1912 “Belden Island” in Branford, CT – $1,500,000

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Added to OHD on 4/5/20   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   13 Comments
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Belden Island, Branford, CT 06405

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  • $1,500,000
  • 4 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 2038 Sq Ft
  • 1.04 Ac.
OWN YOUR OWN PRIVATE ISLAND, 75 minutes from NYC off Idyllic CT coast! One of the Thimble Islands, one acre Belden Island offers a charming story book 4 bedroom cottage, fully furnished and ready to be enjoyed. This sanctuary summer home overlooks a rolling green lawn with irrigation, sandy beach and private dock. The wrap-a-round covered porches give stunning 360 degree waterviews and the interior offers classic vintage wood floors and wainscotted walls & ceilings. Two stone fireplaces, Country kitchen with a gas stove with griddle, two refrigerators. Generator and propane, city water. Sale includes 2 acres of deeded adjacent shellfish beds. Nearby Branford station offers Amtrak and other rail service. The island is reached from the charming village of seaside Stony Creek, home to restaurants and other attractions.
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Margaret Muir, William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty
(203) 415-9187
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13 Comments on 1912 “Belden Island” in Branford, CT – $1,500,000

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  1. KEYLIMEKEYLIME says: 83 comments

    “See you late next Fall…I’ll be summering on my island.”

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  2. PuristaPurista says: 104 comments

    This place is really swell! It would tide me over. I’d quarantine there the rest of my life without a peep. Even if it is a little house-heavy. It looks like granite so probably won’t tip over. I’d even be willing to spend the bulk of my time in the Arctic spiking calving glaciers back onto their mothers to prevent any further sea-level rise. A small price to pay for the privilege of living in such an idyllic setting.

    Sure the place is in FEMA Flood Zone VE, described as a coastal high-hazard area where flood insurance is mandatory. If thing washes off its mount, you ride it into Branford, then, between superstorms, drag it back out and set it back up. I see it as part of the ebb and flow of life.

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  3. MarjaSMarjaS says: 27 comments
    1998 Cottage
    Hayden, ID

    Love this idyllic spot, I could “quarantine” there quite happily for a really long time. Beautiful!

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  4. roxxxroxxx says: 544 comments
    OHD Supporter

    I think would need a couple more acres but otherwise, what a perfect spot. love the house. I would love this type of life. I lived on a boat for almost 3 years and would love to get back to something like this. Man.

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  5. BethanyBethany says: 3473 comments
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    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    This is my fantasy island. I don’t really get how infrastructure works though; how does this place have city water?

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    • TeriBTeriB says: 41 comments

      I wondered the same thing, Bethany.
      According to wikipedia, about half the Thimble Islands have water supplied through underwater pipes from shore. No sewer, septic only. Some of them have electricity via underwater cable as well, but since this one mentions a generator, I don’t think it’s one of them.

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    • MichaelMichael says: 2456 comments
      1979 That 70's show
      Otis Orchards, WA

      I read in another article about this property that it does have city water, no doubt piped in along the bottom of the bay to the island from Branford. You can have anything if you are willing to throw enough money at it!

      This is a really cute place and in this day and age, would be a very nice place to spend some time!

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  6. ebluhmebluhm says: 48 comments

    They have cisterns. And I believe there is a telephone (land line) thanks to someone like Cyrus Field, probably. I will try to get and post more details from someone on another of the islands.

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  7. RosewaterRosewater says: 6335 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    1912 eh? Well that’s a good sign. That probably means that it stood through the 1938, “New England hurricane”: unless the house was moved to it’s current spot after the fact. The house itself is beyond lovely and dreamy; but I must admit that my mind immediately went to that event when I saw it’s cute little butt perched on top of that tiny sliver of rock – In CT – on Long Island Sound. I have a feeling that it got lucky somehow; maybe by it’s proximity to the mainland; or because there are significant other barrier islands farther out than here; or some such reason(s).
    https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Fenwick,+Old+Saybrook,+CT+06475/Belden+Island,+Branford,+CT+06405/@41.255866,-72.744637,4535m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m13!4m12!1m5!1m1!1s0x89e6221608a38a3f:0x706296d77e62cc0!2m2!1d-72.3536947!2d41.2709316!1m5!1m1!1s0x89e7d5a1940ff4b3:0xc8424726bb1e0022!2m2!1d-72.761764!2d41.2631524?hl=en
    As it turns out, this adorable little island is actually only about thirty miles South of Fenwick, CT, sight of the famous Hepburn beach cottage; the destruction of which Katharine Hepburn so memorably detailed in her “Me” memoir.
    https://www.wnpr.org/post/katharine-hepburn-fenwick-and-hurricane-1938
    and
    https://www.historybyzim.com/2015/07/katharine-hepburn-the-new-england-hurricane-of-1938/

    The place probably has good luck. May it stand another 100 years.

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  8. LesFosselLesFossel says: 80 comments
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    1815 Cape

    70 years ago, I spent one idyllic Summer on Horse Island, another of the Thimbles. My Father commuted to Hartford (less than 90 minutes). A grocery boat came by regularly (does it still?). Kerosene lanterns gave light. Us kids looked for Capt. Kidd’s buried treasure. The treasure wasn’t buried, it was all around us.
    Les

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  9. JohntiqueJohntique says: 78 comments
    Winter Park, FL

    I can’t imagine what this would be like in a hurricane! … Secluded island living is difficult enough – without the anxiety of weather related issues. That said – the house really is a wonderful vacation escape!

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    • MJGMJG says: 1820 comments
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      CT

      I know Branford well and we’ve had our share of hurricanes here since 1912. So I how lucky this house is that it wasn’t totally wiped. I’ve often wanted to see the inside. There appears to be a back stairs right from the back bedroom to kitchen which could mean it had a live in servant when it was built.

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