NORWALK — To this day, when Jules Lang pulls into his driveway, he’s still reminded of the many days and nights he spent formulating plans for Norwalk Community College’s expansion.
In the 1950s, Harry Becker, then superintendent of schools, had a vision of creating a community college that would be affordable and accessible to all students. Lang said the town of Norwalk was not initially receptive to the idea because there wasn’t as much conversation about community colleges on the East Coast at the time.
But voters ultimately decided to support the establishment of the school through a referendum in 1960, and in the last 34 years, Lang and the others have helped expand the community college system to 12 campuses, he said.
He and his family moved into their home at 7 Sasqua Pond Road in 1971. He spent his days working as a real estate development attorney and his nights volunteering on the Board of Education and the city’s Board of Estimate and Taxation.
“Coming home, the quiet, looking at the nature, seeing the deer run across the lawn or the turkeys flying up the trees,” Lang said, describing how he found a sense of calm.
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He who would often leave for work at 6:30 a.m., sometimes not returning until 1 or 2 in the morning he said. He looked to his home for a sense of peace and tranquillity, he said.
The one-acre secluded home is located at the end of a cul-de-sac not far from the Norwalk/Westport line and has 2,800 square feet of living space. It has two fireplaces, a two-car garage and is near Calf Pasture Beach, two country clubs and the East Norwalk and Saugatuck train stations.
The four-bedroom, two-bathroom ranch is was built in 1952 and Lang and his wife, Barbara, renovated the kitchen 10 years ago and also added heating to their jalousie (sun room).
A pond, viewable from the home, is perfect for paddle boarding in the summer and ice skating in the winter, said Wini Mola, a real estate agent listing the home.
The Langs said they’ve enjoyed their life in Norwalk but are moving closer their son in Maryland because of health concerns. The home is listed at $775,000, Mola said.
She’s been preparing appraisals for 45 years and uses a system called comparable market analysis or other comparable already-sold homes in the area, to gauge a price for the homes she sells.
“When you have something like this in a prestigious area, with a pond, in a cul-de-sac, you have to take all that into consideration to price it,” she said.
The Langs said they have deep connections with other Norwalkers and will struggle with leaving once their house is sold. But Mola maintained the Langs don’t need to remain in Norwalk for others to remember their legacy.