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Are you having trouble figuring out what to do this weekend? We’ve all been in a situation like that so you’re definitely not alone.

However, enjoying a day off is anything but difficult in Stamford. There are tons of attractions such as Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Stamford’s Miniature Ghost Town, The Ferguson Library, Half Full Brewery, Cove Island Park, and many more where entertainment is pretty much guaranteed.

With so many amazing spots to check out, it can be overwhelming to pick the right one. So we have narrowed down the list for you. Without further ado, here are our top picks:

Cove Island Park

Cove Island Park is vast in size, with almost 83 acres of beach and recreation area. The park has a play area for children, sandy beaches, one-mile loop for jogging, and expansive lawns ideal for picnics.

The park has something on offer for everyone. You can enjoy the ocean breeze standing on the shore, jog or run in tracks, cycle or rollerblade, watch the birds, fly kites for fun, take your pets for a walk, spend some time reading, enjoy the fresh saltwater air, and do a whole lot of other stuff.

Half Full Brewery

Half Full Brewery is a microbrewery and tasting room offering beers with a unique taste made by expert brewers. They provide rare varieties of beer that are made by using special techniques to create a balance between the bitter taste of hops and sweet flavors.

On the third Wednesday of every month, Half Full hosts an event called Rare Beer Night. Customers are presented with new experimental types of beers along with mouth-watering food. On Fridays, you can walk in the brewery to enjoy samples. On weekends, you can get a complete tour of the brewery.

The place is a heaven for ardent beer lovers.

The Palace Theatre

Originally a vaudeville house made by Thomas Lamb in 1927, The Palace Theatre has a long history. It is now owned by a non-profit organization named Stamford Center for the Arts.

Various performances including concerts, plays, dances, interesting shows, and many more are staged in this venue regularly. The events are held in two venues, one in Atlantic Street and the other on Rich Forum.

The one in Atlantic Street has a fabulous interior and can seat a crowd of 1,500+ comfortably for a breathtaking view of the live performances.

The monthly event, TAP Cafe, provides a perfect place to make acquaintance over delicious food and drinks.

Brasitas

Brasitas is a restaurant offering a Latin Fusion Cuisine menu with a great reputation for their mixtures of delicious food. They have been in business since 1999 and are becoming more and more popular by the year.

The mouth-watering food is known to tantalize the soul with its aroma. Even the strongest wills are broken with a quick bite and then some more.

They provide all sorts of Latin foods including maize-based dishes arepas, arroz con pollo with shreds of chicken, pupusas, fried sweet plantains, tacos, tamales, jasmine rice tortillas, various salsas, chips and dips, tart citrus cabbage relish, and lots more.

Brasitas Restaurant is an excellent place to enjoy a delicious Latin meal with your friends or family.

local businesses

Situated 30 miles from Manhattan and known as the “City that Works,” Stamford works well for big corporations and small businesses alike. Business is thriving here for many reasons.

Businesswise, Stamford emerges on top in Connecticut as experts agree the city is close to reaching its economical potential.

There are so many successful local businesses worth mentioning here. If you’re familiar with our blog then you probably already know how much we love local businesses.

So, let’s take a look at some of the best local businesses in Stamford.

Izet’s Leather and Shoe Repair

Izet’s Leather and Shoe Repair is an old gem of a clothes store that has been satisfying customers for over a decade now.

The clothes sold are of high quality and you won’t find better leather work anywhere else in the city. The shoes and leather jackets come in a wide variety and styles. They are also famous for their affordable pricing.

The staff is polite, friendly, and welcoming. They have a high reputation for making customers feel like they are a part of the family. You can even get advice on clothing from Mr. Izet’s himself.

The store does more than just selling clothes as they also offer repair services. Whether it’s a simple replacement of taps of heels or a complete repair of a broken shoe, you can get your clothes and shoes fixed with no worries here.

If you need repairs or want to purchase comfortable and fitting leather clothes, then look no further.

Pinot’s Palette

Would you like to unleash your inner artist trapped beneath all the doubts?

Pinot’s Palette is the perfect place to get started. Go alone or take a group with you to have a fun time learning what it takes and how it feels to be a painter.

