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Rowayton Woods Condominiums - 08/31/10 03:51 AM
Rowayton Woods Condominiums Rowayton Woods Condominiums, Norwalk, Ct. is about a mile away from the village of Rowayton, Ct. Some of the amenities offered at Rowayton Woods Condominium are pool & clubhouse, tennis courts, community garden and walking trail around the pond. Many of the units have private balconies, updated kitchens and baths, fireplace and wood floors. The Rowayton Woods Association has over 200 units, ranging from one bedroom to four bedrooms. Currently on the market are seven units: 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 751 square feet 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 1,153 square feet 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1,158 square feet (two (2 comments)
Compo Beach, Westport, Ct. ~ Swimming, BBQ, Sunsets..... - 08/30/10 11:54 AM
Compo Beach, Westport, Ct. ~ Swimming, BBQ, Sunsets..... Compo Beach is the Westport's town beach, open from sunrise to sunset it is on 29 acres. An extensive sand beach along the shore of Long Island with a boardwalk, pavilion, playground and concession stand. On the south beach there are picnic tables and grills. A beach pass is required to get in or a fee may be paid between May 1st to September 30th. A great place to spend the day, swim, play, relax and bbq. Enjoy these pictures of these wonderful views on an evening at Compo Beach, Westport, Ct. David Popoff is (3 comments)
Nature Center, Darien, Connecticut. - 08/29/10 07:32 AM
Nature Center, Darien, Connecticut. The Darien Nature Center was founded in 1980 to create a place for the study of nature and environmental education. The Darien Nature Center is located at Cherry Lawn Park and is a non-profit membership organization and is open year round to the public. A small walking trail system is accessible at the rear of the building through the woods that ends up at a pond; the whole park is about 26.5 acres with playgrounds, tennis courts and a community garden. The Darien Nature Center offers programs and exhibits for both young and old alike. They also (0 comments)
Wildlife in Crisis Annual Fundraiser at Audubon Greenwich, Connecticut. - 08/28/10 07:54 AM
Wildlife in Crisis Annual Fundraiser at Audubon Greenwich, Connecticut. Wildlife in Crisis (WIC) is a non-profit organization established in 1989, dedicated to wildlife preservation and land conservation. WIC is located in Weston, Connecticut and abuts the 1,756 acre Nature Preserve of Devils Den. WIC emphasis is on emergency medical care and temporary housing for injured and orphaned animals. The organization runs on the generosity of their supporters and all the volunteers that run the day to day operations, no salaries are paid at WIC. On August 29th, 2010 from 4 to 7 pm at the Greenwich Audubon, Wildlife in Crisis will (0 comments)
Via Chrissy Doremus ~ U.S. Inspect ~ Home Inspections (U.S. Inspect):
Everyone stand up! Bananas unite! (place hands together straight up over head) Bananas split! (open arms and place at sides) Pick bananas, pick, pick bananas (reach up and pick bananas from a tree) Peel bananas, peel, peel bananas (peel a banana in your hand) Smash bananas, smash, smash bananas (clap hands) Eat bananas, eat, eat bananas (stuff banana in mouth and sing with mouth full) Now--Go bananas, go, go bananas! (do a crazy dance)
Did (1 comments)
Rain Gardens, Fairfield County, Connecticut. - 08/27/10 06:08 AM
Rain Gardens, Fairfield County, Connecticut. Residential rain gardens in Fairfield County and all of Connecticut are designed to accept water runoff from a roof another impervious surfaces. Rain garden are shallow depressions about 6 inches deep in the landscaping that are typically planted with local area shrubs, perennials and mulch. The purpose of a rain garden is to catch rain water, to provide pollutant treatment and recharge the groundwater. Rain gardens are designed to infiltrate the water quickly, usually around 4-6 hours. Residential rain gardens are usually sized to hold one inch of water runoff. Some of the plants that you can find (0 comments)
Darien Library, Connecticut ~ LEED Gold Accredited. - 08/26/10 08:53 AM
Darien Library, Connecticut ~ LEED Gold Accredited. The New Darien Library opened January 10, 2009 with a LEED Gold accreditation from the U.S.Green Building Council (USGBC). The 54,000 square foot, three story building has such Green features as geothermal heating and cooling, a bioswale and underground storage to catch storm water runoff, dual flush toilets, and an automatic CO2 sensors to help control interior airflow, day lighting and temperature. The project cost $27 million, with $3 million from the sale of the old library and the rest from local fund raising. The Darien Library has 21 wireless access points, a "power (0 comments)
