Noank is a quintessential New England coastal town with historic homes tucked along tree-lined streets. Stately well-preserved estates and modest fisherman’s family homes all nest comfortably within this scenic seaport town.
Located in the town of Groton, Noank encompasses approximately 2.2 square miles, with a population during the 2010 census of 1,796.
During the late 1800s, Noank was a bustling shipbuilding port, with the former Palmer Shipyard and C.H. Mallory and Company Steamship line making the Noank area one of the largest suppliers of wooden vessels on the Atlantic Coast. Today, Noank village is still home to an active maritime community, with thriving boatyards, marinas, commercial fishing, lobstering, recreational boating, and other small businesses that support the waterfront trades and tourism.
The original settlement of Noank was listed as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places. Many of Noank’s homes and businesses date back to 1840, and the significance of the historic district is 240 houses have maintained and preserved historical significance of the domestic architecture.
Every Memorial Day, Noank hosts the longest-running continuous Memorial Day Parade in the country… a testament to the community proudly supporting long-honoured traditions.
The median home value in Noank is $404,700. Noank home values have declined -0.0% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will fall -0.4% within the next year. The median price of homes currently listed in Noank is $485,000. Buyers can find entry level properties in the $200,000 - $300,000 price range… as well as lovely estates worth well over $2,000,000.
Noank is home to three large full-service marinas (Noank Shipyard, Spicer’s Marina and Noank Village Boatyard) with over 335 deep-water slips, and 260 moorings for recreational boaters. Smaller boatyards also dot the coast, offering additional services and boat repairs, to make Noank a very boating-friendly community.
Mason’s Island is a gated residential community prominently located at the mouth of the Mystic River. Named after Major John Mason, who was recognized for his leadership of the England troops and neighbouring tribal nations, by being granted the island in 1651, the island is part of ‘eastern’ Mystic, in the town of Stonington.
Connected to the mainland by a causeway, fishing is permitted from the causeway that connects Mason’s Island to Mystic. Two busy marinas on the island – Mason’s Island Marina and the Mystic River Marina – have slips to accommodate up to 270 boats, from 10’ to 150’ feet in length! The island is also home to the popular Mason’s Island Yacht Club, which hosts sailing programs, family activities, social events and major regattas for its membership.
Mason’s Island encompasses approximately 300 miles, part of which is home to a 47 acre nature preserve that was developed in cooperation with The Nature Conservancy, with trails the meander through woods and along salt marshes. Additionally, there are 9 acres of open space throughout the island.
Some of the island is owned by the Mason's Island Company and is regulated by property deeds. From Mason’s Island, crossing another causeway will bring visitors to Enders Island, a beautiful retreat owned and operated by the Society of Saint Edmund.
Buyers can find entry level properties in the $200,000 - $300,000 price range… as well as lovely estates worth well over $2,000,000.
Located in scenic Stonington, Lord’s Point is a cozy private shoreline village that was established in 1909. With just over 200 coastal houses, and summer cottages … Lord’s Point has an average summer population of about 800 people. Houses are comfortably tucked into this small coastal community, and regardless of whether the house is situated on a direct waterfront lot … almost all homes have excellent water views!
Lord’s Point is not very large … only 12 short roads traverse the village, but there are six lovely beaches to enjoy! Open Way, Tim’s Beach, Boulder Beach, Hopkins Beach, Pebble Beach & Tressel Beach. There are also two docks: Boulder and Langworthy. Access is limited to Lord’s Point residents and guests only, and are not available for the public.
Community facilities include a bocce area, tennis and basketball courts, a soccer field and clubhouse. The ‘Community House’, as it’s commonly known, is available for rent for private parties or functions, and also hosts bingo nights in the summer, teen parties, scheduled exercise classes, and an annual Talent Show. The Lords Point Association maintains the beaches, moorings, dock and recreation grounds. Home owners enjoy spectacular sunsets, excellent waterviews, and the privacy of a small, established seaside community!
Groton Long Point has long been a gathering place for generations of families, who frequented this ‘resort’ community for their summer ‘home away from home’ for many decades. Almost exclusive in its location on the coast, on a peninsula on Long Island Sound, Groton Long Point has a population that grows during the summer months as families return to this established coastal Connecticut community. Year ‘round, amongst the 600+ homes on the island, the population is about 675… but during the summer, the population grows to accommodate all the families renting for the summer season!
