Daily Archives: April 19, 2012
Following the example of Greenwich’s own Dollar Bill, the national democrat party has (no kidding – true!) released their new bumper sticker, designed as a Belgian flag and intended, one presumes, to stir their base into action. They have no record of accomplishment to run on and no ideas, so they’re trying the “Scott Brown supports oil companies” approach:
Owners of cars [and boats] registered in Greenwich could wind up paying more than double what the town currently charges them in motor vehicle taxes under a controversial proposal that is gaining traction in the General Assembly.
State Rep. Jeffrey Berger, D-Waterbury, is calling for the state to enact a uniform mill rate for motor vehicles, which threatens to pit wealthy municipalities where there is a tangible love affair for expensive imports against their less well-to-do neighbors.
“Why should that tax fluctuate from municipality to municipality?” Berger told Greenwich Time. “It’s just inherently unfair.”
The idea is to grab money from everyone in Greenwich, rich or poor, and ship it up to Hartford where the democrats can dole it out to their friends as they see fit. Obviously the same “fairness” argument can be used even more forcefully against property taxes on your home. And look over the horizon: is it “fair” that Greenwich has decent schools while Stamford does not? When do regional schools arrive and spread mediocrity more evenly? It’s all coming, and sooner than you think. You’ll be glad to know that the Democrat Town Committee is meeting as I write, planning new ways to destroy the town they live in. What an interesting group of people.
The whole problem of explaining the present is so nettlesome that the European Union’s “House of European History” museum decided to omit the mention of World War 2 altogether by the simple expedient of declaring 1946 the Year Zero for European history. “It celebrates the creation of the EU with barely a nod to the crisis raging all around. France’s recent history is marked by a picture of the Tour de France, and Germany’s by the famous Berlin address by Barack Obama in 2008.”
Farcically, it’s been decided to omit any exhibit on which agreement cannot be reached. And because of their differing views about World War II, the museum will begin with an EU ‘year zero’ of 1946.
But of the unpleasantness of 1939-1945 it will only say that there was an event called the “European Civil War”, which presumably was fixed by the European Union, without the slightest input from things called the United States, the former Soviet Union, China and the Empire of Japan.
Paul Ehrlich, a collaborator of President Obama’s current science adviser John Holdren. Ehrlich claimed on the first Earth Day in 1970 that “[i]n ten years all important animal life in the sea will be extinct. Large areas of coastline will have to be evacuated because of the stench of dead fish.” He predicted in 1971 speech that: “by the year 2000 the United Kingdom will be simply a small group of impoverished islands, inhabited by some 70 million hungry people … If I were a gambler, I would take even money that England will not exist in the year 2000.”
Tens of thousands are abducted by non-family members each year. (Actual number, 2010 was 110)
Household radon causes lung cancer: (it does not).
And so on. The more the people are scared, the more they look to the government to protect them. Coincidence? I think not.
Any other GAR members out there encountering a hostile attitude from a certain staff member, (UPDATE: Aw hell, I’m taking down the offending individual’s name – I shouldn’t be so mean) these days? If someone over there screws up a listing and labels a Tudor a ranch well, that can be corrected, but when someone who is actually our employee cops an attitude, not so good. I myself stay as far away from headquarters as possible, but the open house tour is yielding some amazing stories of a woman drunk with a false sense of power.
34 Burying Hill Road, a 1960 house last renovated 24 years ago in 1998, asked $5.950 million when it was offered for sale in April, 2011. It’s ben a year now and the owners have looked around and discovered that they’re still there so they’ve taken action and reduced their price 5% to $5.695 million. That should shake some timid buyers from the trees.
Saw a number of nice houses today that were, I thought, well priced for what they offer. Starting at the lower range,
32 Coachlamp Lane (the first three houses discussed here can be found on this one link), $1.350 million. A perfectly decent, plain vanilla 1960’s house, on a good street (dead end, close to town), in good condition and with a decent yard. The floors need refinishing because they’ve ripped up the wall-to-wall (a wise decision) and you could certainly spend some money bringing the place up to date, but livable just as is and the street should support whatever money you put into improvements.
8 Osceola, $1.5 million. Good house, wonderful street. I’d replace the windows and maybe finish the third floor but I’m just a fanatic about modern windows – most of my clients don’t seem to care. The owner, a noted builder, offers to make any improvements you wish at cost which, considering his skills, is a great deal.
