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March 2008


REAL ESTATE

Deeds & Don'ts

(Page 5 of 7)

Wilson Point, Norwalk
$6.5 million

Designed by Bartels-Pagliaro Architects, this nearly 6,000-square-foot, Nantucket shingle-style home has been outfitted with luxury amenities throughout. The kitchen, for instance, has a Garland stove, Dacor oven and a Traulsen refrigerator. The five bathrooms have super-sleek fixtures, and even the garage features six parking bays and a hydraulic lift to bring out your inner mechanic (at least we think that's what it's for). A gated community, Wilson Point offers private beachfront and boating facilities. Eileen Murphy of William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty in Darien has the listing (203-655-8234).

What a Million Bucks Buys
Until very recently, the kinds of homes selling for less than seven figures were nothing short of unspectacular. Options existed, of course, but they ranged from modest to mediocre houses, with many of them marketed with a super-scary "needs some TLC" disclaimer. And while the real estate market has darkened, one bright spot glows hot: the increasing selection of appealing homes in good neighborhoods that list for $999,999 or less. As is to be expected, your million bucks buys more in some towns than others. Here's a survey, from Rowayton to Old Lyme...

Rowayton
$995,000

One of Connecticut's most livable coastal towns, Rowayton boasts history, beaches and only an hour's commute into Grand Central. This sweet, three-bedroom cape is a solid family home on the enchanting (despite its name) Witch Lane, just around the corner from the town center. It features a cathedral ceiling in the living room, a finished lower level with a guest suite and a fireplace in the master bedroom. Janine Tienken of Kelly Associates Real Estate in Darien has the listing (203-621-0983).

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