On a sunny summer day in Dolphin Cove, it’s not uncommon to see kids biking on the cul-de-sac while parents gather on their lawns talking to their neighbors. On the water, paddleboards, kayaks and boats dot the lagoon and the swimming pool is filled with everyone from children to grandparents. Welcome to Stamford’s private coastal neighborhood: Dolphin Cove.
“It has it all—waterfront living with your boat only steps away from your house and just minutes from schools, shopping, dining and the Metro-North railroad station,” says Russell Pruner, Realtor at Houlihan Lawrence. “Within this community is your own yacht club with beach, tennis, pools, large common pavilion and breathtaking views of Long Island Sound.”
And while there are several waterfront communities in Westchester and Fairfield counties, Dolphin Cove stands out. “The deepwater harbor provides access to boating at high or low tide. This is a unique feature because most waterfront homeowners in the Northeast are restricted by the tides, finding their boats sitting in mud or not being able to reach their mooring or slips upon return,” says Emile P. de Neree, Realtor at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. “It is every boater’s dream to have their power- or sailboat at their home, allowing for easy and quick access and sailing when there is wind. The lagoon provides excellent protection from wind and waves and is often referred to as the best hurricane hole in the area.”
Dolphin Cove was developed in the early 1970s and currently includes 104 homes (96 on the water), and a three-acre club area with two swimming pools, one for little kids and a full-size one with swim lanes. There’s also a 450-foot beach, tennis courts and the Dolphin Cove Yacht Club, which manages five sets of docks with deepwater slips. A pool cabana and pavilion can be rented for private parties for a nominal fee.
The community is very social, with beach and dock parties held regularly in the summer and monthly TGIFs in the winter months. The social committee organizes yoga, plays and speakers.
“The community is large enough to afford a stunningly beautiful and private club area, yet small enough to be intimate and friendly, where neighbors go out of their way to support and look out for each other,” says de Neree. “The lifestyle of Dolphin Cove feels like resort or vacation living. Most people, myself included, sometimes have to pinch ourselves to realize we actually live here.”
ON THE MARKET
121 Dolphin Cove Quay
Bedrooms: 3 Baths: 2 full, 1 half Square feet: 2,351
Highlights: “This home is perfect for anyone looking to live on the water and be
just steps away from their boat,” says Russell. “It offers a first-floor master
suite with renovated master bath and a large rear yard to entertain family and friends.”
Contact: Russell Pruner, Houlihan Lawrence, 203-698-1234, firstname.lastname@example.org
253 Dolphin Cove Quay
Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 4 baths Square feet: 4,028
Highlights: This home was renovated in 2002 and has a master suite sitting room with balcony. The outside has formal seaside gardens, an entertaining space on the deck and a bi-level terrace.
Contact: Barbara Lusk, Berkshire Hathaway, 203-321-1668, email@example.com
22 Flying Cloud Road
Bedrooms: 5 Baths: 6 full Square feet: 4,337
Highlights: “This home was redesigned after a gut renovation and taken down to
the studs, adding new floors, windows, doors and mechanicals,” says de Neree. “It faces southwest and was designed for entertaining, inside and out.”
Contact: Emile de Neree, 203-637-4581, firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos by: (Harbor) Emile de Neree; (121 Dolphin Cove quay) Hicham Bensaoui; (22 Flying Cloud Road) Emile de Neree