December is always filled with generosity, excitement, and compassion.
This year is undoubtedly different, as we’ve all faced unforeseen challenges in 2020. Yet, there is still an overwhelming amount of kindness we can’t help but notice.
All year, we’ve witnessed individuals, businesses, and families rally together to help those in need. Over the months, we’ve continuously been uplifted by people near and far who continue to do the work of helping others.
Challenges in Connecticut
While many have adapted to a new way of living, many more are faced with lingering challenges:
600 Connecticut restaurants have closed since March.
35,000 businesses have closed.
277,000 jobs have been eliminated.
43% of Connecticut unemployment claims came from closed and nonoperational businesses, including restaurants, bars, nail and hair salons, and museums.
Many have reached out to ask how to help along the Connecticut shoreline, and that’s where The Gift Card Project comes in!
The Gift Card Project
The Gift Card Project launched in Guilford and Madison in March 2020 in response to the desire of so many people asking how they can help. Their efforts quickly spread throughout Connecticut, helping collect and distribute over $20,000 worth of gift cards to those in need.
The Gift Card Project aims to help in more than one way:
By buying gift cards from small businesses, you help support your favorite local restaurants and shops.
Those gift cards are then given to someone who could use a boost. The Gift Card Project handles distribution to ensure gift cards get to those in need!
Now, they are once again collecting and donating gift cards to those who need them most!
Simply buy a gift card from a small business and email or send it to The Gift Card Project. They will distribute it to those who need it most: families struggling to make ends meet, restaurant workers whose hours have been cut, and business owners forced to close their doors.
Earlier this month, a contract was signed marking the sale of the Leete penthouse at the Residences at 66 High Street.
It was a sale that broke two records in New Haven County.
The penthouse is the only condominium unit to sell above $3 Million in New Haven County – and the second-highest also belongs to 66 High Street. They are the only two condominium units to sell above $2 Million to date.
In addition, the penthouse also broke 66 High Street’s previous record for the highest price per square foot in New Haven County, at over $912 per square foot.
All units within our award-winning development are unique. With attention to detail, finishing touches by residents, and differing layouts, the residences offer unparalleled luxury and craftsmanship. The 4,000 square foot penthouse encompasses the top floor of the Leete building and boasts panoramic views of Long Island Sound.
“These are luxury residences in the best location with the best amenities. There’s nothing in the state of Connecticut like 66 High Street.”
– Kenny Horton, Founder and Partner of the Horton Group.
For us, this doesn’t just mark another sale. As we get ready to welcome another member to the development, it represents Horton Group’s vision and commitment to quality construction, exceptional luxury, and community.
Interested in the Residences at 66 High Street? There are currently four units left in the Leete Building, all available for immediate closing. Contact us for more information.
A small coastal community, Guilford, Connecticut, is both quaint and lively. From the minute you enter the town border, you know you’re somewhere special. Conveniently located on the Connecticut shoreline and a suburb of New Haven, residents say Guilford is unlike any other place in Connecticut.
With a rich history of dating back to 1639, walking amongst the historic buildings is a key reason visitors flock to this town. From beautiful beaches to a flourishing downtown, we’ve compiled what makes Guilford a special place to live:
Heart of the Town
In Guilford, the Guilford Green is a central hub of activity in the community. With nearly 12 acres of green, on a typical day, you’ll find children riding their bikes, people walking their dogs, and families tossing a frisbee. The Shoreline Chamber of Commerce maintains a calendar of events from virtual workshops to fundraisers. There are also a wide variety of summer events hosted by the Guilford Parks and Recreation Center, including fitness classes, game nights, and concerts.
Shops, Restaurants, and More!
In addition to all of the special events, locally-owned boutiques, restaurants, the Guilford Free Library, and four churches all surround the Town Green. Guilford is proud to represent a variety of small businesses unique to the shoreline town. The Residences at 66 High Street are walking distance to the Guilford Green and many shops and restaurants. Residents love being close to the action of downtown!
A town with a widespread and legendary history comes with a variety of historic sites and museums. The Henry Whitfield State House, the oldest house in Connecticut, and the late 19th century Dudley Farm are just a few of the must-see sites in Guilford. If you prefer, simply enjoy a stroll through downtown gazing at the third largest collection of historic New England homes.
Parks and Beaches
Whether you’re relaxing at Jacob’s Beach and enjoying the view of the Long Island Sound, taking a swim at Lake Quonnipaug, or boating at the local yacht club, the shore is an important part of the town’s culture. Guilford maintains multiple parks and sports fields for use by teams, clubs, groups, and some cases for private use. Here are a list of parks and fields:
Located midway between Boston and New York, Guilford has easy access to the Northeast’s major cities via I-95 or the Coastal Rail Line. Shoreline East, the local train station, has a commuter line with five trains on weekdays. The ride to New Haven’s State Street station only takes 22 minutes, but the Shore Line trains go as far as Stamford.
