Here’s Ken: What’s the significance of [a Greenwich address] in real estate terms? A great deal, as it turns out. For those homes, many on East Middle Patent Road just off Taconic Road, it means that they have a Greenwich address, but pay taxes to Stamford and are served by the Stamford Public Schools. Home values are quite a bit less than they would be in Greenwich, even though they have the Greenwich address.
With a Greenwich address, they are entitled to use Greenwich Parks Department facilities including town beaches, tennis courts and our renowned Griffith E. Harris golf course. Here are five Greenwich/Stamford properties currently for sale in this backcountry estate area and are heavily discounted due to this anomaly:
This is simply false. That “anomaly” started when mail was still delivered by horse, and the post offices of Greenwich and Stamford cut a deal between themselves, whereby Greenwich would deliver Stamford residents’ mail in that neck of the woods, rather than Stamford carriers having to giddyap all the way west. That agreement did not change the boundaries of the respective towns and so those who live out there have always been and still are Stamford residents. They have no legal right to vote in Greenwich or receive resident park passes.
Anyone can be wrong; I am, all the time, but I’d hate to have put this particular bit of misinformation out there without confirming it because hey, someone might actually rely on it, to their great economic detriment. That way lies financial ruin – for the agent who passes this “fact” onto her clients; mere columnists, thank heaven, aren’t legally responsible for some reader’s unwise response to what we say is true.