Darien, ideally situated on Connecticut’s “Gold Coast,” has the enviable honor of being listed as one of 2011’s “Top-Earning Towns” in the nation. This beautiful “bedroom community” boasts few office buildings (larger cities are such an easy commute), yet is home to beautiful beaches, four country clubs, a hunt club, two yacht clubs and an easy commute to New York City.

For the leading Darien realtors, Kelly Associates Real Estate, these amenities are just icing on the cake. The hallmark of their business is the meaningful relationship developed with clients, which explains why for 17 years they have handled more transactions than any other firm.

Connecticut’s “Gold Coast” — generally lower Fairfield County and/or Southwestern Connecticut — is often refered to as a “bastion of wealth.” Fairfield is the state’s most populated county — home to its largest cities: Bridgeport, Stamford, Norwalk and Danbury. All are within easy access from Darien. Fairfield also has the most registered ghost towns of any Connecticut county!

The range of accessible terrains is one of Darien’s treasures — from beautiful coastal beaches to numerous rivers and lakes to majestic ranges of the Appalachian Mountains and the famous Appalachian Trail that run through Fairfield County.

Want to be recognized as “in the know”? Pronounce the name “dairy-ANN” — with a heavy emphasis on the last syllable. That’s the way the locals say it, advises Kelly Associates, an independent, family-owned real estate boutique that shared the pride of all residents when CNNMoney named Darian in 2011 as one of the nation’s “Best Places to Live.”

Revolutionary history abounds along these beautiful shores of Long Island Sound. First settled by Anglos around 1641, Darien saw its share of invasions by Tories (British Loyalists) during the American Revolution. During one such traumatic attack, 26 men were taken prisoner for five months, including the parish pastor, Rev. Moses Mather. Louise Hall Tharp chronicled this exciting period in her novel, Tory Hole.

The strangely-pronounced name, Darien, was the result of a squabble among residents. Too many families wanted it named after themselves! It was a local sailor who, hoping to quell the controversy, suggested the name Darien. He had sailed to Darién, Panama, liked the name and proposed it as a compromise — probably to the irritation of many. But eventually, that became the town’s name — with the exotic pronounciation but without the accent mark.

Darien remained a sleepy little town until after the Civil War when it and its neighbor Rowayton suddenly became an “in” resort site where wealthy New Yorkers built summer homes. Darien still today draws the internationally rich and famous to its annual Ox Ridge Hunt Club Charity Horse Show.

Those who chose to stay and call this picturesque New England area “home” (or “summer home”) have included Charles Lindberg, Andrew Carnegie, Christopher Plummer, Kate Bosworth, Carol Kane, Gus Van Sant, Gerry Mulligan, Chris Risola, Rudolph Valentino, Paul Manship, Erskine Caldwell, Grant Tinker, Scott Pelley and Richard Bissell, to name just a few.

Almost as long is the list of movies filmed in Darien, including The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, The Stepford Wives, The Ice Storm, The Swimmer, Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House and Gentleman’s Agreement.

With notable residents, of course, come all the amenities they demand, such as outstanding restaurants, sophisticated entertainment, challenging sports venues, educational excellence and an emphasis on living the good life.

The 5-star Wee Burn Country Club course is just one of many that draw top golfers from around the area. The Country Club of Darien boasts a spectacular Dr. Michael Hurdzan-redesign of the stately golf course that has drawn national accolades.

Kelly Associates award-winning realtors take great pride in their deep ties and closeness to the community they serve. They are as active as their clients in the myriad of sport opportunities that abound in this delightful place to live. The real estate market is thriving, a firm reflection of the upbeat, enthusiastic Darien community.

And . . . Darien boasts the largest Little League Baseball program in the nation!

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Doug Milne
Sheree Frank
Maggie Marchesi
Liz Beinfield


Kelly Associates is an independent, family owned real estate boutique focused on serving the Darien and Rowayton communities. We are the leading real estate firm in Darien, having handled more transactions in town than any other firm in each of the past seventeen years. In fact, we handle nearly twice as many transactions each year as our nearest competitor.

At Kelly Associates, we believe that the real estate business is much more about people than it is about property. The hallmark of our business is the meaningful relationships we develop with our clients – both buyers and sellers alike – as we guide them through the home buying or selling process.

Our comprehensive services provide buyers with access to every available home and unparalleled marketing and sales support for sellers. We live here, we work here and we play here – – as such our agents know first hand the neighborhoods, the beaches, the schools and the many other features that
make our community so very special. Kelly Associates agents are actively involved in virtually every facet of life here and, as such, possess an unparalleled level of knowledge about our community.

Our commitment to understanding and serving the Darien and Rowayton communities simply cannot be replicated by the national or regional firms who lack our same focus. Whether buying or selling a home here, Kelly Associates possesses the local knowledge and unique expertise to exceed even the most demanding expectations.