2 Quiet Lane
2 Quiet Lane, in Wilton, has been reduced to $19.9 million from $29.9 million. 128 acres, and owned by 87-year-old Leon Hirsch, former CEO of U.S Surgical. Mr. Hirsch has been embroiled in a child support suit for years now, resisting paying $2,500 per month for a child he fathered. It’s estimated that his net worth is over $53 million, so it’s unlikely that this recent price cut was made from a need to raise cash for his attorneys’ fees even if, as he claims, his weekly living expenses are $129,000.
It’s also unlikely that he’ll achieve even this new, lower price; Wilton won’t support it.
On to Harvard
So I was in the barber shop a little while ago and noticed that a mommy was directing the haircut of her 14, 15-year-old son right next to me. “More from the ears, no no, the back needs to be squarer,”, etc. After she’d left I asked the barbers if a mother supervising the haircut of an almost-grown adolescent was unusual and they rolled their eyes and said in unison, “ooooh no – happens all the time”.
What kind of self-respecting teenager would let his mommy accompany him to the barber, let alone dictate how his hair should be cut? I understand the phenomenon of apron-string mothers, but the whole point of growing up and learning independence is to cut those strings, mommy be damned. We’re raising a generation of infants, which explains why, when they get to college, they demand to be told what to think and what to say and insist on being protected against hurtful ideas. I’m probably going overboard on this, a bit, but it seems to me a population like that is ripe for an authoritative government. Viva Che!
And speaking of social phenomena, I stopped by the High Ridge Road Starbucks after the haircut and discovered “Anthony” formerly of the Cos Cob branch, working there. When he asked what I was doing up in his neck of the woods, I told him I’d come to talk about race relations. He just laughed; I guess that campaign is over and done with.
11 Stallion Trail
11 Stallion Trail has hit the market today, priced at $4.850 million. It looks like a beautiful contemporary, meticulously maintained, but the highest previous sale I can find for Stallion, and there hasn’t been one, despite several being listed since, was in 2010, for $3.150 million. This would be a huge leap for the street and, regardless of how nice the house itself is, I anticipate buyer resistance.
25 Selden Lane
25 Selden Lane, 7+ acres off Riversville Road, has cut its price to $3.195: it started in 2009 at $7.5 million, and may just now finally be approaching reality. I think there’s an extra building lot here, but you’d obviously want to confirm that.
Hard to tell exactly, but it appears that a 4-lot-subdivision at 600 North Street has a pending contract. The lots were being marketed at $2 million each, but I would be surprised if they fetched that. Then again, someone optimistic enough to build on the Merritt might just pay that much for the land; especially if he is from Westchester.
7 North Street
7 North Street, asking $2.095 million. 1967 home, busy intersection, whatever.
197 Riverside Avenue
I’m not trying to focus on Riverside, it’s just where most of the action is in this slow spring market. 197 Riverside Avenue, 0.89 acre, has sold for $2.7625. Will it be a total rehab, or a land sale? Time will tell.
11 Owenoke Way
11 Owenoke Way, asking $3.495 million. It sold for $3.350 just two years ago, and is basically unchanged since then. I report, you decide.