Two sales reported

135 Park Ave (Greenwich)

135 Park Ave (Greenwich)

135 Park Avenue , ML # 73158 (the Greenwich Park Ave, across from Christ Church) sold for $2.450 million yesterday. Listed originally in 2008 at $4.3 million, assessed value $2,755,200.


17 Marks Road (ML# 70934) sold for $1.820 million. Sold for $2.250 in ’04, again in ’06 for $2.495 and listed in 2008 for $2.695. Assessed value, $1.663 million.


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21 responses to “Two sales reported

  1. Anonymous

    I was surprised at the price on Park Ave. I think the buyers got a good deal! House needs work but could be very charming! Great location! A bunch of Country Living agents went over to Halstead Properties- Do you know the deal?

    • christopherfountain

      Buyers got a good deal because sellers overpriced to begin with. It happens again and again (and again) – reach too high, don’t sell, house listing grows stale, sell it for far less than you could have. I am astonished to see this still happening in the midst of a bear market but I’ve almost stopped viewing new listings at broker open houses these days and concentrate instead on old listigs at new, lower prices. Are sellers that obtuse or is it their agents? I don’t know.

  2. Anonymous2

    I am surprised more by the price of the Marks Road sale. Isn’t this a small home on not much land? I thought it would have cleared closer to or lower than the assessed value.

    • christopherfountain

      It’s a small house, Anon, but it’s on my beloved Ole’s Creek, and I, at least, think that adds a half million to any house (or I hope it does when it’s time for me to move). $1.8 strikes me as a tad high, but not entirely nuts.

  3. cos cobber

    New discussion item; when is a creek really just a ditch? Ole’s certainly comes to mind as the latter, no?

    I didn’t want to go here with the blog, but recent defamation actions by the hostess has lead me to the offensive.

    • christopherfountain

      At high tide, Cos Cobber.

      • christopherfountain

        Cos Cobber, I do hope you know I’m having fun with Cos Cob folks. Riverside and Cos Cob are soul sisters – no respect from oher parts of town yet we who live here love it.

  4. cos cobber

    Well my friend, I know deep down its all in jest. You kid and I like to kid back.

    My perspective on this shifted a bit last week when you gave that neighborhood overview to HG. It made me realize that many regular readers of your widely followed and all powerful blog have no ability to separate our colloquial Greenwich facts, from half truths and total absurdities. I think many out of town readers (including Accolay, who lives in mid country but claims to only have visited Cos Cob once in 10 years – frankly that’s impossible!) really think Cos Cob is solely what your broad paint brush has painted it. I admit, many of the jokes are spot on and from time to time I do like to fulfill your stereotypes for comedic fun. Cos Cob is indeed ripe for ribbing…I know. Its also a great place too. But for the sake of HG and people like Sanjay Bigglesworth, your torts need a retort my friend. I do it for the kids….

    Ok, enough warm and fuzzy time. Back to zip code warfare!

  5. Pete

    Read an article several years back of a 32 foot Grand Banks cruising up Ole’s creek to Amundsen’s at West End Ave.

    • christopherfountain

      Pete, we’ve not only had some very large boats come up that creek, one year a small seaplane landed on it. And got off safely again, too. Quite cool. Basically, like any area tidal creek, we have 7 – 8 feet of water at high (depending on the flood) and zero at low. # hours on either side of high should see a shallow draft boat out and back safely but as a kid I’d often get engrossed with the fishinhg, lose track of the time and run out of water right arond Tim Palmer’s place on Palmer Lane. No big deal, we’d tie up, walk home and come back the next day.
      Low tide, even with just a trickle of water, is also nice, especially since the town stopped duming raw sewage into the creek. We see Blue Herons, night herons, egrets, etc. all prowling the mudbanks hunting minnows and hermit crabs. Nifty.
      I’ve caught very large striped bass in the waters and plenty of bluefish and snappers. Osprys hunt here too. A very nice place to live.

