Old Saybrook CT Real Estate & Information

Old Saybrook CT Real Estate & Information

Old Saybrook, Connecticut, resides on the beautiful banks of the Connecticut River, at the very spot where it empties into the Long Island Sound. This relatively small community of just more than 10,000 year-round residents provides a nearby respite for New Yorkers, Bostonians, and Hartford residents.

Shopping and Dining

Tourism plays a large role in Old Saybrook's economic well-being. And it's no big secret that shopping and dining options are crucial to providing visitors reasons to keep coming back. Old Saybrook, as we shall soon see, boasts a virtual smorgasbord of diverse, eclectic retailers and eateries.


Some of the popular eateries include the following:

When it comes time to explore your shopping options, Old Saybrook has got you covered there too. It offers familiar national chain retailers, often housed within a mall or large shopping center, such as the Old Saybrook Shopping Center, Ocean State Plaza and Tanger Outlets in neighboring Westbrook; but Old Saybrook also offers an eclectic range of unique, one-of-a-kind, locally owned and operated specialty shops.

Here are two charming and old-fashioned stores, famous throughout Middlesex County and various points around the globe for their outstanding customer service:

The Shops at Saybrook Country Barn - Lovingly sculpted out of a 4,000 square foot home that was built way back in 1799, the Shops at Saybrook Country Barn began its transformation into the home furnishings shop it is today in 1977. That's the year the Keith Bolles purchased the home and got to work making dreams come true. Today, the Shops at Saybrook Country Barn sprawls across more than 40,000 square feet and offers all kinds of furniture and home furnishings. Here is a listing of their individual departments, which they also call shops:

  • Curtain Shop
  • Rug Shop
  • Hardware & Lighting Shop
  • Gift Shop
  • Candle & Potpourri Shop
  • Silk Floral Shop
  • Tabletop Shop
  • Apparel Shop

Long Ago Antiques - Located in the Essex-Saybrook Antique Village since 2007, Long Ago Antiques has been one of Old Saybrook's stalwart specialty shops since it opened its doors for the very first time back in 1995. Today, the owners manage this local family business and take pride in their warm and welcoming customer service, as well as their huge selection of antique and lightly used glassware, furniture, estate jewelry, china, and more.

Parks and Recreation

Old Saybrook enjoys a picturesque and prominent position along the shorelines of both the Connecticut River and its repository, the Long Island Sound. This enviable location offers anyone who is considering a waterfront home an incredible number of choices. The city's waterfront location means that you're never too far away from the beach and all manner of boating-related recreation opportunities. This is made easier and more convenient by the wealth of full-service marinas in the area, where the staff members are there to greet you and offer any number of services. Residents can utilize Old Saybrook's Park and Recreation Department's athletic and recreation programs. Their website lists activities for all ages and skill levels in sports like basketball, T-ball and co-ed volleyball, as well as more passive options, such as bridge, a fishing derby and yoga classes.

The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, seats about 250 people and is a wonderful venue at which to catch a variety of live performances.


The incorporated enclave of Fenwick takes up about 0.4 square miles of Old Saybrook's nearly 23 total square miles. A large section of this borough is alternatively referred to as the Fenwick Historic District, which is listed on the prestigious National Register of Historic Places.

Speaking of the National Register of Historic Places, Old Saybrook has more than its fair share of destinations on the list as well, including the Black Horse Tavern, Elisha Bushnell House, Connecticut Valley Railroad Roundhouse and Turntable Site, Saybrook Breakwater Lighthouse, and the Lynde Point Lighthouse.

Schools, Health, Transportation

Old Saybrook Public Schools provides education for the city via three schools: Goodwin Elementary School, Old Saybrook Middle School and Old Saybrook High School Some of the hospitals, health care centers and medical facilities near Old Saybrook include:  Southampton Hospital, 27 miles from town in Southampton, N.Y.; Eastern Long Island Hospital, 30 miles away in Greenport, N.Y.; and Peconic Bay Medical Center, 29 miles from Old Saybrook in Riverhead, N.Y.

Old Saybrook residents and visitors have access to several transportation options in and around the city, including daily rail service via Amtrak along the Northeast Corridor to Boston, New York and numerous other points south. Regular rail service is also available through the Connecticut Department of Transportation's Shore Line East. The Estuary Transit District provides public transportation services in Old Saybrook and some of the nearby communities via its 9 Town Transit services.

If you are thinking about buying or selling a home, give us a call at 860.334.1379 or send us an email to explore your options and to find out when is the best time for you to make a move.