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

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.

50 Walnut Street, Stratford (Lordship), CT

When you drive home through the breathtaking views of the Long Island Sound & the marsh, you can imagine you are going home to your little private island. Thats the feel you get by living amongst the water in Lordship, CT. An intimate community with so much to offer, many longtime residents will tell you once you live in Lordship, you will never live anywhere else. This recently updated classic expanded Cape Cod home is ready for you absolutely nothing to do but move in & enjoy. The open flow is what the owner loves about this home. The main level offers a charming living room with fireplace, office, dining area, family room, modern style kitchen w/ granite, island, all new stainless steel appliances, plantation shutters & subway tiled backsplash. The first floor master bedroom is lovely with french doors leading to a patio overlooking the fenced in back yard & gardens. A main level bath offers a large hydro soaking tub, stand alone shower & new vanity. The second floor has two spacious bedrooms with new carpeting and a full bath. It doesn't end here - the lower level offers additional living space with all new flooring, ceiling tiles and a half bath. Loads of storage and laundry. The entire interior of the home has been recently painted, new central air & new lighting & mirrors in the bathrooms. A one car attached garage with easy entry into the home. No flood insurance required. Think of Lordship as your "old-fashioned" neighborhood. This is the lifestyle you deserve!

907 Hawley Lane, Stratford (North End), CT

Walking into this home you will feel the love and warmth! Ready for a new family to make it their own! This oversized-expanded split level home offers space like no other. The main level features a large living room with fireplace, dining room and kitchen. Take a few steps up to the upper level where you will find four generous sized bedrooms. The master bedroom has a private full bath & walk-in closet. Hardwood floors are throughout this upper level & a full bath for the rest of the family. Take a few steps down from the main level to the family room, full bath and sun room! You can enjoy the open sunroom while overlooking the private rear yard and step outside through the sliding glass doors to the man-made pond! A little attention will make this area quite the retreat! From the family room you will enter the in-law studio. The studio has its own kitchenette, dining area, sitting area, bedroom & storage space. The in-law also has its own separate entrance for privacy! The attic with pull-down stairs provides more storage along with the basement where you will find a workshop area. Laundry is located in the basement level. The in-law has a separate zone for heat and its own hot water heater. Fabulous opportunity in the north end of Stratford - close to shopping, center of town, Metro North, Rt.8 Connector, Merritt Parkway & I95.
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