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There's a real village vibe to Village Creek: Comprised of just two dead-end roads, outsiders have no real reason to enter. So the community feels insulated from the bustle of South Norwalk, just a five-minute drive away. Families gather for organized Easter egg hunts, caroling, picnics, camp-outs and the annual tennis tournament. Kids ride their Sting-Rays to the private beach and ball fields. And for-sale signs are seldom posted, as homes tend to change hands in advance of hitting the market, says broker June Anderson of Wheeler Real Estate in Darien, citing a $750,000 contemporary that sold this year for its full asking price before its open house.
Anderson's sole Village Creek listing is a 1951 home whose stunning renovation was featured on the cover of Better Homes & Gardens magazine. The current owner, a landscape designer, gutted the 4,000-square-foot interiors, creating a lofty, open-plan great room that flows into kitchen and dining and family room spaces, all with great views via a wall of windows onto the marsh and Sound beyond. She also created a luscious master bedroom suite, which opens onto the deck (with a private outdoor shower). In all, the house has five bedrooms, three bathrooms and a landscaped .31-acre lot. Anderson can be reached at (203) 621-2246.
Stratford is the last coastal town in Fairfield County before you cross over into New Haven County. And while it's still just 90 minutes on the fastest train into Grand Central, it's far enough up the shore that it's not always on the beach-bound buyers' radar. That's what keeps Stratford low-key--and home prices relatively low, says broker Carol Geaney of William Raveis Real Estate. She cites a townhouse within a condo complex on a marina that features a waterfront pool and clubhouse. The handsome unit has a new Poggenpohl kitchen and a master suite with a roof deck (along with one additional bedroom). While modest in size at 1,525 square feet, it offers terrific value, especially compared to what the same amount would buy you along the more glittery stretches of Fairfield County's Gold Coast (i.e., nothing at all). Geaney, who is in Raveis' Trumbull offices, can be reached at (203) 913-2505.