Open house at The Ridge Sunday

Realtors who have properties listed in The Ridge (also known as Pepperidge Farm Estates) in Greenfield Hill will hold an open house Sunday, Sept. 16, from 1 to 4 p.m.

The Ridge a gated community. Its Homeowners Association maintains exclusive features for residents, including private estate amenities (pool, tennis courts, clubhouse & summer camp for families) and bridle trails.

Houses currently on the market will all be open for viewing, as well as the clubhouse, swimming area and tennis court. The manager of the Ridge will be available to answer all questions regarding the community. Maps will be distributed at the gate.

Participating agents are Adriana Morrell of William Raveis Southport, 203-243-2423; Wayne Beach of Coldwell Banker Trumbull, 203-452-3700; Carol and Kerry McCullough of Prudential Connecticut Fairfield, 203-255-2800; Doris Ghitleman of William Raveis Westport, 203-227-4343; Victoria Fingelly of Nicholas Fingelly, 203-255-9900; and Vanderblue Team Soshana Carter and Vanderblue Team Kim Vartulli, both of Higgins Group Real Estate, 203 254-9000.

The Ridge is located of Sturges Highway to Ridge Common Road.

Part of the 20th century history of Greenfield Hill, The Ridge began development in 1983 on land purchased primarily from the McCardell family, who in turn purchased it from the Rudkin family in 1925. When the Rudkins purchased the land it was a 125-acre farm with a grove of Pepperidge trees at its entrance. Henry Rudkin, a Wall Street broker, and his wife Margaret Fogarty named the land “Pepperidge Farm.”

Story has it that when Mrs. Rudkin’s son had food allergies in 1937, she began experimenting with whole wheat loaves of bread that only contained natural ingredients. Her experiment was so successful that her friends and family convinced her that she should start her own business. She began selling her bread to local grocers. Ten years later she moved the business off the farm and into a modern bakery.

In 1968, Archie McCardell, a corporate CEO, purchased the estate from the Rudkin family. There, he raised his family until 1983, when he sold some of the property to a developer who began building The Ridge. The McCardells purchased back the development rights in 1985 and expanded The Ridge property through additional land purchases.

The McCardell family had strong ties with the equestrian community in Fairfield and, for a time, considered creating a planned community based on horse ownership with stables, paddocks and trails. Ultimately, the decision was made to create a traditional gated, homeowners association with central common amenities while preserving the established bridle trails throughout the property as part of a townwide trail system.

There are now 97 home sites designed on a private road system of cul-de-sac’s.

Each year, the association plans property improvements to accommodate its growth. A list of annual improvements highlighting the changes is published for owners.

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