Fairfield County Homes for Sale: Where Does St. Mary's-by-the-Sea Begin in Black Rock?

Where Does St. Mary's-by-the-Sea Begin in Black Rock?

Although there are no official boundaries for the St. Mary's-by-the-Sea section of Black Rock, most often the section from Balmforth to the seawall comprising about 160 homes, has been what Black Rockers consider to be St. Mary's as it is the area closest to the the St. Mary's-by-the-Sea park and contains the city's highest rated Residential zone called Res AA (more land, more street frontage requirements than Res A zone). Balmforth Street is highlighted in red and Brewster Street is highlighted in green on the map above.

However, an article in the New York Times Real Estate section on May 19, 2010 called "Living in St. Mary's-by-the-Sea: A Waterfront Enclave" expands the boundaries to Brewster Street. Other articles in the NYT ("Living in Black Rock, Connecticut; A Community with Spirit, and an Edge" by Lisa Prevost published 8/8/04) have defined St. Mary's along more traditional lines, "Higher-priced properties are located at the tip of the Black Rock peninsula in the St. Mary's neighborhood. The name is short for St. Mary's by the Sea, a city-owned park consisting of a winding, shoreline walkway overlooking Black Rock Harbor and a small beach." ("If You're Thinking of Living in St. Mary's-by-the-Sea Connecticut; At Penninsula's End, A Waterside Enclave" by Lisa Prevost published June 9, 2002 by the NYT) "a neighborhood nestled at the tip of the Black Rock penninsula."

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Comment balloon 4 commentsGail Robinson • May 22 2010 12:59PM


Hi Gail...Good idea to work with a local REALTOR who knows the area.  No guessing where the boundaries are when you're working with a pro.


Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) about 10 years ago

Gail any property by the water gets my attention.  I would love to own a property someday on the water.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) about 10 years ago

Kate - Why should they list to me, I'm just the #1 REALTOR in Black Rock.  LOL

George - I had a beautiful custom Cape with dual water views at St. Mary's (the real St. Mary's, not the crazy boundries in the NYT article) for 20 years.  It was an incredible experience.  I remember floating on a raft in my pool looking up at the sky through the leaves of my trees and thinking life couldn't get better.  I was right.  Best time of my life.  Too bad I didn't know it.  I moved out of the true St. Mary's area, but am still in Black Rock and take a walk down to the water every day (unless the weather is bad).  I don't really have a desire to own a property right on the water, but near the water is just fine now.  I just want to walk to the water.  Knowing you are so close to the water makes all the difference, especially when we had our sailboat in the harbor.

Posted by Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT (William Raveis Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Very good post! Nice street map picture! I agree with Kate comments above!

Thanks for sharing,


Posted by Adam Malachi, QSC,CDPE,CIPS,CNE,CRB,CRS,GRI,MRE,SFR (A 2 Z Realty LLC) about 10 years ago

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