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

565 Bishop Avenue, Bridgeport, CT

$539,000
New construction 3 family. This will be one beautiful home when complete. Laundry is on the second floor of each unit, 2 car garage for each unit. These units are something to behold. Take a look they will meet your expectations. Balcony off the rear of the homes for each unit. Top notch builder you will be happy with them when done.

35 Judith Terrace, Stratford (North End), CT

$524,900
This welcoming custom built residence boasts 7000+ square feet, beautifully set on over an acre with heated in-ground pool. The bright & spacious floor plan includes 5+ generous sized bedrooms & 4.5 baths. A fabulous grand foyer with wood staircase & balcony overlooking the foyer opens to a formal living room & gracious formal dining room that has a full wall built-in hutch w/ pull-out buffet. The updated eat-in fully applianced kitchen offers an abundance of cabinets, granite countertops, tiled back splash & island, you could say this is a true entertainer's dream! The main floor family room has a beautiful stone floor to ceiling fireplace as a focal point. It also offers a custom made entertainment center. Potential for a in-law or au pair with a private sitting room, kitchenette, full bath & bedroom is also located on the main level. A 1st floor master bedroom consists of a full bath with a double sink vanity, shower & jacuzzi tub, his & hers walk-in closets & a slider to the private back yard. Need storage space? Not a problem here with enormous walk-in closets for all the extras! In addition to the 3 bedrooms on the 2nd floor the recreation room that sits over the 3 car garage is 843 SQ Ft. w/ parquet wood floors, the den could be another bedroom & the front to back office/bonus room is 850 Sq Ft. A very short distance to metro north, I95 and Merritt Parkway. This home is a retreat or a perfect place to entertain and gather with family and friends.

7 Winfield Drive, Shelton (Huntington), CT

$644,000
Expansive meticulously maintained Ranch nestled on a cul-de-sac set on 1.62 level acres in Huntington. This property Offers incredible space for many lifestyles, the ultimate in entertaining & high end custom details throughout. The great rm features vaulted ceilings, fireplace, builtins & a wet bar w/ wine cooler. The chef's kitchen is just what is needed for this years holiday cooking & summer entertainment. A informal dining area, granite countertops, abundance of cabinets, fully applianced including double oven & ice machine! French doors lead to the back yard oasis - a complete WOW factor! For larger gatherings, holidays or special occasions the formal dining room w/ fireplace is something special. Step into the master bedroom suite & feel like you are on vacation! The tray ceiling & recessed lighting set the mood. Beautiful views of the professionally landscaped yard and gardens, french doors lead out the deck & patio, full bathroom w/ jacuzzi tub, shower, bidet, his & hers granite topped vanity & finished off w/ limestone. 3 additional bedrooms on the main level & an oversized full bath also w/ double sink, bidet & granite topped cherry cabinets. A walkout lower level includes additional living space w/ many possibilities! A private backyard oasis includes deck, patio, heated in-ground pool w/ waterfall. A 2 car attached garage & a 2 car detached oversized garage w/ an additional room currently used as a spray booth. Detached garage has an eye beam for future expansion
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