Make sure to check out Guilford’s website for updates and news of the city’s re-opening. What do you love most about Guilford? Let us know!
We know many homeowners have been busy with summer home maintenance and DIY upgrades. No matter what the project is, it’s essential to have high-quality supplies. We are excited to share a list of open local hardware, building, and painting supply stores along the Connecticut shoreline.
Purchasing your supplies locally can have a significant positive impact in helping support these small businesses.
We’re all seeing it: the Zoom calls, car parades, and balcony gatherings. People are supporting local businesses, showing thanks to those on the front lines, and donating to those in need.
Even though we are physically separated, our communities are growing stronger than ever. It’s made us think about the growing trend we have seen in new developments – one that will likely continue long after this has passed.
Master Planned Communities
From developments with single-family homes to mixed-use construction, developers have been focusing on incorporating more community spaces over the past few years.
At 66 High Street, the pool, once installed, will be a gathering place in summer. Before the current health crisis, residents often walked downtown together, and met up in each other’s units for a glass of wine and some conversation.
At Overland Lofts in Springfield, community spaces will be available for residents only. Since the building is mixed-use, there will also be stores, cafes, and restaurants that people from all over downtown can enjoy together.
Developments all over the country have already started adding in more community spaces. Why? Because it brings people together. Now, more than ever, we see how important connection is.
What to Watch For
One thing we’ve all learned recently is that connection can still happen when we are separated. While we know developers will continue incorporating spaces for gathering in person, we anticipate that builders will also start thinking about how to integrate technology. Here are some things to watch for in development, according to Best in American Living:
Personalized concierge sales experiences, including a mix of technology and human interaction.
New ways to access amenities so people can gather utilizing technology.
Tech-enabled events and participation, such as online book clubs, art classes, or movie nights.
Greater integration between homebuilders and community developers throughout real estate transactions, including virtual tours for potential buyers.
Doubling down on outdoor spaces for walking, biking, and gathering.
What would you like to see in a residential development? Let us know!
The past five years have been filled with adventure and connection. Now, as we face this unprecedented time, we are more grateful than ever for the unparalleled community that surrounds us.
Keep reading to learn updates for the community, and how we are able to assist residents and clients during this time.
Model Unit 33
Unit 33 is complete! Due to the vision of a talented team of people, we are able to make every unit at 66 High Street unique and awe-inspiring. Nicole White, one of the real estate agents representing 66 High Street, designed the interior, and Madison Furniture Barn staged the entire unit. Watch the video above and take the virtual tour here. Tell us your favorite design elements in the comments!
Technology allows us to set up virtual tours for any unit. We can utilize FaceTime or Zoom to show you a completed unit, progress in space that is being constructed, or new materials that arrived to the unit. When required, we are also able to set up in-person showings for up to two people at a time.
Communication and Safety
One thing that hasn’t changed is our level of communication. We continue to talk daily, connecting with our team, our suppliers, and our clients every step along the way. Every group that we work with is going above and beyond to meet the needs of the moment while putting strict safety measures into place.
As we continue with our ongoing projects, the people that make up 66 High Street and the shoreline communities continue to share their generosity and support, proving once again what a special place this is.
It’s a question going through the minds of many right now. As we practice social distancing to keep ourselves and our neighbors safe, many want to do more. If you are in the position to donate your time or money, here are three local organizations that are assisting people in Connecticut right now.
If you find yourself needing support in these times, reach out to these same organizations to learn how they can assist you:
The Gift Card Project
The Gift Card Project launched last week in response to the desire of so many people asking how they can help.
We have all been affected by the current situation in some way: small businesses are temporarily closed, individuals are facing layoffs, and healthcare professionals and essential workers are bravely working overtime.
The Gift Card Project aims to help in more than one way: supporting local businesses, while at the same time supporting someone who could use a boost. Simply buy a gift card from a small business, send it to The Gift Card Project, and it will be distributed accordingly.
Cilantro Specialty Foods & Coffee Roasters have not only turned their restaurant into a grocery store, but have also turned the kitchen into a place to prepare meals for the homeless.
Working with the Columbus House in New Haven, meals are being prepared at Cilantro Specialty Foods. With so many regulations changing, food pantries and shelters will need access to a commercial kitchen.
Learn more about what co-owner Cindy Wallace is doing here, or drop off your canned goods right in front of Cilantro’s.
Do you know of other local organizations that are accepting donations? Let us know in the comments.
Communities all over the country are stepping up during this time of need.
