Old Greenwich sale

As envisioned by Photoshop - your results may vary

As envisioned by Photoshop – your results may vary

45 Highview Avenue, $2.795, reports an accepted offer. This is about as typical a new house you’ll find in Old Greenwich, at a typical price, so it provides a good idea of what to expect if you’re looking. 1/4 acre lot, four bedrooms, 3 baths up, nanny room with bath, plus playroom, in the dungeon, and the usual kitchen/playroom/dining room on the first floor. The best thing about one of these houses is that if you come home drunk and wander into the wrong one, you’ll know the exact layout, even in the dark.

The listing claims 4,500 square feet but I’d estimate it at closer to 3,000, with the rest buried underground. Detached garage, as our new zoning laws demand, but at least it’s a real building, with walls and all that, instead of a latticework FARport.

Looking at this house, and knowing all about the convenience of walking to school and town, the family neighborhood and wonderful neighbors etc. etc., I’m not surprised that I’m selling more mid country homes these days than I am in Old Greenwich and Riverside. For the same price, slightly older construction, you can get 7,000 square feet, two acres and a pool. And your neighbors will be just as nice.

But that’s the beauty of Greenwich – something for everyone.

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  1. Anonymous

    Can you get 7,000 sq ft, 2 acres and a pool in mid country for 2.75 MM or less? Wish I didn’t own a house already.

  2. Anonymous

    you mention “Detached garage, as our new zoning laws demand, but at least it’s a real building, with walls and all that, instead of a latticework FARport.”

    I’m not aware of anything in the far that would mandate a detached garage. The could have easily had an attached garage. The only advanatage to the detached is that it can be closer to your nieghbor’s side vs. the actual house and this rule has been in existence for years. Seems reasonable to me…

    • I’m not quite sure what specific part of our zoning rules was tweaked to produce this result but as you drive around town you’ll see an ever-larger of new homes sporting detached garages. Since most buyers prefer attached garages and builders build what buyers want, there has to be a reason for this phenomenon.

  3. MTA

    Anonymous (5:45pm) is correct, the reduced setbacks of an accessory structure in a rear yard is the “advantage” from a zoning perspective. An attached garage needs to conform to the principal structure setbacks. FAR rules apply the same in either scenario.

    • MTA

      Sorry, I had not taken a look at the drawings before commenting. This “garage” which is a one car garage with a carport (“FARport”), is in the front yard. So it has to conform to principal structure setbacks and has no “advantages”. I assume that they needed to do this because the lot width did not work with their floor plan (an attached garage would have taken up half of their front elevation). Wow, the front elevation renderings are really deceiving, the model image tells more about what this will look like. Ouch.

  4. Riverside Dog Walker

    Would be nice if they showed some pictures of the house and grounds instead of blueprints.

    • Trust me – in this case, if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen ‘em all. I suspect there is now one set of blueprints available to builders in the $2.75-$3.75 range labelled, “Generic, Riverside/Old Greenwich”.

  5. anonymous

    RDW: it’s under construction – I don’t think there’s much to photograph yet

  6. A quarter acre? That’s a good sized house for a postage stamp lot. At least you won’t spend much time mowing the grass.

  7. anonymous

    Where’s the profit margin to the builder/developer? Lot had to cost$1.2, house had to cost $1.4…

  8. Anonymous

    I would like to buy Chris Fountain’s fantasy 2 acre, 7000sf mid country home with pool. Please contact me immediately. — Santa

  9. shoeless

    In the R-12 zone, I don’t see how that house conforms. There are supposed to be side setbacks of 25ft with a minimum of 10′ on either side. The total side setback is less than 15′, which wouldn’t even conform in the R-7, let alone the R-12.