Canaan and North Canaan, Connecticut: Once Asleep, Now Awake

The rare inventory, a familiar story, made hunting difficult. Mr Betts was lucky for his house, which had been on the market for a decade, he said, because of its unusual layout. The previous owners had fitted out six bedrooms to house groomers from a nearby equestrian business. (A renovation reduced the number of bedrooms to three.)

A willingness to hire repairers seems key to a successful home search in the area. Last summer, a North Carolina couple, Brent Jenkins, a former artist, and Carol Jenkins, a retired library director, both 75, paid $225,000 for a vintage two-family home in Canaan that they are converting into a single family.

Their daughter, Caitlin Jenkins, 45, an art curator, and her husband, Jason Bailer Losh, 44, a sculptor and art installer, who moved to Canaan from Los Angeles in 2019 with their two young children when the le California’s cost of living has become unsustainable, Mr. Losh said. After considering Rhinebeck, NY, the family ended up in the more affordable Canaan, which is still relatively close to their New York settlement business. Now they own a gabled Victorian on a corner lot with a carriage shed, which they bought for an “insane” $255,000, Mr Losh said.

The most surprising aspect of living in Canaan, however, was discovering other creators, he said, which convinced him there was no need to suffer in a cramped apartment. for art. “If something is going to happen in New York or Los Angeles, it will happen whether I’m there or not,” Mr. Losh said. “Moving here was the best decision we’ve ever made.

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