Daily Archives: January 25, 2013

Riverside sale

28 Oval

28 Oval

28 Oval Avenue, $1.2 million. I liked this house and thought it was well priced at $1.3(ish) when it came on, but the market obviously disagreed, because it took over 200 days to find a buyer. There was certainly work to do here, and that’s probably why it didn’t sell quickly, but for, say, $250,000 you’d have a modern house with a good yard on a good street. I think the buyer did well.


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We’ll just cut the science labs to pay for it – no worries

Lawyer full employment act

Lawyer full employment act

Obama orders schools to include the handicapped in their regular sports programs. You may recall that Obama was reported to have thousands of hugely expensive regulations stacked up and ready to go after the election. Here they come.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Breaking new ground, the U.S. Education Department is telling schools they must include students with disabilities in sports programs or provide equal alternative options. The directive, reminiscent of the Title IX expansion of athletic opportunities for women, could bring sweeping changes to school budgets and locker rooms for years to come.

Schools would be required to make “reasonable modifications” for students with disabilities or create parallel athletic programs that have comparable standing as mainstream programs.

“Sports can provide invaluable lessons in discipline, selflessness, passion and courage, and this guidance will help schools ensure that students with disabilities have an equal opportunity to benefit from the life lessons they can learn on the playing field or on the court,” Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a statement announcing the new guidance on Friday.

Federal laws, including the 1973 Rehabilitation Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, require states to provide a free public education to all students and bans schools that receive federal funds from discriminating against students with disabilities. Going further, the new directive from the Education Department’s civil rights division explicitly tells schools and colleges that access to interscholastic, intramural and intercollegiate athletics is a right.

“This is a landmark moment for students with disabilities. This will do for students with disabilities what Title IX did for women,” said Terri Lakowski, who led a coalition pushing for the changes for a decade. “This is a huge victory.”


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I have the hat. I have the hat to this day!

Determined not to be outdone in duplicity by the next Secretary of State John Kerry or the outgoing one, Hillary Clinton, VP Biden spoke eloquently to the national conference of mayors last week, tearfully recounting how while golfing years back, he’d heard the awful sound of gunshots taking the life of little Amish school girls. Moving, yes, but truthful? Er, no. Biden was nowhere near the place. Good story though, and isn’t that all that counts in this administration?


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Phew! I was worried how little brother Gideon was going to keep the Jag rolling

No worries now, or, Doris gets her oats

No worries now, or, “Doris gets her oats”

Just when I feared he’d be hitting me up for gas money, Gid took a break from St. Barts and returned to town to sell 35 Sound Beach Avenue Extension for an even $500,000. Teardown.


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Stupid, stubborn sellers

Not my clients, so no skin off my nose, but there’s a house for sale on what I would consider an inferior street, or at least, not one of our most prestigious, that’s been for sale for 455 days. Grossly overpriced originally, it’s taken only one price cut in that time and is now offered at, say (numbers altered a bit to disguise the guilty)  $4.6 million, a particularly dead price zone right now. Someone else’s buyer just offered $4.3, all cash, closing at the seller’s timing, and was told that the owner was “insulted” by the offer and “when you’re ready to make a serious offer, we’ll entertain it”.

The fact that their listing broker joined them in this asinine response shows that they have exactly the agent they deserve.


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Havemeyer price reductions

I’ve been out and about all morning and am headed out again – busy is good – but here are two price reductions that caught my eye.

5 North Ridge5 Northridge, reduced from $898,000 (September, 2012) to $829,000 today. Owners paid $685,000 for it in 2011 and seem to have added new windows and new mechanicals, which are good things to have. Small ranch: 2 large bedrooms, one “small”, which is usually a broom closet converted to sleeping quarters, but Northridge is a nice street and there’s not much available in this range.

81 Halsey, dropped to $949,000. Purchased for $975,000 in 2006. I’m guessing there’s still room to negotiate here.


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First they came for the humans but I was not a human, so I remained quiet

Just try it

Just try it

Their call for the removal of humans from the planet spurned, environmentalists now demand the eradication of cats.


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