A trail system coveted by equestrians, outdoor enthusiasts
Greenwich has a long list of compelling reasons why generations of families have laid down roots here, and why newcomers from all over the world choose the town as their new home. There are the relatively low property taxes, the proximity to New York City, the incredible shoreline, coveted schools and world-class dining, shopping and recreation.
What some may not know about Greenwich is that it is also home to some of the most impressive equestrian properties in the greater Northeast, with miles of horse trails to enjoy, thanks to the Greenwich Riding & Trails Association (GRTA).
“Whether you are a competitive show rider or a recreational rider, Greenwich offers some of the most beloved trails and equestrian farms,” Sotheby’s Realtor Yashmin Lloyds said. “The Greenwich Riding and Trails Association protects and maintains an historic trail system that runs throughout different preserves in Greenwich.”
Lloyds listed 62 Sterling Road in Greenwich for $3.5 million. She described the property as a “quintessential country residence, with a perfect environment for an active outdoor lifestyle — and only 17 minutes to downtown Greenwich!”
The elegantly designed six-bedroom colonial is sited on a private lane, on a 4.12-acre lot.
“For a riding enthusiast, 62 Sterling Road is in an ideal location,” Lloyds suggested. “Built in 2008, this 10,008-square-foot home offers all the modern amenities, with access to the breathtaking 330-acre Audubon Nature Preserve. Additionally, the riding trail network runs through the Greenwich Land Trust property that is directly adjacent to this home.”
Lin Lavery, a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Greenwich, represents the owners of 282 Taconic Road — listed for $3.35 million. Lavery describes the six-bedroom, 5,790-square-foot country home on 4.25 acres as being “designed for entertaining and comfortable living.” It also may appeal to buyers in this price range who may enjoy the utility of living right next to a Greenwich Riding & Trails Association-maintained path.
Part of Greenwich’s Stanwich Historic District, the setting for this home is “beautiful and quiet, and yet a neighborhood,” Lavery explained. She cited an annual pot-luck event the neighbors enjoy, and though the current owners of 282 Taconic Road haven’t kept horses, nearby neighbors has horses on site and absolutely enjoy having access to Greenwich’s riding trails.
By creating an opening in a wall along the perimeter of the property, the next residents of 282 Taconic Road will be able to walk or ride right onto the trails, too.
“Whether you are walking with your dogs or are on horseback, it’s a wonderful country experience,” the listing Realtor said. “It’s part of what makes Greenwich great. As you walk or ride, you will come upon a beautiful lake and waterfall.”
Combined, one-of-a-kind equestrian estate
Jennifer Leahy, a Realtor with Douglas Elliman Real Estate, is representing the seller of both 35 Farwell Lane and 50 Lafrentz Road, adjacent properties that are being sold as an impressive, combined equestrian estate or as two separate luxury properties.
At 35 Farwell Lane, the Partridge Hollow estate comprises a custom-built center hall colonial on 5.47 acres. At the back of the property, a staircase leads to the adjacent 25.30-acre Sandswept Hill Farm at 50 Lafrentz Road, which affords an outdoor riding ring, one eight-stall barn and another with two stalls and abundance of storage space. Among the acreage are three building lots, which could be used to build another luxury residence or additional outbuildings. Plus, there’s the added perk of being able to access the GRTA’s trail system from the property.