In Greenwich, we recycle both our houses and their listings – why reinvent the wheel?

Nice house on River Road is on the market today, asking $3.150 million. Same house unchanged, sold for $2.7 million in just three days back in 2002/2003. Here’s how the house was described then:

2002: NOT A DRIVE-BY!COMPLETELY HIDDEN FROM VALLEY RD;DIRECTLY ON THE MAGNIFICENT UPPER MIANUS RIVER(AT ITS WIDEST).IMPECCABLE HOME,REDONE IN 1996, OF NOTED GREENWICH INTERIOR DESIGNER,CLARE STURTEVANT.ALL THE BELLS & WHISTLES.SEPARATE GARAGE APT.

The broker who wrote that is dead, but his priceless prose lives on. Here’s the new verbiage,from a new broker:

2013: NOT A DRIVE BY-COMPLETELY HIDDEN FROM VALLEY RD DIRECTLY ON THE MAGNIFICENT RIVER (AT ITS WIDEST). TRUE ENGLISH COL W/LOVELY CARRIAGE STUDIO NOSTAGICALLY REFLECTS THE EXPERT TOUCHES LAVISHED BY FORMER INTERNATIONAL OWNER-DESIGNER CLARE STURTEVANT. FABULOUS GARDEN LEVEL MAHOGANY PUB, FAMILY & MEDIA OR EXERCISE RM & OFFICE & SPA BATH. MULTIPLE DECKS/TERRACES, SWEEPING LAWNS CAPTURING BREATHTAKING VIEWS OF BEAUTIFUL MIANUS RIVER INSPIRE YOUR CANOEING, SKATING, FISHING, BIRD-WATCHING  PARTIES.

Words fail me.

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11 responses to “In Greenwich, we recycle both our houses and their listings – why reinvent the wheel?

  1. Anonymous

    This surprises you? With all the brilliant educated, informed, articulate darlings in your business..really??
    Did I mention integrity?

  2. Riverslide

    What is it that you want to say?

    The first write up is nice. The second is a decent improvement. Not that the verbiage matters much anyway in real estate sales.

  3. Guinea Road resident

    Good thing they wrote all that since there are no pics. Sounds over decorated from the prose.

    • From what I remember of it in 2002, it was a beautiful setting – decorating wasn’t to my admittedly plebeian taste, but I prefer clean and simple. Pictures will be up on the new listing shortly, I’m sure and we can all see what’s been done this time.

  4. Anonymous

    I must have the wrong friend as I have never received an invite to a bird watching party. My feathers are ruffled.

  5. They forgot to add “toasting marshmallows in the fireplace.”

  6. Anonymous

    Why would a Greenwich homeowner hire a Stamford agent when there are so many good agents in a Greenwich? She can’t even write decent copy; simply uses the previous agents copy? Shame on her!

  7. The are many agents really, but why do we need them if we can write a house description without any help? I don’t see any reason in it! You can post an eye-catching photo and tell people about the house by yourself. By the way, you can look here examples how people sell their property and write your own one in the same way http://localmart.com/search/greenwich/