The white elephant moves


Still some life in the old boy after all, eh what?

Still some life in the old boy after all, eh what?

11 Langhorne Lane, all 26,000 square feet of it, has sold, and sold for $17 million. I hadn’t thought there was still a market for this size home but I must not be hanging out with enough Russian oligarchs these days.

Antares built this and tried selling it for $35 million, unfinished. They eventually unloaded it for $13.750 million in 2008 to these sellers, who first put it back up for sale at $14.5 as is, then finished it and relisted it for $27,500. They didn’t get it, but $17 is still impressive. Lots of liens on this property, including a $150,000 “mortgage” to a painting contractor – I’ll bet that guy is the happiest of all to see this sale.


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New Listing in Old Greenwich, “water views”


8 E. Point Lane

8 E. Point Lane

8 E. Point Lane has resurfaced, now asking $4.295 million. I remember when this was new in 2006 and the builder asked $3.995 million. It struck me as overpriced then and the market must have agreed, because it didn’t sell. On the other hand, I liked the house itself very much and given the hike in prices in OG since 2006, perhaps it’s more in line with the market; we’ll see. Listing says it’s “FEMA Compliant”, which is reassuring – some parts of this neighborhood got hammered by Sandy, and you’d probably want to determine how this home fared during that storm.

From a historical perspective on prices, this was listed as a land sale in 2005 at $1.550 million and sold to this builder in a bidding war for $1.625. Pretty pricey, at the time, for a quarter-acre of non-waterfront land.  Today, not so much.

UPDATE: Just heard from the owner – absolutely no damage from the storm, which it rode out high and dry. He also sent along an extensive (very extensive) list of improvements upgrades made to the house since it was built. In all, it’s impressive. And the location – walk to the beach, great neighborhood – is superb. I’d certainly take a good look at it, if you’re in this price range, in Old Greenwich.


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And speaking of embarrassing photos …

My pal, Attorney Jeremy E. Kaye, skipped yesterday’s closing to go on vacation in Florida (WTF? During school children’s break?!) Every time he does this to me I try to find a suitable photograph of him in his travels so as to discourage him from abandoning his duties. This year (month’s – he’s skipping out of town a lot, lately) is here.

He's going to Disney World!

He’s going to Disney World!



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This would be discouraging, if I let it

The new puppy woke me just now (3:15 AM, early even for me) to go outside. It has snowed overnight. She doesn’t seem to mind, but I do.

Back to bed, perchance to dream of palm trees and white beaches.

UPDATE: I’m just puppy sitting for a friend. And since you’ve asked for a picture of the canine, I’ve tried to select one that will most embarrass that friend,let alone the dog. This should do it:

(Okay, not really)

(Okay, not really)


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Of course, if they survive pre-K, the poor kids have to attend public school


Superintendent Charles Maranzano: "Does this face make me look stupid?"

Superintendent Charles Maranzano: “Does this face make me look stupid?”

Bully cries “he’s pointing a gun, send him to juvie”, so they do.

This latest incident began as Glenn Meadow Middle School seventh grader Ethan Chaplin was holding a pencil with a pen cap on the end while in class. Accounts of how Ethan was holding or gestering with the writing implement differ, but school officials were alerted to the matter after a student sitting behind Ethan shouted, “He’s making gun motions, send him to juvie.”  According to News 12 New Jersey, Ethan contends he had been bullied by the same student earlier in the day.

Claiming they had no choice but to act on the taunt, school administrators removed Ethan from school and forced him to undergo a lengthy mental and physical evaluation before he could return.  Describing the evaluation to one news source, Ethan’s father, Michael Chaplin, stated, “The child was stripped, had to give blood samples (which caused him to pass out) and urine samples for of all things drug testing… . Then four hours later a social worker spoke to him for five minutes and cleared him.  Then an actual doctor came in and said the state was 100 percent incorrect in their procedure and this would not get him back in school.”

Following a public outcry, Vernon Township School District Superintendent Charles Maranzano defended the school district’s actions.  Maranzano told The Huffington Post, “When a student misbehaves or displays actions that are non-conforming or don’t meet our expectations, it causes us some concerns.”


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The best thing about politicians is that they never run out of ways to spend our money


Camillo tackles pre-k in search of his first diploma

Camillo tackles pre-k in search of his first diploma

Hartford wants to make taxpayers cough up $200 million for pre-K programs. For those of you who can do math as the result of attending Head Start, since Greenwich pays 10% of the state’s budget, that’ll be another $20 million from us, not that we’ll see the money.

Nor will we see the results; for all that pre-kindergarten programs would seem a logical way to get children headed toward learning,  no studies support that conclusion and in fact, those studies that have looked at it have found zero results. Here’s what the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported after an extensive study of Head Start:

There is no measurable advantage to children in elementary school of having participated in Head Start.  Further, children attending Head Start remain far behind academically once they are in elementary school.  Head Start does not improve the school readiness of children from low-income families.

All of this is just another liberal do-good, feel-good program that accomplishes nothing except provide a source of patronage baby sitting jobs for inner-city mothers. And, like all such programs, after spending billions without result, no one reexamines the underlying hypothesis that justified the original spending – they just double down, like the crazed gamblers they are. Unfortunately, these people are playing with house money -our houses, our money.

Here are two responses from Greenwich officials – can you guess which is the professional bureaucrat and which is the Republican representative supposedly charged with protecting us from the Hartford predators? Neither can I.

“Connecticut’s elected leaders are to be applauded for increasing support for preschool education,” said Superintendent of Schools William McKersie. “While it is not yet clear how the initiative will directly affect Greenwich, all of us should be pleased that the state is getting behind an essential ingredient for academic success.”

Greenwich state Rep. Fred Camillo, R-151, a former high-school teacher, also expressed support for universal preschool.

“If you look at some of the statistics, if you don’t get kids early, and they start to drift and don’t have a good family background, what’s going to happen is it’s going to cost you later on,” he said. “I believe it’s needed; it’s just got to be done right.”



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In the “new” New York, this might actually pass


Dig we mustn't

Dig we mustn’t

City councilman wants to freeze demolition of all buildings 50-years and older (that would be anything built before the 1964 World’s Fair)  covering  80% of the building stock in NYC. (One) problem with the proposal: there aren’t nearly enough staffers to review applications already before the city’s Landmark’s Commission:

Items that are “calendared” have sat in the commission’s to-do box for decades. That effectively puts any development on these sites and any resolution on their landmark status in a perpetual holding pattern.


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