Daily Archives: April 24, 2014
Obama: sanctions against Russia “teed up”. Putin must be quaking.
Obama golfs, Vladimir plays chess.
Without doubt the belle of the ball was 141 Taconic Road, a 1780 home on eight acres (four, if you don’t buy the adjoining land, but why on earth would you do that?) I said to listing agent Barbara O’Shea that one of the (few) pleasures of the real estate business is getting the chance to see the occasional beautiful home that someone like me would ordinarily be barred from, and this is just such an example (she didn’t disagree, but did point out the service entrance I could use in the future). The original house has obviously been added to over time, including a ballroom put on in the 1930s, but the feel is still there and all the renovations since add to, rather than reduce its charm. A truly wonderful house, roughly four miles north of the Post Road yet it
provides a real taste of (almost) living in the country. Asking $5.750 for the house and four acres, with the remaining four (not to be sold before the house is) available for around $2.5. I’d buy it all. UPDATE: This link will work. The one above has expired, per GAR’s design.
Down in the eastern side of town in Riverside, 15 Palmer
Lane Terrace, asking $2.495 million, struck me as a very decent house for its price range and location; Palmer Lane’s a quiet dead-end off Summit, five-minute walk to the station, 10 minutes to the school. UPDATE: Use this link.
I also liked 10 Palmer, across the street but, to my taste, there wasn’t enough price difference between its $2.375 and 15 at $100,000 more. That’s my taste, not yours; certainly worth investigating both, if you’re in the neighborhood anyway. NEW LINK HERE
35 Sound Beach Avenue, $1.294 million, also offers some decent value (out there in Minnesota, Peg, you’d probably gasp but believe me, this is starter home range). The owners paid $1.210 in 2007 and put in quite a bit of money redoing the kitchen and baths and upgrading the landscaping, and it shows. A 1920s house, modernized, at a reasonable price. Sound Beach, obviously, is not a quiet cul-du-sac, but listing agent Ann Simpson pointed out that this is on the sidewalk side, meaning you can walk to Binney and the town without playing traffic roulette with a stroller – never thought of that before, but it’s a nice feature. A good house.
The 83-year-old Congressman, who was censured and stripped of his committee chairmanship by his own Democrat colleagues for numerous ethics violation, claims that his Dominican-born opponent is stirring up racial hatred towards him. He and Obama must have a lot to talk about.
One North Street – the other North Street, off Valley Road and across from the water filter plant) has been listed by the lender who foreclosed on it and is priced at $715,000. There’s a row of these 1930 and older houses up on the hill here, which I was told were built for middle-management employees of what was a factory where the filter plant is now, and they have a lot of charm.
This one sold in 2008 for $880,000 in 2008 and possibly more before that (GMLS records are cut off) but the listing says it needs “TLC”, which is Realtorese™ for “POS”; a dragged out foreclosure will do that to a home.
Still, it looks as though the lender had just $700,000 sunk into the place, and assuming it’s already written that off, you might be able to negotiate here. The house itself was at one time quite nice – I’m sure it could be again.
No one else can, either, including the former Secretary of State herself, but, sheesh.
Here’s an active listing, 510 Valley Road.
Here’s closed listing, 39 Patterson Avenue.
I’m posting these at 9:07 AM. Let’s see whether the link still works at 4:00PM.
And here’s what’s available for 39 Patterson on Zillow, now (I’ll save you the suspense: bupkis)
UPDATE, 10:00 PM: All have expired. Thank you,Greenwich Association of Realtors
The debate on climate change is over. Global warming is happening and humans are responsible for it.
This was the message delivered by U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy on Wednesday at a climate change forum at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.
“We’re fresh off a recent report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change,” Murphy said, referring to a United Nations report that reviewed 12,000 scientific papers by climatologists, meteorologists and other scientists from around the world.
“Settled”, except that the IPCC report can’t explain why the “exact” models fail to predict or account for the global cooling that’s taken place for 17 years now; that’s about equal to the twenty year “spike” in temperature that set this idiocy in motion. As the IPCC sees it, the twenty years constitute proven fact, seventeen years “just happens”.
But wait, there’s more!
Those joining Murphy at the forum weren’t climate scientists. Instead, they were labor organizers, business leaders, and community and religious advocates.
Sharon Lewis, director of the Connecticut Council for Environmental Justice, said warmer temperatures will make life harder on minorities. [“World ends, women, minorities suffer most]
“I’m here because this will be the most important issue for the rest of our lives,” said John Harrity, president of the Connecticut State Council of Machinists. “Working people will bear the brunt of this….”
Lewis said the huge coastal storms that have battered the Gulf and Atlantic coasts over the past decade have displaced thousands of poor people.
“When they think about climate change, they don’t think about the polar ice caps melting,” she said. “They think of Katrina and Dennis and Irene and Sandy.” [A claim that the very IPCC report these people gathered to celebrate debunks]
The Rev. Tom Carr, senior pastor of the Second Baptist Church of Suffield and co-founder of the Interreligious Eco-Justice Network, said there’s a growing sense among religious leaders to address climate change as a spiritual issue.
“We have the concept of creation care,” Carr said. “We recognize the divine is within all living things and we have a moral responsibility to get involved.”
But along with environmental and moral issues, those at Wednesday’s forum said climate change also offers the state an enormous chance to create good jobs.
“There are so many opportunities,” said Tom Swar, a former executive at United Technologies who is now part of the Hartford Clean Energy Task Force. “Let’s do this for the money. Let’s get the low-hanging fruit now and argue about the fine points later.”
The Reverand Carr chimes in:
Young people, in need of good jobs when they graduate from college, need to see how environmental and economic issues are related.
“We can see jobs and the environmental are the same,” he said.
$150,000 welding positions are going begging out west, as are thousands of other oil production jobs. Solution? Shut down private jobs (Keystone, anyone?) and create government subsidized ones for government subsidized psychology and social scientist graduates. The government knows best how to allocate resources.
Lewis said young people can also be informed by their elders, who wield perspective. “They can say, `I’ve never seen a storm like this in my life,’ ” she said. [And pray that they don’t encounter survivors of the ’38 hurricane or the Blizzard of 1888 or, god forbid, an actual geologist with a “perspective” longer than 50 years]
Those who spoke at the forum also said there needs to some basic structural changes in the way humans think about their place on the planet.
Religion or science: you decide:
“Our lives are complicated by consumerism,” Harrity said. “We buy too much crap, we pile it up, then go buy some more. We have to realize that having the new iPhone 6 isn’t as important and sitting down to dinner together.”
Where they can huddle in the dark and gnaw on dirt and sticks. Betcha union chiefs like Harrity plan on a better diet for themselves.