A whale dives off the inventory board

60 Oneida Drive, asking $14.9 million (from an initial price of $21 million) was reported as having an accepted offer Friday. Six acres of quasi-waterfront (tidal) with good, if not spectacular views, it’s possibly a subdivide –  “application pending”. The assessment for this parcel is $13,000,000 which, remember, is supposed to be 70% of the estimated market value. It would seem that the assessor’s office was a tad exuberant in calculating this property’s worth. Still, a lot of money.


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11 responses to “A whale dives off the inventory board

  1. Dan

    This house is so damn cool. Hope they don’t demo and subdivide.

  2. peeps

    Some people actually prefer tidal views due to the bird watching possibilities and serenity.

  3. peeps

    An second thought, I just looked at the photos that were posted of the property, aerials included, and it sure looks like gorgeous waterfront to me. Even if the pics were taken at high tide and the water’s not nearly this close at low tide, I’d just love to live at 60 Oneida…a dream come true. Chris, maybe you’ve grown too picky? I wouldn’t detract from the term waterfront in any way in this instance.

    • Just saying peeps, that tidal waterfront is less valuable than deep water, which is extremely scarce in town. I love tidal waters – I live on a tidal creek and get as much enjoyment at low tide, when the wading birds arrive, as at high. But my property would be worth far more if it had water in front of it 24 hours a day.In addition, I believe 60 Oneida faces down the Sound, not towards the NYC skyline and that view is also less valuable.

  4. pulled up in OG

    A view of the front door with no garage doors in sight – that’s worth an extra mil, no?

  5. Greenwich historian

    I love this house too. So I have a question…didn’t this house have a Vista Drive address in the 1960s? I’m looking in the old grand lists, and if this was the Bertha Hillas house, then it did have a Vista Drive address. Bertha was the daughter of C. Harold Smith, who with his cousin Edwin Binney, formed Binney and Smith, which made Crayola crayons. There’s some fun history for ya.

  6. Real Torme

    It was owned by Paz de Ossorio until the 70’s and was designed by I. N. Phelps-Stokes, the architect of HighLow House (now Khakum Wood) for his own use. I’m not sure he ever moved in. A fabulous house.

  7. Greenwich historian

    Real Torme, interesting. Frederic Ossorio (Miguel and Paz’s son) was on the title of the house at Oneida and Lakewood Circle South on 2.68 acres, and then it says Paz owned 3.1 acres, so I guess that’s where the 6 acres came from.

  8. anonymous

    Interesting Chinese/Philipino family. Sugar. The old lady famously jumped out of a building set afire by revolutionaries during an uprising and saved the son. Later some playboys, art patrons and wastrels..

  9. peeps

    Is Binney Park tied in with Edwin Binney somehow?