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184 Stanwich Road

184 Stanwich Road

184 Stanwich Road, $2.950 million (ask). It’s a wonderful old (1934) house on almost 2 acres, close to town, but boy, does it need a lot of work. Still, once restored and brought up-to-date, it will be a wonderful house again.

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  1. Stanwich

    I’ve driven past this house for decades and always admired this stretch of Stanwich Road and these older, graceful homes. I was upset a few years back when one of them was felled by a developer and replaced by a Neo-Nantucket style monstorsity.

    However, CF you need to back up your comments with some specifics. I looked at the listing and the pictures look perfectly nice. OK, so the decor is not my taste but the kitchen looked nice, etc. So when you say that it needs a lot of work, what exactly needs work? I just don’t see it.

  2. anonymous

    This house looks perfect to me. The interior looks pristine. Listing says central air. Kitchen looks brand new. The yard is gorgeous. I happen to not like a Tudor exterior but for someone who does, jump.

  3. james

    CF, we almost went for this house last year. It really doesn’t need much work and is probably the best use of 3500 sqft I have ever seen. only gripe was bad layout upstairs (too many small bathrooms) but a real well maintain classic Tudor with steller back yard.

  4. Anonymous

    I agree with the others. This was a house full of character and charm. I did not feel it needed a lot of work at all. Not to mention the patio and backyard. I hope someone buys it that appreciates those aspects.

    • Rick

      Count me in agreement as well. This was out of our price range, but we saw it at an open house. We thought it was very nice, although we didn’t care for some aspects of the layout. Perhaps not the type of character today’s buyer wants?

      • I too loved this house, but the rooms, especially upstairs, were cramped, the fixtures obsolete, and so forth. My description of it as “needing a whole lot of work” didn’t mean it shouldn’t be done – in fact, I explicitly said that – just that it was a project.

  5. Anonymous

    I don’t know when the standard for a livable house became gutted to the studs and replaced with the highest end everything. This ain’t the home equity hoedown of 2006. And this is a $3mm house, not a $10mm one. For people who like Kalgon Nalgene or whatever, they can have that at 2x the price.

    • Anonymous

      True. Unfortunately, they just don’t seem to get that fact.

      • Toonces

        People just want what they want. I see no problem with people wanting to renovate. What one person considers livable is considered not livable to another. This creates jobs 🙂 It’s all good.

        • Anonymous

          I have no issue whatsoever with people wanting to renovate to their tastes. It’s the buyers that expect a house to have all the same bells and whistles of ones that are priced a few Ms higher that are frustrating to deal with. And don’t even get me started on the feng shui thing.

          • Toonces

            ahh, I see, that does sound frustrating. They must be buyers that haven’t looked at many homes. After a while it becomes very clear what you get at various price points around town. New or renovated costs money – a lot.

  6. Accolay

    I said I preferred Bronxville because all of the homes were charming and the neighborhoods have character, like 184 Stanwich, which is a rarity in Greenwich and everyone here jumped on me. Well, looks like people here do like “Bronxville chic,” a term I heard Pottery Barn now uses ; )

    • I think you misread that: it was “Bronx chic”

    • Anonymous

      your were teased because it seemed like you vastly preferred Bronxville/westchester which makes one suspect you broker those homes.
      also: if you really just prefer it and want to live there – then you should, in my opinion

      • Don’t vastly prefer, but am jealous of the charm that is being lost in Greenwich daily. Hate other Westchester towns like Harrison, which aren’t char mining. Why can’t Greenwich preserve its history is my main concern. And already said I am most definitely not a real estate agent in Bronxville, Westchester, or anywhere else in the world.

        • Toonces

          I think it is sad too, that so much charm is being lost, Accolay. I know there is a lifespan for wood homes but some in Greenwich seem to be torn down way too soon. Very interesting question though: Why are more preserved in Bronxville? Is it a different demographic? Or maybe there are stricter rules about tearing down? I wonder!

          • I think it’s a different demographic, Toonces, but I can’t explain it. Most towns I know: north Stamford, Greensfarms, Madison, Guilford, have plenty of beautiful antique homes and people who appreciate them. Greenwich, not so much, and even fewer these days. Go figure.

          • Toonces

            Maybe it is the tastes of young/wealthy manhattanites moving here? Anyway, in my opinion the new homes do not have the grace and scale of the older ones. They are all 9/10 foot ceilings and often times the rooms aren’t even large enough for those to look right, let alone feel welcoming. I prefer an older home with normal ceilings and perhaps just a few rooms with higher ceilings. You get a much warmer feel. The sizes of rooms are much better too. I really thought I wanted new until I realized this.

    • Accolay

      Had the same question, Toonces, but I don’t think it can be entirely a demographic thing. The wealthy manhattanites that move to Greenwich can’t all be that different than those that move to Bronxville. Personally don’t think that many homes built after about 1940 are charming. And Chris, go to Greens Farms in 2015 – all torn down like in Greenwich.

