A reader asks, “what is the Golden Triangle?” According to this Wikipedia entry,

The Golden Triangle is one of Asia’s two main illicit opium-producing areas. It is an area of around 350,000 square kilometres that overlaps the mountains of four countries of Southeast Asia: Myanmar (Burma), Laos, Vietnam, and Thailand. (Other interpretations of the Golden Triangle also include a section of Yunnan Province, China.) Along with Afghanistan in the Golden Crescent and Pakistan, it has been one of the most extensive opium-producing areas of Asia and of the world since the 1950s.

Oh! You mean Greenwich? In Greenwich, my source for all things pertaining thereto, Tom Gorin of Cleavland, Duble & Arnold, tells me that Mrs. Duble herself used to refer to “the Golden Circle”, an area encompassing the land between North Street and Riversville Road and extending south to the Lake Avenue circle. According to Tom, the term dates back at least to the 1930s and he’s yet to figure out who was left out when the circle was chopped into a triangle. Did it extend north of the as-then-unbuilt Merritt Parkway? Neither of us knows but I’ve always heard it applied to the mid country, so I think not.

But that was then. Now, realtors and builders use the term pretty loosely to add cachet to whatever they’re peddling. Sort of like that standard advertising phrase, “on the Stamford/Greenwich border”. You know, reading that, that the land’s in Stamford. No self-respecting Greenwich realtor ever admits that Stamford even exists.

Perhaps it is a circle after all: A drug buyer seeking wares today can probably have as much success in Greenwich’s Golden Triangle as that of Asia’s. Go figure.

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  1. Anonymous

    Thanks for answering my question…I had seen that a few times and had been wondering. It sounds like it basically is what most people refer to as “mid-country”, but when I get ready to list my house, I will make sure I am included as being in the “Golden Triangle”!

  2. Anonymous

    Golden Triangle is the lamest term I have heard used in Greenwich real estate. Realtors looking to spice up their listings should try something new, not something so obnoxious.