  6. Sanjay Bigglesworth

    What a minute now. How did I get pulled into this little donnybrook?

  7. Pete

    Had a girlfriend who lived on George St. when I was a teen. A friend and I left Grass Island in a dingy with an outboard and a case of beer with about two foot seas on the Sound to visit my girl. Good times.

  8. Accolay

    Cos Cobber,

    100% of my Cos Cob jokes are all just to have fun, albeit at the expense of Cos Cob residents. I would like to state that Cos Cob, indeed, is a beautiful section of town and anyone should be lucky enough to live in an area just as nice. Though I may have claimed to have visted Cos Cob once in 10 years–I don’t remember if I did–that is not true.

    To prove my sincerity, I’ll even chose not to make a Cos Cob joke on Chris’ latest Jim Himes story.

  9. ogrcc

    the creek is indeed god’s country

    I have paddled from tod’s point to Ole’s, and there isn’t a nicer place to be

    The river in cos cob doesn’t have anything on the tidal creek the splits OG from Riverside

  10. Lorin

    And Highland Park, Ca., despite what the NYT travel section recently said, not so much….

    although the recent addition of chickens in my backyard adds a certain rural charm…along with the fruit trees and hummingbirds….

  11. Wally

    Ole’s (Longmeadow) Creek is great at high tide, especially with the cool curves. When we were kids, we would speed on it in our Whalers, pretending we were in a James Bond movie.

  12. Wally

    Some Ole’s Creek trivia:

    The bridge that spans the Creek between Riverside and OG is the second oldest bridge in Greenwich, built before 1700 (the existing may or may not have any original material in it, I do not know). The oldest bridge crosses the Mianus River on Palmers Hill Rd.

    Tim Palmer’s plumbing shop in OG was originally a building on the Tod’s estate at Greenwich Point, and was damaged by fire in 1904, given to Paul Palmer’s grandfather by Mr. Tod, and moved by barge to OG on the Creek.

  13. Californian

    I would like to ask a question as an uninformed outsider. Please, try to be kind if you choose to respond.

    Why do so many tidal creek properties have docks? Is it so that you can sit on them and enjoy the view and cool air? Does it enable you to drive/sail your some other place docked boat home on occasion as long as you get it out before low tide (as CF suggested with his draft boat recollection).

    Do your draft boats (I should probably google this) just sit in the mud until the tide comes back in?

    I mean no insult or injury and I am sure we must have something like this going on in California, but I’ve never witnessed this phenomena.

    Most of my family lives in either Ct, Md, or Pa and sometimes it feels like we each have vast knowledge gaps on how the other coast lives. My uncle who’s lived on both coasts tries to translate for us, God bless him.

    • christopherfountain

      Californian – yes, the docks allow easy access 6 hours a day to get into your kayak, canoe or even power or saliboat – I’ve had all types during my days here on the creek. We pull the kayaks canoes up on the bank when we’re done but sailboats (centerboard) and power boats can just rest on their bottom. Easy. I’ve seen English sailboats here that were obviously designed for the steep tides on that island, as they have two stubby keels extending at angles and the boat rests on them at low tide.
      Other uses for docks – fishing from them and even, although there are those who gag at the thought, swimming from them. Never known anyone to die from the water, yet.

  14. Californian

    Thanks for the answer, I suppose we Californians either distrust our boats stamina or they build ’em different out here.

    I’ve been around power boats and a few sailboats all my life and I can’t imagine leaving one sitting in mud every day. As far as I can tell, we do our best to keep ’em floating at all times via docks that can be raised and lowered based on the water levels.

    Nothing wrong with it, just a different way of being and one of the smaller differences between the two coasts. I do wonder why we come up with such different solutions to the same problems though.

    Let’s not get into politics though, I suspect we’re basically the same on both coasts, a very wealthy elite who assuage their consciences by voting left and since they are so heavily concentrated distort the voting result. Take a look at how tortured our Congressional districts are, perhaps yours are the same?