Bethany, CT —
A Retreat Away from the Noise of the City

Dreaming about a retreat away from the noise of the city? Consider secluded, affordable, wooded Bethany--Connecticut’s best-kept secret. A sleepy, slow-moving place, surrounded by a rich cultural oasis, Bethany had been named by Connecticut Magazine as among the best small towns in Connecticut. Your neighbor might be a nurse, a professor, a business mogul, a carpenter, but all of them fiercely defend its 58% of undeveloped land and its sustainable agriculture. After all, the town motto is “Rural is Beautiful.” With a population of only 5,500, it was jokingly described as having as many horses as people and there is a Horse Commissioner, who manages the many events available for horse lovers. All this, only 80 miles from New York City and 45 miles from Stamford by car or train.

"buy sustainably grown seasonal fruits and vegetables at Clover Nook farm, one of the oldest continuously operating family-owned and run farms in the state. "

For those who want a more active lifestyle, have a round of golf at the highly rated family-run 9-hole Woodhaven Country Club, where golf fees are reasonable and greens are “challenging but fair.” Hike the Naugatuck Forest Trail and then enjoy a swim in Veteran’s Memorial Park Lake during the summer. Hike nearby Sleeping Giant State Park and fish for trout in its streams. The trail up the mountain ends at a stone observation tower with a magnificent view all the way to Long Island Sound. You also can walk, skate, ski or bike portions of the 50-mile paved Farmington Canal Heritage Trail. Then head to family-run Drazen Orchards in nearby Cheshire, where the owners greet you with a smile and a hello, and you can pick 14 varieties of apples, as well as peaches, plums, pears and quince. (They also have great pies!).

"You also can walk, skate, ski or bike portions of the 50-mile paved Farmington Canal Heritage Trail. "

Also close by are Yale University’s world-class museums and art galleries—all open to the public and mostly free, great for a rainy day. The Yale Center for British Art has the largest collection of British art outside the United Kingdom See the Gutenberg Bible at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript library. The Yale University Art Gallery has an “encyclopedic” collection of art, including works by Degas, van Gogh, Picasso, as well as early Italian paintings, vessels from Tang-dynasty China, masks from West Africa and much more. People of all ages can participate in classes with artists and curators throughout the year. The young and the young-at-heart will enjoy the Peabody Museum of Natural History, which boasts renowned collections that include fossils of our earliest dinosaurs.

After a busy day, head back to Bethany and relax.

Featured Listings

544 Booth Hill Road, Trumbull, CT

A home that has been in the same family since built is now ready for some change! Opportunity knocks here in a fantastic location. A parcel with 1.34 acres presents a possible opportunity for subdivision offering a potential building lot. Located on the corner of Booth Hill and Sweetbriar Rd sits this classic Cape with the charm of yesterday. Steps from Booth Hill Elementary school. Home in need of total renovation or knock down and start from scratch! There is also a 2 car detached garage. Interested parties and agents should do their due diligence. Property to be sold as is in current condition.

473 Laughlin Road, Stratford (Paradise Green), CT

Water community properties are always an eye catcher! This one is no different! If it is all about location for you, look no further you have found a gem here. Beautiful views on Brewsters Pond & the park from the comfort of your Sunroom, Great room & back yard that is a stone throw away. This charming Colonial sits in the heart of Paradise Green bordering the picturesque landscape of Longbrook Park-a 34 acre park that is a haven for wildlife, trails & man-made waterfalls-a place for town residents to enjoy. Longbrook Park is on the State Register of Historic Places right in your back yard. As you enter the home the charm of the original center cut southern pine floors greet you & are throughout the original structure of the home. All original wood work of the home has been cared for & maintained-they just don't build them like this anymore! The current owners have enjoyed raising their family here for many years and have expanded the original home for their growing family. Some things they loved the most are the direct views to the pond watching their children and grandchildren fishing, ice skating & sledding in their own back yard, a short stroll to the neighborhood elementary school, close proximity to food, shopping & restaurants, Paradise Green weekly concerts in the summer season, community events, fairs & farmers markets. A true sense of community awaits you here. Also available in the park is the splash pad, playground & ball fields. 47 yrs of love here is apparent!

228 Oronoque Road, Milford, CT

This is a rare opportunity to create your dream property! This 1.12 acre property has 2 fireplaces, hardwood floors, 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, garage and deep rear yard. There are many possibilities for the project you've been waiting for or it could be the perfect spot for those looking to put in sweat equity but need something they can afford. Authentic charm and one-level living has in-law potential - the possibilities are endless. Use your imagination to make this original owner home the site of your future home - it is ready for some changes to bring back the natural beauty of this character home. Location is ideal offering easy access to Merritt Parkway, I95, a short distance to Metro North, local restaurants, Milford Center for community events all year long, Farmers markets, shops, Breweries, Beaches and State Park. Property is being sold as is in its present condition. Seeing is believing - don't pass by this opportunity!
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