP to avoid paying application fees (see below) if you decide not to proceed with purchase.

Applications

Call the BRGC office to arrange a time to pick up the BRGC co-op application (phone: 203-333-5737, location: 2825 Fairfield Avenue, first floor, office is on left side of foyer).  When you submit your completed application, include two checks to Black Rock Garden Cooperatives, Inc.: $75 for application fee, $25 for credit & criminal check (per person).  In addition to filling out the application, you will need two years’ of tax returns, recent pay stubs, recent bank statements, and recent mortgage/rent payment receipts. The Board wants a mortgage commitment letter, but you cannot obtain that until the Board approves you, so you will likely need a Good Faith estimate from your mortgage broker instead.

You will also need to go to your local police department and ask for a background check on yourself. Obtain printout and submit with your application (this is in addition to the criminal check the co-op will do). Your application must be complete or it will not be reviewed by the Board. Ask for leaseholder number from your real estate agent.

When your application is handed in, the office will give you a copy of the Corporation’s By-Laws, Rules & Regulations, Conditions of Apartment Leasehold and the Modification of Addendum to the Conditions of the Apartment Leasehold.

Contract

Ten days after accepted offer (a few days after the inspection), you will meet with your attorney to sign the purchase contract.  At this time you will need to put down the remaining money in escrow (9% if you are putting 10% in escrow).

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Appraisal

The mortgage company will send out an appraiser. It is not necessary for you to be there, the real estate agent will let the appraiser in and will hopefully be able to give the appraiser comps that support your purchase price (lenders want three recent comps that sold within the past 6 months, which may not be possible, especially if the sale price is high).  If the unit does not “appraise out” then either the buyer has to come up with more money or the seller has to lower the price, or else the transaction fails and the unit goes back on the market.

Mortgage Commitment

Once the mortgage commitment letter is received, you will send it to the Board so the Board can put it in their files.

Board Interview & Resale Certificate 

The Board meets 1-2 times a month to review the applications and then will schedule a brief interview to ask you questions about your application. At the end of the interview they will provide you with a copy of the Resale Disclosure Certificate pertaining to the Apartment Leasehold you are proposing to purchase.  The Certificate will contain insurance information and financial information.  It is important for you to review the Resale Packet in detail as well as your attorney to determine whether there are any bylaws, rules & regulations, or financial red flags to consider before purchasing.  You have five business days in which to rescind your offer to purchase the co-op according to state law.

Final Walk-Through

Either the morning of the closing (or the day before) you and your real estate agent will walk through the unit to make sure it is in the same condition as when you had the inspection.

Closing

Closings are always held at the Co-op Board office at the corner of Fairfield Avenue and Brewster Street (first floor, on the left).Keys to the unit and your leaseholder certificate will be given to you at that time.

After Closing

You will want to obtain a parking sticker from the property management company, in case you ever park in the parking lot. This cannot be obtained until after closing as you need to change your address with the DMV and your car insurance first.

Disclaimer: This document may contain inaccurate or out-of-date information. Please check with the BRGC office for accurate, up-to-date information.

How can I contact the office?

The Black Rock Garden Cooperatives (BRGC) office is located at 2825 Fairfield Avenue in the Black Rock section of Black Rock at the corner of Brewster Street and Fairfield Avenue.  Park your car on Fairfield Avenue, not Brewster Street, when visiting the office.  The office is on the first floor to the left.

Phone:  203-333-5737

Hours:  Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday – 9 AM to 2 PM

For more information visit their website at:

http://www.blackrockgardenscooperative.com

Black Rock Condos – The Village at Black Rock

Village at Black Rock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Village at Black Rock condominium complex is the newest condo complex in Black Rock, built in 2006.  The buildings are only three stories high, but each building has an elevator for residents’ convenience.  There is central hot air gas heat in each unit and central air conditioning.  Pets are allowed in the first floor units only.

The complex consists of 2 bedroom, 2 bath units of 1,145 SF with balconies and laundry facilities in each unit.  Parking is reserved.  It is not a gated community.

There are 115 units located across eight buildings.  There are 35 units on each floor, all are ranch style with a master bedroom suite with a door to the balcony.  There is also a door to the balcony from the living room.  The third floor units have vaulted ceilings.

The units are wheelchair accessible as there is an elevator in every building.  There are reserved parking spaces and guest parking spaces.

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Black Rock Condos – Pleasant Bay Condominiums

Pleasant Bay 1

The Pleasant Bay condominium complex is a direct waterfront condominium community located on the Ash Creek tidal estuary.  It consists of 54 units across five buildings located at 110, 120, 130, 140, and 150 Beachview Avenue in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport, Connecticut.  It is located next to the town line of Fairfield and is one of the closest complexes to the new Fairfield Metro train station with express trains to New York City.

The units on the first floor are ranch style units and the units on the second floor are townhouse style units with two levels (2nd and 3rd floors). There are 18 ranch style units and 36 townhouse style units.  One building is direct waterfront (#130, see building map below) and the other buildings vary in their water views.

