Daily Archives: March 6, 2013

Because they rotted from within

 

Friends for life

Friends for life

Russians demand investigation into how six commie leaders could contract cancer within a short time of each other. By their fatal illnesses shall ye know them.

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Testing the waters?

36 Highview Ave

36 Highview Ave

36 Highview Avenue, a 1900 structure purchased for $1,601,000 (bidding war!) in 2004 and subsequently renovated, is new to the market today at $2.595 million. Hmm. It’s true that one other house on Highview has broken the $2 million mark: #33 sold for $2.525 just this past June, but that was a home built in 2008; generally, buyers prefer new to renovated. The highest price on the street for one of these older homes was around $1.6.

But obviously, we’ll see. Quarter acre, detached garage. Your call.

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Can’t be right all the time

 

4 Old Camp - who knew?

4 Old Camp – who knew?

4 Old Camp Road, $1.595 million, has an executed contract just 14 days after returning to the market. I saw it at its open house because I had clients in its price range and dismissed it as unsuitable. The land is rock, the house didn’t seem to be in great shape and the price didn’t strike me as likely to produce a buyer in a hurry. Not so. Apparently the buyer was able to see past the clothes and boxes strewn about the place and liked it enough to buy it. That’s what makes a horse race.

119 Lockwood Road (link above has all three listings discussed here) is also under contract. Asking price, $2.795. Like Old Camp Road, I see the lack of inventory at work here.

And 36 Montgomery Lane, reported as having an accepted offer just two days ago, now has a busted deal and is back on the market. $3.295, asking price.

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Well this is discouraging

 

And in six years, son, when your permit application clears, you can give up retrieving and shoot these yourself

And in six years, son, when your permit application clears, you can give up retrieving and shoot these yourself

Many Connecticut gun owners are as hysterical and misinformed as their non-gun-owning peers. I can understand the 48% ‘s ignorance about 10-capacity magazines: if you’re not a target shooter, you probably don’t realize why you’d want one, but “85 percent, including 71 percent of gun owners, back a permit requirement to purchase and carry all guns”?! That’s a provision designed to stop hunting.

Hunters already must complete a ten-hour (or more, it’s been a while since I taught such things) that cover both law and gun safety, now they are to be required to spend the hundreds of dollars and endless delays in getting a carry permit? I suppose, being an eastern state, Connecticut is as hostile to hunting as it is to gun ownership itself, but those 71% of gun owners who support this idea might want to consider where much of the support for their Second Amendment rights come from. If you eliminate the hunters, and this extra burden will certainly go far in discouraging new nimrods, you’re just cutting your own throat. We can hang together or separately, as Ben Franklin once pointed out.

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It ain’t chump change

435 Lake Avenue (side)

435 Lake Avenue January 14, 2013?

435 Lake Avenue, asking $8.5 million, reports an accepted offer. Two acres close to town, great old house with a lot of renovation but still more to do, it originally asked $12.750 million in 2008. While it is true that the house was never going to get close to $13 million, I’m of the school (the sole pupil at that school, in fact) who thinks our MLS statistics should follow original asking prices, no matter how ludicrous, and calculate sales-to-ask ratios from there. That would yield, assuming, say, an $8 million sales price, a ratio of 63 %, instead of the MLS’s ratio of 94%. And a days on market figure of 1,500 or so, instead of 56.

But regardless, it’s selling for a lot of money, which should give encouragement to all the owners of other houses in this price range: if there’s one buyer, is it so difficult to believe that there are 154 more? Surely not. Surely not!

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Have it your way

Cobra WomanEOS is back from her fifteenth vacation of the year and has graciously supplied the answer to how readers can ditch the WordPress-generated bedbug “gravatars” (she even added a “g” for me) and substitute one of their own choice therefor. Thanks, EOS.

The Gravatar support page answers pretty much every how-to question: Peg can deep six her constipated bug and Cobra can add a car or snake.

http://en.gravatar.com/support/

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As flexible a term as “completely done over”, apparently

"At least I never slept at 122 Old Church Road" Epitaph, John B. Snook

“At least I never slept at 122 Old Church Road” Epitaph, John B. Snook

The listing for 122 Old Church Road  promises that “Yes, you can have it all: a gorgeous 1920’s classic estate designed by JG Rogers, the architect of the Yale Club and Grand Central Station. But this beautiful classic has been completely done over with all new bathrooms, kitchen, family room, amazing herribone [sic]  patterned floors have been refinished and buffed to a sparkling shine.”

I wasn’t aware that James Gamble Rogers designed Grand Central Station and sure enough, he didn’t; one John B. Snook is credited with its design. Rogers did design the Yale Club next door, because he was the pet of a major Yale benefactor who conditioned his gifts on Gamble being hired as designer (see discussion earlier this morning on Yale pet lovers).