      • That would explain the complete collapse of the antique furniture market: the current crop of up-and-comers has no use for the homes or furnishings of their ancestors. Or, for that matter, their writings, thoughts or philosophy.Brainwashed by the “Old white men” curriculum?
        So it goes.

      • Toonces

        sorry accolay my response to this is in the wrong place but hope you’ll see it. I bet the only way to find out why homes stay standing in Bronxville at a great percentage would be to ask the owners. I have an idea – maybe the property taxes go crazy high when you build new there. Maybe that’s it.

  7. Just Looking

    I loved this property and argued with my husband about making an offer. We spoke with an architect about renovating and keeping the Tudor style but pushing the garage forward, extending the kitchen and adding a large family room across the back. We were looking at a $1million max reno budget, which high end architect said was plenty. I was so in love with the backyard, the interior was less of a priority. For 2 level acres on that stretch of Stanwich, this place is a great buy. In the end though, I surrendered, as I was sure that differences in opinion about how true to keep to the original tudor style (dark woodwork versus light) would rip our marriage apart. Too bad. Now let’s see what happens to the house next door that is a real teardown.

  8. no name

    I saw this house too. It was kept in such pristine condition that I thought it would be a crime to do anything to it. Best to keep it as and buy it for that.

  9. Toonces

    True they move to Bronxville too I suppose. I think 1950’s homes can be great too and every now and then there are contemporaries from the 60’s and 70’s and maybe 80’s that are fantastic. We loved 21 Mountainwood drive and that was a very classic modern. It’s just much more rare to see something great after 1960. And at least to me, the 90’s may be the worst.

    • Accolay

      Toonces, I think we’re a minority here in Greenwich, but it seems like people like us exist in other towns. You’re right, above, that the taxes might increase which is why they don’t build new, but it seems like Bville residents are quite happy with their charming village and want to keep it that way.
      PS: The absolute worse is definitely 80s and some 90s. Butterfly staircases almost make me sick! : )

      • Toonces

        For me it is the double height rooms with windows to the ceiling. like being in a silo. Appropriate for a ballroom and not much else.

  10. Toonces

    True Chris – the brown furniture market mirrors the old house market. What do you mean by ‘they don’t have use for the writings’ though?

    • The great philosophers and statesmen of civilization, from Plato, to St. Augustine to John Locke, to Hume, Adam Smith to Churchill to ..- all are dismissed as unworthy of study and have been replaced, in the modern college curriculum, by victimhood writers of no significance at all. A liberal arts degree used to be something of value – no more, and the modern student, for the most part, has no idea what he or she has missed.
      So says this curmudgeon.

      • Accolay

        I always laugh when I see $$$ wood-paneled libraries in Greenwich homes with no books. Sad…

        • housecat

          What’s a book?

          • Many years ago, the seemingly well educated buyer of my parent’s home invited us over to see the changes she and her husband had made to the house. “Oh”, I observed, “I see that you’ve removed the book cases”. “Yes, she replied, “the carpenter asked, ‘lady, these are custom made shelves – you sure you don’t want to save any?’, but what would we do with a bookcase?”
            I resisted the urge to reply,”put books in them?”, because I knew it was useless.

          • Toonces

            We keep culling and donating books but still have so many. Our house has built in book cases and they’re wonderful. I have discovered the Kindle paperwhite though. When you desperately need another book on vacation and there are no book stores any place, a book from the cloud is a great thing!

          • Kindles are great for vacations and travel, and I even use mine at home, where my present quarters are small,but I still, and will always miss the tactile feels of books, and the ability to flip back to catch a plot or character detail that I’d skimmed over originally but which suddenly play an important role, further on.

          • Toonces

            I know! – not being able to flip back to recall some phrase is a problem. You can do a search but somehow that doesn’t satisfy me. I remember where something was on a page and flipping manually back just works better for me.

  11. mjc

    my wife and I are the ones who are in contract on this house. The current owners seem to be wonderful people who loved the house and it shows. Besides an addition of a mudroom and decorating the only work we will be doing is chasing our 3 little boys around the 2 acres

    • Toonces

      Lucky you mjc! Congrats on your beautiful new home.

    • It’s a wonderful, lovely home, and I’m with you – I’d live in it pretty much exactly the way it is. I was commenting from the perspective of what I see so many current buyers want, and I sort of despair at the lack of desire for this era’s home, just as true antiques have fallen from favor. I suspect all the rest of the town will applaud and thank you for leaving this house as is, so it can continue to grace Stanwch Road and make our drives a little more pleasurable.

    • Accolay

      Congratulations – beautiful home and one of the prettiest properties in Greenwich!

    • Just Looking

      Congratulations! It is so nice to hear a young family is moving in. I wish you many happy years and wonderful memories in your new beautiful house!