Heating is electric baseboard and there is no air conditioning.  Every unit has a balcony.  The units are 1,036 SF with two bedrooms and 1.5 baths.

The complex was built in 1984.  Pets are allowed. This is a gated community.  Residents store their kayaks on a rack and launch their kayaks from the shoreline.

Pleasant Bay 2

Two Family with Two Car Garage on Brittin Ave for $259,000


SALE PENDING Three Family Short Sale $259,000


Walk to St. Mary’s Rental with Hardwood Floors and Fireplace $1,650


First Floor with Fireplace and Hardwood Floors


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$1,650
Residential Rental
Main Features
2 Bedrooms
1 Full Bathroom
2 Units
Interior: 1,092 sqft
Lot: 0.11 acre(s)
Year Built: 1957
MLS #: 99166907
Location
624 Courtland Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06605
USA

Gail Robinson

Gail Robinson

William Raveis Real Estate, 2525 Post Road, Southport, CT
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Entertain in Style 4,000 SF on Hilltop Overlooking Sound $899,000

NOT ON MLS YET!  Amazing value!  Completely renovated inside and out with high end finishes, this custom 4,000 SF Cape with water views is perfect for entertaining.  Located high on a hill at St. Mary’s-by-the-Sea, this spectacular home has .42 acres (not in a flood zone) with water views from six rooms.  French doors, a large deck, a MBS balcony, and a sunroom with vaulted ceilings bring the sparking outdoor water views to you.  Professionally landscaped grounds with perennial gardens and inground sprinklers. Gorgeous chef’s kitchen with center island and dining area.  Living room with gas fireplace, recessed lighting, and tray ceiling. Family room with wood burning fireplace.  First floor master bedroom suite with balcony, marble bath, recessed lighting, and walk-in-closet with built ins.  Two more bedrooms, full bath, and loft area upstairs.  Recreation room with fireplace.  Hardwood floors in most rooms.  Gas heat & central air with 4 zones.  Built in audio system.  2 car attached garage.   Walk to Black Rock Yacht Club.   Call Gail Robinson, REALTOR, 203-521-0768 for showing appointment.


4,000 SF on Hilltop Overlooking Sound


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$899,000
Single Family Home
Main Features
3 Bedrooms
2 Full Bathrooms
1 Half Bathroom
1 Unit
Interior: 3,963 sqft
Lot: 0.42 acre(s)
Year Built: 1957
MLS #: Not on MLS
Location
125 Old Battery Road
Bridgeport, CT 06605
USA

Gail Robinson

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William Raveis Real Estate, 2525 Post Road, Southport, CT
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St. Mary’s Elegant Home with Elevated Water Views $869,000


Elevated Views of Sound from Spacious, Elegant Home


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$855,000
Single Family Home
Main Features
4 Bedrooms
3 Full Bathrooms
2 Half Bathrooms
1 Unit
Interior: 4,277 sqft
Lot: 0.46 acre(s)
Year Built: 1974
MLS #: 99161812
Location
175 Battery Park Drive
Bridgeport, CT 06605
USA

Gail Robinson

Gail Robinson

William Raveis Real Estate, 2525 Post Road, Southport, CT
(203) 521-0768
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Expanded Cape on Seaside Avenue Near Water $369,900


Expanded Black Rock Cape Near Water


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$369,900
Single Family Home
Main Features
3 Bedrooms
2 Full Bathrooms
1 Unit
Interior: 1,724 sqft
Lot: 0.12 acre(s)
Year Built: 1950
MLS #: 99165036
Location
65 Seaside Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06605
USA

Gail Robinson

Gail Robinson

William Raveis Real Estate, 2525 Post Road, Southport, CT
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SOLD Spacious Half-Duplex Near Seabright Beach for $177,000

EXTERIOR GAIL

 

RENTED – 458 Midland Street $2,000/month

Single Family on Midland for Rent

 

SOLD – Updated 1920’s Colonial with Vintage Details $323,000


Updated 1920’s Vintage Colonial in Heart of Black Rock
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$323,000
Updated 1920’s Colonial w. vintage features in heart of Black Rock, near St. Mary’s. Family room w. full bath on first floor. Open floor plan, stained glass transom window, refinished Douglas Fir floors. In-wall A/C. Tilt-in double pane windows, mahogany front porch, large privacy fenced backyard. Oversized 2 car gar. w. openers. New roof 2015. Driveway w. Belgium block 2009. Mudroom w. built-ins and skylight. Kitchen w. glass upper cabinets, lighted. Under cabinet lights. Pantry. 200 AMP electrical. Vintage windows rebuilt, double pane, tilt-in. Gas range, microhood, DW, and Electrolux SS French Door refrig 2015. Cabrio washer & dryer. Gas line grill hookup on back deck.  NOT IN A FLOOD PLAIN.
Main Features
3 Bedrooms
2 Bathrooms
1 Unit
Interior: 1,570 sqft
Year Built: 1920
MLS #: 99139420
Location
247 Harborview Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06605
USA

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Panoramic Water View on One Acre of Direct Waterfront with Dock Permit $499,500

Direct Waterfront Acre of Land with Panoramic Water Views & Dock Approval