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These local retreats are as real as soft sand



Tavern Island (with boathouse below) is very rich in historic lore.

A tranquil oasis on a private island is the ultimate in waterfront living for residents of Fairfield County. For the right price, you can have your dream home just a few minutes from the shops and services in Darien and Rowayton and just one hour from New York City by train or car, as these two listings prove.

Tavern Island

The former home of New York impresario Billy Rose is on the market for the first time in thirty-two years. Rich in historic lore, the property was settled in 1651, as a large carved stone attests. Lillian Hellman wrote The Little Foxes while living in the caretaker’s cottage in 1938. The three-and-a-half-acre property comes with a meticulously renovated 1900 vintage Tudor manor house (6,000 square feet), a boathouse (see inset photo above) with game room, a Japanese-style teahouse and a mainland dock located in Rowayton. Tavern Island is accessed by a pair of private boat tenders and serviced by mainland city water and electricity. The current owners have added every conceivable amenity and fortified all seawalls. The three-story main house includes the original stone fireplace, a new kitchen, six bedrooms, pool and terrace.

Listed for $10,950,000 with William Pitt Sotheby’s in Darien, (203) 655-8234.

Brush Island

An enclave of just six homes, Brush Island is one of Darien’s best-kept secrets. Designated an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society, the property includes a wildflower meadow, private beach and views of Weed Beach, Long Island Sound, Cove Island and Holly Pond. In this unique setting is a 6,400-square-foot home designed by Robert Cardello, who makes great use of an octagonal design throughout. Key features include a two-story sitting area overlooking the Sound, a pool, a covered porch with stone fireplace and pillars, and a master suite on the second floor with octagonal porch and outdoor shower. This beautifully decorated five-bedroom home is ideal for entertaining, but also for quiet reflection in an intimate, tranquil space.

Listed for $8,300,000 with Halstead Property in Darien, (203) 656-6511. 

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