Daily Archives: February 25, 2013

Maxipad to grace Indian Head Road in Riverside

Good bye to all that

Good bye to all that

112 Indian Head, 2 acres in the 1-acre zone, sold for $5.3 million last fall, an impressive figure, but not as impressive as the $7,250,000 original 2010 price. A nice older house but as I suggested here back in 2010, its value was its land, not the charm of an old house destined for the dumpster.

And tomorrow night the new owners will come closer to accomplish that by applying to the P&Z for approval to build what seems like a pretty big house to me:

JKLR LLC. wants to demolish a home and build a 12,215-square-foot residence, new driveway, two detached garages, an accessory living structure, pool, spa, bath house and patios on a 2.07-acre lot at 112 Indian Head Road.

Do the math with me here – the FAR Czar in his wisdom decreed that the maximum allowable house on a two acre lot shall be 7,841 sq. feet – 43,560 X 2 X 0.09 FAR

The maximum allowable house size on one acre is 5,880.00 (in the one-acre zone. In a two acre zone, that same one acre is punished and the FAR size is reduced to 3,920 sq.ft. Does that makes sense to you? Never mind ).

But if 7,842 sq feet is deemed too large for the two-acre zone, and 5,880 sq.ft. has been determined to be the maximum ideal size of a home in the one-acre zone, how is it that a 12,215 sq.ft. house in the one acre zone is appropriate? Why is a home owner allowed 7,851 on one two-acre plot and 55% more, 12,215, on another two acre lot?

I am not objecting to this large house going up, but I do object to the utter lunacy of the Floor Area Ratio scheme that’s been foisted on Greenwich property owners; it has survived every attempt to instill some rationality into the process while the RTM has abdicated its role in governing the town by leaving the enactment of ever-more-onerous FAR regulations  to the demented, arrogant Land Use Committee and the staff of the P&Z.

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Sequester NASA

Sweat shop

Sweat shop

If there is any limit to our own government’s stupidity you won’t find it at NASA, which is out with a report today that says that global warming has already cut worker productivity by exactly ten percent. That certainly sounds scientific, doesn’t it? I mean, they use real numbers and all that, so the “science” is settled! It might make you wonder how America could have grown and prospered 100 years ago, when factories were cooled, barely, by drafts coming in through windows, tenement houses lacked even air shafts and field hands worked directly under the sun, eh?

Well I have the true, scientific answer: before air conditioning Washington would shut down for three months every summer and the politicians would flee. That respite from government meddling for one quarter of each year made all the difference. Now we’re inundated by government regulations and laws 24/7, 12 months a year, and suffer from agencies like NASA that once had a scientific purpose and is now just a collection of political hacks.

Save the nation: ban air conditioning.

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Gene mapping or, the Irish riddle solved

Off to O'Malley's

Off to O’Malley’s

Drinking to excess traced back 10 million years  to ape genes. Or 3,000 years to Shamus O’Reilly.

The boozing gene can be traced back 10million years to the common ancestor humans share with chimpanzees and gorillas, new research claims.

It is believed these ancient forebears were the first to pick up fruits fermenting on the ground after they developed a lifestyle away from the trees.

Individuals able to stomach the boozy fruit would have survived better in this new environment than those who could not, programming the ability into their descendants’ genetic codes.

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In ObamaLand, everything’s for sale

Never pass up a free meal

Never pass up a free meal

According to The New York Times, $500,000 will get you four meetings a year with the President of the United States. I’m insulted that the man would sell out his country so cheaply.

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25 Copper Beech

25 Copper Beech

25 Copper Beech sold for $2.4 million, $2.795 ask. Good house, decent yard, kids’ rooms are up, master and another bedroom down. That ought to be very attractive for parents of teens, a little offsetting for those with small ones, although I would think that in these days of intercoms and whatnot it shouldn’t be an issue. Obviously, whoever bought it didn’t mind the layout.

17 Dorchester, Riverside, has an accepted offer just days after being put up for sale. Asking price was $2.825 million, it sold last in 2008 for $2.875. So for Riverside, at least, we’re back to pre-crash levels, at least for new, almost new, and tear-downs. This one is “almost new”.

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Another contract

19 Angus19 Angus Lane, $4.995 million, has an executed contract. I wrote about this property when it came on briefly in May at $5.295.  I thought it was a beautiful house then and nothing changed this time except the asking price dropped a bit.

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Rudolph or War Horse, does it really matter?

 

You vant to eat him, ja?

You vant to eat him, ja?

Ikea recalls its meatballs due to horse meat content. “Our customers expect to find tasty, wholesome reindeer in their meatballs,”Sven Gustaffsen, Ikea’s Swedish Chef explained to reporters, “and so this was absolutely unacceptable, once we were caught.”

Check the link for Twitter reactions – better than the main article itself.

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