Daily Archives: September 19, 2014

Even a stopped clock …

Jim Himes gets it right, I think, on arming Syrian rebels – he’s against it. Maybe he’ll endorse Rand Paul in 2016.

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But by contrast …

9 Durkin Place

9 Durkin Place

9 Durkin Place, Riverside, 1945, attic fan and window a/c, came on at the end of July at $1,149,500 and was immediately engulfed in a biding war. Closed today, $1,170,300.

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Thin market for these things

Hang around a Weil

Hang around a Weill; it gets better

440 Round Hill Road has cut its price again and now asks $10.5 million. This 20,400 sq.ft. behemoth was built by Sandy Weill’s son Marc in 2002, and put up for resale in 2006 for $21.500,000. In 2008 Father Sandy bailed the kid out and took it off his hands for $11 million. In 2009, it was offered to the great unwashed for $12.995 during what was described as “a short window of opportunity to purchase this extraordinary property”. That window proved to be still open when earlier this year, the house reappeared at $14 million. Now, proving that all good things come to those that wait, it can be yours at a discount.

The listing says that replication of this home would be “impossible at $17 million”, and that’s easily believable, so if this is your taste, there’s a bargain here.

If.

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Really? Are we losing our collective mind?

Greenwich hostage rescue team prepares assault

Greenwich hostage rescue team prepares assault

Greenwich woman charged with felony for leaving infant sleeping in the car.

Daniell Neuman, 36, of 39 Boulder Brook Road, was charged with risk of injury to a child and leaving a child unsupervised.

Police were called to the park at about 2:30 p.m. by a woman who said a woman had left her baby in a locked car with the windows rolled up.

When police got there Neuman was pulling her baby out of the car. Two women told police they saw Neuman drive into the park in a black GMC Arcadia about a half hour earlier. The women said that Neuman left her baby in the vehicle while she was at the nearby child’s playground, apparently supervising another child, Connelly said.

One of the women also said she heard Neuman say that she did not want to wake the baby, so she left her in the car.

The two women also said that they saw Neuman walk over to the car a few times to look into the car and check on the young child.

A police officer said that he could see what appeared to be perspiration on the baby’s forehead and hair.

No one (except Walt) wants a dead baby. On the other hand, if this amounts to felonious child abuse, my generation and our parents before us would all have prison tattoos. Mass hysteria, joined in by our supposedly-trained police force.

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And I’ll bet’cha Shep’s right

Shepard Smith bets White House spokesman Josh in Earnest  “every penny I will ever make at this network that Saudi Arabia and Jordan will never join ‘the U.S. coalition’. ”

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One Meadowcroft

Mansion, Mariani Style

Mansion, Mariani Style

The Mark Mariani creation at 1 Meadowcroft Lane is back up for sale. The new listing isn’t available on public websites yet but the one I link to is enough to give you the flavor. Mariani bought a beautiful old estate here and chopped its acreage into two lots, building this one on 3 acres. It was finished in 2008, not an auspicious time for selling mansions, and sold in 2010 for $11.395. Those buyers have redone everything, the listing claims, and are asking $16.250 for their efforts. 11,000 sq.ft up, 4,000 underground.

Maybe. I’m no fan of Mariani’s work, and judging from the pictures from the new listing, I don’t see much improvement, but I have plebeian tastes, so this could be very appealing to the new crowd in town. Here are two shots of the redone house:

Bathroom? Really?

Bathroom? Really?

Master bedroom?

Master bedroom, one supposes

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Something happened

8 Seagate Rd

8 Seagate Rd

8 Seagate Road, Riverside, asking $14 million, reported a pending deal last June but has been reactivated today. I like the location and the views, and judging from the aerial, there are enough rocks just offshore to provide excellent striped bass fishing. Keep your priorities in perspective.

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Speaking of Taconic

212 Taconic Rd

212 Taconic Rd

212 Taconic has taken another price cut and is now asking $4.2 million. Owner bought it from a relocation company for $4.9 million in ’08, put some money into it and began this current sale process back in 2010, with an asking price of $5.495. The house, in my opinion, looks a lot more impressive on the outside than it is on the inside – it may have been built in 1997, but the architect seems to have been after an early-70’s feel, and achieved it.

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And still counting

15 Upper Cross Road

15 Upper Cross Road

15 Upper Cross Road has been on the market for 1,009 days (and possibly longer), yet still can’t find a buyer. It was taken off the market briefly when its owner, a very distinguished and popular Greenwich resident, died at age 76, but it’s back again today, asking $6.595 million. That’s an improvement over its first asking price of $11.995 million, but we’re still being offered an old, charming house that would soak up millions if it were to be modernized, and six acres of land.

I’d guess the land is worth $3.5, maybe $4 million, while the house is probably not worth anything at all. Not that the house is worthless – it’s gorgeous – but it will cost so much to renovate that, as an asset, it doesn’t add anything to the deal.

Or that’s my opinion.

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Northeastern Greenwich continues to lag

300 Taconic Rd

300 Taconic Rd

300 Taconic Road sold yesterday for $1.660 million. Seller paid $2.4 for it in 2000 and put some major money into renovations. He’d been asking as highs $2.6 over the years, but couldn’t get it.

Nice house, too.

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History repeats itself

First guy to get a new iPhone drops it on concrete.

Years ago my brother Anthony sent along this video which, thanks to YouTube, is now available for everyone to enjoy.

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William Wallace drawn and quartered, again

Well heck,everyone knows that there's no Nessie Claws

Well heck,everyone knows that there’s no Nessie Claws

Scotland votes nae, 55-45%. Credit for the resounding defeat of the independent movement is being largely credited to Queen Elizabeth’s last-minute address to her Scottish subjects.

LONDON (The Borowitz Report)—In an eleventh-hour development that could have an unpredictable effect on the vote to determine Scottish independence, Queen Elizabeth II took to the British airwaves on Thursday to excoriate the Scots in a one-hour, profanity-laden tirade.

The Queen’s speech began with the phrase “Listen, you Scottish bastards,” and became steadily saltier as the monarch blasted her subjects for having the impudence to consider leaving the fold.

“I’ll make you heel like a litter of [Anglo-Saxon vulgarity] corgis,” she said, as her rage reached a crescendo.

Whilst some politicians cringed at the Queen’s harsh words (“we do not consider the Scots to be ‘bloody wankers’, was a typical disavowal – “not all of them, anyway”), they now acknowledge that it worked. “Desperate times call for desperate measures”, PM David Cameron told FWIW. “Queenie had it right.”

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