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Restored Victorian, New London
Broker Cristian Driscoll grew up in this towering, gray-shingled Victorian—the classic New England seaside home—which is a barefoot walk across the street to the beach. Yes, other New London neighborhoods have seen strife and squabbles, notably an eminent-domain battle that went to the U.S. Supreme Court and was finally settled in June, involving homeowners who were notified that their houses would be seized, only to be given to a private developer to build new housing (the homeowners still have to move but were given better compensation). So it's a comfort that at least one sandy beach and its stretch of seaside homes has remained largely the same, summer after summer. Driscoll's beach house, offered at $1.5 million, was built to accommodate big families (and many of the inevitable freeloaders) with six bedrooms and an unfinished third floor that could be converted to yet more living space. It has retained its period details, including the ceiling medallions, three fireplaces and a 900-square-foot front porch, which is lined with French doors. Because it's sited on a rise above Pequot Avenue, every window is open to Sound views and sea breezes. Driscoll is with the Stonington office of William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty (866-796-7488).
The Green Life, Westport
When Leon Hirsch, the philanthropically minded founder of the U.S. Surgical Corporation, lived in Westport, he owned a huge estate that included a half-acre island in the Saugatuck River.