Daily Archives: May 2, 2014

10 Lita sales price reported

10 Lita Drive10 Lita Drive had a contract last December but just closed now, for $3,537,500. Good house, and, although being the best house on a medicare mediocre (friggin’ auto-correct) street can be treacherous, the homes around this one seem to be destined for the dustbin of history, so thinning should work out.

Sellers tried for $4.4 million for a year, 2006-2007, then brought back for another year in 2012-2013, starting at $4.295 and eventually dropping to a final asking price of $3.695.

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Well this will learn us

 

Then we'll just stay right here

Then we’ll just stay right here

Putin bars gay friends of Obama from visiting Russia. Oooooh, that’s mean!

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Old Greenwich price cut

 

14 Park Avenue

14 Park Avenue

14 Park Avenue, now $2.195 million. This was a fabulous renovation job, but when it came on some months ago at $2.675 I thought the owner’s reach was far exceeding her grasp. I’m not convinced that even $2.2 is the right price, but it’s a big improvement. A very nice house and worth looking at, if three bedrooms will meet your needs.

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Riverside contract

 

8 Colonial Lane

8 Colonial Lane

8 Colonial Lane, asking $2.975 million. This failed to sell when it was new in 2009 and asking $3.595, so it was rented out and came back on last year at $3.195, later dropping to this price. I liked this house, despite it being a bit stretched out to fit the confines of the lot, and its lack of a back yard, so at the right price, it was bound to sell. Apparently that price has been discovered.

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It will never hit zero: not while Dollar Bill and Joey are around

blame-bush-and-play-golfEnd of an Era: fewer Americans still blame Bush.

[T]he percentage who believe that Obama inherited the nation’s current economic conditions has dipped below 50 percent for the first time. According to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, it’s just 46 percent of Americans. Although that’s only one poll, it’s far beyond the prior low of 56 percent recorded by the NBC survey. And nearly 50 percent is not that low considering that Obama has been in the Oval Office for more than five years. The percentage who believe Obama is responsible is also at an all-time high: 39 percent in the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll.

The fact that Obama could pull this shuck for five long years speaks to the complicity of the news media and the gullibility of low-information voters. The fact that some, like Dollar Bill,will always fall for it speaks to; well, that would be unkind.

Of course, Obama and his crew saw this coming, which is why they’ve been so busy lately dragging out other bogeymen,from the Koch brothers to racism to (the new) war on women. Anything to distract blame.

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It all depends on the final price, I suppose

 

59 Dandy Drive

59 Dandy Drive

59 Dandy Drive, asking $950,000, has a deal. This is pretty much (okay, very much) a land deal, and the land is basically a steep hillside. No room for a builder to make a profit here, I wouldn’t think, but for someone hoping to build a home for their own use it could make sense.

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If only our own politicians would follow suit

pork spendFrance bans U.S. Pork.

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2 Buxton Lane, Riverside, sells.

2 Buxton Lane

2 Buxton Lane

For $2,732,500.

Here’s what I had to say about it when it came on last August:

Perhaps banking on Riverside’s resurgence, 2 Buxton Lane, directly on Riverside Avenue, which sold new in 2003 for $1.7 million, is back up for sale today, demanding $2.950. That seems awfully steep for a modular (albeit a very nice modular) with exposure to Thruway noise and Riverside Avenue traffic, but I’ve been guessing wrong about Riverside pricing for the past year.

And I was wrong on this one, but really, $1 million appreciation since 2003? The mind boggles.

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That didn’t take long

 

23 Pierce Road

23 Pierce Road

23 Pierce Road, Riverside, $2.150 million, has a contract, ten days after the Flying Dutch (wo) man, Daphne Lamsvelt-Pol listed it. I said it looked like a good deal when it came on, and obviously, someone agreed.

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Red Neck Whitewalls

Spotted in front of Starbucks, Riverside. The truck sporting these stylish wheels had a Campfire Club of America member decal on the rear window but, given what I understand to be that club’s rigorous standards for admission, I assume this guy bought the truck used and did the hand-painting himself.

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Walter R. Walsh dies at 106

My son John sends along this Times obit.

“Terrorized gangsters and targets”

Walter R. Walsh, a world-class marksman who shot clothespins off laundry lines as a boy and went on to become an F.B.I. legend in shootouts with gangsters in the 1930s, an Olympic competitor and a trainer of generations of Marine Corps sharpshooters, died on Tuesday at his home in Arlington, Va. He was 106.

His son Walter confirmed the death.

Mr. Walsh was still winning handgun awards and coaching Olympic marksmen at 90, and aside from some hearing and memory loss, he was fit and continued to live alone at home. At the centennial of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2008, he was recognized not only as the oldest living former agent, but also as older than the organization itself by more than a year.

He joined the F.B.I. in 1934, a short, feisty James Cagney tough guy fresh out of Rutgers Law School. A natural left-hander, he was already a dead shot who could cut the center of a bull’s-eye at 75 yards with a rifle and blaze away at moving targets with a pistol in each hand — an enormous advantage in a bureau that was just breaking in its first class of agents authorized to carry guns.

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Mr. Walsh was still winning handgun awards and coaching Olympic marksmen at 90, and aside from some hearing and memory loss, he was fit and continued to live alone at home.CreditWilliam Vanderpool/American Rifleman Magazine

“I thought to myself, This might be a good outfit to tie up with,” Mr. Walsh recalled in an NPR interview in 2008. “I am not trying to pin medals on myself, but the people in the F.B.I. knew that I was very handy with firearms.”

It was the age of gangsters in Depression America, of John Dillinger, Bonnie and Clyde, Baby Face Nelson, Ma Barker and the Brady Gang. There were rub-outs on the streets of Chicago, holdups in countless banks and running-board gun battles. Post offices were plastered with public enemy posters, and newsreels featured the scowling F.B.I. director J. Edgar Hoover.

Mr. Walsh quickly rose to prominence. In his first year, he discovered the body of Baby Face Nelson, who had killed two agents in a shootout in Barrington, Ill., and, although mortally wounded, got away. The F.B.I. mounted a multistate manhunt, and Mr. Walsh found him in a ditch in Skokie, Ill.

Two months later, on Jan. 8, 1935, he captured Arthur (Doc) Barker, Ma’s son, who was wanted for bank robberies, three murders, two kidnappings and a jailbreak. Mr. Walsh picked up his trail in Chicago and confronted him near his hide-out. There was a chase, but Barker slipped on an icy sidewalk and fell. Mr. Walsh ran up and stuck his .45 behind Barker’s ear. “Don’t move, Doc, or I’ll kill you,” Mr. Walsh later recalled saying.

“I asked him, ‘Where’s your heater, Doc?’ ” Mr. Walsh said. “He said, ‘It’s up in the apartment,’ and, ‘Ain’t that a hell of a place for it?’ I said: ‘No. You’re lucky, Doc.’ ”

Plenty more in the full article, all of which is fascinating reading.

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Opie helps Andy sell his house

Not sure if Ron Howard will so be forthcoming, but he’s older now

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