Litchfield Hills: A Country Escape From the City

By: Megan Montemarano

Living in the “City that Never Sleeps” can be quite exciting. It’s a place of endless opportunities, and it rarely slows down. Yet with the never-ending hustle and bustle, New York City residents often search for a quiet escape and second place to call home.  In a recent Condé Nast Traveller article entitled “New York Escape: The Clever Alternative to The Hamptons,” local experts discuss the beautiful, historic setting of Litchfield County, and the region’s ability to provide a breath of fresh air for all city dwellers, accompanied by a plethora of wonderful things to do.

Our company is proud to represent these vast offerings, and be a part of the area’s thriving second home real estate market. Each and every day, our Litchfield team aims to help individuals find their personal refuge in the Hills, where several New Yorkers wisely choose to own country homes. Described by Condé Nast as a discreet alternative to the Hamptons, Litchfield County presents residents, full and part-time, with a comforting escape that is all about the outdoors, rich cultural opportunities and preserving a timeless appeal.

17 Straight Road—Kent, Conn.

There’s something for everyone here, especially during the vibrant fall season. Yoga, wine tasting at local vineyards, horseback riding through equestrian pastures, hiking the Appalachian Trail, or even just spending the day at a lake, enjoying the foliage and the great outdoors—Litchfield County has it all.  And don’t forget about skiing! Litchfield County had its first snowfall not too long ago, which is great news for all ski enthusiasts looking to take advantage of the region’s impressive slopes.

In addition, the community also offers several local boutiques, many of which were started by New York weekenders, as well as unique, quality restaurants including farm-to-fork and organic options, making Manhattanites feel right at home. In fact, a popular restaurant in Washington, Conn., known as Community Table, presents an intimate dining room setting filled with handcrafted Scandinavian-style tables and Nordic-American bistro dishes. This dining destination has become, according to the article, “a meeting place for smart New Yorkers who have homes in the area.” Other sophisticated options include Arethusa Al Tavolo in Bantam, GW Tavern in Washington Depot, and West Street Grill in Litchfield, to name a few.

“Many have long been escaping to our beautiful countryside—its green meadows, blue skies and picturesque New England villages,” comments Kristine Newell, regional manager of our Litchfield County brokerages. “Our company is fortunate to represent some of the most remarkable real estate in the Litchfield Hills.”

Year-after-year second homeowners are drawn to this beloved northwestern region of Connecticut, and it’s quite apparent why. Here are some of our Litchfield County listings currently on the market, presenting distant views, water frontage, nearby skiing and an overall unbeatable, retreat-like lifestyle for any city dweller that’s ready for a change in the country.

23 Kane Mountain Road—Kent, Conn.

23 Kane

Sweeping views, stone walls and a renovated, classic New England farmhouse on 85 acres of peaceful land in South Kent, Conn. More information: Mark Madonna, 917.284.8697, Mmadonna@williampitt.com; Jeffrey Phillips, 917.284.8276, Jphillips@williampitt.com.

34 Great Hollow Road—Cornwall, Conn.

34 Great Hollow

Located within walking distance of Mohawk State Park, this Cornwall, Conn. residence is an avid skier’s dream home. More Information: Tyler O’Hazo, 860.248.9181, Tohazo@williampitt.com

90 Tinker Hill Road—Washington, Conn.

90 Tinker

This Colonial-style residence enjoys lovely water views of Lake Waramaug in Washington, Conn. More information: Pat Lahoud, 860.866.7756, Plahoud@williampitt.com; Maureen Burmann, 203.948.7572, Mburmann@williampitt.com

Thinking of escaping to the Hills? Be sure to check out our Litchfield County brokerages’ special “Escape to the Hills” fall catalog for a selection of additional current offerings now available as part of our Litchfield County lifestyle campaign. You can also follow our Litchfield County Instagram account at @escapetothehills for more updates.

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