Over the past decade, Black Rock has been attracting artists, academics, young professionals, and retirees who yearn to live in a true neighborhood and an affordable waterfront community on Long Island Sound. This Fairfield County community has been the focus of two articles by the New York Times over the past few years, "Living in Black Rock, Connecticut: A Community with Spirit and an Edge" (August 8, 2004) and "If You're Thinking of Living In St. Mary's-by-the-Sea, Connecticut: At Peninsula's End, a Waterside Enclave" (June 9, 2002). Black Rock is likely to become even more desirable when the Black Rock train station is completed in 2009. The commute to Manhattan at present involves a ten minute car ride to the Fairfield train station to catch the one hour and ten minute express train to Grand Central. Black Rock is also convenient to I-95 for commuters to New York, Stamford or New Haven.
Black Rock has a rich history dating back to its heritage as a colonial seaport. In the late 1800's and early 1900's wealthy merchants built beautiful homes in Black Rock. One of these homes with 3 acres of land and 16 rooms was recently on the market for over $4 million on Old Battery Road. Old Battery Road is located on Grovers Hill, one of the highest elevations in Black Rock, which also affords views of the Sound. Grovers Avenue, Penfield Place, and Anchorage Drive are also sought after for their direct waterfront properties and deep water docks. The majority of homes in Black Rock sell for less than $500,000, which is significantly less than homes in other Fairfield County areas. With a population of less than 9,000 and an area of less than one square mile, there are only about 40-60 single family homes for sale each year. Black Rock also has condominiums, co-ops, and multi-family properties.
Black Rock combines the beauty of a shoreline community with the sophistication of an urban setting. Residents enjoy walking along the park at St. Mary's-by-the-Sea and kayaking or walking along Ash Creek. The Black Rock Arts Center, Captain's Cove Seaport, Black Rock Yacht Club, Fayerweather Yacht Club, and a wide variety of restaurants offer lively nightlife and daytime enjoyment.
Black Rock is an artsy, eclectic, close-knit community where newcomers are quickly integrated into the neighborhood as they join together on community projects and events. For updated news and events visit Black Rock's Community Blog