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Branford Connecticut 06405 United States of America

Listing # 54694

Rates From USD 1800 Monthly
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Last Updated: Friday, July 5, 2013

A home in Stony Creek where islands float on a sparkling sea...

This light-filled, immaculate first floor apartment is a perfectly lovely writer's/artist's retreat in the charming seaside village of Stony Creek in Connecticut, 12 miles from Yale in New Haven. Adjacent to the main neo-Victorian house, it is a private, wholly self-contained place with its own independent access.

The first floor houses the main bedroom and bathroom, a small study/office, and an open plan living, dining and kitchen area under a cathedral ceiling. A handsome captain's ship ladder gains access to the spacious and bright second bedroom/office/studio in the loft above. A door from the living area opens onto a wide balcony. Beautiful, old growth trees provide the backdrop from the apartment's many windows.

The apartment is fully furnished and equipped with all necessities: linen, appliances, pot and pans and dishes, etc. It is centrally heated and cooled. It does have a smart wood burning stove to brighten dark wintry days and ceiling fans for when you don't want the air conditioning. There's a flat screen TV (cable) and high speed internet with wifi. You may be able to borrow our kayaks if you so wished. You are free to enjoy the main garden filled with flora, fauna and sea breezes, and watch the sun slip into the water at dusk.

Stony Creek is a very special place, hidden away in plain sight. It is an old oystering and quarry workers' village (its quarries still yield the famous pink granite) surrounded by Long Island Sound and it's myriad Thimble islands. Further back in time it was a favoured summering and fishing spot of the region's Native American tribes. The inevitable gentrification has not despoiled its charming, eclectic character. Our house and apartment is located in the heart of the village across the street from the sea, within 30 seconds to five minutes by foot to its numberless attractions: the little public beach with its gazebo and waterfront park; the Stony Creek Market, an excellent deli/cafe, as well as the new Thimbleberry Cafe; the surprisingly munificent Willoughby Wallace library; the Bayview Park with its basketball court and playground; our very own post office; a quaint little antique shop; numerous art galleries; and the town dock from where you could catch a boat for a cruise around the islands or launch a kayak. Beyond all these conveniences, are the immediately accessible walking, biking and hiking trails across beautiful salt marshes (look out for egrets, herons, ibises, osprey...) through deep woods, and along Stony Creek's gold coast. Fall is brilliantly beautiful here and in the winter, when the snow falls, it becomes a magical place (you might even get out your cross-country skis)! Its a small, picturesque, funky place. The seasons are beautiful and the sunsets over the water always spectacular. The natives are friendly and involved in doing all manner of interesting things.

Stop & Shop (the supermarket), the Stony Creek Package store (some nice wines), pharmacies, cleaners, and gas stations (including Stony Creek's own) are within a 5 minute drive. Ten minutes down the scenic Rt. 146 will bring you into Guilford, a quintessential colonial New England town and to the cornucopia of Bishops Farm Market (which is more than it's name implies). Ten minutes in the other direction will bring you to the centre of Branford and its several excellent restaurants.

It's 15 minutes to New Haven and Yale which offer a rich stew of cultural, intellectual and culinary delights. And then, of course, an hour and half away, there's New York city!

Our small family lives in the main house. Your lives do not have to intersect with ours, but we're available if assistance or advice is required.


Number of Bedrooms
Number of Bathrooms
Number of Offices
Surface Size
800 Sq. Feet
Suited for
2 people
Property Type
Apartment or Condo


Available from Sunday, June 15, 2014 until Open
Minimum Stay
1 month(s)
Flexibles With Dates
Comments on Dates
Enquire about shorter stays or weekend rentals.
*Approximate location of the property is within the blue radius. Red markers indicate surrounding points of interest including schools, universities, libraries and museums.

City Branford
Postal Code - State or Province 06405 CT
Country United States of America
Neighborhood Keywords Stony Creek, seaside village in Branford.
Closest University Yale University
University nearby Weslyan

Rental Price:

USD 1800 Monthly
Rental Fee Comments
Summer rental: $2200/month; enquire about shorter stays
Rent Negotiable
Utilities Included
Cleaning Services Included


  • Near Woods
  • Near Shops
  • Near Ocean/Lake
  • Near Restaurants
  • Sub Urban Environment
  • Near Public Transports

Additional Information:

  • Furnished
  • Available for Academic Term
  • Available for Long Term
  • Off Campus
  • Holiday Term
  • Available for Short Term
  • Writing or Country Retreat
  • Summer Term


  • Modern Kitchen
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Air-Conditioning
  • High Speed Internet
  • Wireless Network
  • Stairs
  • Reserved Parking
  • Security System or Doorman
  • Fireplace
  • TV
  • Balcony or Patio
  • Other: Loft bedroom convertible to art studio


Kid Friendly
Small Children Safe
Smoke Free
Pets Welcome
Car Available

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About Member

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Independent Scholar Independent Scholar (working outside traditional academia) & Retired Academics
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Member Since Aug 3 2010
About Me
I am an independent writer/editor/scholar working on various projects. My husband is an independent writer and journalist (and a Yale alumnus). Our son graduated from Choate last June and is now at college in California. We live in the lovely village of Stony Creek with our Lab and kitten.

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