Via Ann O'Connell (Real estate agent at Mock Realty): I am a do-it-myselfer. I enjoy the challenge of fixing what's broken on my own, of discovering something new, and of finding a good bargain. So I have to admit I get it when people tell me they think they don't need an agent for buying a house. Between being able to search our MLS online, internet postings about open houses, and virtual tours, buyers have so many tools at their disposal, it's easy to start believing you (0 comments)
Boating around Rowayton, Connecticut. - 08/25/10 08:40 AM
Boating around Rowayton, Connecticut. As we leave out of the 5 Mile River the in the heart of Rowayton Village, we pass the harbor side view of the town with many of the local moored boats. We head out to Long Island Sound and out to Green Ledge Lighthouse, it is a clear sunny afternoon here on the northern shore of the Sound. From Green Ledge we head east to Sheffield Island a nature preserve with the 100 year old Sheffield lighthouse located at the point. As we boat along you will see many other boaters; sport boats, sail boats and (1 comments)
New Canaan Nature Center, New Canaan, Connecticut. ~ Celebrating 50 Years! 1960-2010 - 08/24/10 03:22 PM
New Canaan Nature Center, New Canaan, Connecticut. ~ Celebrating 50 Years! 1960-2010. New Canaan Nature Center is a not-for-profit environmental education center and sanctuary on a 40 acre site just north of downtown New Canaan on Oenoke Ridge. The Nature Center was established in 1960 on the former estate of Miss Susan Dwight Bliss; the site was donated to the Town of New Canaan and is maintained by the town. The property consists of a number of original buildings and new; such as the tropical greenhouse, maple syrup shed, the Bliss Education Building and Educational Annex house. The New Canaan Nature Center (0 comments)
ROWAYTON, CT. ~ On the Half Shell. - 08/23/10 10:45 AM
ROWAYTON, CT. ~ On the Half Shell. "Rowayton on the half shell" is the history of a Connecticut coastal village, written by Frank E. Raymond a lifelong Rowaytonite and the eleventh family generation in Rowayton, Connecticut. "Rowayton on the half shell" is available through the Rowayton Historical Society located at the Pinkney House in Rowayton (click here). The Pinkney House has been recently renovated and opened as a museum. For further information you can contact RHS at firstname.lastname@example.org In 1640 the land of Rowayton was purchased from various local Indians but was not settled by the whiteman until the 1650's. Many (1 comments)
3 Diamonds in the Rough ~ Homes for Sale, Darien, Connecticut. - 08/22/10 11:36 AM
3 Diamonds in the Rough ~ Homes for Sale, Darien, Connecticut. You can either buy a new house or buy a used house. Buyers tend to want to buy a used house that is new, they go in and start looking for items wrong with the house and miss the big picture. With a background of over twenty-five years experience in home renovations, remodeling and new construction I understand what it takes to buy a fixer upper. Below are what I consider 3 Diamonds in the Rough located in Darien, Ct. that need a range of TLC from simple interior painting (0 comments)
Silvermine Neighborhood, Norwalk, Connecticut. - 08/21/10 08:20 AM
Silvermine Neighborhood, Norwalk, Ct. The Silvermine neighborhood is in three Connecticut municipalities - Norwalk, New Canaan & Wilton. Silvermine is approximately 3 miles long south to north and 1 mile wide east to west. Silvermine was long ago an "art community" and remains the home of the Silvermine Guild Arts Center. The area has been settled since the late 1700's and you can see many of the original barns and homes remodeled. During the 1800's the Silvermine River was used for mills. A miller usually built a tiny dam and canal on a small stream and erected a wooden undershot waterwheel. (0 comments)
Kayaking Rowayton, Connecticut. - 08/20/10 06:02 AM
Kayaking Rowayton, Connecticut. Downunder Kayaking is located on the 5 Mile River in Rowayton, Connecticut, located in the Below Deck Surf Shop below the Rowayton Market. They have the standard sit on top kayaking with single and double sizes available. The new Stand-up Paddle boards (SUP) are now in stock new as 2010. Downunder Kayaking offers instructions, guided outings or just go out on your own. You can kayak along the 5 Mile River or head out to Long Island Sound. Just outside of the river as you head east is the Rowayton Coast with beaches. As you head west out (7 comments)
Bird Watching Fairfield County, Connecticut. - 08/19/10 08:41 AM
Bird Watching Fairfield County, Connecticut. Bird watching I find is very relaxing and an enjoyable way to get back to nature. You can be sitting in the park, on your back deck, at the beach just hanging and watch the birds. Or you can get your exercise; take a hike along the coast or in the woods. Connecticut has an abundance of different birds. Some of the more common species you will see are:- ~ In your yard and park Yellow and Purple Finches, Cardinals, Blue jays, Swifts, Chickadee, Titmouse and on the odd occasion a humming bird or Baltimore Oriole (7 comments)
Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum & Park, Norwalk, Ct. - 08/18/10 05:41 AM
Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum & Park, Norwalk, Ct. The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum located in Norwalk, Connecticut was built in 1864. It is a 62 room mansion built by banker-railroad tycoon LeGrand Lockwood. The estate used to reach down to the Norwalk River and from the estate you can see Long Island Sound. In 1941 the estate was sold to the City of Norwalk and designated a public park, in 1971 it was designated a National Historic Landmark. The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion is available for rent for private parties and weddings. The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is now open for tours. Tours are hourly, Wednesday (6 comments)
These links are good a good resource for all builders and homeowners in Connecticut and throughout the world. Geenbuildingadvisor.com is a great resource for Green Build products, a Q&A site for specific questions, strategies and details. It is the complete source for building, designing and remodeling Green Homes. Part of the Taunton Press Company, publisher of Fine Homebuilding, GreenBuildAdvisor.com has over 25 years of experience publishing on residential construction information. You can also find them on Twitter and Facebook. I find their free blog to be a wonderful source of information; (3 comments)
Connecticut Town Property Mill Rates 2010 - 08/16/10 05:51 AM
Connecticut Town Property Mill Rates 2010 The Greater Fairfield County MLS provides a huge amount of free information relating to real estate in Fairfield County and Connecticut. Visit their website at www.ct-mls.com The "Resources" page is especially usefull ... http://www.ct-mls.com/GeneralInfo/Default.aspx
Towns and Mil Rates 2010
** This information is based on the Greater Fairfield County CMLS resource website page under "Towns, Market Area's and Mill Rates" and is deemed reliable, but is not guaranteed. Information deemed critical to buying decision should be independently verified. Visit the William Raveis webpage for more Local Houseing Data of individual towns and countys click here.
David (0 comments)
Beaches, BBQ's & Sunsets, Fairfield County, Ct. - 08/15/10 08:06 AM
Beaches, BBQ's and sunsets in Lower Fairfield County, Connecticut. A favorite time of the day for me to relax is just before sunsets, especially at the beach. Here in Connecticut we are extremely lucky to have access to the beaches. We usually bring a bar-b-que and get grilling, enjoy the fresh air, relax and renew ourselves. Sharing these times with friends and family members is a lot of fun and a great way to relax. I hope you enjoy these sunset pictures here in Darien, Rowayton, Norwalk & Westport, Fairfield County, Connecticut. ~ Dave.
Via Scott Hoen, ePro, MBA (First American Title Company): FastStone Photoresizer. Think about adding a comment, some text or a watermark on photos you might post on your website or a local blog that adds your branding or allows you to get connected Add a watermark, crop, resize your photos -- a great little application. Look up all your photos and batch the effort to add a watermark and you can think about the possibilities on how you might want to use this (2 comments)
Connecticut State Parks & Hiking - 08/14/10 06:48 AM
Connecticut state parks for hiking We are lucky here in Connecticut, the state has a wonderful array of state parks, forests and trails for public use. Among the amenities are hiking, picnicking, boating, camping and fishing. These locations are throughout the state ranging from a few acres to hundreds and over a thousand. The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection website has a great link "Find a State Park or Forest" in map form; it shows location of every state park, forest and trail area. http://www.depdata.ct.gov/maps/parksforests/parksmap.htm?depNav=
Some of my favorite spots are the ones below, feel free to add your favorite (5 comments)
Connecticut State Parks & Swimming. - 08/13/10 05:44 AM
Connecticut State Parks & Swimming. Connecticut coast line is about 110 miles long but when you count the tidal shoreline length it come out to about 600 miles. Along that coast line are some of the nicest beaches in New England. Connecticut has a number of State parks along the coast line as well as on some lakes and rivers. At some of the state parks besides swimming you have fishing, boating, hiking, picnicking and camping. See the list below for a sample of what is available in Connecticut and their related websites for more individual information. Hammonasset Beach State (5 comments)
