Low inventory = fast sales

 

16 Licata Terrace

16 Licata Terrace

16 Licata Terrace, three bedrooms, $1.350, already has a contract. Wouldn’t necessarily be my first choice but these days, there’s not much choice at all.

Owner paid $911,500 for it in 2009. Just saying.

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Pricey Belle Haven land

204 Otter Rock

204 Otter Rock

New listing at 204 Otter Rock, three acres for $15 million. It’s one acre zoning but with subdivision rules being what they are, you’ll get two lots of this, not three. $7.5 for a landlocked building lot? We’ll see.

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Headed for the wrecker’s ball

39 Patterson Avenue

39 Patterson Avenue

A reader reports that a demolition permit has been filed with the town for the removal of 39 Patterson Avenue from this world. He says it’s printed in the paper version of today’s Greenwich Time, which I don’t subscribe to, and the town’s building department site doesn’t seem to have such permits available on line, but I assume his report is accurate – there’s not a heck of a lot worth salvaging in this old queen.

The old listing was $3.99 million and it expired unsold, but it popped up again a week ago just to record that a contract had been signed. No indication of price, but I’ll be interested to see what 0.83 of an acre sells for here.

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Jews ordered to register in Ukraine

390And so it begins, again.

In what sounds like an eerie return to the 1930s,Israeli news website YNetNews.com reports pro-Russian militants in the east Ukrainian city of Donetsk are ordering Jewish residents to “register” with them.

Masked men passed along leaflets to Jews leaving a synagogue, ordering them to pay a $50 registration fee and provide a list of property they currently own. Failure to do so would mean a forfeiture of citizenship, deportation and confiscation of their belongings.

The flyer reads in full:

“Dear Ukraine citizens of Jewish nationality,

“Due to the fact that the leaders of the Jewish community of Ukraine supported Bendery Junta and oppose the pro-Slavic People’s Republic of Donetsk, (the interim government) has decided that all citizens of Jewish descent, over 16 years of age and residing within the republic’s territory are required to report to the Commissioner for Nationalities in the Donetsk Regional Administration building and register.

“ID and passport are required to register your Jewish religion, religious documents of family members, as well as documents establishing the rights to all real estate property that belongs to you, including vehicles.

“Evasion of registration will result in citizenship revoke and you will be forced outside the country with a confiscation of property.”

 

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Forgive them, Father, they know not what we do

 

X rated

X rated

Oxford England City Council bans Good Friday production of the Passion of Christ because they think it’s a live sex show.

Through centuries and across countries, it has remained a staple of traditional Easter celebrations. But that rich history, it seems, has been rather lost on one council bureaucrat – who forced a church to cancel its Passion play because he apparently thought it was a sex show. The performance, telling the story of the crucifixion of Christ, had been planned for Good Friday by St Stephen’s House Theological College and Saints Mary and John Church in Oxford. That was until an official at the local Labour council refused to rubber-stamp the event, forcing the church to scrap it at short notice.

Interesting vocabulary tidbit: the Daily Mail’s headline reads, “Gormless City Council bans …”  I assumed that “gormless” was a section of Oxford  (or something) but I looked it up and it’s an English expression for stupid, dull-witted twits. I have added it to my lexicon.

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Mutual stand-down

Screw it

Screw it

Just got off the phone with Michelle-Marie Heinemann’s attorney, John Piskora – quite a reasonable gentleman, as it turns out – and we’ve agreed to a mutual disarmament: MMH will remove her blog site dedicated to depicting me as a psychotic child abuser and I will remove all mention of her from this blog. (I was gratified to learn that she had read my Amazon review of her singing attempt – mine would be the Florence Foster Jenkins comparison - and I tossed in that, too – the satisfaction came from knowing that she’d read it).

This game wasn’t worth the candle because, while I can bat away law suits all day, Heinemann was attempting to get at the identity of various commenters (not impossible, given that WordPress was ordered by a court to give up their ip addresses which, eventually could lead to their identities) in order to, or so she threatened, sue them for libel. If this were about the right to opine on real estate or politics it would be worth fighting for but it’s really about nothing more than an escalating side show originally sparked by news that a wealthy New Yorker was suing her child’s nursery school for lost chauffeur wages and the emotional harm occasioned by her darling boy being made to hold open the door for others. Life is short.

So it’s goodbye to all that, assuming Michelle-Marie makes good on her promise to take down her own silliness. It was fun while it lasted, but every good thing must end.

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Quick sale

 

215 Palmer Hill

215 Palmer Hill

215 Palmer Hill Road, $1.199 million, has a contract. Palmer Hill is a busy street (especially Friday afternoons, when it’s bumper-to-bumper), but 1.1 acres and a house that could be renovated for maybe $250,000? Given the low inventory in this price range, I get it.

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