But I suppose if “completely done over” can be interpreted to mean repolished floors, some Home Depot marble and an acrylic tub slapped into the master bath, then designing the building next door to a building can be counted as designing both.

I suppose.

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Price cut, Old Greenwich

If you must included a snap shot of the toilet, at least keep the iPhone level.

If you must include a snap shot of the toilet, at least keep the iPhone level.

3 Fairfield Avenue, new construction, from $1.599 million to $1,477, 777 (oh come on, cute pricing does nothing useful and is annoying). A decent little house – I suspect its claimed 1,868 sq.ft. includes the basement – with a good quality of finishing, but I’m guessing that buyers will want a garage, or at least a FARport for a million-and-a-half bucks, and a yard would be nice too. Still, three bedrooms, new construction, walk (south) to the Village; at some price, this is worth considering. I know where my clients and I agreed that price is, but so far, it’s not there.

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How hot is the market? Almost anything can sell – well, almost anything

537 North Street

537 North Street

537 North Street, 10,000 sq. ft. up, 5,400 sq. ft. unfinished basement, has sold for $6.425 million. That’s a discount from its spec builder’s 2006 price of $9.995, but a significant amount more than the $3 million he spent on the land in 2005. The buyer who’s finally appeared obviously disagrees, but I’d value this place at that 2005 land price, less the cost of removal. It may not be the ugliest house in Greenwich – see below – but it is certainly the only new mansion in Greenwich I’m aware of that has an unshielded toilet mounted 18″ from the head of the master bathroom’s bathtub. Sometimes, intimacy can be carried too far.

Some houses that buyers are still rejecting took price cuts today, including 122 Old Church, 313 Stanwich Road and that favorite of FWIW, 1068 Lake Avenue, the subject of at least one, possibly two (who can remember when you’re having fun?) grievances filed by its owner against the stalwart, good-looking editor of this publication.

122 Old Church

122 Old Church

313 Stanwich Lane

313 Stanwich Lane

122 Old Church was purchased for $5.250 million as a complete wreck in 2010, had some mechanical work done and some very inexpensive fixtures added before its owners had a domestic squabble and abandoned the project, putting it up for sale in 2012 for $10.750 million (tee hee). It’s down today to $8 million; when it hits $5, we should talk.

Up on 313 Stanwich, a very tired old brick home (with a “gentleman’s study”, if you like oil portraits of dogs from elsewhere, who never lifted a leg on the azaleas crowding this home’s foundation) has now dropped to $3.4 million from its 2009 price of $6.495 – really: who comes up with these numbers? I like land value – $2.5? But someone may value the house itself, in which case this is approaching reasonableness.

Is that you behind those Foster Grants?

Is that you behind those Foster Grants?

And hooray, the Lake Avenue Clown Palace at 1038 Lake Avenue has cleared foreclosure and been returned to the market by its new owner, Patriot Bank, at $4.750 million, proving that the bank is still as dreamy as it was when it extended a mortgage on this pile back in 2003. It sold for $4.4 back then, the owner vandalized it as you can see, and repriced it at $9.7 million in 2005. I’d guess it will eventually go for, maybe, $2.9? If you’re feeling generous and want to lend a helping hand to a bank that’s seen some difficulties, offer $3.4. Maybe you can resell it to the Hellen Keller School for the Blind.

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Why isn’t the left mobilizing?

Down Memory Lane

Down Memory Lane

Obama has sent out his minions to prepare us for the coming war on Iran.

Joe Biden: “Obama’s not kidding!”

John Kerry: “We’re on the brink”

Obama himself has been murmuring  rumors of war since at least last summer.

Those readers with a memory that extends further back into the BO (Before Obama) era may recall the left’s massive protest and denunciation of George Bush as he announced his plans to invade Iraq. So far, the peaceniks are mum on this latest foreign adventure, perhaps because they’re so busy protesting our government’s plan to use predator drones to monitor and eavesdrop on American citizens on American soil?

Didn’t think so.

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No money for White House tours but you can still read the writing on the wall

 

For the greater glory of the Messiah

For the greater glory of the Messiah

White house is keeping all three of its official calligraphers

With the White House closing its doors to public tour groups in order to save money for the sequester, it’s worth remembering some of the other costs the White House incurs annually.

Like the “Chief Calligrapher,” Patricia A. Blair, who has an annual salary of $96,725, and her two deputies, Debra S. Brown, who gets paid $85,953 per year, and Richard T. Muffler, who gets paid $94,372 every year.

