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.