Blog :: 06-2015

It's All About The Journey ... Welcome To The Neighborhood of Springdale!

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As we continue our tour of Stamford, let’s turn the Spotlight to Springdale. One of the earliest settlements in Stamford, Springdale’s first residents date all the way back to 1641! When Stamford sought to consolidate in the 20th century, Springdale resisted and for a time it was truly a village-within-a-city. But in 1949 it capitulated. Remaining true to its’ roots, homeowners still refer to the “village feel†of Springdale.

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The village center is anchored by the Weed Memorial Library, Springdale School, and many shops and restaurants that offer a variety of choices and conveniences to the community. Prospective buyers see the advantage of being close to daily activities while at the same time being within arm’s reach of all Stamford’s major attractions and services. Springdale also offers a variety of housing options to suit almost anyone’s needs. Whether a townhouse, garden style condominium, rental apartment or a single family home with a tidy lawn better suits your needs, this bedroom community will be able to satisfy your desire! Homes within walking distance to parks, schools or the Springdale train station provide particular appeal. Each weekday morning, commuters can catch one of 5 trains departing for Grand Central between 6 and 9am.

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Once the workday is done, why not catch dinner and movie? No need to head downtown, because Springdale’s centerpiece is the iconic State Theatre. One of the oldest movie houses in Connecticut, the State Theatre opened on April 25, 1927 as a combination silent movie theatre and vaudeville house. After falling on hard times in the 1980’s, it was brought back to life after a complete rejuvenation. Its rich history offers moviegoers a glimpse of an earlier time, while watching first run movies right in their own neighborhood. After the movie, many a good nosh can be found at several highly acclaimed restaurants within close proximity to the theatre.

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So if you’re looking for a neighborhood with a “village feelâ€, high walkability factor and prominent history, Springdale might be the right fit for you!

My current listing at 54 Saint Charles Avenue is priced at $659,900 - Brand new in 2004, lovely 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath Colonial with custom moldings and finished lower level

54 Saint Charles Ave

Just waiting to pass title is my listing at 75 Birchwood Road - A lovely 3 bedroom 2 bath Colonial

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For more information about Springdale and the homes available in the area, don't hesitate to contact me!

It's All About The Journey ... Welcome to the Neighborhood!

In my continuing series spotlighting Stamford neighborhoods, let’s take a peek at the pocket neighborhood of Pepper Ridge. This neighborhood is located from Oaklawn Avenue to Vine Road, and Newfield Avenue to High Ridge Road. Right in the middle of the area you'll find Newfield Elementary School.

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Real estate is made up of a variety of size and style of homes - from more modest homes on .14 acre lots closer to Oaklawn Avenue growing in size and acreage as you approach Vine Rd. Homes also range in age anywhere from the 1940's through new construction. The current rate of vacancies in Pepper Ridge is lower than 91.9% of all neighborhoods in the U.S.! This mean the housing supply in Pepper Ridge is very tight compared to the demand for property here. It’s evident that the residents in Pepper Ridge love where they live and with good reason.

Take a drive along any of the intertwined streets, and you will often find residents going out for a stroll, tending their gardens, or chatting with other neighbors. This is the kind of neighborhood where everybody knows your name and the school crossing guard at the corner of Turner and Pepper Ridge waves to every car that passes by!

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One of the neighborhood's bonuses is the Newfield Swim & Tennis Club, a private club located on 80 Red Bird Road. The Club is a wonderful option for residents who want to enjoy summer activities close to home. Facilities include a large outdoor swimming pool, 5 Har-Tru tennis courts, playground, basketball courts, screened picnic area and more. Children have many activities to participate in, including a competitive swim, dive and water polo teams, synchronized swimming, and tennis, among others. Adults can sign up for tennis clinics and teams, relax in the pool, or attend social events throughout the summer.

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If you prefer living in a neighborhood with wide, walkable streets or enjoy exchanging pleasantries with your neighbors, Pepper Ridge might be just what you’re looking for.

My newest listing on 275 Silver Hill is currently available and ready for the next lucky homeowner!

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Here are a few of my other recent Pepper Ridge listings which are either under contract or sold - maybe we should call it

"Hot Pepper" Ridge!

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It's All About The Journey ... Welcome To The Neighborhood!

Stamford’s population continues to grow and we are now the third largest city in Connecticut. Stamford’s true success lies in the fact that our growth has occurred during one of the most fiscally challenged environments this country has seen in decades. Stamford’s proximity to New York City, and neighborhoods that enhance a variety of lifestyles, appeal to the influx of new residents.

In the next several weeks, I will spotlight Stamford neighborhoods, all of which have their own unique appeal, and make our city such a vibrant and welcoming place to call home while still making us feel like a small town!

We begin in North Stamford. For those who value easy access to city conveniences and beach rights but prefer park like settings, North Stamford may be just the right fit for you! This area is zoned almost entirely for one, two and three acre lots. Stamford’s most recent master plan affirms a desire to “preserve and protect†the neighborhood’s low density surroundings.

One of North Stamford’s “jewels†is The Stamford Museum and Nature Center, which echoes the sentiment of preserving the beauty and history of this part of town. Some of the Nature Center’s attractions are Heckscher Farm-a 10 acre oasis dotted with barns, maple sugar houses, open pastures, and dozens of farm animals; the recent addition of “Nature’s Playgroundâ€, a place where the young at heart can experience an exciting playground in the woods, scale a spider’s web to a tree house with a lookout, then wind your way down a tubular slide or zoom down the otter slide; the observatory, planetarium and interactive art exhibits as well as the Henri Bendel Mansion – a perfect event space!

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If your preferred home is a respite from the hustle and bustle here are a few of my North Stamford listings currently available.

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Call me to see any of these wonderful homes!

It's All About The Journey ... Hope In Motion

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Are there any of us that have not been touched by cancer, that horrible "C" word, in same way? More and more often you hear stories of people you know that are fighting the courageous fight against this awful disease.

On Sunday, June 7, 2015, National Cancer Survivor’s Day, the streets of downtown Stamford will be filled with Walkers, Runners, and Volunteers. For more people than it should be, it is an intensely personal day - whether they are survivors or have been touched by their families’ and friends’ struggles with cancer. Walkers participate in a 3.1 mile course while runners can choose from a timed 5K or 10K loop course. It’s a tremendous day full of fun and support with participants of all ages and fitness levels.

Hope in Motion is a year-round fundraising initiative for the Bennett Cancer Center at Stamford Hospital, Hope in Motion is support, community, and action.

Through this signature event, the Walk & Run and other events throughout the year, we come together to raise funds for cancer patients in our community; our family members, co-workers, friends, and neighbors. For over 20 years, the Bennett Cancer Center has provided the highest standard of care in the area to our community’s cancer patients and their families in a warm and supportive environment. It is with pride that Bennett Cancer Center can say that 100% of the funds raised through Hope in Motion go directly to sustain programs and services at the Bennett Cancer Center, all provided free of charge to their patients.

Come out and help celebrate 20 years of this wonderful event!

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If you're interested in making a donation, here is the info:

Contact Us or Mail Donation to:

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Stamford Hospital Foundation 1351 Washington Blvd., Suite 202 Stamford, CT 06902 Tel: (203) 276-5920 Email: hopeinmotion@stamhealth.org