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Luxury Living Deep water docks add value, utility to waterfront estates

August 28, 2018

It’s reportedly not easy to build a deep-water dock along Greenwich’s coastline today. It can be a costly and red-tape-riddled endeavor, so the properties with deep-water docks already in place are special and sought-after.

“Deep-water docks are highly desirable in Greenwich, due to their lack of availability,” according to Felix Dostmann, vice president of sales, The Higgins Group Real Estate. “Although there are many miles of coastline in Greenwich, only a fraction of this land offers non-tidal land. Most of the private docks in Greenwich are in tidal water, restricting the use of boats that are docked there.”

Dostmann is the listing agent for 61 Byram Shore Road in Greenwich, a six-bedroom coastal colonial on a 0.7-acre waterfront lot. The property is listed for $8.85 million. And it has a deep-water dock that can accommodate 30-foot (or more) boats.

“61 Byram Shore Road has a unique advantage — allowing boats at the dock to be used without any tide restrictions,” Dostmann explained. “[It] has a dock of, roughly, 150-feet long, with a large area set up for a BBQ and a dining set, complete with Surround Sound, to enjoy while taking in the water views.

“This is one of the largest docks you will find in all of Greenwich, making it so unique,” Dostmann added. “It is directly adjacent to the infinity pool and backyard, with stunning views of the Long Island Sound and the Greenwich islands. A morning sunrise is unbeatable at this property.”

Houlihan Lawrence Realtor Ellen Mosher is representing the sellers of two waterfront properties with docks.

The first is 41 Binney Lane in Old Greenwich, one of Greenwich’s “Great Estates,” and otherwise known as “Rocklyn.” Mosher said that the property delivers “unrivaled panoramic views of Long Island Sound.” The beautifully restored 1895 home has six bedrooms and is situated on a 1.01-acre lot, with 235-feet of shoreline. Here, there’s a 45-foot pier in place with a deep-water mooring. One of Greenwich’s “original coastal homes,” the property is listed for $14.95 million.

The second of Mosher’s listings with docks is 7 Topping Road, though this dock doesn’t qualify as deep-water. Nor is it on the Sound.

Rather, this estate is located right on Topping Lake and comprises 4.6 acres and a six-bedroom brick Georgian with water views of the lake from most rooms, the Realtor pointed out. Here, the dock provides lake access and is but one of many amenities, including a home theater, exercise room, and a heated gunite pool.

Located off Round Hill Road and lakefront, 7 Topping Road is listed for $9.95 million.

The value of deep water

Giselle Gibbs of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, New England Properties, is representing the seller of 247 Byram Shore Road in the private Hawthorne Association. The listing price for the “Byram Point” waterfront home is $7.775 million.

“[This property]” has a coveted deep-water dock, two moorings, a pool with a spa, and the private Hawthorne Association beach,” Gibbs said of the six-bedroom, stone-and-shingle home on a 0.67-acre lot.

“The home sits on the protected Long Island Sound bay of Port Chester Harbor, with magnificent views of the bay and another direct view of Long Island Sound, facing Calf Island,” the Realtor noted.

“This property is unique, in that you have gorgeous water views 100-percent of the time,” Gibbs explained. “Many properties on the market are located in tidal areas where a great deal of the time your views are of mudflats.

“A deep-water dock adds value to the property, and you are guaranteed that you have water views and water access all of the time,” Gibbs continued. “There is nothing more luxurious than having your own private dock and pulling away for a day on the water — of simply the luxury of going last-minute for a sunset cruise.”

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