Branford, CT —
Coastal Paradise With Cosmopolitan Pleasures

Midway between New York and Boston and easily reachable by train or interstate, Branford offers an exciting coastal region for foodies, arts and theater lovers, as well as outdoor enthusiasts. While usually a historic summer destination that includes Pine Orchard and Stony Creek and the Thimble Islands, Branford is also a vibrant year-round community situated just 15 minutes from New Haven. The town comes alive in the summer beginning with the family-oriented Branford Festival and road race in mid-June and weekly Jazz on the Green. Boaters, hikers, cyclists, kayakers, and sunbathers find pleasure in the varied scenery of lakes, rivers, marshes, woods, and dramatic shoreline.

Distance
Midway to NYC and Boston

"The Thimbles today are mostly private seasonal residences, including Davis Island that was once the “Summer White House” of William Howard Taft."

A portion of the original trolley track now provides a stunning walking trail to Stony Creek, meandering through tidal salt marshes populated with osprey, egrets, and great blue heron. Stony Creek, once home to many summer hotels, is now a low-key popular destination to launch a kayak or small motor craft. You can enjoy pizza or a sandwich on the deck of the Stony Creek Market.

"G-Zen, recognized as one of the top ten vegan restaurants in America."

Top off a day enjoying the water and sun at dining options ranging from the highly-acclaimed French bistro, Le Petit Café, or G-Zen, recognized as one of the top ten vegan restaurants in America. Drop by at my favorite, Lenny’s Indian Head Inn, for steamers and fried clams. Go to the Lobster Shack for one of the best hot lobster rolls on the shoreline with picnic tables on the Branford River, and don’t forget to BYOB. A vintage renovated gas station has been converted to a hugely popular indoor-outdoor barbecue/market at The Stand. The Stony Creek Brewery directly on the Branford River waterfront is a mecca for craft beer aficionados as well as those seeking a casual scenic spot to congregate with friends. Duvig Brewing Company and Thimble Island Brewing Company offer tastings of their craft beer offerings, making Branford a craft beer destination.

A short drive or train ride away on Shoreline East, New Haven broadens the restaurant offerings and provides a wide array of cultural options—Long Wharf, Yale Repertory, and Shubert Theaters, the New Haven Symphony, the Yale Museum of British Art, the Yale Art Gallery, the Peabody Museum of Natural History, and the International Festival of Arts and Ideas in June.

Take a step further and explore the historic eastern end of the Connecticut shoreline with shipbuilding lore in Mystic, the quaint beauty of Essex and the harbor and submarine history in New London and Groton.

With stunning shoreline scenery and extensive options for outdoor recreation, culture, and epicurean delights, Branford has it all. Come and explore!

Featured Listings

266 Michigan Road, New Canaan (Smith Ridge), CT

$15,000,000
FURNISHED. Move In For Holidays! On 6+ acres, tailored for an American lifestyle this 18,000 SF European Style home is met inside w/a balanced mix of classic luxury and relaxed modern-day conveniences and furnishings accentuated by contemporary art. Curated by DDC-NYC from a global selection, the furniture was chosen in ways that maximize elegance, style, sophistication & functionality. Designed to host business associates and entertaining without sacrificing the on-going family activities, the home has two distinctive wings. North, with 2-Story Library, Conference/Reading rm, Main Office, Bar, Living and Music rms. Accessed via a separate courtyard, the South wing includes a Dining rm, Reception rm, 2nd Office, Valcucine ergonomic Kitchen, Breakfast area, Family rm, Back Staircase, Service/Mudroom. 2 Laundry rms. Primary Suite with Sitting rm, 2 Fireplaces, 2 Baths, WIC, Dressing rm and Terrace. 6 addit. En-Suites w/Porcelanosa Baths. Bespoke Millwork, Italian Chandeliers, Floor-to-Ceiling Paneled Walls, French Doors with Transom Windows. 8 Chesney Fireplaces. A family-wellness focused estate with enticing, extensive indoor and outdoor features & activities. Fitness Center w/Sauna. Viewing Anteroom leads to Game rm. Home Theater and Wine Cellar. Private fresh water Pond. Pool. Tennis Court. 2,000SF Cottage. Heated Garage with auto exhaust for 10 family cars or up to 25 collectible cars. Details incl. beds & baths on 266MichiganRoad.com. Unfurnished listing #170591063

266 Michigan Road, New Canaan (Smith Ridge), CT

$12,989,000
Also, just listed as FURNISHED MLS #170608924. Drive through the electronic iron gates to a breathtaking 18,000+ SF, 3-story residence of handcrafted brick and imported French slate capped roof conveying a sense of permanence, substance & Old World quality reminiscent of grand country homes of Europe. On 6+ acres, tailored for an American lifestyle this European style home is met inside w/a balanced mix of classic luxury and relaxed modern-day conveniences & furnishings accentuated by contemporary art. Designed with two wings, this home hosts business associates & entertains guests without having to sacrifice the on-going family activities. North wing w/2-Story Library, Conference/Reading rm, Main Office, Bar, Living & Music rms. Accessed through a separate courtyard entrance, the South wing includes Dining rm, Parlor/Reception rm, 2nd Office, Valcucine ergonomic Kitchen, Breakfast area, Family rm, Back Staircase, Service/Mudroom, Fitness Center w/Sauna. 2 Laundry rms. Primary suite w/Sitting rm, 2 Fireplaces, 2 Baths, WIC, Dressing rm & Terrace. 6 add. en-suites w/Porcelanosa baths. Bespoke Millwork, Chandeliers, Floor-to-Ceiling Paneled Walls & French Doors w/Transom Windows. 8 Chesney fireplaces. A family-wellness focused estate w/enticing, extensive indoor & outdoor features & activities. Private fresh water pond. Pool. Tennis Court. 2,000SF Cottage. Heated Garage w/auto exhaust. 10-12 family cars or 25 collectible cars. Details Beds, Baths, More on 266MichiganRoad.com

153 Ferry Road, Lyme (Hadlyme), CT

$15,000,000
Welcome to Highover, a 30-acre hilltop estate on the lower Connecticut River designed by Alfred Hopkins. Over half a mile of water frontage makes this one of the most private waterfront settings in the state, with natural physical barriers that provide security and protection. Many notable guests have visited, including Albert Einstein, Katherine Hepburn, President Harding, and William Gilette. A 5-year renovation occurred at the sprawling 5 BED/8 BATH chateau residence and the 3 BED/4 BATH 1820s Federal Style guest house next to the pillared gated entry. The ground-up renovations exemplify the owners endless devotion to bringing the expected appurtenances into both homes while preserving their classic architecture. A new 3-bay garage with a workshop above and a spacious tobacco barn would accommodate many recreational needs. The dock on Whalebone Creek easily accommodates the owners 36 Hinckley Picnic boat. For larger boats, a 10-minute boat ride brings you to your mooring at Hamburg Cove, one of the Easts best hurricane holes. If your vessel is over sixty feet, marinas are available at the mouth of the river. Lyme is the quintessential enchanted classic New England setting of antique homes, stone walls, and undisturbed countryside. Uniquely poised between New York and Boston and a short ride to world-class entertainment at 2 of the world's largest casinos - Foxwoods & Mohegan Sun. Less than an hour by helicopter from JFK, Logan, and Bradley.

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