Daily Archives: October 9, 2014

Bidding war, Old Greenwich

28 Highview Avenue

28 Highview Avenue

28 Highview Avenue asked $2.595, sold for $2,867,190. The Greenwich Association of Realtors has pulled down all useful information about the property, but the owners paid the former owner’s estate $960,000 for it in 2009 and totally renovated it – totally, as in, that first listing admitted that one bathroom didn’t work and the property was being sold “as is”. These people did a beautiful job, but they also appear to have made out quite well.

Which is great for them – congratulations.

Hall

Living room

Living room

kitchen

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More contracts

4 Dandy Drive - with root cellar?

4 Dandy Drive – with root cellar?

4 Dandy Drive, $975,000. It’s probably being sold as land, but at this price, you get a livable house on a decent street for under a million, which is getting rare.

7 Oakwood Lane

7 Oakwood Lane

Further up the food chain, 7 Oakwood, new construction, 10,000 sq. feet, $6.495 (reduced from last year’s ask of $7.195) is also under contract. These houses all look the same to me, but that’s what sells in this price range, so why would a builder take a chance on something different? They’re businessmen, not pioneers.

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The patron saint of lost causes takes pity

50 Zaccheus Mead Lane - elegant, without being overly ostentatious

50 Zaccheus Mead Lane – elegant, without being overly ostentatious

50 Zaccheus Mead Lane, last asking $5.265 million, reports a contract, 10 years and numerous price cuts after starting off in 2004 at $8.350. I’ve liked this house since I saw it back then – it has a huge central … hall? banquet room? Something  – a nice yard, and a killer location. Trouble was, at least as I understood it, potential buyers loved the house but couldn’t figure out how to use the layout. An $8 million-plus price didn’t assist them in their cogitations, and I suppose that glass wing seen here didn’t appeal to many people.

Still, the right price seems to have coincided with the right buyer, at last.

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Old Greenwich contract

2 Meadow Place, $1,000 per sq.ft.

2 Meadow Place, $1,000 per sq.ft.

2 Meadow Place, $3.995. This house was built in 2006 or so, on land bought in a bidding war for $2.591. Funny thing about that “war”, is that the property sat unwanted and asking $2.495 from September, 2004 until April ’05, when multiple buyers appeared. That happens a lot, for some reason.

In any event, the house is relatively small: 4,000 sq.ft., and has just a one-car garage (plus a FARPORT), but it was built to FEMA flood standards of that year, and will undoubtedly stay dry in the next hurricane, unless Al Gore is finally proved right and the seas rise. I wouldn’t worry about that.

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You probably don’t need to read the article to figure this out for yourself

(Once) free range chicken for the smart set

(Once) free range chicken for the smart set

Except, perhaps, in Greenwich and Beverly Hills.

“People Are Eating Charcoal – Here’s Why That’s A Terrible Idea.”

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Related stories?

Drudge juxtaposes headlines:

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Off to a couple of open houses but first …

A couple of pending sales to report.

59 Indian Head Rd

59 Indian Head Rd

59 Indian Head Road, $4.450 million. I’ve always liked this house, and I’m glad someone else agreed.

7 Topping Road

7 Topping Road

7 Topping Road, $10.750. No mention of “separately situated staff quarters” but it’s selling anyway.

No shortage of big money spenders in town, it’s what passes for the middle class that seems to be hurting.

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On the other hand, there are some great kids right here in town

Two GHS students recognized for their brains and skills Two Greenwich High School students are among only nine secondary school students from across the country to earn Popular Mechanics Magazine’s “2014 Breakthrough Awards.”

According to the national magazine, the Breakthrough Awards “honor the innovators, engineers, and ornithologists most responsible for changing our world.” Featured in the November issue, the magazine highlights the “Breakthrough Awards” annually, given to the most innovative devices, and those scientists and engineers who have dramatically changed the world for the better.

