Beautiful lakes, rolling hills, excellent hiking, charming shops and restaurants, lovely wineries, fantastic cultural attractions from arts festivals to music and theater: these are just a few of the draws that bring home buyers to that peaceful and pristine corner of Connecticut known as Litchfield County. Oh–and car racing.
An exceptional race course and driving club for taking your car out for some “hot laps” might not be what first springs to mind when considering the many virtues of Litchfield County—or maybe it is? “We’ve seen purchasers of both primary and weekend homes buy near the track for easy access to racing,” says Kristine Newell, sales manager for our Litchfield County and Berkshires brokerages. “In particular, a lot of dads and husbands who want to come up from the city for some guy time are looking for second homes here.”
In fact, Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn., has one of the oldest road racing courses in the country, catering to racing and driving enthusiasts with a passion for high end cars. Luxury brands account for 28% of the cars that pass through its gates, 43% of spectators who attend own three to four vehicles and 56% of spectators have annual household incomes over $100,000, with 15% over $200,000. Guests can choose to join its private membership-based driving club, and receive perks such as private coaching, catered lunches and pre-reserved track time on certain club days, as well as bonding time with other drivers.
Says one area resident and Lime Rock Drivers Club member, “Few places are as tranquil and scenic as the Lakeville area. But when I need a little excitement, it’s just a few minutes to Lime Rock Park to drive some fast laps.” Adds another, “Our family grew up in Northwest Connecticut. With all the best restaurants, interesting people and a world-class race track, this area has a quality of life that is second to none.”
William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty recently entered into a new partnership with the park’s driving club that will be based upon mutual referrals. “This is a huge plus for our clients, especially since the club is such a sought-after amenity in the area,” Newell explains. So sought after that both the club and the park have become enduring fixtures on the long list of qualities that make Litchfield County one of the most desirable destinations in the country.
For more information on Lime Rock Park or the Lime Rock Drivers Club, call +1 860 435 5000 or e-mail TheDriversClub@Limerock.com.