KMS Partners LLC, is an exclusive partnership within the
Coldwell Banker Westport-Riverside real estate office.

Any way you slice it, Saugatuck is special.

One of the oldest neighborhoods in Westport – and the town’s original “center,” filled with wharves, stores and factories – Saugatuck has undergone several distinct changes over the past three centuries.

Shipping of farm produce was the first draw. Then Irish immigrants arrived, to help build the railroad. Italian immigrants replaced them, bringing a vibrant culture to the riverside area. In the 1950s I-95 ripped through, displacing homes and businesses. Today a far-sighted redevelopment plan has created a new Saugatuck, overflowing with restaurants, bars, unique locally owned shops, and a special mix of offices and homes. (KMS Partners is proud to be one of those offices!)

Saugatuck pulses with life. It’s easily walkable, and always fun. It’s also still evolving.

The neighborhood’s heritage – honored for years by a “Festival Italiano” that drew tens of thousands of visitors, from as far as Brooklyn – remains alive, with some of the best Italian restaurants in the region.

But the dining scene is broad and deep, ranging from The Whelk (named for a delicious snail) and snazzy Boathouse to Thai and Japanese cuisine, plus the ever-popular Viva Zapata and epically funky Black Duck (housed in an old barge).

The Saugatuck River forms a vital core of the neighborhood. Barges and shipping vessels have been replaced by kayaks and standup paddleboards (for rent at Downunder), racing shells at the nationally known Saugatuck Rowing Club, and pleasure craft of all kinds, docked at marinas and private homes up and down the waterway.

Saugatuck attracts people of all ages. Commuters love walking to the train station. Younger residents appreciate the city-like night life. Kids flock to Saugatuck Sweets, an old-fashioned ice cream parlor with plenty of candy (and live music on its riverside patio).

Across the street is the Saugatuck Craft Butchery, and the gourmet food shop Garelick & Herbs. Nearby is a juice bar. So all the main nutritional groups are covered.

Saugatuck is still evolving. Phase III of redevelopment will bring more shops, offices and apartments – plus a park and outdoor market – across from the train station.

As we said before: Any way you slice it, Saugatuck is special. Why not see for yourself, from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 12. Enjoy another great neighborhood food and fun festival. The name? “Slice of Saugatuck.”

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