Saugatuck, the oldest neighborhood in Westport with its eclectic mix of cottages, small single family homes and new construction, is full of charm and has a great neighborhood feel. In more recent years, it has been enjoying a revival with new restaurants and businesses setting up shop. The Whelk (one of my favorites), Parker Mansion, Rizutto’s, Harvest Wine Bar, Garelick & Herbs, The Boathouse, Kawa Ni (best Sake bombs) Fleisher's Craft Butchery, Bar ‘Bucha and Tarry Lodge are all within walking distance in a one mile radius from each other not to mention some of the more established spots like Tutti’s and Tarantino’s.
"On warm summer nights, the streets are filled with people milling around the hot spots for drinks, dinner or a walk with the kids for ice cream or candy at Saugatuck Sweets overlooking the river."
In this same quarter, you can find lessons and rentals for paddle boarding at Downunder Westport or rowing lessons and club membership at Saugatuck Rowing Club. Public amenities are also plentiful with options for sailing, ice skating, golf, tennis and swimming, walking and picnicking at Compo Beach. The Ned Dimes Marina adjacent to Compo Beach is available for boaters and is maintained by the Town of Westport. Sailing, motor boating, kayaking, paddle boarding and hang gliding are all available to you on the waters of Long Island Sound.
Jim and Julie took the plunge and love living in Saugatuck! They have easy access to top ranked schools, commuting is faster and less stressful and the price tag is affordable, especially the property taxes in comparison to neighboring towns and communities like Westchester County.
I also love Saugatuck for its convenience to everything I need and do. The library, the train, the shops, music at the Levitt Pavilion, and theatre at the Westport Country Playhouse, the beach and my dance classes are all within 2 miles of home. I love being able to walk to most things.
"You really feel connected to the community in Saugatuck."
It offers so many opportunities to engage with other people and share what's important to you. For example, I love to read, garden, dance and lounge in the sun and I find that I can do all those things with my neighbors and friends all in the Saugatuck area. Get ready to give your FitBit a work out!
It really is living the great escape everyday!