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Snow forces cancelation of Congressional global warming hearing

Bali Global Warming Conference, 2014

Bali Global Warming Conference, 2014

D.C. closes down for blizzard. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

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Enemy of the people: a Regressive envisions the ideal society

Get fuck out of my pool!

Get fuck out of my pool!

Seann Penn mourns Chaves, “a friend of the poor”.

“Today the people of the United States lost a friend it never knew it had. And poor people around the world lost a champion,” says Penn in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. ” I lost a friend I was blessed to have.

“Venezuela and its revolution will endure under the proven leadership of Vice President Maduro,” adds Penn.

Penn, who has been a longtime supporter of Chavez, made a surprise appearance in Bolivia in December to attend a candlelight vigil for the health of the leader. Said Penn at the vigil: “He’s one of the most important forces we’ve had on this planet, and I’ll wish him nothing but that great strength he has shown over and over again. I do it in love, and I do it in gratitude.”

Chavez, who died a billionaire, was not so beloved by others. The Miami Herald summarizes his Legacy of Plunder:

Shortly after coming to office, he rewrote the constitution to his liking and aggressively set out to rig elections and stifle adversaries in the legislative branch and the courts. Unable to brook criticism, he turned his fire on the independent news media, eventually silencing most voices of opposition by bully tactics and economic intimidation.

His Bolivarian regime rewarded supporters and punished opponents, giving rise to enormous corruption and the creation of a new class of greedy oligarchs with political connections. Unfortunately for Venezuela and for all his political skills, the president was both an incompetent executive and a worse economist.

In an energy-rich country that once knew no blackouts, electrical shortages are frequent, the result of Mr. Chávez’s plundering of the country’s public oil company. In a country that once enjoyed a thriving free market, prices are controlled and food items often scarce.

In recent weeks, while Mr. Chávez was hospitalized, Venezuela was once again forced to devalue its currency, this time by one-third. This was the inevitable outcome of a series of disastrous economic decisions that included nationalizing the telephone company and other utilities, which scared off foreign investors and spurred capital flight.

For Venezuelans, the worst aspect of the Chávez years was the soaring crime rate. Venezuela has become one of the most violent countries in the world, with nearly 20,000 murders recorded in 2011 and a homicide rate that some experts say is four times greater than in the last year before Mr. Chávez took power.

On the international front, Mr. Chávez eagerly accepted Fidel Castro [estimated worth $2 billion – Ed]  as his mentor, providing Cuba with cut-rate oil and making common cause with Iran and other rogue regimes. His departure leaves the anti-American front leaderless on a hemispheric level and could eventually threaten the subsidy that Cuba relies on to keep its economy barely functioning.

As a result of all this, Venezuela today is a polarized society divided between the intolerant supporters of Mr. Chávez’s Bolivarian Revolution and a democratic opposition that, against all odds, has waged a courageous fight for a democratic alternative.

This is the world the Seann Penns of Hollywood and the Dollar Bills of Greenwich want to impose on the little people: poverty and oppression for most, riches and power to the favored few. Somehow, Penn and his fellow travelers all always assume that they will be the ones in the limousines – they should speak with the few surviving friends of Stalin before going further down this path.

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God and beast at Yale

Awaiting his turn.Bulldog, bulldog, bow wow wow, Eli Yale!

Awaiting his turn.
Bulldog, bulldog, bow wow wow, Eli Yale!

The future leaders of the Democrat Party are being trained in “sensitivity training” so they can accept and feel comfortable with cuddling sexy kittens in a whole new way.

Or maybe not so new, for the elite of Yale.

Survey responses revealed that nine percent of attendees had been paid for sex, 3 percent had engaged in bestiality, and 52 percent had participated in “consensual pain” during sex, according to an article published in the Yale Daily News on Monday.

Event director Giuliana Berry ’14 told Campus Reform in an interview on Monday that the workshop was brought to campus to teach students not to automatically judge people who may have engaged in these sorts of activities, but rather to respond with “understanding” and “compassion.”

“People do engage in some of these activities that we believe only for example perverts engage in,” she said. “What the goal is is to increase compassion for people who may engage in activities that are not what you would personally consider normal.”

UPDATE: Columbia’s revenge? Woman mauled to death by lion while having sex. On the Green?

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Okay, then no won can pway at my house

I'm gwanna wock myself in my woom and you cwant come in!

I’m gwanna wock myself in my woom and you cwant come in!

Miffed at the public’s failure to notice his sequester, the president of the United States closes the house he’s occupying to its owners. No tours, because he’s had to furlough all those Secret Service agents. Imagine the media’s reaction had Bush played this petulant little game. But for the Messiah,silence.

The man is pathetic.

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