Folks in Fairfield County sure do love our stone walls.
A recent report put together by real estate website Trulia found that property listings in Fairfield County mention “stone walls” 10 times as frequently as the national average.
A waterfront gem on Steamboat Road sits just above Smith Cove looking out to L.I. Sound and beyond. Sheltered within stone-walled gardens are the one-time carriage house and two-car garage with studio and bath above. A cobblestone courtyard leads to green terraced lawns that run down to the water, and there's a terrace that sits above the cove waters and stone-floored patios and a boat launch with a hoist. The former carriage house, crafted of brick and shingle, has three bedrooms and three baths.
Cliff Laube, a park ranger at Weir Farm, talks about the "throne" stone walls built by farm hands in the 1700s as Norwalk resident Carolyn Callan listens. Stone wall walking tours take place on Sundays at the farm. Kerry Sherck/Staff photo
This stone and shingle house, designed by Louise Brooks, at 994 Oenoke Ridge Road in New Canaan, sits on almost five professionally landscaped acres, complete with stone walls, terraces, an oversized pool and spa.
J.J. Vonoiste,8, a 3rd grader at Brunswick School in Greenwich, runs atop a stone wall at the Brunswick School's King Street campus late Wednesdy afternoon. Vonoiste was playing with schoolmates and it was his turn to run the wall. Bob Luckey/Staff Photo
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The terraced stone patio features an in-ground pool, grill, several stone walls and gardens at this home on Pan Handle Lane in Westport
A wreath hangs on a stone wall on New Canaan's Dan's highway.
Hobby Horse Farm, the Benjamin Reynolds House, is an elegant 1840 Greenwich manor home in the Greek Revival style. Set on 4.75 acres in mid-country, the estate boasts old stone walls, a lake, open fields, perennial gardens, a pool and a paddock. In addition to the mo9e than 8,500 square foot house, with seven bedrooms and an antique tavern room, there's also a separate play barn, a children's play yard and a detached three-car garage with a charming carriage house apartment.
A wooden gate and stone wall on North Porchuck Road, Greenwich, Wednesday, April 27, 2011.
We’re not the only area with a high desire for otherwise normal amenities. San Francisco listings mention Whole Foods 10 times more than national listings on average, because the proximity to the grocery store are incredibly important to house hunters in the city, according to Trulia. Check out some of the other “hyperlocal” desires found around the country.
Screenshot taken from Trulia Report at http://trends.truliablog.com/2013/02/real-estate-lab-listing-words/
In addition to our love for stone walls, the Trulia report also said that many listings in our area “mention a ‘level yard’ or ‘level lot’ – which is a draw because much of the land in that area is rocky rather than level.”