Final Boarding Call
There are so many reasons why people and families for centuries have been attracted to life here in southeast Connecticut and just over the border in Rhode Island. It's relatively easy to get around, for day-to-day conveniences and work commutes. There's the long list of natural amenities, not the least of which are an abundance of state parks and coastal beaches. It's a diverse area, and that reflects well in the many cultural, culinary and arts events. It's a region replete with history, heritage and commerce.
Nearly every style of architecture is represented here, thanks to the passage of time, history and fashion that other parts of the country aren't afforded.
Another perk of living here is something many of us may take for granted until we're presented with the need or desire to travel. We have a lot of airport options. They're convenient and often within an hour's reach, and that can be an underrated and invaluable lifestyle asset, whether you're a businessperson who logs a lot of air miles, or a family who likes to explore the country or big world beyond it. Having the option to choose from a number of airports and airlines may also help mitigate costs.
Realtor Alexis Devlin enjoys traveling.
"As a frequent airplane traveler, my co-workers say, 'Where are you going now?' I love the ease and convenience of Bradley Airport and TF Green," she said. "They are easy to reach, park at and get through security."
Devlin is an agent with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, New England Properties in Colchester, and she knows that buyers for whom travel is a regular part of life appreciate being able to reach any number of airports, in a reasonable amount of time. Unlike some more rural regions of New England, there's a long list of regional and international airports from which to choose.
Devlin is currently serving as the listing agent for 114 Lakeside Drive in East Haddam, a quaint two-bedroom ranch in the Sunset Acres Association on Bashan Lake.
The 1.10-acre property has a deep yard, and the location is within 50 miles of Bradley International Airport and Tweed New Haven Airport, and about 40 miles to the Groton-New London regional airport. The asking price for 114 Lakeside Drive, East Haddam, is $399,900.
"Living on the Connecticut shoreline has many benefits, from beautiful beach days to stunning sunsets," according to Chloe White, a Realtor who leads the White Door Team at Keller Williams Legacy Partners in Farmington.
"Dining, shopping, golfing and boating are also at your fingertips," she added.
White is the listing agent broker for 20 Crescent Avenue in Niantic, a four-bedroom Cape on a corner lot in the Crescent Beach community. The asking price is $699,900.
This property is within easy reach of two local airports — Tweed New Haven and Bradley International. TF Green is about an hour and half away. But even the major airports in New York City and Boston are within do-able reach at roughly two-and-a-half hours away, she pointed out.
The four-bedroom custom-built contemporary-leaning home at 4-2 Talcott Farm Road in Old Lyme is currently for sale, with an asking price of $1 million. Tony Walstra, a Realtor with William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty in Old Lyme is the listing agent.
The house was built in 1985, with lots of windows and indoor-to-outdoor entertaining flow out to a private patio and pool. It's a short stroll to the private association-maintained tennis court and kayak launch on the Connecticut River.
"It's very convenient to fly in and out of southeast Connecticut, in my opinion," Walstra said. "My favorite airport is TF Green in Warwick, Rhode Island. The reason is: you don't have to drive through a city to get there or pick someone up." Walstra added that he also tends to leverage Bradley International, but avoids rush-hour flights, and for long international travel, has tapped into flights departing from Boston and New York City.
Joe Rhodes III and Judy Schaaf are brokers with Coldwell Banker Realty in Old Lyme. They're representing the seller of 202 Joshuatown Road in Lyme, which at deadline was still "coming soon" to the market. This property comprises 1 acre of land, waterfront on Joshua Pond, with a three-bedroom 1900-era Cape colonial. The 1,500-square-foot house has hardwood flooring throughout most of the living spaces and an abundance of windows to bring in lots of natural light. In addition to the frontage on the pond, the property also has expansive lawn, landscaping and specimen trees.
And the property enjoys convenience to local airports, too.
"We have the best choices for air travel that are convenient to this area," Rhodes suggested. "Bradley International and TF Green are both within an hour's drive and provide a broad selection of domestic and international routes and carriers. Newly revamped Tweed in East Haven has partnered with Avelo Airlines for inexpensive flights to popular Florida destinations. Boston's Logan International is just two hours north and provides a very user-friendly metropolitan airport experience. Uber and Lyft are available in most areas and provide affordable hassle-free transport to and from these airports."