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In short, Garfield's passion for good materials and natural light make her homes look rich and warm—better than new and much, much better than big.
Yet a third listing that Garfield had a hand in is the circa-1785 Colonial that was moved from elsewhere in Rowayton to start an enclave of homes that will be called Shipway. A larger house, at 3,886 square feet, it offers four bedrooms and four bathrooms. But it also reflects Garfield's eye for fine details with its hand-hewn, exposed beams, plaster walls, oak-plank floorboards, eight-foot Dutch doors and stem-green shutters. It's listed for $2.5 million with Margaret Wright (who represents Garfield's own home, as well) of Wheeler Real Estate in Darien (203-656-6507).
With coastal real estate booming, it's hard to believe there's a bargain left standing between Greenwich and Stonington. In fact, just before Memorial Day, news broke that Stratford's best-kept-secret enclave of modest, seasonal bungalows on West Long Beach would cease to exist. The backstory: West Long Beach is part of a peninsula that could once be reached by car via a bridge. But when that bridge burned in 1996, its residents had to hoof it, lugging supplies from a parking lot across a long stretch of sand to reach the now-marooned community of 45 houses. Despite the inconvenience, West Long dwellers loved their laid-back, "life's a beach" summers—even while suspecting that the city of Stratford may one day pull the plug on the fun. That day dawned and with their leases null and void, community members accepted a settlement for their homes and hired boats to cart off their possessions. The houses will come down although plans for repurposing the underlying land have not been revealed. "Everyone says a casino," guessed a source quoted in The New York Times.
Happily enough, there are wonderful waterfront homes on the market with asking prices much lower than those in the coastal Greenwich neighborhood called Belle Haven (which lists the $39.5 million property owned by Diana Ross) and along Westport's Beachside Avenue (home of a $22 million listing).