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Copper Beech, one of the oldest homes in all of New Canaan, an 18th-century clapboard Colonial, has been meticulously restored, featuring five ornate fireplaces and wide antique flooring, with heirloom gardens, specimen trees and charming picket fences all around. It's listed with Debra and Jaclyn Gailhard of Waterfront & Estate Properties with Prudential Connecticut Realty in Westport (203-981-5012.)
Greens Farms Colonial, Westport
This handsome 5,200-square-foot house sits on an unheard-of 9.25 acres on Greens Farms Road. An excellent family home, it offers five bedrooms, five full bathrooms (and one half-bathroom), a massive stone fireplace in the living room and loads of spaces for relaxing and recreation, including a home theatre, gym and a walk-in wine cellar. Emily Gordon of Coldwell Banker Riverside Shavell in Westport has the listing (203-227-8424).
10 Bittersweet Trail, Rowayton
This custom-built, 6,100-square-foot Colonial exemplifies the elegant Rowayton lifestyle. The three ipe and mahogany decks and five bedrooms (two of which are master suites), six full baths and two half-baths make this place grand for entertaining. Interested parties should contact Nancy Dauk of Wheeler Real Estate (203-656-6543).
This year, we've started to see more green spec homes hit the market, built by developers who are willing to work harder and spend more to invest in energy-saving systems and eco-conscious materials. Now rising on 74 acres in North Stamford is a development of 24 Arts & Crafts-style homes called Windermere on the Lake, all being built with a range of green features that include sustainable building materials, low-VOC paint and carpets and geothermal heating and cooling systems. The developer, NRDC Residential Corp., is pursuing LEED certification, which would make it the first LEED-certified luxury planned community in Connecticut.