The Popular Mechanics story includes “The Next Generation: 9 Future Breakthrough Award Winners,” young adults who have created the most significant breakthrough discoveries. The subtitle is ‘Get to know them before they change the world.’

Looking to change the world are GHS students Andrew Ma and Ethan Novek.

Andrew is a junior who developed the project “A Simple Method for Simultaneous Wastewater Treatment and Chemical Recovery Using Temperature and Pressure Changes.” Andrew devised an innovative, two-chamber wastewater treatment reactor that would reverse the natural equilibrium of the Haber Bosch process and remove nearly 100% of ammonia and volatile contaminants, at (inexpensively) low temperature and reduced pressure. Andrew devised his process after visiting China’s highly polluted Lake Taihu, deciding to try and do something about wastewater pollution, according to the magazine.

Ethan is a freshman who developed the project “The Creation of Tidal Power from Ocean Water Infiltrating Coastal Ground via an Innovative Tidal Barrage System.” Ethan created an energy generation system to be installed below the ground and along the shoreline, to generate useable power from the rise and fall of tidal water beneath the surface of the sand. Ethan got the idea when he saw water filling up a hole he’d dug at the beach, according to the magazine.

Andrew and Ethan are students in teacher Andrew Bramante’s Science Research Seminar. The Science Research Seminar provides the opportunity for students to Interact with practicing scientists; select, develop and conduct an independent research project; and develop the skills of reporting and presenting research.

Bramante said in a statement, “Like many of my research students, both Andrew and Ethan are incredibly creative and imaginative students that are able to look at society’s problems with a fresh and unreserved outlook. Both were able to take skills that they have learned, and combine them with a natural inventiveness to create these amazing innovations.”

As I try to reassure parent/clients worried about which Greenwich school their children will attend, if a student has the ability and the will, our schools have some fantastic teachers who will help them use their intelligence to its farthest degree. Yes, the high school is huge, and it’s big enough for lazy slackers like myself to hide and do little, but that’s the student’s fault (mostly – there really were some awful teachers inflicted on me back then, and I’m sure their progeny are still there) – the school won’t hold the best of them back.

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Well he did vow to “fundamentally transform America”

"From first to last - I promise!"

“From first to last – I promise!”

U.S. is now the second largest economy in the world, behind China. “For the first time, I’m proud to be an American,” Princeton affirmative action grad Michelle Obama told FWIW. “Just wait until Barry finishes shutting down our power plants – it will be the end of U.S. imperialism, and the world will love us, finally.”

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Criminals inside the gates

White House Gang

White House Gang

Now it’s the EPA that’s erased incriminating text message. They’ve obviously learned from the Eric Holder at the DOJ and the IRS that destruction of evidence by government agencies carries no penalties. “We’re not stupid”, White House spokesman Rosemary Woods told FWIW, “they’ll be no turning over of tapes this time.”

Here’s Glenn Reynolds:

HEADS NEED TO ROLL FOR THIS STUFF, AND I’M NOT SURE I MEAN FIGURATIVELY:  EPA tells court it may have lost text messages.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) told a federal court that it may have lost the text messages at the center of a lawsuit by a libertarian think tank.

The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) sued the EPA last year in federal court to compel the release of text messages to and from Administrator Gina McCarthy and her predecessor under the Freedom of Information Act.

In the Tuesday filing to the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Justice Department lawyers representing the EPA said the agency will soon file a notice that it may have misplaced records that it was legally required to retain.

“Defendant has decided to formally notify the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) about the potential loss of federal records relating to text messages,” the lawyers told the court.

Once it files that notice the CEI’s claim will become moot, since the records do not exist, the agency said. Lawyers will ask the court for a hearing to dismiss the case.

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The next generation of our best and the brightest is even worse than the last

A reader sends long this cheerful video of Harvard students explaining their world view. It’s no concern if these morons go on to corporate America and find new ways to increase the earnings gap between themselves and their custodians, but what’s scary is that so many will head off to Washington first to enmesh themselves in the government (and then get rich).

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