Daily Archives: September 25, 2008


Stop, look and listen
I almost hit three Greenwich Academy girls this morning – my fault – I saw them walking parallel to the road, took my eyes off the road for a second and they were suddenly in the crosswalk. I got some well deserved sneers from the dears as I braked to avoid them but in my defense, these kids never looked for traffic, just strode into the crosswalk secure in the knowledge that cars would stop for them. I’m sure that growing up in a Back Country mansion and having one’s own tumbled-marble bath suite conveys certain advantages in life but it will all be for naught if our little princesses don’t look before crossing the road. Outside of Greenwich life, including inattentive drivers, happens.

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Here’s a shock:
Greens have bigger carbon footprints than us little people

According to the researchers, people who regularly recycle rubbish and save energy at home are also the most likely to take frequent long-haul flights abroad. The carbon emissions from such flights can swamp the green savings made at home, the researchers claim.

Stewart Barr, of Exeter University, who led the research, said: “Green living is largely something of a myth. There is this middle class environmentalism where being green is part of the desired image. But another part of the desired image is to fly off skiing twice a year. And the carbon savings they make by not driving their kids to school will be obliterated by the pollution from their flights.”

Some people even said they deserved such flights as a reward for their green efforts, he added.

Of course, here in Greenwich we drive our kids to school and jet off on vacations, but we’ve got just the cutest “save the earth” bumper stickers in the world! See y’all at Whole Foods.

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69 Mallard Drive
That was then, this is now
When this place was listed as land in September 2004 at $899K, it sold via a bidding war in mere days for $952,500. Ah, 2004! The new owner built a spec house and in November 2005 offered it up at $2.575 million. It took a year (usually a sign of trouble, no?) but it eventually sold, in November 2006, for $1.960 million, or 76% of its asking price. That’s a reflection, I think, not of a crumbling market but rather the house’s location on a busy street; for the most part, 2006 was a good year for real estate. The buyers seem to have forgotten this lot’s history and must surely have cut off their newspapers and stopped watching the news because they’ve listed it today for $2.495 million, 27% more than they paid for it back then. I wish them luck, naturally, and I’m awed by their optimism.

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12 Druid Lane, Rvsd
Nice house, but not selling
This new house has been officially on the market since April 2007, but was only finished in June of this year, which is usually when the clock starts running (few people are willing to buy a hole in the ground but it’s nice when it happens). It’s been priced at $3.850 until today, when it dropped to $3.550. That’s probably a little aggressive, but it’s a nice house on a good street so I think market conditions are more to blame for its failure to sell than its price, although these days, some very nice Riverside houses are climbing down into this price range and the competition is building.
One drawback, perhaps, is the builder’s decision to drop the house below street level. He did so because he’s a thoughtful guy and didn’t want his house to tower over its more modest neighbors but, in my experience, buyers hate driving down, even a few feet, to a house. Too late to re-think that now, unfortunately. Nice guys finish last?

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This so pleased my liberal friends that I thought I’d share it with readers.

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I lost again!
Damn contest is fixed, obviously.
MacArthur Genius Awards Announced

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Why aren’t I popular?
I’m tired of being chastised for my negative views so from now on, I’m going to try to write articles like this: Real Estate Sales in the Sunshine State are Going Great!

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