People with no painting experience go in and come out with what can only be called a masterpiece for first-timers. The instructors are masters at their job because it’s really them that do the magic teaching customers so well.

They have a great environment and receive nothing but positive feedback for their services.

You can order food and drinks from restaurants nearby to deliver at Pinot’s venue and enjoy it indoors during a short break midway of the painting lesson.

The experience is amazing and so are the instructors, join them for an evening of fun and a memorable painting lesson.

Half Full Brewery

A microbrewery in 43 Homestead Ave, Half Full Brewery was started by Conor Horrigan who had only one motive in mind from the beginning. His goal was to challenge people to live in the moment.

His mission has been accomplished as the brewery is now the go-to place for ardent beer lovers in Stamford.

They sell various types of drinks in all sorts of flavors and with numerous ingredients. The variety of beers sold is unmatched by any other local brewery. They like to experiment a lot and give new samples of drinks to people for testing.

It’s the finest brewery in the city for a reason. This is due to the brilliance of the hardworking staff who work on a framework built on the following six qualities:

  1. Fun-Loving
  2. Audacious
  3. Brilliant
  4. Restless
  5. Impactful
  6. Collaborative

Make sure to check them out the next time you feel like grabbing a beer.

favorite restaurants

Stamford’s proximity to New York is one of its best merits. While great, The proximity does have some inevitable side effects. The Food Scene being compared to the Big Apple is one of these side effects.

New York is one of the best food cities in the world. Few regions come close to replicating the culinary magic of the giant metropolis.

Stamford may not quite be on NY’s level on this front, few cities are, but it still has a lot to offer.

Foodies and Drink Connoisseurs Rejoice! This article is for you. We have painstakingly assembled this diverse list. Read on to discover some of the best local eateries and pubs in Stamford.

It is irrelevant if you are visiting Stamford over the weekend, or have lived here for years. You NEED to check these places out.

Half Full Brewery
WHERE: 43 Homestead Ave, Stamford

WHY: Nice Beers, Community Focused Business

Half Full is the epitome of what you expect from a small local business. They have a vested interest in the community, and their public events are some of the most entertaining in the entire city.

The Brewery has a long list of beers on tap, and they keep adding to it. Their unique “Community Sourced Ales” are brewed entirely in collaboration with other local ventures.

If you like beer, you simply have to check them out.

DiMare Pastry Shop
WHERE: 12 Largo Drive South, Stamford

WHY: Family Business, Great Cakes and Pastries

DiMare is a family owned bakery operating in Stamford since 1976. Their delicious cakes and pastries are made with quality ingredients, completely from scratch.

If you need cakes, cookies, pies, bread, pastries or any other baked good, this is the shop for you. DiMare also provides custom orders and online booking inside the United States.

Magee’s Curbside
WHERE: 72 Magee Ave, Stamford

WHY: Wonderful Food, Small and Cozy Spot

This modest restaurant is pretty unremarkable at first glance. It is a small place with limited parking spaces, outside of the bustling downtown area. Give them a go, however, and you’ll see why it makes the list.

Magee’s have their own innovative spin on your favorite foods. Among these are Churro Waffles, a delicious cross between a Churro and a Waffle.

You can enjoy anything from their long pun-riddled menu in a homely and snug setting.

Colony Grill
WHERE: 172 Myrtle Ave, Stamford

WHY: Famous “Hot Oil” Pizza

Colony is a historic establishment that was set up in 1935 as a tavern. The business has since evolved, and the name remains only as a nod to their history and heritage.

Although you can still get drinks, the popularity of their signature pizza has wiped out most other menu items over time. Their unique “Hot Oil Pizza” is a one-of-its-kind thin-crust pie with unique spicy toppings.

Looking for a great pizza? This is the place to be.

Lorca
WHERE: 125 Bedford St, Stamford

WHY: Excellent Churros, Speciality Coffee And Tea

Lorca offers locally-sourced handmade food and beverages. They have a good selection of great breakfast and lunch options.

