And we’re back. I really liked 41 Wesskum Wood Road in Riverside, asking $2.745 million. I was dubious about that price when it came on yesterday and perhaps I still am, a little, but once inside I discovered that its been totally renovated and expanded – it even has a complete set of new double-pane windows (!) my favorite feature in a house because they’re expensive, don’t do much to help resale value because buyers ignore them yet save fuel and make a house so much more comfortable. To me, new windows in a renovation are a sign that the homeowner was going for quality and not just flash that would add to the bottom line.
The yard’s been mostly sacrificed to accommodate the new addition out back but it’s serviceable and Riverside school’s playground is just up the street if the kiddies need exercise. Besides, these days they’ll either be inside playing on-line poker or off playing organized travel sports but certainly not playing ball with their friends in the back yard. Their loss.
I also went to see 49 A Shore Road, which I thought was brave of me after sticking it to it just yesterday for seeking $3.795 a year after paying $2.650. Listing Agent Ann Simpson, a friend for almost thirty years, which explains my bravery, was there to give me a list of what they’d done in that year and some history: it was bought in a short sale last year but the builders had made a complete botch of things. The new owners had to completely dig up the yard to waterproof the basement, remove space on the third floor to comply with FAR and get a CO which the builders had neglected to do, move walls, redo bathrooms, and so on. It’s understandable that these builders lost all three of their Greenwich projects to foreclosure – like many out-of-town contractors, they hear “Greenwich” and think they can put up any old piece of crap, price it in the stratosphere and get rich. Well they can’t – only native Greenwich builders can get away with that.
So anyway, it’s now a nice house and probably not completely out of line with what houses are selling for in Old Greenwich these days.