And I really, really loved 7 Mulberry Street, asking $2 million. This was built by a craftsman/builder as his family’s dream house and the quality and care that went into its construction is apparent throughout the house. It’s at a level you’d expect to find (and often don’t) in a $4 million house. Thick doors even on closets, beautiful, top-of-the-line hardware, the best fixtures and a great layout. It’s directly on the Mill Pond, which is a beautiful feature but also exposes you to some noise from the Cos Cob bridge down at the other end of the pond. I figure that if that bridge weren’t there this house would cost at least 50% more so there’s a discount built in. I’d be happy to make that trade off – you may not, in which case this house is not for you. Open house this Sunday so you might want to stop by and see, and hear, for yourself. Regardless of your response to the traffic noise, it’s worth seeing the kind of quality that can be built into a relatively inexpensive house. Then ask yourself what’s wrong with other builders.
12 Taconic Road isn’t my taste at all but that’s so irrelevant I mention it just to be snarky. At $7 million it offers more than most houses in its price range and is beautifully built. Three acres in the two-acre zone, a short hop to downtown Greenwich and boy is it big. If that’s what you’re looking for, here it is.
12 Indian Drive in Old Greenwich was every bit as fabulous as I’d hoped it’d be. Deep water dock, pool, and a renovation that meets every expectation. Yes, it’s direct waterfront so that exposes you to storms, floods and harsh weather. That’s the price of living on the water. Some people will pay that gladly (I’d live in this one’s garage and be happy), others won’t. That’s why we have different houses, different areas to live in in Greenwich – something for everyone. Great water views that stretch from the Stamford light house to the NYC skyline and unlike some water views, this one will have enough sail boats, tugs, fishing vessels and runabouts dodging around to keep your eyes and mind busy. And I’ll bet the sunsets are spectacular.
This one will set you back $14.5 million and if you can afford that, you can afford to live in the Hyatt a few days while the hurricane blows through; I myself would stay put and enjoy the storm.
I’ll be heading out in a few minutes to see a handful of houses that look interesting. Four pages of inventory but many are retreads, more are hopelessly overpriced and some are in locations that I’d likely never recommend, so why waste the gas? I’m doing my bit to keep the polar bears safe.
20 Partridge Hollow has sold for $6.125 million. It sold in 2005 for $6 million so the seller did well. Not my taste in either house or location but someone liked it enough to pay a rather astonishing price.
Further down the road, same New York border location, 45 Farwell is back with a vengeance and a new, higher price. It wouldn’t sell at $8.250 last year so the owner has raised the price $900,000 to $9.150 million. That may seem counter intuitive to us ignoramuses but then, we’re not Wall Street titans and just don’t grasp the economics of genius. Or something.
“You got these $10,000-a-plate dinners and Golden Circles Clubs. I think when the average voter looks at that, they rightly feel they’re locked out of the process. They can’t attend a $10,000 breakfast and they know that those who can are going to get the kind of access they can’t imagine.”
Hollywood to throw a dinner for the Messiah, $35,800 per plate No mention of dog meat appetizers, but at this price you’ll surely get access and poodle on a stick. If you want in, here’s the invitation.
Once again, economists are disappointed at the “unexpected” news that jobless claims exceeded their prediction. Throw together each month’s revision of the past month’s first call, always lower, with the continuous surprise at dismal numbers and you might think that someone out there is trying to paint a rosier picture of the economy than is warranted. The initial figures grab the press, the lower revisions thirty days later are ignored by the media. Could someone be playing these numbers to help the incumbent? Oh, who would do that?
UPDATE: Existing Home sales “unexpectedly” fall 2.6%. Economists predicted an 0.5 % increase.
Big business and the Tea Party are at swords’ points once again, with GOP Senate primaries for the second straight election becoming proxy battles in the war over the soul of the Republican Party.
Conservative insurgents pose serious threats this year to establishment Republicans in at least three open-seat Senate races. In every case, political action committees and lobbyists have hugely favored the establishment pick with contributions. One reason: The GOP establishment rallies industry donors behind the Republican seen as stronger in November. A deeper reason: The revolving-door clique of K Street and Capitol Hill operatives needs Republicans elected to upper chamber who are likely to play ball.
“We don’t need a lot of Jim DeMint disciples,” former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott said last election cycle. “As soon as they get here, we need to co-opt them.” Lott is now a millionaire corporate lobbyist whose clients include bailout beneficiaries like Goldman Sachs and Citigroup, subsidy sucklers like General Electric and for-profit colleges and government contractors like Raytheon. He likes Republicans who don’t take their limited-government talk so darn seriously — team players who won’t rock the boat, in part because they are eying K Street jobs after retirement.
[Reynolds:] I don’t suppose that Trent Lott is the embodiment of everything that’s wrong with the GOP over the past decade, but it’s close. . . .
Not only does the government want to restrict its own citizens’ right to travel, it’s extending its claws into international banking. No wonder the Left remained silent. The article I link to says there’s still time to protest this power grab but it’s my understanding it passed the House yesterday after already clearing the Senate.