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Mark Gilrain

Lic. R.E. Salesperson
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Not Yet on the MLS - January 20, 2017

[TO ACCESS ALL  AVAILABLE PICTURES AND ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION SIGN UP FOR MY PRIVATE 'NOT YET ON THE MLS' GROUP -- CALL 917-287-2451 or EMAIL MGILRAIN@HALSTEAD.COM] My agent mailbox fills with interesting advance information each week emailed by other agents.  Here's the latest.... Not yet on the market or in-house listings only !!!! RAISED RANCH                                183 Marlborough Terrace, Fairfield         $425,000 TURNKEY RANCH                            Georgetown Area, Weston                      $499,000 RARE CONTRACTOR YARD             9 Hiawatha Lane, Westport               $1,495,000 5 BED COLONIAL                             125 Cricker Brook Lane, Fairfield...
Posted to How I Work on Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 12:04:19 AM

Getting a Dog in the Burbs

Getting a Dog in the Burbs  By  Mark Gilrain , Licensed R.E. Salesperson in our  Westport  Office  I thought I knew about my town and I thought I met a lot of people in my town.  And then I got a dog.  Not just any dog.  But a handsome puppy.  A puppy that just can’t be as smart as he is.  A good boy.  Noble really.   Noble and handsome and smart.  And good. Do I sound like a new dog owner? My family’s puppy came in mid-October.  A 7-week-old Airedale bred just up the Connecticut coast.  We moved from NYC six years ago, and from the moment we moved we’ve tempted ourselves with a dog.  For a while it was going to be a bull dog.  Then a golden retriever.   For a while the Short-haired German Pointer captured our interest. We...
Posted to Lifestyle on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 7:33:21 PM

JUST SOLD: Perfection on the Lake

Selling 79 Richmondville Avenue built by Milton in 2013 and designed by Bruce Beinfeld was a pleasure.  Here are a few details: HOUSE :  A Cotswold colonial with dramatic sweeping roof and modern transitional style.  5 bedrooms and 4.5 baths.  Abundant windows and views of Lees Pond from every room except two. AMENITIES :  Waterfront; Lees Pond; Private Dock; Kayaking; Bluestone Terrace;  Gas Grill; Walk-up Attic; Lower level Exercise Room; Lower Level Suite with Exterior Access. LAND :  Sloping .65 acres to waterfront wildflower bed; Path to dock STREET :  Private waterfront road extension with high end homes at the end of mixed homes on smaller lots.  Central to town. Final Asking Price :  $2,400,000 Sale Price :           ...
Posted to Just Sold on Friday, February 03, 2017 at 12:19:00 PM

Top Ten Secrets of Fairfield

When we left Manhattan in 2011, we asked 'would we be happy in the suburbs'. A first event we attended after settling in was a party at Fairfield’s Penfield Beach, where we knew we had made the right decision. We dine most weekends at our favorite Fairfield restaurants. I’m always with my kids and their friends at one of the Sportsplex’s venues. The thing I love overall about Fairfield is it has everything in it. It reminds me of Springfield where the Simpson’s live; it’s a casual beach town, home to two universities, and at least one corporate headquarters.  Fairfield is filled with 375 years of colonial buildings (the anniversary was 2014), art museums, performance halls, indoor and outdoor ice skating, a golf course by the Sound, and famous past and current residents across all facets of life–arts, entertainment, sports, business, politics. Fairfield has it all. Here are my 10 best...
Posted to on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 10:39:46 AM

Fairfield County is Running Country

With Mark Gilrain , Lic. R.E. Broker in our Westport Office Fairfield County is a great place to run and a great place for runners.   One county away from New Haven where Frank Shorter’s early running feats helped fire the starting gun on America’s great running culture, Fairfield County towns for a long time have had so much to offer the runner.   The fundamental building block of any runner’s interest is the ordinary run.  Whether running it on a quest to enter a race one day and win first place or simply loving the good it does for body and spirit, people want a great course.  In Fairfield County, there are countless courses of unending variety - natural beauty, sweeping water views, or interesting neighborhoods.  With hundreds of miles of country roads, many runners lose themselves in the rolling...
Posted to on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 10:26:23 AM

Nine Hidden Secrets of Westport

I love Westport and you will too.  It’s a town of coastal ease and wonderful, warm people. In the summer, long days are lost on the sand or water, on lawns or the quiet streets of town. In the winter, fireplaces make open-concept living spaces warm while the hills are speckled with sledders and skaters circle looking out over the Sound. Westport is known far and wide for a good number of celebrated things: past and current residents (Paul Newman or Harvey Weinstein, for example), trail-blazing cultural destinations (Westport Country Playhouse, Westport Arts Center), an award-winning dining and shopping scene (accompanied by a practical and convenient dining and shopping scene), clubs and beaches. Here are hidden secrets that might not be known far and wide: 1. Dunville’s (41 Saugatuck Avenue) is a quintessential “local” with great food. My guys love the tall tables, the back...
Posted to on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 9:37:14 AM

Trading 2 Homes in NYC and Southold for One in Westport - A question and answer with recent arrivals to the area.

How long have you lived in your town or area? Where did you live before? We’ve been living in Westport, Ct for a year and a half – we moved from Manhattan and Long Island’s North Fork. What attracted you to your area? We had a two bedroom apartment and a casual house in Southold NY near the water. As our twins grew bigger, the apartment grew smaller and the house in Southold grew farther away and more work to maintain since we weren’t living there full time. Westport offered a flavor of the culture and interests of NYC with the casual summer feeling of the North Fork – all close enough for a daily commute. What did you most like about where you used to live? Our building was full of great neighbors, as was the neighborhood. We loved our friends. Southold was an amazing combination of quiet...
Posted to on Friday, May 02, 2014 at 3:36:40 PM

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