Groton Long Point has three lovely beaches: Main Beach (a long crescent beach on the island); Kiddie Beach; and South Beach. The beaches, tennis courts, yacht club, and community ‘casino’ clubhouse are maintained by the GLP homeowners’ association, which encompasses all property owners on the island. There are many scheduled family activities such as tennis lessons, sailing lessons, community play areas, dances, and other family gatherings and social activities. There are boat moorings and docks with protected anchorages that are managed by the GLP Association. Groton Long Point residents can enjoy watching sailboat regattas, cruising boaters, and other coastal activities from the vantage point of their peninsula ‘point’ on Long Island Sound.
The median home value in Groton Long Point is $730,200. Groton Long Point home values have gone up 8.1% over the past year. The median price of homes currently listed in Groton Long Point is $765,000. As more home owners choose Groton Long Point for year ‘round living, the town has chosen to make some infrastructure investments to enhancing the single road and bridge access to the island. Another exclusive community on the ‘peninsula’ is Mumford Cove’.
The town of Stonington is well-known for over 100,000 miles of stone walls, charming countryside, and 25 miles of beautiful shoreline along the eastern Connecticut coast. Stonington was settled in 1649 when the earliest settlers to the area arrived from Plymouth colony. Stonington encompasses 50 square miles, with a population of just over 18,500. Stonington village is home to an active fishing fleet that celebrates an annual Blessing of the Fleet.
Stonington Village features tree-lined streets with quaint shops and excellent restaurants. Residential living in this historic community features rural estates as well as coastal summer homes. The business of Stonington is best described as the preservation of traditional New England coastal village life. The Stonington Harbor Light, a low stone scenic building, was the first lighthouse established by the US Federal government in 1823. Today, this historic landmark is provides a picturesque backdrop for wedding parties and gatherings.
In recent decades, Stonington has experienced a large influx of new home owners using historic borough houses as second homes. The town has undergone a widespread reconditioning of these homes since the mid-1990s, when an altercation over redevelopment rights attracted substantial news coverage about Stonington's revitalization. The median home value in Town of Stonington is $387,100. The median list price per square foot in Town of Stonington is $234, which is higher than the New London metro average of $150. The median price of homes currently listed in Town of Stonington is $495,000 while the median price of homes that sold is $475,000. Buyers can find entry level properties in the $200,000 - $300,000 price range… as well as lovely estates worth well over $2,000,000. Stonington’s varied personalities, from the fishing fleet community, to the ‘borough’s upscale downtown, and the scenic countryside, make it an ideal location to consider a home, or second/vacation home… conveniently located between Boston & New York.
Mystic is a charming coastal community with lovingly restored sea captain’s homes… to exquisite waterfront condominiums… and a quaint, historic downtown ¬ all connected by the Mystic River. Less than four square miles, Mystic has approximately 4200 residents. Mystic is located within the towns of Groton (west of the Mystic River, and also known as West Mystic), and Stonington (east of the Mystic River).Founded in 1654, Mystic became known for its shipbuilding and ties to the maritime industry. Today, Mystic is home to the nation’s leading maritime museum, Mystic Seaport. Another world-class museum, the Mystic Aquarium, calls Mystic home, as well as the Olde Mistick Shopping village, and Historic Downtown Mystic – both boasting upscale shops featuring clothing, clever crafts, nautical gifts, and excellent restaurants. Also, Mystic offers a homeport to some of the best boating in southern New England, with deep water marinas, boatyards and fishing grounds. By boat or ferry, Mystic is a short jaunt to Fishers Island, Sandy Point, Watch Hill, and Block Island!
The median home value in Mystic is $357,100. Mystic home values have gone up 4.2% over the past year (during 2014), and indications show that the values will continue to rise. The median price of homes currently listed in Mystic is $524,000. The median home value in Mystic is 39.7% greater than the Connecticut average and 120.1% greater than the National average. Mystic continues to be an ideal place to live, or enjoy a second/vacation home! Conveniently located between Boston and New York, Mystic is undervalued compared to Fairfield County. With its gentile quality and continued growth, buying real estate in Mystic will provide an excellent opportunity for appreciating property values, as Mystic continues to grow and prosper.
Mystic is home to several busy large full-service marinas (Mystic Shipyard East & West, Brewer Yacht Yard at Mystic & Seaport Marine) with over 600 deep-water slips, and plentiful moorings for recreational boaters. Smaller boatyards also dot the coast, offering additional services, slips, storage and boat repairs, to make Mystic a very boating-friendly community. Additionally, Masons Island (part of Mystic) offers another 270 deep-water slips for boaters, too!