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

42 Vine Street, #2nd Floor, Bridgeport, CT

$1,800
2nd Floor of large 3 family house. Hardwood floors, 4 bedrooms, kitchen, includes range and refrigerator, washer & dryer hookup in apartment, large living room. Street parking only. Immediate occupancy available. Application and credit check required -- see attached supplements.

1405 Capitol Avenue, #2ndflr, Bridgeport (Brooklawn), CT

$1,950
Brooklawn newer-remodeled home! Large rooms, newer kitchen with Quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances- range, refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave & garbage disposal. Beautiful cabinets. Tiled bathroom. Plenty of closets & storage area. Newer heating systems, windows, plumbing & electric - totally energy efficient! No pets & no smoking - no exceptions will be made. No basement storage. 1 Car detached garage included. Owner will give access to laundry hookups with an additional water charge/month - tenant must supply own washer & dryer. Tenant responsible for snow removal, owner will do landscaping. Cable & phone ready. Must have excellent credit. Full application & credit check required - please use rentSpree. Tenant must carry insurance. 2 month security deposit required. Owner will rent 3rd floor as a 3 bedroom for $2,150/month - see related listing for more info.

562 Light Street, Stratford, CT

$2,450
Mint condition 3 bedroom side by side 1/2 duplex! Owner takes pride in the property and it is move in ready! Hardwood floors, 1.5 baths, granite counter tops in kitchen and bathrooms. High efficiency heat and central air. Freshly painted and floors finished. 1st floor laundry hookups. Tenant must provide their own refrigerator and washer and dryer. All utilities including water are the tenants responsibility. No Pets - no exceptions! Credit check required. Must have good credit. Insurance required. Tenant responsible for snow removal, Landlord provides landscaping and grass cutting. 1 year lease required - no short terms lease. Tenant required to carry service contract for the heating system w/ the gas company.
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