For the second time this week, Greenwich Time’s real estate reporter [sic] Maggie Gordon has profiled an over-priced, old listing of Tamara Lurie’s and presented it as new. Today it’s Tamar’s listing at 124 Old Mill Road that gets the full Maggie treatment. Yawn.
Mel Gibson bought the place in 1994 and rarely used it. In 2007 he tried to unload it for $39.5 million and finally sold it to the present owners, 1049 days later in 2010 for $24 million. Now they’ve had it on the market for 974 days, with no takers.
I don’t know whether Gordon has taken over public relations for the very-successful Lurie or if Greenwich Time, which ekes out an existence these days on real estate advertising, has embarked on an outreach campaign to support the large firms in town who still buy that advertising, but the emphasis on old, stale listings detracts from whatever news value these properties might otherwise hold.
The article, by the way, quotes the would-be-seller explaining that she and her husband had bought the place with the idea of converting it into a retirement home; that’s probably still a good idea because, including the sheep pens and gardener’s quarters, you could probably stuff 50 or 60 pensioners in here, easy.