Where Lorca really stands out, however, is their baked goods and specialty beverages. The highlights of this Spanish-inspired cafe include the best Churros in Stamford. With a host of coffees or teas to choose from, you are spoiled for choice on the beverage front.

business spotlight

KRG Business Spotlight – Elio Vetrini, Owner – COUNTY TV & APPLIANCE, Stamford, CT

Q: You have owned County TV & Appliances since 2003. What inspired your family to take on this venture?
A: My father, Vincent, started in this business as a 21-year-old salesperson. It’s a good old American sales story which charts the evolution of a good sales person who eventually became a majority owner. I started in this business as a 16-year-old, and now I am following in my father’s footsteps. He was inspired to buy this business and was thoughtful and did it well over the course of his long career. The opportunity presented itself to continue and grow the company and purchase it all, so it’s something that we’ve done over our entire lives. I was born and raised in it, and I am happy to be a part of it.

Q: Who or what has been your personal inspiration in business?
A: Naturally, a child follows in his father’s footsteps. Growing up, I watched my father working hard and working long hours. We have a close relationship, so that has truly been my inspiration to continue following in his footsteps. My inspiration today, now that I am fully invested in this business, is being the best luxury appliance and electronics retailer in Fairfield County – that’s not a cliché. We stick to that. That’s why we wake up every morning and put in the hard work that we do – it’s not only money driven, but rather being the best in the business and succeeding. Hard work has been the key to our success.

Q: What is the best thing about doing business in Fairfield County?
A: One of the best things about operating in Fairfield County is the geographical location and the affluency. We get involved in some interesting and complex developmental projects. We play a major role in furnishing those projects, and it’s always exciting to push boundaries with designers, architects, and builders and to witness the results.

Q: What do you consider to the biggest “win” in your business’s history?
A: Since 2007, as the world changed financially, I’ve always said that there’s no such thing as a “home-run.” I consider a “win” to be working hard every day, looking at every aspect of our business on a daily basis, and seeing where we can change, adapt, and can be even more successful.

Q: Outside of running a business, in what other way is County TV & Appliances involved in the community?
A: We absolutely believe in contributing to our community. We support our Police Department, the Fire Department, Downtown Stamford events, and are an intricate part of the Jewish community.

real estate in stamford

Did you enjoy HarborFest at Harbor Point? Are you intrigued with the idea of living here? Let’s browse the luxury apartment buildings and lifestyle attractions that make up Harbor Point. There are 2 main neighborhoods: Yale & Towne (closer to the train) and Commons Park (closer to the waterfront).

Yale & Towne
Yale & Towne is a walkable, lifestyle-oriented neighborhood, well-loved for its short walk to the Metro North/Amtrak train station and its wide array of restaurants and merchants. You have at your doorstep New York’s famous Fairway Market grocery store, Harlan Social American Gastro-pub, Asian Bistro, and a must-try Dinosaur Bar-B-Que! You can find a Haute Nails salon, Subway, Le Pain Quotidien bakery, Design Within Reach furnishings, Verizon Retailer, CVS, The Style Bar hair salon, Go-Green Dry Cleaners….and more new choices arriving all the time! All residents have access to the free Trolley shuttle to the train and Downtown.

The converted Yale & Towne Lock Factory at 200 Henry Street showcases Stamford’s industrial heritage. “The Lofts” is a long, low brick building with high ceilings, exposed beams, brick and ductwork, combining modern architecture with vintage character. If you love the brick factories and warehouses in New York’s Tribeca, you’ll love “The Lofts.” Amenities include in-unit laundry, a newly renovated clubhouse, concierge service, fitness center, wifi lounge, and valuable Preferred Employer discounts on items like application fee and parking. http://www.ytlofts.com

Continuing the chic industrial theme is “The Key” at 110 Towne Street, a pet-friendly high rise with an indoor garage and in-unit washer/dryer. Amenities are located across the street at 111 Towne Street, including a including a rooftop pool/sundeck with fire-pits, grilling stations, billiard room, clubroom and gym. http://www.thekeystamford.com

Across the street are “111 Harbor Point” at 111 Towne Street and “The Lockworks” at 121 Towne. They both feature more modern architecture and less of an industrial feel. Amenities at these pet-friendly apartments include in-unit laundry, swimming pools, courtyards with gas-fueled fire pits and grills, fitness centers, concierge service and access-controlled garage parking. There are subtle differences in their architectural styles and floor plans, ranging from studios to three bedroom apartments and townhouse style units. A visit is the best way to see which location is best suited to your personal style.  http://www.111harborpoint.com www.121towne.com

A health-oriented choice is “The Vault”, a completely smoke-free community at 120 Towne Street. “The Vault” offers balconies, in-unit laundry, a pool plaza, fire pits, BBQ pavilions, fitness center, and reserved garage parking.  http://www.vaultapts.com.

