Escape from Manhattan to Black Rock - Waterfront Community One Hour Away

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Black Rock ConnecticutOver the past two decades, Black Rock has been attracting artists, academics, young professionals, and Manhattan city dwellers who yearn to live in a waterfront community on Long Island Sound, but don’t want a suburban environment. This Fairfield County community has been the focus of two articles by the New York Times over the past few years, “Living in Black Rock, Connecticut: A Community with Spirit and an Edge” (August 8, 2004) and “If You’re Thinking of Living In St. Mary’s-by-the-Sea, Connecticut: At Peninsula’s End, a Waterside Enclave” (June 9, 2002).  It is a community of creative people with passionate and varied cultural interests including art, music and restaurants.

Black Rock is served by the Fairfield Metro train station which has Express trains to Grand Central that take just over an hour of train travel.  Most of Black Rock is within a one mile radius of the train station.

Black Rock has a rich history dating back to its heritage as a colonial seaport.  In the late 1800’s wealthy merchants built beautiful homes in Black Rock in the style of Newport, Rhode Island.  Grovers Hill, affords spectacular elevated views of Long Island Sound.  Other areas of Black Rock are also sought after for their direct waterfront properties and deep water docks.  Homes in Black Rock sell for significantly less than homes in other Fairfield County coastal towns.  With a population of less than 9,000 and an area of less than one square mile, there are only a limited number of homes for sale each year ranging from less than $250,000 to over $2 million.

Black Rock combines the beauty of a shoreline community with the sophistication of an urban setting.  A number of residents commute to Manhattan, while others work from home.  Residents enjoy walking along the park at St. Mary’s-by-the-Sea and along the Ash Creek tidal estuary.  There are few other places where you can walk for three miles on sidewalks while looking at water views most of the way. There is also a dog park where neighbors gather while their pets play and an active recreation park with tennis courts.

If you love the water, you can moor your sailboat at private clubs such as the  Black Rock Yacht Club, Fayerweather Yacht Club, or rent a slip at Captain’s Cove Marina.  The Arts & Entertainment District on Fairfield Avenue provide many options for dining, music, espresso bars, art galleries, and shopping.  Black Rock is an artsy and eclectic community where newcomers are quickly integrated into the neighborhood as they join together on various projects and events.   Black Rock is known for its vibrant community spirit. 

Learn more about Black Rock on its community blog at  

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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad


Black Rock sounds like such a wonderful community and with the sound and the proximity to NYC it's a great place to live or to have a second home.


May 05, 2012 04:07 AM #1
Morgan Evans
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY

The ability to get out of the city and to a setting like Black Rock and all it has to offer looks to me like an attractive offer. 

May 05, 2012 07:34 AM #2
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Gail, great Localism post on your community of Black Rock CT, and you're the real estate professional that knows every door, brick and blade of grass in that area.

May 05, 2012 07:43 AM #3
Gail Robinson
William Raveis Real Estate - Southport, CT
CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT

Jeff - Some people have second homes here.  At the turn of the century it was a place with summer homes for the wealthy much like Newport, RI.

Morgan - Please pass the word along.  There is a Prudential office in Fairfield.  I'm sure you could get a referral fee.

Ed - It's Fairfield County's best kept secret and I'm so glad this got Featured as I want to get the word out to people in New York City.  It's a beautiful peninsula with a brand new Metro North train station.  Hard to beat the location and convenience.

May 05, 2012 09:14 AM #4
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Connecting you to the L.A. real estate market

What a fabulous Localism post on the Black Rock, CT Waterfront Community, Gail. No wonder the Manhattanites want to escape there.  It sounds like a great neighborhood.

May 05, 2012 09:26 AM #5
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

  This is an outstand localism post.  I love this "Black Rock combines the beauty of a shoreline community with the sophistication of an urban setting."  I am going to get packing.

May 05, 2012 12:50 PM #8
Sandy Acevedo
951-290-8588 - Chino Hills, CA
RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale

Hi Gail, ditto on a great localism post, and the photos are suberb. BTW, is there a black rock there?

May 05, 2012 02:08 PM #9
Kevin O'Rourke - Keller Williams Miami Beach Realtor
Keller Williams Miami Beach Realty - Miami Beach, FL
CDPE Miami Short Sale Agent 305-520-9436
Black Rock does sound like a wonderful place to live. I wonder why the homes there are so much less than neighboring towns?
May 05, 2012 07:40 PM #10
Gail Robinson
William Raveis Real Estate - Southport, CT
CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT

Jane - I've lived here 30 years and love it!

Joan - You are too much! 

Sandy - Localism posts don't usually get many comments, so I was surprised to find this featured on AR.

Kevin - It's an area waiting to be discovered, just like Chelsea in Manhattan was at one time.  The new train station will make all the difference.

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