Ian Murray, the Stamford-based businessman who created Vineyard Vines with his brother Shep back in the late 1990s, is one of the latest to list a home in Dolphin Cove, a seaside pocket of Stamford that’s been having a moment recently.
Filled with pops of pattern worthy of one of VV’s signature ties, and splashes of preppy color palettes reminiscent of Murray’s famed Shep Shirt, the home has coastal charm written all over it. It’s listed for $3,395,000.
The home, which was originally built for Murray in 2007 (Stamford property records show he bought the spot for $1.2 million in May, 2006) faces west toward a deep-water boat slip, which can accommodate a 50-foot yacht, according to the listing. There’s also “bright, airy open floor plan with 9-foot ceilings, stone fireplace, custom millwork, wainscoting and wide-oak flooring” as well as a “master suit with luxurious bath, gas fireplace, designer walk-in closets and a private balcony,” the listing states.
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There have been several homes listed in the quiet seaside community of Dolphin Cove this year — a blip that seems to be signaling a changing of the guard, as we reported in April. Here’s a bit from that story about the uptick in homes listed in the quiet corner of Stamford:
Originally developed in the early 1970s to conjure up memories of old New England fishing villages, Dolphin Cove feels separate from the rest of Stamford, evoking images of Cape Cod or the islands off its shore. Its Vineyard-style feel runs so deep that one of the owners of Stamford-based Vineyard Vines plunked down $1.2 million for a home in the association in 2006.
The community began 40 years ago as a haven for down-sizers, many of whom have stayed the course, resulting in a community where the average age of the homeowner is pushing 70 years old — nearly twice the age of residents of the city as a whole, 36.
“If you moved here when you were 50, 40 years ago, you’re 90 now, ” said Meyer, who has been involved with the association since the beginning, when her father-in-law developed it.
But even the next generation is getting ready to retire, she said. And that’s creating an opportunity for young families to breathe new life into the charming seaside village.
It’s a nice place to raise a family, however historically it’s been older couples who are downsizing, or couples who no longer need the Greenwich system’ — the schools and the taxes, ” said Emile de Neree, a real estate agent representing the four-bedroom home at 7 Dolphin Cove Quay, listed for $1,995,000.
It tends to be older couples, but last year for the first time, we had several families who bought and rented in Dolphin Cove, ” de Neree continued. “We’ve had an influx lately of young families, but to be honest, most of those families send their children to private school.”
The four homeowners who bought back in 2012 were mostly younger than the association as a whole, at 45, 47, 59 and 63 years of age.
It’s a life-cycle progression that has to happen, because we need that. We need younger people moving in, ” said Meyer. “We had a fun Mardi Gras costume party and we were really trying to get those 40-year-olds down here, because we have a few of those. So you need that transition, you need them on your boards. This shift is healthy.”