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Beacon Hill is yet a third in-town development in Greenwich. Now in pre-sales, the guard-gated community, which is within walking distance of the Greenwich train station, will feature 16 town homes at 4,000 to 5,000 square feet each, priced at $3 million and up. Beacon Hill sales are handled by Greenwich Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage agents Joanne Mancuso (203-667-3887) and Kathryn Clauss (203-918-3881).
Both the South Norwalk and Greenwich developments represent a hot trend in an otherwise cool economic climate: The luxury residence marketed to affluent empty nesters who have sold their oversized family homes and are looking to invest in a yardwork-free residence or two-one in or close to their former hometown and another residence in a vacation spot.
Of course, Connecticut has its fair share of "smart" villages that were built that way in the 1700s—whose real estate markets are emerging as Camelot-like in their resiliency. Anne Estelle's Southport Village is one of the prettiest examples we can think of, especially its walk-to-shops-and-train Historic District, which also boasts breathtaking views of the Long Island Sound. One of Estelle's listings at William Raveis is the 1766 Colonial that's the oldest house in town—it survived the British soldiers' torching of Southport because it belonged to a loyalist, or so the story goes. Built on a half-acre with harbor views, the immaculately restored, 4,000-square-foot antique is just under $3 million (Estelle can be reached at 203-255-6841).
The Bell Island enclave in Rowayton is also just a stroll away from a sandy beach, shops and restaurants. And an astonishing new listing—newly constructed on what's called The Point—has the added amenity of water views from nearly every window. The 5,000-square-foot, shingle-style home features salvaged architectural details, from the cupola that once topped the New Canaan Town Hall, to the antique newel posts and the floorboards made of reclaimed Brazilian rosewood. It's listed for $7 million with Todd Gibbons of William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty in Westport (203-858-8525).