For years the Hamptons have been the usual destination for luxury travelers looking to plant their vacation home roots in a high-quality environment of beach living meets prosperity—an undeniable “Great Gatsby” lifestyle, to say the least. With both Hamptons prices and the desire for neighborhoods with classic New England charm continuing to increase, however, New Yorkers are beginning to discover the unparalleled riches and offerings of Connecticut’s beautiful coastal towns. From bustling marinas in Old Lyme and Mystic to open fields and beachfront locations in Old Saybrook, Essex and more, interested buyers who would have typically chosen to remain close to their beloved Hamptons shoreline are venturing just a bit further to capture the picture-perfect reality of Connecticut’s own ultimate weekend retreat. In a recent New York Post article on the subject, the area is described as “the next ‘new’ Hamptons that many vacationers overlook,” and highlighted for its timeless Colonial-chic appeal partnered with the convenience of not having to travel to northern New England.
Whether you are looking to buy or simply in need of a relaxing getaway, here are five reasons Connecticut’s stunning coast is the secret summer place to be!
Every water sport you can think of—boating, kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing, swimming and more—can be done while residing in Connecticut’s shoreline towns. With the area’s small beach towns and farms comes an abundance of outdoor opportunities, resulting in perfect summer days. Regardless of whether you own a beachfront property or not, be sure to visit Hammonasset Beach State Park, Connecticut’s largest public beach with over two miles of white sand in Madison, CT. The expansive beach offers numerous facilities and recreational activities including bicycle paths, fishing, walking trails, camping and more.
The historic New England charm that surrounds these quaint coastal towns is yet another quality that sets the area apart. In a recent Town and Country story responding to the New York Post, various historic landmarks are highlighted in a list of 25 reasons why Connecticut’s shoreline is being dubbed the “New Hamptons.” Aside from its variety of main streets that display the one-of-a-kind allure of small-town New England, this history-filled area features an array of famous state attractions such as The Griswold Inn, which is said to be the oldest continuously run tavern in the country, the largest maritime museum in the world at Mystic Seaport and a vintage steam train along the Connecticut River, to name a few.
Location, Location, Location
The quiet towns and open landscapes of this southeastern Connecticut location, which borders the state line of Rhode Island, make individuals feel as though they are far away despite the area’s close proximity to New York City. Colette Harron, a veteran broker in our Essex brokerage, explains to the New York Post that the location is genuinely peaceful, going on to describe it as “a discreet, Old Money area that’s attractive to New Yorkers who wish to relax away from the summer frenzy in many other places.” Easy access to transportation also adds to the region’s overall positive attributes, including Interstate 95 as well as Amtrak and trains to Boston, New York and other destinations.
Connecticut’s shoreline communities are bursting with events and traditions for all residents to enjoy, promoting appreciation of the area’s surrounding beauty and offerings. From sidewalk sales organized to support local boutiques and shops to annual festivals, programs and more, the constant stream of local events and activities is sure to be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. The summer months are especially packed as a result of the area’s prime waterfront location. Click here for a list of upcoming Shoreline Chamber of Commerce events.
Neighborhoods and Homes
As prices continue to increase in the Hamptons, shoreline Connecticut homes are proving to be far more reasonable, frequently offering interested buyers a lot more for their money. The New York Post points out that in addition to lower property tax rates, the possibility of purchasing a waterfront home for a moderate price is high. In the area’s more upscale market, sales are steadily increasing according to our company’s latest Market Watch report. From homes on the Connecticut River to favorable summer communities such as the Borough of Fenwick, where the lovely waterfront estate of Katharine Hepburn resides, there’s a perfect place for everyone in this fabulous section of the state.
Check out this historic Cape-style Colonial located at 31 Pratt Street, just one house away from the beautiful Brewers Marina in the village of Essex, CT! The home, which was built in 1833, is a true boat lover’s dream, with surrounding water views of the Connecticut River and immeasurable opportunities available all year round.
To view additional coastal Connecticut properties, visit our shoreline listings page here.