Luxury Living Quaint Riverside hamlet offers great schools, diversity, quiet
Asked what adjectives come to mind when she thinks about Riverside, Realtor Tracey Koorbursch of Sotheby’s International Realty said, “Community, neighborhood, beautiful, idyllic, safe, quiet, quaint, international.”
Koorbusch knows Riverside as both a Realtor who assists clients in buying and selling homes here, and as a resident of more than 30 years. It’s the Greenwich community where she raised four children and discovered that the “nucleus” of the community is found at the local elementary and middle schools.
“Riverside is truly an international area. That diversity makes it interesting not only for lifelong residents but for newcomers who can often feel at home with someone from their native State or country,” she said.
Koorbusch is currently serving as the listing agent for 2 Spruce Street in Riverside. Listed for $1.679 million.
“The Cotswold-style of the home is classic Riverside, with a stone and clapboard exterior and surrounding stone walls,” Koorbusch said. “Careful attention was paid by noted Riverside architect, Laura Kaehler, to blend the addition with the existing architecture. The expansion was in the key living areas, including the family room, dining room and master bedroom. Of particular interest is the custom curved window atrium connecting the dining room to the step-down family room with vaulted ceilings. The home can be further expanded if needed, which makes it a great starter home or downsizing option.”
Americana charm with international culture
“Over the years, people have been attracted to Riverside due to its proximity to Long Island Sound — at the same time to New York City,” Ann Simpson explained one of the area’s appeal. “This common interest has created a close-knit community.”
Simpson is a Realtor with the Old Greenwich office of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, New England Properties, and the listing agent for 40 Crescent Road in Riverside, a two-story Cape-style colonial on a 0.39-acre lot.
“What also brings them to Riverside are the neighborhoods,” Simpson added. “The small enclaves of streets where people develop close friendships. On any given morning, you see families coming from all directions, walking their children to Riverside Elementary and Eastern Middle School.”
40 Crescent Road is listed for $1.69 million, and the property’s location puts its residents within walking distance to two train stations (Riverside’s and Old Greenwich’s), Binney Park and Old Greenwich Village.
“40 Crescent has unexpected space with a flexible floor plan,” Simpson said. “If someone is looking for one-floor living, there is a master bedroom and second bedroom on the first floor, and still four more on the second.” Buyers will also find the interiors to be bright and inviting, thanks to oversized windows and skylights, she pointed out.
Though she worries that the expression may seem trite, Simpson said it’s apt to describe Riverside as “a page out of Norman Rockwell’s sketch book.”
Jane Owen Brash of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage is representing the seller of 12 Dorchester Lane in Riverside, a home the Realtor calls “the quintessential New England colonial.”
“It is utterly charming, on a beautiful landscaped corner lot on a quiet street within walking distance to Riverside Elementary and Eastern Middle School, the train and Binney Park” Brash noted. “[It is] a real neighborhood, with block parties and a cul-de-sac where children play. It maintains much of the Old World charm of a New England colonial, yet has been updated and expanded to satisfy today’s buyers, including with a big family room with cathedral ceilings off the updated kitchen.”
The $2.095 million property also has its Riverside location going for it.
“Unlike other parts of Greenwich, 95-percent of the children go to the public schools, so your neighbors’ children and their parents know each other from school,” Brash explained. “The residents are often from New York City or from somewhere else, with a large number of foreign-born residents. It’s common to have students whose parents have relocated from South America, Britain, France or the Netherlands to work in New York City. The schools are excellent, and the drop-off and pick-up at schools are social gatherings.”