Commons Park
A short stroll to the South from Yale & Towne, across a treed and lighted path, you find Commons Park, the focal point of many outdoor activities. All residents can participate in free fitness classes including yoga, Zumba, Tai Chi, cross-training, dance, and even an exercise class with your baby’s stroller. There are free family movies, dog training in the HP dog park, painting classes, and the popular Farmer’s Market. A powerful draw to this neighborhood is the opportunity to keep your private sailboat or powerboat at one of the marinas that dot the Harbor.

The waterfront ambience is reflected in great seafood restaurants such as Sign of the Whale and Boothbay Lobster Company, joined by Mexicue, Harbor Point Wines & Spirits, Corbo’s Deli, Fortina Pizza, and Bareburger. For a fun change of pace, organize a wine-tasting-and-painting party at Pinot’s Palette. And of course, don’t miss the charming and convenient free Trolley rides to the train station and Downtown.

Okay, it’s fun to live here, but which building should you choose? They each have different architectural character and personality, so a visit is really necessary.

At the entrance to the Commons Park neighborhood is “101 Park Place”, the first style-setting high rise built in Harbor Point, located at 101 Washington Blvd. Amenities include in-unit laundry, a pool, sun deck, fitness center, garage, concierge services, and balcony views of the city skyline or harbor. www.101parkplace.com

The crown jewel of Harbor Point is “The Beacon” at 1 Harbor Point Road, the only building located directly on the waterfront. Many units offer a much-coveted harbor view from private balconies, and there is a stunning 22nd floor rooftop observatory with panoramic views of Manhattan, Long Island Sound, Westchester and Fairfield. In addition to the usual amenities, this building features a “great room” near the pool and sun deck, yoga studio, health club and game room. This building is worth a visit!
http://www.beaconharborpt.com

“NV@ Harbor Point” is the newest addition to the neighborhood, at 100 Commons Park North. Combining industrial design with a nautical color scheme, this building offers studio, one and two bedroom units with private balconies, in-unit laundry, pet-free or pet-friendly options, garage, and full amenities.
http://www.nvharborpoint.com

“Infinity Harbor Point” at 201 Commons Park South, is a delightful, well-designed building with spacious units, open floor plans, floor-to-ceiling windows, in-unit washer/dryer, concierge, and full fitness amenities including roof-top pool and fire pits. The garage even has an electric car charging station. Nothing has been left out! Come for a tour!
https://www.infinityharborpoint.com

A popular smoke-free option is the “Postmark Apartments” at 301 Commons Park South. Units are spacious and bright with huge windows and a selection of floor plans. Located right on the park, you have instant access to all of the outdoor fitness classes, neighborhood gatherings, restaurants and merchants. And don’t forget that the Yale & Towne district is only a short walk to the North along a beautifully landscaped path. This is a truly livable and walkable neighborhood. Welcome!
https://www.postmarkapts.com/

real estate in Stamford

A city of sea-lovers has influenced the revival of Stamford’s Waterside neighborhood, which starts at the Old Greenwich border and extends along Stamford Harbor. Historically, Waterside has been a neighborhood of single- and multi-family homes and small industrial employers vital to the city, home to families who have loved these quiet streets for many generations. While this character still remains, the area has recently experienced revitalization along the harbor, with the development of luxury condominiums, apartment complexes, marinas and upscale restaurants.

