Monthly Archives: March 2011
It’s Thursday, so I was prowling around the eastern side (east of North Street) side of town, I saw one house that I thought might – might – go for $1.495 but, better, $1.295 (I try to guess the prices without looking at the open house sheet). No, this one’s asking $1.995 – what am I supposed to do with that? I have angry readers who demand that I sell their houses for what they want, goddamnit it, but honestly, it can’t be done. Buyers aren’t as stupid as sellers think they are.
Further down in Riverside, I saw a wonderful house that I’d leave exactly the way it is, even though it’s being priced as a land sale. But I was struck by the new broker’s comment that they were leaving the price where it had been with the previous broker because “‘the sellers received several offers close to the asking price”. So why the F**K didn’t you take one of those offers, you knuckleheads??!! You lose out on six months of investment income, you’ll have to keep your house in showroom condition for the same period and run the risk that the market will run against you. You have a great new broker – none better – but the market is the market. If someone offers close to your asking price, start talking, keep the deal moving and close that sale.
India beat Pakistan in cricket, or maybe it was the other way around. Fudrucker was there to cheer on the winning (or losing) team, while Peter Tesei was there in spirit, but uncertain who to root for. Whatever.
36 Brookridge, a brother Gideon listing, was priced at $2.999 February 2 and it, too, has a contract.
10 Winding Lane, Rene Gallagher, listed at $2.5 million December 16, dropped quickly to $2.395, and is selling.
Randy Kelleher listed 21 Chapel Lane in Riverside at $1.575 on March 3 and already has a buyer.
So yes, the market is active – you just need the right price.
We started with air control, then progressed to bombing Libyan army units, now we have the CIA on the ground. Is this really where we want to go?
Well no, of course not. For all the nonsense, the meeting was taken up with such sexy matters as whether to put a new roof on Eckman Center (it’s needed) and set-back rules for pitchers (I have no knowledge). Mr. Stern was presumably enjoying himself on Long Island while his producer was settling in as a volunteer board member/parent on the Board. As I’ve said before, Mr. Dell ‘Abate, thank you for your service and welcome aboard.
Republicans, Demmerkrats begin budget negotiations. Just keep tossing them out until they get the message.,
PAR FOR THE COURSE: Jimmy Carter leaves Cuba without jailed US contractor.
Former President Jimmy Carter left Cuba on Wednesday without gaining the release of a U.S. government contractor jailed the past 16 months, a deflating end to what was otherwise a groundbreaking visit.
Carter spent hours talking about improving ties with brothers Raul and Fidel Castro, describing the latter as an “old friend.”
Jeez. And we probably have decades of similar stuff to look forward to once Barack Obama is an ex-president.
Much more on Carter’s beclownment here.
Meet up for a movie? I emailed a friend who owns Bow Tie Cinema on Rail Road Avenue and while he’s unwilling to risk showing the film as a stand-alone show, he’ll rent out part of the place. Hell, I’ll put up the money for this. Rent the place out maybe move across the street to the Cos Cob Revolver and Rifle Club, and then dinner at Will Morton’s Rotisserie. You guys game? Let me know,
Obama has his war and John Kerry has signed on, so when it all goes to Hell, The Massachusetts war vet will have a hard time denying he was for it before he was against it. Obama will just vote “present” as he skates away. Can we afford a third war? And what happens when Iran attacks?
26 Brynwood (off Round Hill right on the Merritt), Sold for $6.275 in June, 2002, asked $7.8 in 2007 dropped to $4.75 this past October, and has a contract.
34 North Hawthorn sold for $1.104 in 2004, was asking $1,2 million recently and also has a contract.
26 Mohawk sold for $7.5 in 2008, asked $7.850 this past year, has slashed its price to $5.995 and still has no takers,
India and Pakistan are playing for the (for them) defining cricket World Cup match while Frank and Cathy Fudrucker are off sipping tea in far-away Ceylon,with Fudrucker swishing an idle bat at the occasional cricket ball. Tesei, reached by FWIW’s Scusie, was furious.
“Outrageous! He claims to be a world leader and he’s marooned at one of the satellites of the World Cup? The man has lost all credibility to lead Greenwich! Why, if I knew where those two wogs were meeting, at wherever the hell their match is, “I’d be there, eating cucumber/ cobra sandwiches and discussing investing in Greenwich – you can count on that! Fudrucker is simply abandoning his responsibilities here. You just wait until the Greenwich croquet season opens – then you’ll see the difference between Republians and Demmerkrats.”
Back when I shared law offices with Jeremy Kaye and Phil Russell, I bought the occasional Lottery ticket when the pool raised to an excitable level among the secretaries. Not that I thought I’d win – it’s a fools’ game, but I didn’t want to be seen as some grumpy statistician, so I just shut up and tossed in a buck. This guy didn’t. and lost out, big. On Monday, he was the only of his seven-team IT group to show up for work – everyone else could, and did, quit.
According to Greenwich Time, we’re about to be walloped by a huge storm tomorrow – snow or rain? Wait and see.
The Old Luca’s on Church Street has been reincarnated as Gabrieles and getting rave reviews. But at these prices, I’ll wish them well and stay well away. I can travel to NYC and be ripped off by Smith and Wolensky’s for the same tariff.
UPDATE: Of course, now that they’re charging for ice in NYC, you might want to stay right here in town. Or in my case, stay home.
Reader IB’r sends this along from Russ Pruner’s brother:
How’d you miss out on a quote here. From the WSJ post:
“Mark Pruner of Prudential Connecticut Realty in Greenwich, Conn., sent me a chart showing the supply of homes in Greenwich. Greenwich of course, lives or dies on the health of the financial markets (hedge funds, Wall Street), so you would think the town should lead any recovery.
But the chart below shows that Greenwich has a 39-month supply of homes priced at $10 million or more. That compares to inventory of only six months for homes priced at less than $400,000, which in Greenwich won’t even buy you Steve Cohen’s Zamboni shed.
At the current sales rate, it will take more than three years to clear out the town’s supply of megamansions, and that assumes that no new ones come on the market.”
It’s still cold out there, so if you’re caught stealing one warm coat, you’ll probably be treated leniently. Six at a time gets you in trouble, even if you’re trying to build a cozy bed under the bridge.
The University of Connecticut lost $2 million sending its football team to the Fiesta Bowl this year while the bowl organizers partied with strippers and whores. If the kids got to join in the fun, fine; it seems though, that we tax payers got the bill while the “fiesta Bowl folks had all the fun. That’s typical, I suppose.