Daily Archives: September 24, 2013

He promised a new, “smart” diplomacy, but he didn’t say when

From whence legends (and myths) are born

From whence legends (and myths) are born

Iran spurns Obama’s offer to meet with its president. At breakfast yesterday a friend of mine insisted that Obama was brilliant. Pressed to list a single brilliant accomplishment Barry has brought to pass, he couldn’t.

Neither could I.

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I’ll have Fudrucker pass along my regrets

I receive this in the mail today, possibly because I recently wrote to my congressman Himes, and his office snatches names for the general Democrat mailing list, or perhaps because I’m just known as such a supporter of our president.

Democratic Party <democraticparty@democrats.org>
You are receiving this message as an Obama for America supporter.
The Democratic National Committee is solely responsible for the content of this message.
Not a parody

Not a parody

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And in my dream an angel appeared, saying “lo, I have scoured the trash bin at Town Hall and I bring you good news”

 

Going, going ...

Going, going …

5 Keofferam Road, Old Greenwich, is selling for $3,030,000 and closing October 21. The document that was so carelessly discarded was marked “highly confidential”, so don’t tell anyone.

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Open House Report

Well not too much to report because I stayed mostly in the back country today, just to keep an eye on what’s going on up in nosebleed territory.

Two Houses:

280 Den Rd

280 Den Rd

280 Den Road in Stamford offered a pretty good sample of what’s available for so much less so close to Greenwich. It’s asking $819,000 for a 1869 house with a 2006 addition on an acre – plus. I really liked it, although it’s a bit quirky for the the traditional family of four, but for the right buyer, this is a very nice. You could live in a teardown in Havemeyer for the same price and if you have small kids to put through school you might prefer that, but this offers a very decent alternative for those not so burdened.

40 Aiken Rd

40 Aiken Rd

I’ll confess that I don’t get 40 Aiken Road, way up off Round Hill – not at its price of $15.725 million, at any rate. Seventeen acres, which is good, but they would yield three building lots at most, so tops is what, $9 million? The house itself is described as a Georgian design but to me it most resembles that brick telephone switching structure in downtown Old Greenwich built in the 60’s, not a period known for its great industrial architecture. Three bedrooms (four, if you want to give up the separate “billiards room” and a decorating scheme that probably cost over $1 million – that’s gonna hurt when the next owner rips it out but really, the style is so specific to one person’s taste that I think it’s unlikely to appeal to many buyers, who have their own taste and their own money to satisfy it.

All this is just one philistine’s opinion, and if you have $16 million in your housing budget, by all means go up there and decide for yourself. For me, the highest and best use here is as a building lot, or two; so $7-$9 million. Check back in a year or so and we’ll see how this prediction worked out.

70 Lower Cross

70 Lower Cross

I really liked the ten acres at 70 Lower Cross Road belonging to the estate of Din Gospodinoff, whose family nursery is, I believe, still flourishing up on North Street. They’re asking $3.8 million, which is probably steep (unless you subdivided, which I suppose you could), but what a little mini-estate you could have here. It backs up to the Babcock Property park and Land Trust acreage so you’ve got a lot of guaranteed privacy and, I think, access to what’s left of the riding trail system (not positive – check with the horse set). The land will legally accommodate a 27,000 sq. ft. house but that would be nuts. A seven thousand sq.ft. home, on the other hand, would fit nicely, and with some negotiating on that land price, you could probably be all in here at around $6 million, which I’d think the back country would still support.

North Greenwich Hunt Club

North Greenwich Hunt Club

Active deer trails and turkey sign (look for 2′ circles where they’ve scraped away the leaf cover, looking for food), so you could just buy the place, stay in the existing house or build a small lodge in the back and have your own hunting lodge in Greenwich, which would be pretty cool, and a heck of a way to impress your effete city friends next time you drop into the Yale Club.

Wear hunting britches.

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Off to open houses, back later

In the meantime, here’s a shot of Democrat candidate Beth Krumeich pole dancing, as supplied by FWIW’s intrepid observer, Cos Cobber.

Pole dancing

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