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Luxury Living Great for commuters, Byram is ‘the gateway to Greenwich’

December 4, 2018

Mairead O’Sullivan knows firsthand how coveted Byram properties can be. She calls it a “little gem of a neighborhood.”

O’Sullivan recalled her time living in Byram when she first moved to Greenwich, and as a Realtor with Halstead, she has worked with both sellers and buyers there ever since.

“It is a great place to live, and the affordability factor really makes a difference for many people,” O’Sullivan said.

Just recently the Halstead agent began brokering a deal for the sellers of 29 Talbot Lane in Byram. At press time, the final negotiations on a pending contract were underway. The 1941 colonial — redesigned and leveraged as a two-family investment property — had been renovated and reportedly well maintained.

O’Sullivan described it as being in “mint condition” in listing materials, and prior to the in-the-works agreement, the property had garnered competitive offers. The proximity to the beach, pool, tennis court, marina, shopping and restaurants were also appealing attributes for the Byram location.

“Byram is essentially the gateway to Greenwich and offers a wide range of prices, from more affordable starter homes and condos to luxury waterfront properties. … I loved the small-town feeling and the welcoming people,” O’Sullivan said. “This is a very special community within a wonderful town.”

Location and lifestyle

At 128 Halstead Ave. in Byram, a modest 1,368 square foot 1920s-era colonial sits on a 0.55-acre lot overlooking the Byram River. Currently, the house — which is listed for the first time in more than 80 years — is laid out with three bedrooms and one-and-a-half baths, but the property affords some great opportunity to update, append or begin anew.

“The buyer of this property would have a great many options,” according to Eileen Zawatski. Zawatski, a Realtor with William Raveis Real Estate’s Old Greenwich office, is representing the seller of 128 Halstead. The asking price is $899,000.

“The current house was built in the 1920s and has a two-car detached garage,” the listing agent said. “They could keep it as is or add on, or rebuild. Greenwich’s F.A.R. would allow for approximately 8,600 square feet. Or there is the possibility that the buyer could subdivide this into two separate lots. The Byram River runs along the back of the property, which makes for stunning water views, especially during the winter.”

Byram has much to offer in terms of lifestyle and amenities, Zawatski suggested, citing the beach, the beloved Dorothy Hamill Skating Rink and “a jewel of a library.”

“Its proximity to the Port Chester train station, I-95, I-287 and Westchester Airport make it an easy in and out for commuters and travelers,” she added.

The newly renovated Byram Park is another compelling reason for homebuyers to consider properties in this region of Greenwich. Beth Williams, a Realtor with Preoh LLC and listing agent for 17 Richland Road in Byram, pointed out that the Park now has a freeform pool, beach house, tennis courts, ball fields, playgrounds, a picnic pavilion and a sandy stretch of beach on Long Island Sound.

Byram Park is within walking distance to the listing at 17 Richland Road, a 1912 three-bedroom colonial in North Byram. The house has been clad in HardiPlank material, a maintenance-free fiber-cement siding, the agent pointed out. Insulation was added prior to the installation, to minimize heating and cooling costs.

The property is on a tree-lined street with sidewalks and homes that enjoy private backyards, Williams explained.

“This neighborhood is undergoing a quiet transformation,” she said. “Several homes have been recently remodeled to add substantial square footage to the back of the home, increasing neighborhood values. The house next door is one of them, and there are currently two homes on this street that have been recently closed and are undergoing renovation.”

There’s room for expansion at 17 Richland, too, the Realtor suggested, thanks to a deep backyard. A public open house is planned for 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2.

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