Price cut on Meadowcroft

 

11 Beechcroft

11 Beechcroft Meadowcroft

11 Meadowcroft is now down to $6.950, after starting the year off at $8.8. It’s a beautiful old house, but Meadowcroft lost much of its appeal, to me, when spec builder Mark Mariani discovered it. With just a few ugly buildings, Mariani reduced what had once been one of the most beautiful spots in Greenwich to a road whose only real claim of advantage is that it’s “close to town.”

Still, this house and its grounds still retain their charm. I’d chop off the ill-advised indoor pool, but the real problem, as I see it, is the extra, 3-acre lot to the side of this one that’s not included in the sale. If Mariani were to discover it’s there ….

11 Beechcroft, rear

11 Meadowcroft, rear

 

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10 responses to “Price cut on Meadowcroft

  1. anon

    the listing and headline say meadowcroft but your pix say Beechcroft. Someone needs his afternoon coffee.

    • NextOnTheTee

      The new monstrosity 1/2 way down on the right on Meadowcroft.
      What were they thinking???

  2. TraderVic

    Great looking house and grounds, plus nifty view of the lake. Seems like an excellent buy here.

  3. chimney

    Tom Watson would turn over in his grave if he saw what’s happened
    across the street, thanks to Mr. Mariani! You are absolutely right-
    Meadowcroft used to be one of the prettiest streets in Greenwich.

  4. Anonymous

    Yes, Mr. Mariani certainly destroyed one of the nicest streets in Greenwich!!

  5. Anonymous

    I used to love the street, but it wasn’t just Mariani. The Wheats splitting their land was also a disaster.

  6. Anonymous

    Meadowcroft is now a Greenwich of the Mind.

  7. Anonymous

    Compare & contrast:

    http://robbreport.com/Fast-and-Furious

    “In her column, Adams wrote that Mariani’s thoughts are organized so effectively that “all windows, tiles, outlets, trims, plumbing, trusses, moldings, and beams were in hand before he even broke ground.” Mariani explains, “We preorder everything. Then we lay out a production schedule, and everybody keeps to that schedule.”

    To say that Mariani runs a tight ship is an understatement. He forbids workers to smoke on job sites. “It takes seven minutes to smoke a cigarette,” he says. “It’s also dangerous. When workers smoke, they use one hand instead of two, and the way they dispose of it creates a fire hazard.” Talking on the job? “I don’t encourage it,” he says flatly. And if a worker parks his car on the construction site without leaving the keys in it so that it can be moved if necessary, Mariani says, “there’s a good chance the car won’t be there when he goes back to it that evening.” Though he may sound like a taskmaster, Mariani achieves levels of productivity that play well with subcontractors (who, he says, appreciate the cost-effectiveness) and suppliers (who are often willing to open on a Sunday if he asks them to).

    Mariani had workers on the Sheindlins’ homesite six days a week, sometimes as many as 500 at once. In the finishing stages of the build, there were two shifts working around the clock. Yet, says Bruce Tilley, director and vice president of Mariani Gardens, even with this much activity, “Mark got thank-you letters from the neighbors for keeping the streets immaculate by figuring out the mechanics of parking and traffic control.”

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    https://christopherfountain.wordpress.com/2009/06/12/mark-mariani-land-lord/

    Mysterious Flat Tires
    June 12, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Mariani would have his employees park all their employee cars and excess trucks along Lismore Lane and shuttle people to his job site in Khakum Woods when he had Khakum Wood jobs.

    Residents in that KW association did not like all the “traffic” in their quiet street. So Mariani decided to park his stuff off-site.

    The residents of Lismore Lane got sick and tired of seeing Mariani and his clean bright red new trucks sitting all along the top of Lismore.

    Mariani continued this “staging area parking practice” until he discovered many of his trucks at the end of the day had mysterious flat tires.
    The staging area idea of Mariani ceased a day later. He got the picture quickly.

  8. Anon

    Lucinda Watson on living the IBM heiress life at 11 Meadowcroft in her own words:

    http://lucindaw.wordpress.com/2011/08/09/when-the-kennedys-came-to-stay/