And back for more ….

212 Taconic Rd

212 Taconic Rd

212 Taconic Road has been returned to the market, now asking $3.985 million. Built new in 1997 and sold for $3.750 million in 1999, it was extensively renovated and resold in 2008 for $4.9 million. It’s been for sale again, on-and-off, since 2010, when it started at $5.495 million. I always felt that this house, beautiful from the road, still felt like a 1950’s colonial inside. That may not be its problem, but something has kept buyers away. Perhaps its new, 1999 price will do the trick.

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  1. james

    Majestic from the outside but looks like they went for the 1990’s reno look on the inside.

  2. For me the problem is that this house is 100% exposed. To headlights at the bend there, to everything and everybody going by. Zero privacy.

  3. Accolay

    The only thing that feels 1950s to me is maybe the entryway with nondescript staircase (still better than butterfly staircases littering the town in 80s colonials), and the green marble counters in the kitchen is also dated. Also hate the TV above the fireplace (in any house), but otherwise looks like a very good value.

  4. Anonymous

    Does it have low ceilings?

  5. Off topic. It’s a religion of tolerance. Muslim family demands that Catholic man be exhumed from a non-denominational cemetery after he is buried next to their relative:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/11402870/Grandfathers-body-could-be-exhumed-after-relatives-of-Muslim-buried-alongside-complain-he-was-an-unbeliever.html

    What’s even crazier is that the Brits might just do it.

  6. It Depends

    This house sits on some wet soil. That pond in front turns into a lake every time it rains, and unfortunately there’s nowhere for the water to go, so it sits for days on end.
    I cant fathom a 3 handle as the sale price.
    Maybe several years of backcountry price adjustment will lure some of the riverside/OG “howdy neighbor” type to head a few miles north once high school is figured out for the little ones.

  7. Anonymous

    I love this house actually, you just need to paint the interior different shades of gray (seriously, that seems to be the interior color of choice in every new Greenwich home) and stage with more modern furniture. There are privacy issues, but that could likely be cured by some walls and landscaping…

    • anonymous

      A stone wall would have to be twenty feet high and the trees would need to be giant sequoias for any privacy to be attained. Would cost more than the house. Someone will have to love the house exposed, and also love the flocks of Canada Geese that make the lake their home much of the year. Easy pickings for Christmas dinner.

      • It Depends

        Actually, with that pond, trees, esp. Willows, would grow crazy fast.

      • What you and EOS are missing is that, for some Greenwich residents – a tiny fraction, I’m sure – a big-ass house on prominent public display is not a bug, it’s a feature.

      • however, if geese aren’t your thing (all the obvious reasons), and given the swan theft that seemed to plague that place, you can get these fine specimens to deter transient geese:

        http://www.amazon.com/Flambeau-5889LO-Floating-Swan-1-Pack/dp/B0036ZQO4C/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1423670382&sr=8-1

        • Anonymous

          one of the loveliest houses my wife and i came close to buying a few years ago had, for some reason, a gazillion geese that liked the property. mostly due to its proximity to a creek.

          neat to look at and listen to, but stepping in geese shit everywhere in the yard was just not cool.

      • Anonymous

        Actually , I was thinking that you could put some of the landscaping (willow trees, etc would be beautiful as others have suggested) closer to the house (not between the pond and the road but between the pond and the house) and achieve some privacy that way – but even low stone walls on the perimeter near the road would also be helpful to block out car headlights. You could also have a beautiful tree lined drive up to the house … If they are asking 3M for the house, what’s a couple hundred grand for landscaping anyway?

        On the goose poop issue, we have a pond in my back yard and we’ve put up fake dog decoys by the pond. Not obtrusive and extremely effective.

    • Mid-Country Cos Cobber

      Landscaping can definitely create privacy there; the issue is there is SO much to landscape as it is so exposed for a huge distance. With that said, I have always enjoyed driving past this house.

  8. Anonymous

    Seems like a great value. Yes, it’s up there, but on this side of town off of North you’re ten minutes to Greenwich Ave, generally with no traffic. Comparable to Old Greenwich to Greenwich Ave., except you have to take Post. Interior is dated but easily reworked. Privacy issues? To the extent that they exist, that’s why God invented window treatments.

  9. Anonymous

    Reduce it another $1 mill and it’s sold.

  10. Anonymous

    It’s a cool property, but yeah, that pond tends to flood. Dunno if it’s aerated though. If not, that’d be the mother of trenching jobs for running power line from house to pond. That’s a long haul.

  11. Anonymous

    A beautiful house. Pretty on the property. Should rent it out for a wedding venue.

  12. Anonymous

    What’s the best soil condition for weeping cherry trees?

    • It Depends

      Water logged.

    • It Depends

      My father in law built a pond on his property, about an acre in size, actually similar to the one at this property on Taconic.
      He planted 3 flowering willows that he bought in 5 gallon containers in 2006.
      Once planted they stood about 5 feet tall, had a few wispy branches, and the trunk of each tree was about 1-2″
      In fact, the bamboo support it came with was equally as thick, if not more.
      Today each of the three trees remain.
      Standing proudly @ approx. 30-35ft tall and wide, with trunks you can’t get your arms around.
      They are magnificent.

      • Willows are great trees to have near wet spots: they soak up moisture and grow to enormous size, quickly. But they are shallow rooted, so when the high winds blow, they come down.
        Keep them a respectful distance from the house.