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May 2006


REAL ESTATE

Deeds & Don'ts
by Lily Oliver

BUY THE SEA: HOUSES FOR SALE ALONG THE LONG ISLAND SOUND

The Belle Jar
Belle Haven has the prettiest, priciest collection of seaside estates in all of Greenwich, many of them built long ago for wealthy New Yorkers escaping the swelter of city summers. On a peninsula jutting into the Sound, the neighborhood has the hush and polish of a jewelry store. But there is a tarnish on the golden Belle Haven mystique. Walsh Avenue is now closed to through-traffic, perhaps to discourage curiosity seekers trying to find the home of Martha Moxley, the 15-year-old girl who was found dead on Halloween in 1975. (Moxley's house was torn down and the lot subdivided, eventually built with two homes, neither of which took the old address, number 36.)[Image]Charged with the murder and still serving time in a Connecticut prison is Kennedy nephew Michael Skakel, who once lived down the street and around the corner from the Moxleys on Otter Rock Drive. Greenwich author Timothy Dumas chronicled the Moxley murder in his book A Wealth of Evil, describing the "faded beauty" and "fusty grandeur" of Belle Haven's housing stock circa 1975. Perhaps, but the place looks pretty spiffy now, and its homes sell at prices that are anything but fusty. A couple of our favorites.

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