Harbor Landing at 28 Southfield Ave is the newest apartment complex, offering the same luxury look and feel that you can find in Harbor Point, just across the harbor. Amenities include a pool and sundeck with grills and fire pits, outdoor TV lounge, fitness center and 24-hour concierge. Apartments range from studios to 2-bedroom layouts, and offer pet-friendly or pet-free/smoke-free options. Wake up to sunrise over the water! www.hlandingapts.com

Along the harbor on Southfield Avenue you can also find Baypointe, with luxury rental apartments, full amenities, and a free Trolley shuttle to downtown or Stamford’s Transportation Center with Metro North and Amtrak train lines. You can stroll along the harbor boardwalk to reach the area’s restaurants, marinas and water taxi to Harbor Point. www.baypointestamford.com.  WE LOVE THIS ONE!

TGM Anchor Point is another elegant pet-friendly choice, with 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments, a 2-level fitness center and full amenities. Anchor Point has its own marina which offers 72 deep water boat slips for seasonal and transient rental and convenient access to Long Island Sound. Water-lovers welcome! www.tgmanchorpoint.com

Seaside amenities
To take full advantage of this beautiful location, dine along the water at Prime, where the raw oyster bar and aged steak give new meaning to the term “surf and turf.” You can even dock your boat at their boat slips and then enjoy your meal overlooking the waters of the harbor. Or enjoy the Half Full Brewery or Crabshell at Stamford Landing, with a dockside bar and live music on the boardwalk. There is also an event venue at The Loading Dock, a luxurious place for weddings or other special events.
For boat owners, Waterside offers several marinas and transient boat slips, a water taxi between Harbor Landing and Harbor Point, and the famous Hinckley Yacht Services full-service boatyard. Nothing has been left out! Come explore Stamford’s Waterside!

real estate blog


It’s no secret that social media plays an incredibly pivotal role in our lives today. When we’re not at work, cooking, caring for the family, or sleeping, we’re probably on our laptops or phones, sifting through social media feeds. It’s hard to look away – everyone can admit it.

However, instead of letting it drain your free time, you can actually leverage this new social trend for your real estate business. By drawing clients closer to you, showcasing your community knowledge, and opening up your listings online, real estate social media is something you can’t ignore.

Here are 5 reasons why social media is critical to real estate success today:

  1. Establishing Yourself:

In a 2012 NAR Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, it was found that 90% of home buyers search online at some point during their home buying process. That means if you choose to stay off of social media, 90% of your market might never find you/learn about your real estate expertise. You know the saying: if you can’t beat them, join them. In this case, you have to, or you’ll fade into the past of real estate.

  1. Nurture Relationships:

Consumers are different today. They expect a little attention and personal nurturing before they make big purchases. What could be bigger than a home? Many home buyers will use social media to message you first before they decide to do the whole process with you. It might be a Facebook Messenger post, a question on an Instagram post, or a text through your website. Whatever it is, they are fishing for you to answer so they know you care about their well-being.

  1. Increased Exposure:

There are over 3 billion daily active users on Facebook today. It’s a lead capture for just about everyone. If you want people to know about you and your business, the most convenient way to do it is through social media. Plus, it’s completely free (although it is wise to consider some kind of advertising with the social sites).

  1. Loyalty and Trust:

You want your clients to feel loyal to you. You want them to stay with you throughout their lives and recommend you to family and friends – nothing is more important than those word of mouth recs. Social media is a great way to keep these people close and update them on you and what you are doing every single day. They will feel like they really know you. From that closeness, they will come to trust you.

  1. Follow Up:

Lastly, it’s much easier to follow up with present and past clients on social media than it is to cold call them in the middle of the day. No one wants to be pestered on their lunch break with a phone call. It puts a bad taste in their mouths. Instead, you can send a LinkedIn message, comment “great job” on their recent Facebook post, and like every photo in your newsfeed. It’s an easy way to follow up with them.

Social media and real estate go hand-in-hand. No one understands that better than us here at BHGRE Shore & Country Properties. Follow us on all of our social profiles today!

selling my home


Before Putting Your Home up for Sale
Here are a few items to take care of before listing your home. This can make the sale process quicker and easier in the long run.

Consider a pre-sale home inspection. An inspector will be able to give you a good indication of the trouble areas that will stand out to potential buyers, and you’ll be able to make repairs before open houses begin.

