That’s how the Hartford Courant describes it, but I wonder if the Democrat’s imposition of an income tax in 1991 wasn’t even larger. Either way, it’s refreshingly reassuring to see that, once returned to power, the Democrats revert to form. At least we can count on one sure thing in this ever-changing world.
Daily Archives: May 3, 2011
The National Journal tells – well, not all, but a little bit. Fascinating article about these secret warriors’ training and operations.
Franklin Bloomer? The District 5 RTM member and head of the RTM Land Use Committee has sold his house in Riverside and moved, somewhere – no one seems to know where. Greenwich? Stamford? Montana? Regardless, I’m told he’s still showing up at RTM functions. Has anyone asked him for (a long form) proof of residency? Can one continue to represent Riverside in the RTM is he is no longer a resident?
This wonderful 1849 house in the back country has been for sale for years, starting at $2.5 million in 2009 and dropping today to $1.695. The market for antique homes is limited, but very much not non-existent, so why won’t it sell? My guess is that it’s because you can’t add on to its 3,000 sq. feet – FAR won’t allow it, because it sits on 1.5 acres in the 4 acre zone.
After 1033 days on the market, this Round Hill property as finally sold, for $7 million. That’s a hefty sum, but a substantial discount from its 2005 price of $10.9, and even further off the 2008 price of $11.5. I’ve never understood the strategy of raising a price when a house won’t sell, but it’s done all the time, almost always without success.
This renovated 1896 beauty in Cos Cob, on the contrary, asked $1.135 in February and found a buyer in 63 days, selling today for $1.125. Obviously we’re in different price categories here, and apples aren’t oranges, but I’d rather have my house on the market for two months than years and years.
A UCLA geography class predicted in 2009 that there was an 89% chance that Osama was hiding in Abbotabod. At the very least, maybe someone at the CIA should sign up for this class.
UPDATE: never mind! Between posting this and reader Jimbo coming across it, the original article was corrected – it now no longer mentions Abbotabad, and merely claims an accuracy of 300 KM from Tora Bora. Not nearly as impressive, obviously. The CIA can stay in Virginia.
Do not use Combo Lockboxes on GFC CMLS listings
The GFC CMLS does not support combo lockboxes, nor do we recommend using a combo lockbox on your listings. It has come to our attention that people are using combo lockboxes to access vacant homes and steal the copper piping. The GFC CMLS only supports electronic lockboxes because they maintain an audit trail of who has accessed the lockbox. Combo lockboxes do not have this security feature.
You will be relieved to learn that here in Greenwich we use electronic keyboxes. Not that we don’t trust our agents, of course but ….
I grew up next door to this house so I naturally have fond memories of both it and its neighborhood, but even with today’s price cut to $2.295, there’s tough sledding ahead. For one, it’s already nonconforming at 2,938 sq. ft (0.22 acres in what is now an R-20 zone), so what you see is what you get. For another, the seller is going to be in the unenviable position of negotiating with two separate lenders before she can provide clear title, and that usually takes awhile.
This a gorgeous old (1913) Old Greenwich home, with direct waterfront (no mention of a dock, though, and I can’t remember whether or not it has one). .77 acres, which ain’t bad, and renovated in 1998. Mind you, I’m always suspicious when a listing can’t find room for an exterior shot out of the ten available slots allocated by our MLS, but as I recall, it wasn’t bad looking at all.
Justice Department sues DB for a zillion dollars, alleging fraud. Basically, DB was authorized to investigate and “endorse” mortgages, thus qualifying the paper for a government guarantee. Turns out, DB did no such investigation, endorsed a slew of mortgages that went belly up within two years and, Wall Street being Wall Street, shorted the mortgage market by the same $5 billion they were endorsing. Can’t we please, finally, put someone in jail over this mess? I’d prefer Chris Dodd, but would settle for a Deutsche Bank executive.
Back in 2004, the then owners of this 4 acre property listed it for $7.898 million an sold it nine months later, in June, 2005, for $5.8. It was relisted by the buyers in May, 2010 for $5.995, not an unreasonable price, and went nowhere so it was pulled from the market last Thanksgiving.
As I speculated yesterday, the government is not inclined to pay Khalid Sheikh Muhammad any of the $27 million reward for coughing up (literally, one presumes) the name of Osama’s courier, information that ultimately that led to the latter’s demise. Okay, he only talked after a few rounds of waterboarding (you won’t be surprised to learn that my favorite T-shirt in my collection says, “I’d rather be waterboarding” ) but still, talk he did. And think of all the nice things he could buy with that money at the Gitmo commissary. Hardly seems fair.
Greenwich gas station owner celebrates Osama’s killing by giving away free coffee. The owner is Pakistani and as he points out, his country has suffered terribly from terrorist attacks. I do get the sense that much of the muslim world is not going to miss this man.
In other news, a juror on the Rajamataz trial is sick, so no deliberations today. Another day for Raj to relax up on Round Hill.
It’s been decades since I read Sherlock Holmes, but as I recall, one of Doyle’s most famous stories was “The dog that didn’t bark”, which turned on the fact that a watchdog remained silent when an intruder entered the premises. Holmes reasoned that the dog kept quiet because he knew and recognized the “intruder”, and hence the intruder was actually the homeowner himself.
Or something like that. Anyway, I was reminded of that story yesterday when we learned that, despite being right next door to Pakistan’s West Point and being three times larger than any other house in the neighborhood, with a 12′ wall topped by barbed wire, armed guards at the gate, etc., Pakistan’s army and ISI claim to never have had their suspicions or curiosity aroused and never investigated who might be living there. Uh huh.
I suppose we must continue supporting the present government because the alternative for this nuclear power is so much worse, but sheesh.