Daily Archives: December 16, 2014

How odd

28 Dairy Road, $5.695 million, has expired unsold. That in itself isn’t odd – it’s the largest prefab I’m aware of, and sits down off the road – but I cut my teeth on this house back when it was a spec house in 2002 and I was a humble newspaper columnist, ridiculing the baby Brussel sprout-like plantings and the rented Rolls Royce parked in the driveway during broker open houses. It finally sold in 2004 despite those features, for $5.125 million, and came back up in January of this year but, at least as shown in this picture, both the Brussel sprouts and the Rolls are still here! I understand the plantings, although I wonder at their lack of growth the past decade, but do you suppose the car was tossed in as part of the deal?

UPDATE: Too funny – check out the comments from Paolo Tiramani, the builder of this house. Both appear to be authentic. Here’s art of one:

A little more for your readers. The brief for the home was to evoke every stereotypical mansion element we possibly could, taking cues from Baba the elephants mansion to Disney world etc and it shows, with many more elements that I think you have noticed. The idea was to attract the ostentatious buyer, the original website was even called Greenwich mansion to drive home the point and the project delivered in spades. Our architect even won an award with a prize to the Bahamas which he enjoyed. The buyer indeed owned a factory in Yonkers and rented for 18 months prior to purchase which netted us an additional $500k or so I can’t recall exactly.
Last post as I don’t read your blog but thanks for bringing back memories, fun and most profitable
Best regards
Paolo

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Sale and a price cut

34 Oval Avenue

34 Oval Avenue

34 Oval Avenue, Riverside, sold for $1.440 on an asking price of $1.495. It must have sold so quickly, I assume, because it has been “thoughtfully updated”, according to the listing broker. I wonder what that means?

 

It's an estate sale - can you tell?

It’s an estate sale – can you tell?

522 Lake Avenue started at $4.995 million, yours today (second price cut) for $4.1.

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Pending

2 Wyngate Rd

2 Wyngate Rd

21 Wyngate Road, asking $1.695 million, reports a contract, price unspecified. Started off 587 days ago at $1.995 million. Almost 2 acres, it’s a nice piece of property, convenient to town, with a perfectly acceptable house on it though, as I opined to the late owner some years ago, I thought the value was in the land itself. That late owner (or to be accurate, the spouse of the owner), was the great ocean sailor Huey Long (not that Huey Long), the owner of a series of boats, all named Ondine, with which he won every major ocean race at least once. Colorful guy.

10 Deep Gorge Rod

10 Deep Gorge Rod

10 Deep Gorge Road, asking $2.695, down from its 2013 price of $3.195, also has a contract. Beautiful home, but the western side of town is a tough sell.

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Little city on the prairie

After 6o years of “progressive” Democrat governance,  Detroit is looking more and more like the little village founded by Antonie Laumet de Cadillac.

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UPDATE: This can’t be helping – Detroit releasing suspected murders and rapists due to staffing cuts at the prosecutor’s office and a resulting warrant backlog.

 

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