Blog :: 08-2015

It's All About The Journey ... Welcome to Waterside!

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A diverse community, Waterside is located on Stamford’s most western peninsula in the southern part of Stamford. The Western Branch of the inner harbor of Stamford Harbor separates the South End from Waterside along with the east branch of the harbor. They are the highest concentration of water-dependent uses in the metropolitan area and are the most intensively-developed portion of the city's coastal area. The inner harbor is near the city's central business district at the hub of three major transportation modes (highway, rail, and water). Historically, the Stamford Harbor west branch was a center for the distribution of coal in the city and for shipbuilding. It was also the terminus for steamship services to New York. Today, O&G Industries receives shipments of sand and gravel there in barges for its concrete and asphalt plants. O&G also permits commercial fishermen to use their docking facilities.

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One of the most iconic structures in Waterside was the iron-trussed bridge built by the Berlin Iron Bridge Company in 1887. Originally named Oliver Street Bridge, its name was later changed to the Pulaski Street Bridge. It was the largest and considered the most magnificent of Stamford’s four iron bridges. The Pulaski Street Bridge connected the South End to Waterside, but after 100 years in existence it was no longer structurally sound. The bridge was demolished and replaced by a generic roadway. To placate community outrage, the pieces were not scrapped but set aside in hope of future use. Unfortunately the sections were taken apart with a blowtorch making re-construction difficult.

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From 1900 to 1949 Waterside continued to grow. Thanks to the drawings of Whitman Bailey, (a sketch artist who began contributing almost weekly to the Stamford Advocate in 1924 and continued for 30 years) the early images of the emerging Waterside community have been preserved. Waterside was one of Whitman Bailey’s favorite sketching areas.

In more recent times, Waterside has experienced another growth spurt with worldwide corporations and local enterprises calling Waterside their home. The corporate headquarters for Gartner, Inc., Conair, and Daymon Worldwide have been established in the area for over two decades. Italian and seafood restaurants provide waterfront dining and opening in 2008 The Loading Dock, a unique catering facility became the area’s first truly modern, industrial-chic venue for all kinds of celebrations. The summer water taxi connecting the two peninsulas of Waterside and Harbor Point expand weekend entertainment options.

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Housing options in Waterside run the gamut from apartment complexes and modest single or multi-family homes to waterfront condos and lavish residences in the private waterfront communities of Southfield Point and Dolphin Cove Quay.

When most people think of Stamford’s multi-million dollar seaside neighborhood with private yacht clubs and floating docks, Shippan is the first area that comes to mind, but Dolphin Cove is a younger waterfront community which lies at the southeastern tip of Waterside. Most of the streets have nautical names and it has strong ties to the boating community with deep water access that can’t be found in other areas of Stamford. The original 121 acre parcel belonged to C. Russell Feldman, an industrial mogul, and was purchased in 1972 by Barry Montgomery who envisioned developing a seaside community reminiscent of old New England villages. The homes are on small lots but with a big emphasis on the water and summer fun! This private community has association pools, tennis, beach and deep water docks.

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Waterside has yet to see the vast development that has taken place in the adjacent South End Harbor Point peninsula. That is part of the appeal for buyers looking for a waterfront community with potential for growth, or those seeking a more private waterfront enclave.

Come take a look at Waterside, it just may be the perfect fit for you!

It's All About The Journey .... Welcome to 06906-Glenbrook!

Central location, vintage charm, lots of housing options, commuter friendly – just some of the reasons residents choose to make Glenbrook their home. Bordering Darien to the east, Springdale to the north, Cove to the south and downtown Stamford to the west, many of the tree lined streets are within walking or biking distance to the train, restaurants, schools, shops and Stamford’s vibrant downtown-or a very short car ride. Truly a small suburb of Stamford!

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Glenbrook Post Office on Courtland Avenue - 1912

In 1866, Joseph Whitton purchased a 20-acre tract in New Hope, as the area was originally called. The New Canaan railroad was built five years later, passing through the center of Whitton's land. Whitton laid out streets, including Cottage Avenue, Union Street, and Railroad Avenue. In the 1870s, New Hope residents decided they wanted a name more pleasing to the ear and came up with "Glen-Brook." Until the 1960s Stamford's now large neighborhoods, like Glenbrook, were often looked on as individual, unofficial towns, and residents would write their mailing addresses using the name "Glenbrook, Conn." instead of "Stamford, Conn." In the 1950s, the train station was moved from a spot near the Courtland Avenue overpass (on the New Haven line) to its present location a bit to the northwest on the New Canaan line.

The area became very popular in the 1930’s and 1940’s and many homes were built during that era. The vintage charm of these homes resonates for today’s buyers, who love the details and quality of that period. Living close to the city center is also making a comeback for people who want conveniences within arm’s reach and not the maintenance and additional expenses that come with living on larger lots in more remote locations. If living in single family home isn’t your cup of tea, Glenbrook offers many other options for a lifestyle that might suit your needs; townhomes, condominium complexes, and rentals ranging from new construction apartment buildings to flats in multi-family homes are also available.

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If you want to search out unique items to decorate your living space, take a trip to United House Wrecking, which has become something of a Stamford institution. Conceived as a demolition business, United House Wrecking started collecting old bricks, lumber, odd doors and leftover pieces of furniture from homes that were, shall we say, “passed their primeâ€. This popular and distinctive store is located on Hope Street in a 43,000 square feet emporium filled with salvaged antiques, architectural remnants, and more recently, new furniture and custom made items were added to the mix. It’s been at the Glenbrook location since 1988 and attracts customers from far and wide who like to browse the immense space in search of the perfect find.

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If you’re a NYC commuter, Glenbrook is certainly on your list of places to live in Stamford. The New Canaan Branch of Metro North stops in Glenbrook and has direct routes to New York City’s Grand Central Terminal. Five thru trains leave Glenbrook each weekday morning starting at 5:45 am and in about 50 minutes you will arrive in Midtown. There is also quick and easy access to I95 to the South and the Merritt Parkway to the North.

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The Glenbrook Community Center, home to Activities For Kids - the former Glenbrook Elementary School

If you enjoy contributing to the community, consider joining The Glenbrook Community Association. This active association has organized fundraisers, neighborhood restoration projects, after school activities, preschool, summer camp and Internet webpages to keep you informed of all that’s going on in the community. Since 2000, the Glenbrook Neighborhood Association has held an annual block party popular in the neighborhood. The free event features food, games, a raffle and music. The association raised money in 2006 for a small park on Hope Street. A fun fact - in August 2007, scenes for College Road Trip, a Walt Disney film released in 2008, were shot on location in one of the Queen Anne style homes of Glenbrook.

When you’re considering where to live in Stamford, take a look at Glenbrook; a neighborhood that harkens back to the lifestyle of yesteryear with a renewed appreciation from the newest generation of homeowners.