Has Greenwich Time’s Maggie Gordon branched out to become Tamar Lurie’s press agent?

Walk-in fireplace. When Mel owned the place, his six-foot claymore from "Brave Heart" hung above the mantle, which was pretty cool.

Walk-in fireplace – literally. When Mel owned the place, his six-foot claymore from “Brave Heart” hung above the mantel, which was pretty cool.

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.

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22 responses to “Has Greenwich Time’s Maggie Gordon branched out to become Tamar Lurie’s press agent?

    • Huh – I’d assumed Ms. Gordon was some doddering old lady, wrapping up a long career by writing puff pieces for her employer. Now I’m sorry I’ve been being mean to her.
      Maggie Gordon

  1. A rare miss, Chris. Totally misleading headline. The author presented a very balanced look at a significant property, including price history and previous listing, with no touting of the current listing agent.

    I particularly liked the way the author skewered the current owner/speculator/decorator, who claimed to have bought the place as “a retirement home for the family,” lavished attention on “a party room,” then “realized this is a true party house,” and finally “realized” that “we’re kind of private.” Nice to know that this owner/speculator/decorator is really at bottom a private person who doesn’t need the big party house she “spent a year redesigning.”

  2. too bad Buena Vista got dumpstered; you could have packed a whole mess of old folks in that one.

    • Like Chris, you should try reading for comprehension. The owner did not say she intended to make it “a retirement home.” Here is the full sentence. See if you can discern the meaning of the words:

      “The plan was to turn Old Mill Farm into a retirement home for the family, but after five years, Strohmaier said she realized they may not be the right people for the house.”

  3. Anonymous

    She also wrote a book. I may borrow this from the library.

    The Gilded Age on Connecticut’s Gold Coast: Transforming Greenwich, Stamford and Darien

  4. Anonymous

    A fabulous property for the rare extremely wealthy person with outdoor interests and taste.

  5. Patrishka

    I am fairly familiar with Ms. Gordon from her days at the Stamford Advocate, covering education and (infamously) breaking the news to Adam Lambert’s poor father that his son was the perpetrator of the Newtown tragedy. She can write; let there be no doubt. I think she is still finding her way as a journalist and suffered some fairly awful assignments as a cub reporter. My vote? Befriend her.

  6. Anonymous

    Word has it Gibson deliberately did a lot to piss off the neighbors in the day. Blocked access to hirse trails, brought in sheep, etc. Pretty funny. Maybe did so while yelling freeeeeeedommmmmmm!

    • I’m pretty sure it was Mel who was the first to block the horse trails, which had been a part of the fabric of back country social life for a century. Once he did it, the new Wall Street crowd followed suit, and the trail system is now broken into pieces.

    • Anonymous

      I’m afraid to ask why he brought in the sheep.

  7. Mickster

    With NRT (Coldwell Banker and Sothebys) spend probably 60-70% of total real estate ad revenue (they do nearly 2/3 of the business in Town now, I’m surprised we don’t see ‘puff’ pieces every week.