If you ask any resident of Newfield what they like most about their neighborhood, most will comment on the winning combination of living in peaceful surroundings and having quick and easy access to schools, recreation, shopping, downtown and commuting. Apparently, they are not alone in that sentiment. According to “Areavibes.com” an internet website that tracks the livability of neighborhoods, Newfield was ranked #1 in Stamford.
Today Newfield is comprised primarily of medium to large single family homes on ½ acre to 1 acre lots, but the original history of the area has deep roots in farming. Newfield was home to Puritan Poultry Farms, Mortimer Hess Farm, and most notably, Woodacre Farms, a 144 acre dairy farm which operated in the 1930’s and early 1940’s. Atherton Holder, the owner of Woodacre Farms was well known for raising prize winning dairy cows that grazed on the verdant pastures. The farm was sold in 1942 but continued operating as a dairy farm under the new name – Sterling Farms. In 1965 the officers of Hubbard Heights Golf Club dedicated their efforts to the eventual realization of another municipal golf course for the City of Stamford. Their determination led to the purchase of the property through the “Open Lands” program and Sterling Farms Golf Course opened in May of 1972 and often referred to as the “Public Country Club”.
Sterling Farms is a recreational gem featuring a beautiful 18 hole golf course that has been ranked the #1 public course in Fairfield County, year after year. A driving range, putting green and 6 outdoor tennis courts complete the facilities with golf and tennis lessons available throughout the Summer.
If you thought Sterling Farms was only for the sporting enthusiast, think again, because theatre lovers have a home there as well. The Sterling Barn Theatre (now Kweskin Theatre) opened on July 14, 1972. Originally operated by Stamford Parks and Recreation, the theatre has been managed since 1992 by Curtain Call, Inc. a nonprofit arts organization. Year-round productions and workshops are presented by and for area residents in the Kweskin and Dressing Room Theatres. The Kweskin Theatre offers a more traditional experience while the Dressing Room Theatre is more caberet-style, with table seating and the ability to enjoy a “picnic” meal and a bottle of wine while watching the show. In 2012, Curtain Call started “Shakespeare in the Park”, an outdoor theatre experience where the audience can bring picnic baskets and lawn chairs to the “great lawn” and enjoy an evening under the stars with a production of one of Shakespeare’s classics.
Whether finishing up a round of golf, tennis match or leaving a show, you can grab a bite to eat at the restaurant on the complex featuring a lower level geared for golfers to pull up their carts during play and traditional dining upstairs. A large outdoor deck provides beautiful views of the course and glimpses of Long Island Sound. They also have live music on weekends. In addition, The Clubhouse at Sterling – a Banquet Hall, can be rented out for private parties or meetings and features a large Dining Room, Bar Area and Enclosed Porch.
If you enjoy living in peaceful surroundings but want to be close to conveniences and recreational pursuits, come take a look at the neighborhood of Newfield. It just may be the right fit for you!
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List Price: $559,000, Sales Price: $566,000