Daily Archives: August 6, 2014

When Opie downsizes, he really does it

 

Toss away the old

Toss away the old

All his brown furniture and other stuff from the Conyers Farm place is now available through an online tag sale. 

GREENWICH, Conn. — In a modern twist on the old tag sale, Hollywood legend Ron Howard and his wife, Cheryl, are offering high-end furnishings from their Greenwich mansion in an online sale at One Kings Lane.

The Howards, who lived in Greenwich for more than two decades, are clearing out two decades worth of items after selling the home last month for the full asking price of $27.5 million.

I wonder whether that includes his and Andy’s fishing poles, or will he want them for his new house in Indian Harbor?

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I wonder whether this will happen to our maxi-pads here in Greenwich?

 

18 Simmons Lane, as envisioned by Olga Korman

18 Simmons Lane, as envisioned by Olga Kogan

Repurposing box stores – fewer people use, or want them, and their owners struggle to figure out what to do with them.

America’s supercenters are dying a slow death.
Huge big-box stores like Wal-Mart Supercenters and Target are being phased out in favor of “some combination of value and convenience,” Goldman Sachs recently wrote.
Populations are flocking to smaller, urban communities over sprawling suburbs. And consumers in their 20s and 30s increasingly prefer small, local shops to big-box retail.
In response to this trend, retailers like Wal-Mart and Whole Foods are building smaller stores. But that solution still leaves empty supercenters.
Many retailers have begun to use stores as e-commerce distribution centers. Wal-Mart and Sears have recently started encouraging customers to pick up pre-ordered merchandise in stores. In some markets, communities are turning deserted stores into public spaces.
The town of McAllen, Texas, turned an old Wal-Mart into an award-winning library.
We already have enough libraries in town, but perhaps senior communes for aging hippies? Nursing homes? Probably not the latter, because Malloy’s Hartford crowd is doing a pretty good job of driving retirees out of state, but there must be some use for our collection 15,000 sq. ft. monuments to bad architecture. Deer hunting clubs?

 

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Fun with Dick and Jane

A reader sends along this photo, taken today in front of the Bank of America branch.

OG

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And a price cut

 

Welcome to Cozee Halle

Welcome to Cozee Halle

47 Doubling Road has been knocked down again, to $4.895 million  This was built in 2006 and put on the market for $7.495 million, but found no takers. It’s been rented sporadically since, and offered for sale at various prices, but today’s price marks a new low.

Maybe this will do it.

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And another contract, this one in Riverside

 

7 Highgate Rd

7 Highgate Rd

7 Highgate Road (listing info’s been stripped by the Greenwich Association of Realtors), asking $2.450 million. This last sold in 2005 for $2,840,000, and the owners listed it in 2008 for $3.650 million – wrong move. It’s been drifting down since then, and finally, just a few weeks ago, it was returned to the market at this price, and that seems to have done the trick.

I don’t know the specific reason for the low (er) price, but Hurricane Irene did have her way with this area back in 2012.

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Cos Cob contract

 

57 Mimosa Drive

57 Mimosa Drive

57 Mimosa Drive, asking $2.895 million, reports that it’s now under contract. This was a Mark O’Brien home that sold new in 2007 for $3.350 million.

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And we’re back

Great day on the water fishing the Race, but limited action – huge schools of small mackerel, but nothing larger beneath them We did hit some smallish blues which, on light tackle, made for good sport. All released, you PETA folks out there.

261 Round Hill Road

261 Round Hill Road

In the meantime, here’s an oddity that’s shown up, 261 Round Hill Road,* a house of questionable appeal that was last listed for $7.299 million before it was pulled off the market so that the husband could be put in jail for savagely beating his wife, is back on today with a new broker and a new price of $10.995 million.

No mention of any improvements made since the attack of August, 2013, so the reason for bumping the price from $7 to $11 million remains obscure.

*the link is to last year’s listing, but if all that’s changed is the price, it will do.

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Gone (going) fishing

Luigi Van Leewuen, top left (or is it bottom left?)

Luigi Van Leewuen, top left (or is it bottom left?)

Thanks to my friend Captain Luigi “Dutch” Van Leewuen, Riverside builder and general pest, I’m off to hunt stripers in the Race, or thereabouts (somewhere off New London). Back later today but until then, you’re on your own.

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This house should already be sold

 

40 Husted Lane

40 Husted Lane

40 Husted is one of the prettiest houses on the street, and sits on 3 beautiful acres in the two-are zone. It’s in impeccable condition, completely renovated, and listing agent Janet Milligan priced it at $4.650 million, which I thought was a great price, for this house and this location. I was shocked when I checked on its status and saw that it remains unsold. It’s been on the market for 51 days now and although that’s not an inordinate time for this price range, it should have gone in long gone by now.

If this is in your budget, and you’re looking in mid-country, you should see this house.

Unsolicited plug.

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He promised to “fundamentally transform America” and by God, he’s done it

 

Lead us not into prosperity but deliver us to evil

Lead us not into prosperity but deliver us to evil

76% of Americans have lost confidence in the future of the country. It’s the Cloward-Pliven strategy. Many commentators have dismissed this as a fantastical plan – Obama and his friends have set about implementing it.

The Cloward–Piven strategy is a political strategy outlined in 1966 by American sociologists and political activists Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven that called for overloading the U.S. public welfare system in order to precipitate a crisis that would lead to a replacement of the welfare system with a national system of  “a guaranteed annual income and thus an end to poverty”. 

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