Organize and clean. Pare down clutter and pack up your least-used items, such as large blenders and other kitchen tools, out-of-season clothes, toys, and seasonal items. Store items off-site or in boxes neatly arranged in the garage or basement. Clean the windows, carpets, walls, lighting fixtures, and baseboards to make the house shine.

Get replacement estimates. Do you have big-ticket items that will need to be replaced soon? Find out how much it will cost to repair an older roof or replace worn carpeting, even if you don’t plan to do so. The figures will help buyers determine if they can afford the home, and they’ll be handy when negotiations begin.

Locate warranties. Gather up the warranties, guarantees, and user manuals for the furnace, washer/dryer, dishwasher, and any other items that will remain with the house. It may seem like this task can be left until closing, but you don’t want lost paperwork or last-minute scrambling to cause the deal to fall through.

Spruce up the curb appeal. Walk out to the front of your home, close your eyes, and pretend you’re a prospective buyer seeing the property for the first time. As you approach the front door, what is your impression of the property? Do the lawn and bushes look neatly manicured? Is the address clearly visible? What do you see framing the entrance, if anything? Is the walkway free of cracks and impediments?

rentals in CT

Do you own residential rental property in Fairfield County?
Or are you thinking of renting out your home for the first time? Or are you a seasoned veteran looking for a strong real estate agent?  The professional Realtors® at BHGRE Shore & Country Properties are here to help you.

Why should I use a BHGRE Shore & Country Properties Realtor® to rent my property?

Three great reasons: 1) Faster rental 2) High quality of tenants 3) Less personal time and hassle

How does this work?

  1. Our goal is to help you find high quality tenants quickly at a good rent.
  2. We put your rental listing on the Greenwich Multiple Listing Service (GMLS) as well as the Consolidated Fairfield County MLS (CMLS) where hundreds of Realtors® look for rentals for their clients.
  3. We also feature your listing on our site www.GreenwichCTrentals.com , StamfordCtRentals.com and NorwalkCtRentals.com, three leading sites, where thousands of potential renters will see it.
  4. We pre-screen the candidates and take them to see a selection of rentals that meet their needs. We present your property in its best light.
  5. When candidates like your rental, we have them fill out a comprehensive application; they pay for a credit report, and we ask them for proof of legal income (such as a pay stub), and if necessary a letter of reference from a current landlord. You don’t waste your time doing all of this, we do it for you.
  6. The candidate makes an offer to you, based on credit-worthiness and other factors.  We help you reach agreement on rent and security and we can arrange for you to meet the candidate if you wish. Remember…our goal is for you to find high quality tenants at a good rent.
  7. We draw up a lease based on the Greenwich Board of Realtors lease that is legally sound and easy to understand.
  8. When your new tenant has signed the lease and paid the first month’s rent and security deposits you pay us our fee, typically one month’s rent. We never charge a fee for a lease renewal.

OK, but what makes BHGRE Shore & Country Properties Realtors® different?

We Take Rentals Seriously! Rentals are a major part of our business…not just a fill-in…and they require special expertise. www.GreenwichCTrentals.com, StamfordCTrentals.com, NorwalkCTrentals.com and AllCTrentals.com demonstrate our commitment to your rental business.

What else do I need to know to be a landlord?

You must comply with state and local regulations regarding tenant and landlord rights and responsibilities. Some helpful sites are listed here:

You should become familiar with the federal and state fair housing laws, which prohibit discrimination against prospective tenants based on factors such as their race, religion, national origin, and several other categories of protection. These laws vary depending on the number of rental units in your building and whether this is an owner-occupied home. Check with your attorney to make sure you are complying with fair housing laws in CT.

You should also keep good records of rent income and repairs, mortgage payments, and so on, and you should have a separate escrow savings account for the security deposit. Speak with your tax advisor about how you will report your rental income and how much of your expenses may be tax deductible.

NOTE: This website does not offer legal or tax advice, so please contact your attorney or tax advisor for more detailed information.

how to find a home to buy

No surprises here!  The internet and great real estate agents are the number one and two sources buyers use to find their new homes; newspaper is less than 1%