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|(as of 3/8/2014)||Active||List Price|
|Lot / Land||23||$68,000||$605,100||$5,500,000|
Branford is a small quiet community perfect for suburban life, tucked into the coast of Long Island Sound. The commute to nearby commercial centers is practical, and outdoor enjoyment is abundant.
This area originally known as "Totoket", and later became Branford, was part of the land bought from the Mattabesech Indians in 1638 by the first white settlers of New Haven for "eleven coats of trucking cloth and one coat of English cloth made in the English fashion". The Dutch set up a trading post at the mouth of the Branford River in the 1600s, and is the source of the name "Dutch Wharf" In the historic district.
The Long Island Sound provided many of the early settlers with a livelihood doing shipbuilding and coastal trade. The first iron furnace in Connecticut was set up and operated at Lake Saltonstall in 1655.
The Branford Green is considered one of the finest in Connecticut with its three churches and town hall facing Main Street. Surrounding the historic town green are architecturally rich homes from the Greek revival, gothic and colonial periods. Large single-family ranches, contemporary designs, condominiums and delightful seasonal and year-round cottages are also available in the town.
Beaches in Branford are among the most stunning in Connecticut, stretching across 20 miles of coastline. Providing an out of this world backdrop, the shoreline is ideal for many seaside homes.
The Scenic Route 146 is a 12-mile driving tour begining in town and snakes along the Long Island Sound into Guilford. Driving through this shoreline area you see 18th and 19th century homes, town greens and shops, views of the inlets and places to stop and eat and enjoy the local seafood. Especially delightful during the foliage season.
The largest group of islands in Connecticut is Branford's Thimble Islands. Numbering over a hundred, they take their name from the "thimbleberries" or black raspberries which once grew wild on them.
The charming landscape supports an assortment of leisure and athletic activities. The yachting clubs and marinas host boating and fishing events. The town is also home to serene public and private beaches, as well as Foote Memorial Park.
Every June, the Branford Festival features music, food and crafts. Shoppers take pleasure in the diverse offerings of the local shops and major retail centers in nearby towns such as Clinton, New Haven and Milford.
Branford's education community includes an early learning and family resource center for preschoolers, kindergarteners and their families, including three elementary schools; an intermediate school; high school; adult education and summer enrichment programs.