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25 Years in Greenwich

The Raveis family is proud to celebrate its 25th anniversary in one of CT’s most beautiful towns, Greenwich.  This quarter century has been full of special events and people, helping the company become intimately familiar with the Greenwich community.

William Raveis’ success in Greenwich is attributed to the vision of entrepreneur and company founder, Bill Raveis.  After opening his first office in 1974, Raveis rapidly expanded through Fairfield County, reaching Greenwich in the mid-eighties.  The company acquired Thomas N. Cooke Inc., a highly respected family-owned real estate firm founded in 1899 and located at the corner of Greenwich and Putnam Avenue.  This purchase has always been of high value, for the acquisition has made William Raveis the oldest real estate firm in continuous service in Greenwich.  In 2002, William Raveis purchased the Connecticut offices of Douglas Elliman, a prestigious, long-standing firm, in Greenwich and Darien, adding to the company’s ambitious efforts at expansion.

Bill Raveis’s keen familiarity with the Greenwich community takes the form of long-lasting relationships developed with many people, organizations and clubs in the town.  Of particular importance are efforts to maintain Greenwich’s cultural heritage through a wonderful partnership with the late Claire Vanderbilt and her husband, Hugh.  The relationship with the Vanderbilts traces a 24 year history, when Bill was first getting to know the Greenwich community.  Through a meeting of the minds, Bill and Claire worked to create a program paying homage to historic homes in Greenwich for the Historical Society of Greenwich.  It was called “Signs of the Times” and featured over 200 plaques underwritten by William Raveis Real Estate; the program is still active today.  The relationship with the Vanderbilts is held close to the company’s heart, as this was the foundation toward building a synergy with Greenwich and understanding the town’s rich property history. Company involvement with the town includes sponsorship of The Greenwich Riding and Trails Association-Hunt Ball, The Greenwich Arts Council “Art on the Avenue,” Junior League of Greenwich “Enchanted Forest” and Montifore Children’s Hospital-Greenwich Polo Benefit, to name a few.

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