Branford, CT (PRWEB) October 12, 2012
Jepson Island and Belden Island, two private islands that reside among the Long Island Sound archipelago known as the Thimble Islands, are the exclusive listings of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc., executives of the real estate brokerage company have announced.
William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty said that the islands are among the very few that are habitable among the hundreds of Thimble Islands. The sellers are Christine Chiarella, an artist and preservationist, and John Chiarella, Jr., the owner of Ultimate Services, Inc, a high-end landscaping and estate management company. The couple has completed several renovations and enhancements on the islands and their residences over the years.
Offered at $1,995,000, Jepson Island has .28 acre of private land and includes a contemporary vacation home, built in 1980 and constructed with natural materials. The 1,018 square-foot, six-room residence is fully furnished and offers two bedrooms and one bath in addition to wood floors, vaulted ceilings, skylights, Thermopane windows, a balcony and a deck. Walls of glass showcase vistas of the island and Long Island Sound. Outside, stone steps lead down to the waterfront, which features a beach, boat dock and mooring. The lot surrounding the home is ideal for outdoor living with open, professionally landscaped grounds, mature trees and shrubs and an irrigated sod lawn.
With more than an acre of land and a shingled century-old Victorian farmhouse, Belden Island is offered at $3,950,000. Entered through a classic wraparound porch, the 2,038 square-foot home includes four bedrooms plus a den, two baths, and a large living/dining room with a fireplace. The furnished home boasts recently finished wood floors as well as original wainscoted walls and ceilings. Adorned with windswept pine trees, granite walls, a putting green and a beach, the property also comes with two acres of oyster and clam beds.
“These exceptional island properties define the ultimate getaway experience. With so few of the Thimble Islands being habitable, it is incredibly rare for island properties like these to come on the market here in Southern Connecticut,” said William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty listing agent Margaret Muir, who shares the listings with Tony Nuzzo.
“Private, secluded and each complete with its own charming vacation residence, these islands offer a wonderful opportunity to enjoy waterfront living off the coast of Connecticut. The islands are so close to the mainland, yet they feel like they are a world apart,” said Nuzzo.
Named for a type of wild black raspberry known as the thimbleberry, the Thimble Islands have served as both residences and destinations for celebrities and historic figures alike. President William Howard Taft summered on one of the Thimbles, and stories passed down through the years suggest that the islands served as a site for Captain Kidd’s buried treasure. The pink granite bedrock of the islands increasingly became a hot spot for summer cottages during the 1870s, and many remain owned by families who have passed them down through the generations. Yale University owns one of the islands and operates an ecological laboratory there, while another is large enough at 12 acres to feature a small village of 32 houses and a library. The islands are part of the Stony Creek-Thimble Islands Historic District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Chiarellas said that they would be pleased to attract a buyer who enjoys the island lifestyle as they do, including the wildlife, water and more relaxed pace of life. They are also excited to find a buyer who has the desire to help maintain the integrity and character of the islands for the benefit of future generations.
Founded in 1949, William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty manages a $2.5-billion-plus portfolio with more than 1,000 sales associates in over 30 brokerages spanning Connecticut and Westchester County, New York. William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty, combined with partner firms Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty and Litchfield Hills Sotheby’s International Realty, is now the largest Sotheby’s International Realty® affiliate globally, the third-fastest-growing real estate company nationally, and the 23rd-largest real estate company by sales volume in the United States. Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty serves the luxury home market throughout Westchester County, New York; and Litchfield Hills Sotheby’s International Realty serves the luxury home market throughout Litchfield County, Connecticut. A full-service real estate firm headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty provides ancillary services including commercial services through its affiliation with Building and Land Technology, a second-generation development company based in Stamford, Connecticut; William Pitt Mortgage, a Wells Fargo mortgage affiliate; William Pitt Insurance Services; and an award-winning global relocation division. For more information, visit the website at http://www.williampitt.com.
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