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This... is Darien Connecticut. We are going to explore the stunning Darien CT waterfront, so you can decide which area is a fit for you

Hi, my name is Charlie Vinci. I am a Darien CT Realtor, and my realty team and I specialize in helping buyers understand what living in Darien CT entails and how to relocate to the area.

Today we will be exploring the Darien waterfront, answering your questions and showing you what this beautiful area has to offer.

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Since you can't exactly stand on the shoreline of someone's Darien waterfront property, and renting a boat to explore the Darien CT Real Estate along the coastline is a bit overkill for most people, I am going to do the next best thing. I’ll show you the coastline, we’ll take a look at the views from every direction, and I’ll show you what's nearby so you can decide the best place to live in Darien, along the waterfront. I’ll also provide you with a waterfront market report which is consistently updated with the latest listings and sales. Let’s go…

If we haven't already met, my name is Charlie Vinci, I am a Darien Realtor with deep knowledge of waterfront real estate in the area. Today I am going to share some of that knowledge with you. You can find the Darien waterfront market report that I promised at the link on the screen. Let's start in Noroton Neck…

Noroton Neck:

The Noroton Neck Peninsula is just south of the Noroton Heights village area which is currently being redeveloped at the time of this filming, and already has the foundational components of a great village area including a train station, supermarket, banks, a pharmacy, liquor store, a gym and a couple of great places to eat. I am personally excited about the future of this area. It could easily shape up to be one of the best villages along the “Gold Coast”. If you choose to live in Noroton Neck, you will be just minutes away.

If that weren't enough, you have one of the best beaches in town. Weed Beach, it’s the largest beach park in town and is open to residents with its beautiful sandy beach, tennis, a playground, a fit trail including outdoor fitness equipment, and a concession stand.

On the southern tip of the peninsula, you have the private Noroton Yacht Club. In addition to the excellent deep water marina, they have a great junior sailing program, tennis and dining. They host several regattas every year, so If you like to race sailboats definitely look them up.

While we are on the subject of boaters, you will find the southern and southeastern tip to be the best locations for a private dock with access at all tides. 

You will also find several small islands that are connected to land including Brush Island, Pratt Island & Nash Island. Some of the homes on these islands have small private beaches.

Looking to the west, you have views of Stamford off in the distance, and the beautiful Cove Beach and park to the southwest. If you are looking for relatively affordable high quality waterfront, you will want to explore our Stamford Waterfront Tour.

To the south you will have sweeping views of Long Island Sound, with Long Island off in the distance along the horizon. 

To the east, your views will be Pear Tree Point Beach, and to the left of the beach you will find Darien Boat Club, both are in the neighborhood of Long Neck Point. Let's go take a closer look.

Long Neck Point:

The Long Neck Point Peninsula is a narrow strip of land, anywhere from two to five building lots wide, with good access to the village area I showed you earlier.

It hosts Pear Tree Point Beach, which is smaller than Weed Beach. Some locals prefer the view and the sand, and the fact that it’s less developed than Weed Beach. Either way you have two great beaches in town, I’d love to know which one is your favorite, tell me in the comments below.

To the north of Pear Tree Point Beach is the Darien Boat Club which is great for smaller power boats. If you are looking for the best location for a private dock with access at all tides, look in the southern part of the peninsula. 

Some homes have private beaches, mostly along the eastern side. The eastern side is also where you will find Great Island. This sixty plus acre plot of land was purchased by the town and plans are being developed to turn it into one of the best parks in the “Gold Coast”. Between this, the upcoming Noroton Heights village area, and the quick access by train to Manhattan. I'm pretty excited about Darien's future, and its ability to attract an unfair share of buyers.

Looking to the west, you will have views of Norton Neck, The Darien Boat Club Marina, and in some cases Pear Tree Point Beach as it juts out from the land mass. Across from Pear Tree Point Beach you will see the Noroton Yacht Club, as well as Pratt and Nash Island. 

Did you notice the skyline in the background? That is downtown Stamford. And the large land mass off in the distance is the Shippan Peninsula in Stamford. 

To the south and southwest, you have sweeping views of the Long Island Sound and to the west, there are a few large islands and the Rowayton Peninsula off in the far distance, which are part of Norwalk.

Looking west from the northern part of the peninsula, you have views of the private Hay Island, and the much larger Great Island that I mentioned earlier. 


Next, let's take a look at the waterfront area in Tokeneke. 

The waterfront in this area has a different feel than the other parts of Darien. In fact it has unique attributes that aren't found anywhere else in the “Gold Coast”. While it’s hard to describe in words, it feels more like the South Carolina coastline. It’s more marshy, and these differences, along with the outcroppings create some stunning views.

Some homes have small private beaches, and you may find an occasional home with a dock that is accessible at all tides, just don’t expect a plethora of options. 

Looking to the south, you have views over Scott Cove to Great Island on the right, with the Long Island Sound off in the distance. 

To the left is the community of Contentment Island. The Google Earth image here shows Scott Cove at low tide which accentuates the marshiness. At mid and high tide, this area looks like a bay with several small islands and outcroppings

Let's go take a closer look at Contentment Island. 

Contentment Island:

Contentment Island is a community that is connected to Tokeneke. It has a similar island-like feel with some small private beaches and the eastern side has deeper water that can allow for boat access at all tides.

From Contentment Island, looking west over Scott cove, you will see Tokeneke and great island. 

Looking south, you will see the private Fish and Crab islands. 

And to the southeast you have sweeping views of Long Island Sound with the Norwalk Islands off in the distance. 

Butlers Island

To the east of Contentment Island you have Butler’s Island, which is also connected to land. Between the two, you will find the beautiful beachfront Tokeneke Club. It's a family oriented club with tennis, a soft sandy beach, an oceanfront pool & cabanas, dining, and more.

To the south you have sweeping views of Long Island Sound, and If you were looking east from Butlers Island, you would gaze over the entrance to the Rowayton Harbor with the Wee Burn Beach Club and Bailey Beach On the other side. 

Rowayton is a charming nautical neighborhood and whether you like a smaller, tighter community or larger waterfront lots with security, Norwalk’s waterfront has a lot to offer. You can learn more about it in our Norwalk Waterfront tour


If you are still exploring, check out my website where you will find my raved about local buyers guide, neighborhood maps, and all of the homes listed for sale in Darien. 

I hope you enjoyed this tour as much as I enjoyed making it for you. When you are ready to start shopping, call me, I’ll help you find a great home.

I look forward to hearing from you!


Charlie Vinci

Darien CT Realtor


About the Author:

Charlie Vinci, the Founder and Lead Agent of the Charlie Vinci Team has become a mainstay in Connecticut’s real estate market, earning accolades as one of the top 3% of realtors within the state. Fueled by a dedication to the success of his clients and an ever-growing assortment of area-specific resources, the business continues to thrive in the constantly evolving real estate marketplace. An informative YouTube presence has been the primary driver/focus for the team, as it has allowed Charlie to engage directly with his audience and provide a consultative approach to an often ambiguous process. Whether an international client seeking relocation to the US or a local homeowner considering the sale of their property, The Charlie Vinci Team has the market knowledge, resources, and expedient level of service that clients not only desire, but deserve.

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