Regis Philbin’s old house at 38 Meeting House Road is slated for destruction. I’ve never heard anything but kind words about Mr. Philbin from those who’ve met him, from newsstand vendors to barbers to further up the economic scale: he seems the perfect gentleman, so it’s probably ungentlemanly to suggest his house is, or was simply gawdawful, with dated everything and, really, nothing to recommend its continued existence on this earth.
Philbin tried to sell it for $5.9 million and after years of price cuts unloaded it on the current owners for $3.8. Between so-so land on this dreadful street with an abandoned, uncompleted spec house and another home under foreclosure serving as gates to the neighborhood, they grossly overpaid. A building lot on a medium quality street way north of the Merritt on the eastern side of town? $2.5 million, tops, and if you suggested $1.8, I’d probably agree.