Red Hook–ers can still enjoy water views in ...
218 Highland Avenue
A three-bedroom, two-bath clapboard Cape Cod with a separate dining room that leads to a large porch.
Agent: Susan Massey, Halstead Property
Despite its charming, weather-beaten shingled houses, views of bobbing sailboats, and one-stoplight downtown, Rowayton is actually part of Norwalk, a diverse metropolis of more than 87,000. You can easily get your city fix roughly three miles north in South Norwalk (a.k.a. SoNo), a hive of both hip and old-school pubs; innovative restaurants; and even an American Apparel. Or stay within Rowayton’s limits to enjoy what feels like a permanent beach vacation. Chat up neighbors—including bankers, boaters, business execs, writers, and academics—at the Rowayton Market, which sells groceries as well as prepared meals by French chef Marc Poidevin. On summer Sundays, head to Bayley Beach, where locals flock to see live bands and the Manhattan skyline in the distance. “It’s so easy to make friends here,” says Jamie Sydney, a chef who used to live in Brooklyn Heights. “Here, you’ll go on a walk and say hello to twenty people before you’re done.”