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The Short Beach Branford CT waterfront community is roughly one mile long and located in the western end of town and is bordered by the town of East Haven.
Short Beach has three parks, the largest being Pardee Park and one of the town’s most beautiful open space areas at the Short Beach Preserve. It is also home to half of The Shoreline Trolley Museum alongside with its neighbor the Town of East Haven.
Founded in 1644 with Branford, this beach neighborhood also includes the Short Beach Union Church and the Yale Corinthian Yacht Club.
Neighboring side streets off of Shore Drive include a mix of styles of homes from storybook Capes, Colonials, Cottages, Ranches and Multi-family.
Short Beach is a moderately priced area with homes ranging in price from $200,000 to $400,000. It is not a luxury homes market but you can find some beautiful homes on the water at a much higher price point.
There are many small private islands in the area the largest of which is Kelsey Island that houses a few summer homes and small cottages.
It is also home to The Kelsey Bed and Breakfast a majestic getaway overlooking Short Bay Beach owned and operated by Susan Kelsey great-granddaughter of the original owner/builder and her husband Ken Olson.
Residents take great pride in this community. One of the most favorite events featured in this neighborhood is a three-day festival at the called Short Beach Days. It’s a day of activities and festivities with a parade, costume contest, food, races, sand castle building and competitive games.
Most notably it is known for its population of Monk Parakeets a non-native bird that live there and referred to as “Short Beach Parrots”. It has been said that the parakeets escaped from a zoo, took up residence in the neighborhood trees and can be seen and heard all year long.
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