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.

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300 New Haven Avenue 302, Milford, CT

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Rare opportunity to own Residential and Commercial space in Milford, CT! At a 4-Way intersection with traffic light and 190 feet of road frontage. Traffic count is over 14,000. 4 separate buildings, 1 two-family, 1 retail building with residential space, 1 screen house and 1 one car garage. This property can be utilized as is or torn down and built for whatever your needs are.

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Hello one-level living buyers-look no further this is the ONE! Move in & get settled knowing changes can be made w/ time. Bright & sunny living room w/ hardwood floors will sure to please as you. The open concept kitchen & dining room present effortless entertaining & plenty of room for family & friends to gather. A continuation of seasonal outdoor living space to a lovely patio through the french doors awaits as we step right into prime season where you can enjoy a refreshing drink, barbecue or just relax & read a book. Hardwood floors are continuous through the hallway & 3 bedrooms each offering adequate space & ample closets. A full bath just outside of the bedrooms along w/ 2 closets. Need additional space - no worries this home has that covered too! The lower level presents the possibility of additional living space w/ a 2nd full bath. Opportunity for a recreation room, office or whatever may suit your needs. Lets not forget about the attached 2-car garage w/ attic storage access! Considerable updates you should know: furnace, tankless hot water and C/A replaced 2015, roof less than 6 years young & garage door replaced 2020! Convenient to schools, minutes to Merritt Parkway, & less than 2 1/2 miles to Metro North. The community of Stratford has much to offer- Paradise Green weekly concerts in the summer season, community events, fairs & farmers markets all just a short distance away! Enjoy hiking - Roosevelt forest, love the beach - several options right in town!
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