Philip Johnson Glass House Tours, New Canaan, Ct. - 08/12/10 07:54 AM
Philip Johnson Glass House Tours, New Canaan, Ct. Philip Johnson's Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut was donated to the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1986, while he retained a life estate lease. In 2005 Philip Johnson dies at age 98 and in 2007 the National Trust for Historic Preservation opens the estate and Glass House to the public. Built in 1949 the Philip Johnson Glass House sits on a 47 acre site in New Canaan, Connecticut. The Glass House is built out of quarter-inch thick glass walls with no interior walls, the structure is supported by black steel pillars. The (2 comments)
July's 2010 Local Housing Data ~ Darien, New Canaan, Rowayton, Ct. - 08/11/10 06:07 AM
July's 2010 Local Housing Data ~ Darien, New Canaan, Rowayton, Ct. William Raveis Website, Raveis.com, has a great tool for owners, sellers & buyers called ‘Local Housing Data'. On this page it will give you all the local up to date data & statistic for the town you are interested in. Here is what is happening for Single Family Properties:- Darien ~ July 2010 Current sales for July were 39 homes, an increase from July '09 of 28 sales. The Year to Date Average Sales Price July 2010 is $1,753,103 Year to date July 2010 units sales is 161 up from YTD (0 comments)
Gardening in Connecticut, August harvest. - 08/10/10 05:51 AM
Gardening in Connecticut, August harvest. It has been a hot summer in Connecticut and with that comes a bountiful harvest out of our organic garden of vegetables and cut flowers. Now in August we get to reap the benefits multiple times. Fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, beets and carrots just to name a few. Of course to go along with our delicious vegetables we have the Herb garden full of basil, sage, chives, parsley, rosemary and even some hot peppers. A planned flower garden is wonderful because it provides cut flower from Spring, through Summer and into the early Fall. Some of the (6 comments)
FRESH LOCAL SEAFOOD ~ AUGUST IN CONNECTICUT. Nothing like fresh local seafood for dinner, one of our favorite fish monger's is Fish Tales in New Canaan, Ct. They have been in the seafood business for decades and know all the local suppliers in Connecticut and the New England coast line. Seafood is very easy to cook, 1. don't overcook it, 2. don't over season it....you want to taste the seafood. The crew at Fish Tales can give you expert advice on what ever item you are interested in on how to cook it. They also have plenty of prepared (3 comments)
Put your walking shoe's, flip-flops or just barefoot and take a stroll through town. It is a great way to de-stress and to get to know your neighbors and the community. My favorite time is early in the morning when it is still cool out or just before sunset when the shade is long. Take a stroll through the neighborhood and check out all the beautiful gardens, everything is in full bloom right now.
The Connecticut towns are great to stroll through, do a little window shopping, grab a (4 comments)
ICE CREAM ~ A HOT AUGUST DAY IN CONNECTICUT. - 08/07/10 07:26 AM
ICE CREAM ~ A HOT AUGUST DAY IN CONNECTICUT. I'm not sure if I need a hot day to eat ice cream but it's a good excuse. It's a child hood memory that brings a smile to everyone's face. Growing up in Rowayton we used to ride our bikes down to a place called Hickory Bluff store that sold bait and fishing gear, rented boats, 15 cent candy and hand scooped ice cream, it was the place to go on a hot summer day. It is now a private boat club but luckily we now have a spot on Five Mile (9 comments)
LEAD ~ RENOVATIONS, REPAIR AND PAINTING ~ EPA's RRP ...it's the law !!!! Visit EPA's webpage on RRP for more information http://www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/renovation.htm
Via Cheri Smith (Total Property Resources): A new federal law went into effect on April 22, 2010, that affects all homes built prior to 1978. That's over half of all homes in the U.S., including about 33,000 here in Central Oregon. The new EPA "Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule" or "RRP", (4 comments)
The Maritime Aquarium and IMAX Theater in Norwalk, Fairfield County, Ct. It is easy to spend a full day here at the Maritime Aquarium and IMAX Theater in South Norwalk (SoNo), Ct. There is something here for all ages from the exhibits, to the educated boat cruise and the impressive 6 story IMAX screen. The Maritime Aquarium has its own research vessel named Oceanic. Daily cruises during the summer into the Norwalk Harbor and Long Island Sound. These educating outings introduce participants to animals that live in the different habitats of the Sound. Reservations and cameras are recommended. Currently there (2 comments)
