The standard answer has always been on multi-acre estates, but recently more people want to live in smaller homes near town and close to shops, schools and the train station.
Here are three attractive options near the heart of New Canaan.
This 7,000-sq.-ft. Georgian was custom designed by owner/architect Alex Kaali-Nagy. High-demand features include an elevator, six bedrooms, four-car garage, exercise room and wine cellar. $4,950,000, Brotherhood & Higley, 203-966-3507
Laura Sigg of William Raveis worked with architect Jim Schettino and Stellar Homes on this new build. This 5,680-sq.-ft. house has an open layout, five bedrooms and three finished levels. $2,995,000, William Raveis, 203-966-3555
This recently renovated Nantucket-style colonial on a cul de sac has five bedrooms and 6,000 sq. ft. of living space over four levels. Mature trees and landscaping offer outdoor privacy. $1,995,000, Halstead Property, 203-966-7800