Daily Archives: August 24, 2015

And as one moves off (see below) another shuffles on

93 Doubling

93 Doubling

93 Doubling Road, new to the market today and priced at $14 million. It’s all of 14,000 square feet and built in 1916, demonstrating that ours is not the only era when huge homes were erected in Greenwich, but will it fetch $1,000 a foot? The house strikes me as dark and dated, though I haven’t seen it yet – open house is this Thursday. I’ll be interested to see the market’s reaction.

The owners either paid $7.950 for the place (tax card) or $9.5 million (MLS history) in 2004. Current 100% assessed value per our tax authority is $8,774,506. Just in case you’re curious.

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Lake Avenue Maxi-Pad moves off the market

547 Lake Avenue

547 Lake Avenue

547 Lake Avenue has sold for $14.9 million. Not quite the $17.5 million it started off at in 2014, but still not chump change. Interesting house, if this is your thing.

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Bank Sale

One Random Road

One Random Road

One Random Road, Old Greenwich (off Shore), $1.630 million. This house was originally priced at $1.595 in 2014 and found a buyer, but the bank changed its mind and insisted that the price be upped to $1.750. A year later, the bank got an extra $35,000, but it also had to maintain it and carry it on its books all that time. Doesn’t seem worth it.

Clients and I looked at the place last winter and loved its pre-war feeling, but between various water leaks, dated everything (including wiring and windows), plus a still-active law suit with a neighbor who claimed a right of way across the property and who had dug a huge hole there to assert that claim, we passed, and bought a house  from the same era in Riverside, updated and on a better street, for just a tad more than this one has just sold for. I think my clients got the better deal.

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Contingent contract

26 Stillman Lane

26 Stillman Lane

26 Stillman Lane, (the development off Glenville Road), asking $4.5 million, has a contract after 200 + days on the market and a price reduction from $4.850. The builder, Sean Shay, makes a great house, but, and this is not at all a reflection of the quality of his craftsmanship, houses in this development seem to drop in value as they age; I suspect that the market for these homes is buyers who want new, and when the houses aren’t new, the thrill is gone.

That’s just my guess. I do find this part of the listing …er … curious, though. Who writes this stuff?

“Fortunate to the Greenwich real estate market is this just completed home ….”

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No one ever went broke underestimating the stupidity of the American buyer

Not Obama, not Trump, and certainly not these two manufacturers.

As pointless as alcohol-free wine, unless you like the taste of guar gum "Possible side effects of eating guar gum include increased gas production, diarrhea, and loose stools. High doses of guar gum or not drinking enough fluid with it can cause blockage of the esophagus and the intestines. Large doses of guar gum have potentially hazardous side effects."

As pointless as alcohol-free wine, unless you like the taste of guar gum
“Possible side effects of eating guar gum include increased gas production, diarrhea, and loose stools. High doses of guar gum or not drinking enough fluid with it can cause blockage of the esophagus and the intestines. Large doses of guar gum have potentially hazardous side effects.”

Gluten-free shampoo? Next, for Bowery drinkers, gluten-free Sterno

Gluten-free shampoo? Next, for Bowery drinkers, gluten-free Sterno

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The Greens are coming after your greens

Return to the Garden Of Eden, sans (most) humans

Return to the Garden Of Eden, sans (most) humans

Salad is non-nutritious, causes global warming and wastes land.

As the world population grows, we have a pressing need to eat better and farm better, and those of us trying to figure out how to do those things have pointed at lots of different foods as problematic. Almonds, for their water use. Corn, for the monoculture. Beef, for its greenhouse gases. In each of those cases, there’s some truth in the finger-pointing, but none of them is a clear-cut villain.

There’s one food, though, that has almost nothing going for it. It occupies precious crop acreage, requires fossil fuels to be shipped, refrigerated, around the world, and adds nothing but crunch to the plate.

It’s salad, and here are three main reasons why we need to rethink it.

The real point of the entire Mother Gaia Church mob is to eliminate the human race (except for themselves, of course – like their kin, the income redistributionists, they assume they will remain on top as deserving apparatchik. If we give up our tomatoes, the Gaians will have won.

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Make that 8

Business Insider7 Ways to tell if someone is cheating on you 

Daily Mail: Two suicides linked to Ashley Madison leak

Naughty girl!

Naughty girl!

Make that 9

Daily Mail: State’s Attorney holds press conference to acknowledge posting on Ashley Madison site

“Big toy collection a plus”

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July sales statistics from Greenwich Multiple Listing

“Greenwich sales in July were consistent compared to the last three July’s. The median price has increased and remains consistent year-to-date. There are currently 30 homes under contract that will be closing over the next 30-90 days. This is a decline compared to previous months, indicating the normal seasonal slow-down in the real estate market.  We anticipate the next few months to be consistent with the past three years and for the year end to mirror 2014 with approximately 600 single family closings,” stated Joann Erb, 2015 President of the Greenwich Association of REALTORS.

single family closings

Median sales

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Price cut in Riverside, sale in Round Hill

Within range, experience has sown, of a potato cannon fired from the de la Fontaine deck

View from 19 Shoal Point – within range, experience has shown, of a potato cannon fired from the de la Fontaine deck

19 Shoal Point Lane, Riverside, has cut its price again, to $4.325million, from an original price of $4.850. I always felt there were some layout problems with this Richard Harris house, but it does come with a fine view of Chez de la Fontaine, so we’d been hoping for better news.

11 Brynwood Lane

11 Brynwood Lane

On the other hand, Lloyd Hascoe has sold his house at 11 Brynwood, off Round Hill Road, for $4.910 million, on an asking price of $5.695. Mr. Hascoe can afford the hit.

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