Norwalk Seaport Association ~ Bird Tour ~ Norwalk Island Ferry. - 08/05/10 07:57 AM
Norwalk Seaport Association ~ Bird Tour ~ Norwalk Island Ferry. Join the Norwalk Seaport Association for a Bird Watching Tour out of Norwalk Harbor and around the Norwalk Islands in Connecticut. Tours are on Thursdays and Saturdays, August 5, 7, 19, 21 ~ 2010. Reservations recommended call 203-838-9444 or visit http://www.seaport.org/. You will see local wild birds such as the snowy egret, common tern, the orange bill American Oystercatcher, Osprey just to mention a few. The tour is guided by Master Wildlife Conservationist Larry Flynn. The Seaport association also runs the Sheffield Island Lighthouse Ferry. Out at Sheffield Island is a 142 (2 comments)
Farmer's Market, Fairfield County, Connecticut. - 08/04/10 06:25 AM
Farmer's Market, Fairfield County, Connecticut. There is a group of local area farmers that provide us with wonderfully fresh grown products and home made items such as bread and pies. You can find such exquisite items as home baked bread, delicious fresh pesto, multiple vegetables and local fruit, Connecticut sweet corn, cut flowers, home made soaps, local honey...the list is endless. What is wonderful is that they circulate through the local towns, Wednesday in Darien, Thursday in Westport, Fridays in Rowayton, Saturdays in New Canaan. For further information click on the link below or just google the town you are interested in along (2 comments)
Via Debbie Gartner - Floor Coverings International (Floor Coverings International): As the name implies, Brazilian Cherry hardwood grows in Brazil. Due to the climate and growing cycles, Brazilian Cherry is much harder than the typical oak you traditionally see here in the US. On the Janka hardness scale, Red Oak is a 1290 while Brazilian Cherry is 2350 - almost twice as hard. But, the main reason customers love Brazilian Cherry is its beauty. The redness and depth of color is unparalleled, along with the richness of its smooth graining. Even (1 comments)
AOL ~ Real Estate Page ... is a great source of information for the Home Buyer and Home Seller. Its full of interesting article and provides a wonderful link for your clients. For housing news go to http://www.housingwatch.com/ And here is a great link to an article on AOL ~ Real Estate on "Closing Costs No Surprise" http://realestate.aol.com/blog/2010/06/17/closing-costs-no-surprises/?ncid=AOLCOMMre00sharartl0001&sms_ss=facebook Which is part of the AOL's Real Estate Blog which I subscribe to. Check out link at http://realestate.aol.com/blog/ I find my clients really appreciate it when I can provide unlimited amount of information, either on a national (0 comments)
Favorite Local Restaurants, Fairfield County, Connecticut. - 08/03/10 06:56 AM
Favorite Local Restaurants, Fairfield County, Connecticut. OK, so everyone will be having an opinoin on this topic. Just add to the list under the comment section down below. I cannot wait to try them all out. Connecticut has hundreds of great restaurants, deli's, eateries and take-outs. Here are just of a few of our regulars that we like to visit. 1020 Post Oyster Bar & Bistro ~ Darien, Ct. ~ http://www.tentwentypost.com/ The Restaurant @ Rowayton Seafood ~ Rowayton, Ct. ~ http://www.rowaytonseafood.com/home.html Cava Wine Bar ~ New Canaan, Ct. ~ http://www.cavawinebar.com/home.php Cafe Silvium ~ Shippan Point, Stamford, Ct. ~ http://www.cafesilvium.com/ Bogey's Grille & Tap (1 comments)
Summer Outdoor Concerts ~ around about Fairfield County, Ct. - 08/02/10 06:13 AM
August in Connecticut ~ Outdoor Concerts. August is here in Fairfield County, Connecticut and with that the perfect weather for outdoor concerts where a lot of them are free to the public. There are a number of concerts at Pinkney Park and Bayley Beach in Rowayton, Ct. See link for dates and times http://www.rowaytonct.com/summermusic2010.html Another favorite is Levitt Pavilion located on the banks of the Saugatuck River in Westport, Ct. You can bring picnics, blankets an lawn chair to enjoy the high quality free evening concerts during the summer months. The Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts is a non-profit, open-air (0 comments)
Leaving out of Five Mile River, Rowayton Ct. for a boat tour around the shoreline of Rowayton and Darien. As we cruise past a few of the Norwalk Islands we drop anchor so we can all jump in to cool off with a quick swim. After wards we pull out the smorgasbord of food that everyone brought, ribs, salad, appetizers we all sit around enjoying the cool breeze and wonderful 360 degree views.
Just a few hundred yards away is a boat with a few locals cast fishing for Bluefish and Striped Bass hoping to catch (0 comments)
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