By Lily Oliver and Aime Dunstan
Inside Stories Behind Area Real Estate Deals
WHERE LINDBERGH LIVED
This pretty coastal cottage on idyllic Scott's Cove in Darien has a bit of high-flying legend in its backstory. It was built by Charles Lindbergh and his wife, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, in 1963. They called it Tellina, and although the couple moved around over the years, they often returned to the cottage where Anne, an acclaimed writer, lived until shortly before her death in 2001. (To note, this is not the home from which their son was kidnapped—a tragedy that unfolded in New Jersey in 1932). The furnished four-bedroom, three-bathroom cottage with a high-end kitchen and updated appliances is now for rent, offered at $8,000 per month. Julie Bauer of Halstead Property Connecticut has the listing, (203) 656-6575
OYSTER WHARF TOWN HOMES
The quaint coastal enclave of Rowayton was once part of the "Oyster Capital of the World," famous for the half-million barrels of oysters dredged every year off its coastline and that of neighboring South Norwalk. The town has gentrified over the years, its harbor still bustling but now with families in their spiffy sailboats and kayaks. And on the site of the old Stevens Oyster Co.—directly on the mouth of the Five Mile River and within walking distance of Rowayton shops and restaurants—Norwalk architect Bruce Beinfield has designed four new townhouses that start at $2,895,000. Beinfield partnered with Rowayton developer Andrew Glazer, who has enjoyed success with two previous in-town projects: the conversion of a circa-1846 hotel building, which now houses three luxury residences, and the four-home waterfront complex called Barclay's Landing.
As with these prior projects, Oyster Wharf is designed to reflect its maritime history, starting with the new public-access Brazilian-mahogany boardwalk (as community enhancements, the developer is also taking on the renovation of the town dock). Each of the four condos has 3,000 square feet on three levels, a private elevator from a private, heated two-car garage and a private terrace. It's listed with Liz Falsey of Halstead Property Wheeler Real Estate in Rowayton, (203) 856-4444, and Jeanne Hurty, also of Halstead, (203) 656-6545.
Monday, February 01, 2010