Recently, Byron Lazine and Nicole White of One + Company Real Estate, spoke with Brian McGlone, the Economic Development Manager for the town of Guilford. They discussed some of the incredible ways residents and businesses of Guilford are offering their assistance.
Read on for highlights of the discussion, or listen to the full conversation here.
Bio-Med Devices and 4Catalyzer
Bio-Med Devices and 4Catalyzer, both located in Guilford, are contributing to the medical field. Bio-Med Devices makes ventilators and is currently ramping up production to meet the needs of the industry. Jonathan Rothberg of 4Catalyzer is working on a home test kit for coronavirus.
Women & Family Life Center
Women & Family Life Center, in collaboration with the Guilford Foundation and the Branford Foundation, have an assistance program available. If you are in need of assistance, you can fill out an application for a $500 grant. If you would like to add to the fund, donations are being accepted here.
Guilford Public Schools
Guilford Public Schools began distance learning, one week earlier than anticipated. Students who need a Chromebook can get one on loan from the school.
What can we do to help support our small, local businesses during this time as residents?
Brian McGlone, along with others from the town of Guilford, is encouraging people to continue to support local establishments by ordering food for curbside pickup or delivery, getting gift cards, and online shopping.
As we head into unknown territories, Brian reminds us of the positive things happening in the shoreline town.
“I see it with the town. Banding together, trying to help one another, encouraging people that we will get through this. We’re still on unchartered waters and some ideas might come up that might not be as successful. If people just remain patient, remain positive and optimistic, and practice kindness, we’ll all get through this,” he said.
Four years ago, Interior Designer Maryellen Sullivan was asked to help design units at The Residences at 66 High Street. The development would break ground around the corner from her own home, and she immediately knew she wanted to assist in creating a community as distinct as the town of Guilford.
“When I got involved, I felt it was important to help make it the best that it can be. I want the level and quality of it to be something that can be maintained throughout the years,” Maryellen explained.
During those initial stages, Maryellen worked with us at The Horton Group to select materials and elements to attract people and remain timeless over the years.
She continues to move forward with this vision in every unit she completes.
The Old and The New
The Residences at 66 High Street masterfully blend historical features of the town with brand new luxury design. The Mill Building was the first to be renovated. Initially built in 1884, the Mill once made everything from lollipops to torpedo switches.
Many of the original features, including antique brick, steel, exposed beams, mill trusses, and refurbished factory lighting remain in the units. These unique features allowed Maryellen to be creative when designing each residence, pairing the industrial elements of the building with luxury finishes to create functional living spaces.
“As a designer, I’m seeing things years ahead,” Maryellen stated. “No matter the style, there is still a range of what will be relevant in five years.”
In every unit she completes, Maryellen selects home finishes that have staying power. With the rustic elements inside the Mill Building, it was essential to highlight the uniqueness of each living space, while ensuring the finished product would outlast a trend.
The Leete, The Whitfield, and The Chittenden (currently being constructed) are new buildings with an entirely different style than The Mill. These modern luxury units feature thoughtfully laid-out open floor plans, high ceilings, crown molding, and high-end finishes.
The beautiful architectural features and an abundance of windows allow the incredible views of the marsh and Long Island Sound to be a central feature. In these units, Maryellen works to ensure the living space is laid out seamlessly, so residents feel like they are part of the exquisite landscape.
Up next: Unit 27
As one of the two residences left in The Whitfield Building, Unit 27 is Maryellen’s current project. With each new space, her goal is to create a unique unit that fits with the rest of the building.
How is Whitfield unit 27 going to stand out among the already completed units?
It begins with the floor plan. All residences have the highly desired open floor plan in the main living areas. In unit 27, Maryellen is working to create more defined spaces that naturally flow from one area to the next.
“I wanted to design a floor plan that is unique to itself yet as dynamic as the other units,” explained Maryellen.
For materials, Maryellen is mixing elements to create a fresh look. Classic mahogany instead of rustic wood used in The Mill, brass and gold fixtures, and the contrast in flooring and cabinet colors are creating a unique kitchen.
The unit also has incredible geometric fixtures that give it great style.
“In my mind’s eye, it looks awesome,” Maryellen says. “I hope when people walk in, they will see the qualities that highlight it as fresh.”
Working at 66 High Street
While Maryellen is continually inspired by the features and views at 66 High Street, she is most impressed with the community.
Having lived in Guilford for more than 20 years, Maryellen feels a deep connection to the town. As new residents move into 66 High Street, she watches at how fascinated they become – not just of the luxury development, but of how special the shoreline town is.
In turn, the people who live in the Residences are uplifting downtown Guilford in new ways.
“66 has built a community that is changing the town. It is breathing a new energy: it’s a refreshing outcome to see how it is branching out into the community and the town center,” she said.