Condo offers sensational views, waterfront amenities
Located in the luxury condominium community of Thomas Place, 3 Thomas, a full- and top-floor unit in the building that was the 1929-era boathouse for the former Rock Ledge Estate. It is listed by Christa FitzPatrick of Halstead Connecticut for $1.149 million.
The current owners acquired the property in 2016 as a second home, a retreat. It afforded them “the whole package,” they recalled. This slice of Rowayton has history; this particular unit had great architectural character. The waterfront setting and spectacular views sealed the deal.
“This unit felt very unique and special,” the co-owner recalled. “What we later discovered is that we are the only unit in our building that has light and views on all four sides, and three terraces, and the sunrises and sunsets that come in from every window are breathtaking!”
Among the improvements the owners have made to the unit are the installation of smart-home technology and energy-efficient systems.
“We installed a new energy-efficient air-conditioning unit, all new kitchen appliances and LED lighting,” the seller explained in writing. “We also installed a Ring doorbell, a Wi-Fi-enabled lock on the entry door, and two Nest thermostats — all of which can be monitored or controlled from our smartphone when we are away from home.”
The condo has 1,320 square feet of living space with a spacious living-dining room great room, with a fireplace.
“I also want to note that it is a delight to have the kitchen open to the living and dining space, able to see the fireplace and look outside through any window to see water,” the seller said.
Address: 3 Thomas Place, Rowayton
Price: $1.149 million
Number of Rooms: 4
Features: This top- and full-floor condominium is situated waterfront, with 1,320 square feet of living space, two bedrooms and two baths. It has an outdoor deck, an oversized one-car garage with additional storage, and access to a boathouse and dock.
Schools: Rowayton Elementary, Roton Middle, Brien McMahon High
3 Thomas Place has two bedrooms and two baths.
“The master bedroom is very serene with views of light and nature everywhere,” the owner described the sanctuary space. “The bench seat, with storage, running along the southern wall is a comfy perch to enjoy the sun and water view all times of the day. The French doors face the west, so the sky lights up with sunset colors later in the day, and the Palladian window reflects on the ceiling and light shimmers all around the room.”
The property includes an oversized garage that accommodates one car and still provides additional storage space.
Being “front row” on the water offers practical benefits, too.
“Having shoreline access has been incredible,” the seller said. “We are boaters, so we had a vantage point of seeing our home from the boat channel in Wilson Cove, which we look out to. The dock on the property also enabled us to store a kayak — others store paddle boards — waterside during warm-weather months.
“For easy access to launching, just walk downstairs and be out on the water in a matter of minutes. There is also a swim ladder. We have a unique setting that provides peace and privacy on our outdoor terrace, viewing bird and marine life, the tide coming in and out, the boats going by on the channel, overlooking the Norwalk Yacht Club and its mooring field filled with sailboats. We are surrounded by three yacht clubs,” the seller pointed out.
The Thomas Place property enjoys a “boat house” of its own; on the shoreline, poised on the pier, it’s a lovely place for recreation, relaxation and occasional entertaining.
“We have gathered there with neighbors for impromptu cocktails and used the fireplace there on cool nights,” the seller recalled. “We have also had a catered waterside dock party for 70 people there, too. It is a casual spontaneous gathering spot for neighbors in the community.”
The new owner of 3 Thomas Place will also enjoy the low-maintenance perks of being members of the Association.
“Thomas Place Association maintains all exterior aspects: insurance, landscaping, snow removal, leaf clean up, tree and shrub trimming, drains, gutters, painting of the garages and exterior of the units, roofing. … Homeowners insure and maintain the interiors of their units only,” the seller explained.
The sellers described Rowayton as “unique” and a vibrant, active community. Some of the local events they’ve enjoyed are the annual ball drop on New Year’s Eve at Brendan’s 101; the Easter Egg hunt at Pinkney Park, the Memorial Day parade, the Summer Music Festival, Shakespeare on the Sound, Octoberfest and the tree lighting in December.
“We face Bluff Avenue, which is a wonderful walkway to East or South Beach. There are always people riding bikes, running, walking, pushing a stroller or walking their dogs. People are very friendly,” the seller said.
Listing Agent: Christa FitzPatrick, Halstead Connecticut, Darien office; (203) 656-6518 office; (646) 530-4756 cell; firstname.lastname@example.org