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Greenwich Real Estate – Open Houses August 18-24 + Recent Sales

Greenwich Real Estate – Open Houses August 18-24 + Recent Sales

Weather-wise, this has been an incredible year for spending time outdoors. Local landscape designers have been busier than ever as 2016's near-perfect summer had us all rediscovering our outdoor spaces and brainstorming on the ways we could spruce up our little pieces of New England paradise as we soaked up the glorious sun-rays. Then it's phone calls, and drawings, and material/labor quotes, and scheduling...and before you know it, summer has come and gone. 'But at least it will be there for next year.'

That's why, when you're in the market for a new home - it's even better when you can purchase a place that has curb appeal, the perfect floor-plan, a wonderful location AND an absolutely fabulous oasis and parcel of manicured land just waiting for you to invite over the family and friends to help you create life-long summer (and fall, and spring) memories aplenty.

Greenwich Real Estate – Open Houses August 20-21 + Recent Sales

Greenwich Real Estate – Open Houses August 20-21 + Recent Sales

Our Featured Recently Sold Property of the week is a distinctive and meticulously-maintained modern Hawkwood Lane home designed by Roy Johnson. Secluded at the far end of a cul-de-sac in a private mid-country association, and set on over an acre of manicured lawns stretching towards a picturesque lake with dock -- this 6,750 square foot residence with 4 bedrooms and 4-and-2-half baths really makes an unforgettable statement.

A sky-lit rotunda marks the center of the interior, and a recurring theme of hexagonal walled rooms makes ample use of floor to ceiling windows and glass sliders leading to wraparound mahogany decks and gorgeous terraces.

Greenwich Real Estate – Open Houses August 13-14 + Recent Sales

Greenwich Real Estate – Open Houses August 13-14 + Recent Sales

There's something special about the sturdiness of a stately colonial home in New England. Case in point: this week's Living Greenwich Featured Open House Property in Riverside. Sun positively fills this completely renovated 5 bedroom, 5 1/2 bath colonial with hardwood floors throughout. A well-outfitted, open cook's kitchen shares space with a family room (complete with a music alcove), an eating area, and a cozy fireplace. You'll adore the variety of versatile spaces, including multiple formal rooms, a den, a fantastic mudroom, and a master bedroom with a tray ceiling and luxurious bath. There's the bonus of a walk-out lower level with a family room, bedroom and full bath (not included in the square footage). The private fenced backyard is ready for playtime with a swing set and your very own zip line! Everything you'd ever need for quality of life is right within sidewalk distance: school, park, train and village.

Living Greenwich Contest:  Back To School iMac Giveaway!!

Living Greenwich Contest: Back To School iMac Giveaway!!

Living Greenwich and its partner Computer SuperCenter of Greenwich are giving away a Newly Re-Certified iMac w/ 20 Inch Apple Monitor (a $399 Value) to celebrate the 'Back To School' season.

Enter today for a chance to win this computer with the following specs: 2.66 GHZ Core 2 Duo, 4 GB Memory, 320 GB Hard Drive, Yosemite OS, a 90 Day Warranty and more!

Did You See Who Won? Greenwich Town Tennis Tournament Finals at Binney Park

Did You See Who Won? Greenwich Town Tennis Tournament Finals at Binney Park

The summer heat and humidity were relentless at Binney Park during the August 6th finals of the Greenwich Town Tennis Tournament -- but the players persevered, with each and every champion braving the elements and focusing their skills to earn their win.

This year, the Greenwich Town Tennis Tournament took place from July 23 to August 6. The annual competition represents an excellent way for participants to meet new players - and face off against some of their old friends.

Greenwich Real Estate – Open Houses August 6-7 + Recent Sales

Greenwich Real Estate – Open Houses August 6-7 + Recent Sales

If the mere mention of wide oak floors, leaded glass doors, wood beams, custom built-ins and impressive mill work bring to mind the romance of living in a sprawling classic farmhouse -- then you'll adore this week's Featured Open House Property in Cos Cob. Set back from a rambling stonewall and a glorious lawn, sits a meticulously renovated and expanded circa 1857 farmhouse. Relax with an afternoon drink on an inviting front porch (or one of two large stone patios). Stroll the expansive lawns. This property is perfect for outdoor entertaining.

Or scroll a little bit deeper on the page and let your eyes meander towards our Featured Recently Sold Property - a true Mid-Century Modern home reborn in the spirit of the 1950s, and positively brimming with character. The vantage point of a hillside setting, enhanced by terraces and rock gardens, overlooking the Mianus River allows the thoughtful placement of windows and doorways to fully leverage the beauty surrounding this stunner. Noted architect Amanda Martocchio of New Canaan, who expanded and renovated the original home with exact attention to detail and design, has utilized clean simple lines to inspiring effect, positively accentuating the precise use of rich mahogany, oaks and Canadian fir woods throughout the house.

Local Voices - Inspired by Summer Travel Destinations: Morocco

Local Voices - Inspired by Summer Travel Destinations: Morocco

 

The Local Vault

Article Contributed by The Local Vault.

 

This summer we are taking our inspiration from traveling and looking at how we can bring some of what makes each destination so special home with us.

Last time we sailed along the French Riviera and were taken with the over the top vacation home of the Baroness Béatrice de Rothchild where gold guilded mirrors, luxe fabrics and ornately carved accent tables and chairs that fill the vast estate. As a palette cleanser, we love the Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat where the look is classic coastal: crisp, clean, and white on white on white.

For the next stop on our travel tour, we head to Morocco.

Who knew? So much history on Island Beach!

Who knew? So much history on Island Beach!

Many of us know Island Beach as a quick destination that gives us the feel of a mini-vacation. Located just 2 miles south of Greenwich Harbor it’s far enough to “get away” but close enough to not require a lot of planning and taking time-off from work. Just hop on the ferry for an easy, breezy escape.

What I didn’t know is that Island Beach is a Greenwich destination that is steeped in history.

Island Beach, formerly known as Little Captain’s Island, opened as a pleasure resort in 1911 by a syndicate of Greenwich businessmen. Island Beach Corporation opened an amusement park on the island featuring a merry-go-round (the canopy of which still exists today), shooting gallery, booth games, goldfish tank, a dance hall, a restaurant and more. Its advertisements called it “The coolest place between Labrador and the West Indies”.