They might get it, I suppose

One Doverton, going up

One Doverton, going up

BSF Construction is offering its latest 11,000 sq.ft, 7 bedroom, 6 fireplace project, located at One Doverton Drive, for $11 million. 

This house was discussed here back when it was still a teardown priced in the $3s. It sold as land for $2.650 million and now it’s back, suitably altered. BSF makes a solid, high quality home, although I’ve always found their plans to be a bit boring. That doesn’t matter, both because who cares what I think?, and boring sells better; nothing offensive to put people off, just like this blog.

The listing does promise “a Hamptons style contemporary interior” – I have no idea what that means, but I find it scary.

One Doverton going (gone) down

One Doverton going (gone) down

WTF?

WTF?

UPDATE: I Googled “Hamptons style contemprary design and got this: “The Hampton style is an eclectic design of both sophisticated and simple looks.”

I still don’t get it.

60 Comments

Filed under Uncategorized

60 responses to “They might get it, I suppose

  1. No matter how good a house they build, you’d think BSF could come up with a better name for themselves. Sounds like a freight railroad or a disease. Call your doctor to see if YOU suffer from the heartbreak of BSF.

  2. Anonymous

    If I ever consider spending upwards of 10 million – or even 5 million I would not want to hear the hum of a highway in my back yard. Hamptons style or not.

  3. The Word

    Interesting to me that for an 8 figure asking price the listing does not mention the name of the architect. Having been through the project, the best things about it are 1) the neighborhood, and 2) the home’s siting on the lot, up high with an expansive view of the backyard and across Doverton Drive. As the FAR gurus might have guessed, 3,000 to 4,000 of the claimed 11,000 square feet are in the basement. which on one side is at grade (you can walk out) but on the three remaining sides is below grade. To my tastes the ceiling heights, especially the full two story family room, were VERY McMansion-y. Ditto for the massive quantities of masonry they are using – just not a particularly custom look, IMO. I think they’ll be lucky to get something in the 7s.

  4. Anonymous

    First bid will be around 7m — builder will counter at 10.5m, final price in 2018 @ 6.2m. Haven’t we seen this movie many times before?

    • Anonymous

      People don’t like different houses in Greenwich. I bet they get something in the 8-9 range.

      • Anonymous

        Not a chance. Perhaps if they spent some coin on a great architect, ie Shope Reno etc….This design just shouts modular with a stone facade. This thing will depreciate quicker than a Buick Enclave.

      • Anonymous

        The Kali Naagy houses on Lake got high 7s, this is a better location. I think low 8s, that is what my crystal balls tell me.

  5. James

    That was quick! Is the house finished yet? Great neighborhood….

  6. Greenwich Gal

    BSF – a good name for a scandal tarred hedge fund, aka Bull Sh*& Financial.
    But “Hamptons Style” to Google probably brings to mind Hampton Court in England, Henry VIII’s residence, not “The Hamptons” – those ridiculous beach communities in Long Island.
    The Hamptons is everything you are trying to get away from! Nightmare traffic, Snooty maitre’d’s and waiters, preening trophy wives, entitled media types and way too precious children and dogs. Yikes.

    • mistercharlie

      Unless you are willing to head to the hills, you can not get away from anyone or anything. “They” are everywhere and “they” own most of everything. Follow the money and you will find “them.”

      • Greenwich Gal

        Just because I’m married to a financier doesn’t mean I can’t detest the Hamptoons. And yes, I like Nantucket, but even it is somewhat of a scene. My husband and I did not grow up in pretension and excess and refuse to take part in it now. It is, quite simply, vulgar.

        • Anonymous

          Well said. I do think vulgarity serves as a good early warning trait.

        • Anonymous

          I happen to like Greenwich and parts of the Hamptons. You do of course realize the irony, that to most outsiders Greenwich is also representative of pretension, excess and vulgarity. And yet hopefully we manage to avoid that here despite the stereotyping.

        • Anonymous

          GG: no offense meant with the Nantucket remark. IMO, it’s still more low key than the Hamptons – though there are certainly some Hamptonesque peoples that summer there.

        • mistercharlie

          “They” have taken over Nantucket too. The low key Nantucket that people like to talk about when comparing it to the Hamptons is just a memory. Those days are long gone!

        • Greenwich Gal

          No offense taken Anon. People like to tease me on this site and I’m cool with it – all in good humor.
          I understand that, to many, Greenwich does represent excess and vulgarity. But I think it is still somewhat representative of Old New England values and “old money” as opposed to crass flash. The house on North Street that I so despise is all that – flash and crass. Still – I wish Greenwich had preserved some of their historic structures better – much charm and beauty has been lost.

        • anonymous

          Hedge Funds = Old New England values and “old money” = Hilarious!

        • Greenwich Gal

          Anon – notice I said “somewhat” representative of those values. Mind you those values are rapidly dissipating, but nevertheless, I would rather live here than in Manhattan, or Scarsdale, or Bronxville or Rye. Greenwich still mostly closes up past 11 and most people move here to raise families, educate the kids and what not. I think you would find that although there are quite a few financial types here, your average Greenwich citizen is not a Hedge fund mogul.

        • Anonymous

          I think Greenwich wins on convicted felons.

  7. Anonymous

    what’s with the fuzz balls at bedside? a lifetime of sock lint?

  8. Anonymous

    CF – did this sell at foreclosure?

    • No, I’m sure it didn’t. As I recall, it was owned by an older couple, who just decided to downsize and move. Maybe another friend of Dannel and his death tax?

      • The Word

        Actually CF, a sadder story than that. Owners were 2d generation of the family to live in the house, great folks, and husband died suddenly at 61 (63? something like that). House had already been listed by that point, and widow cut price, sold it, and moved on.

    • Anon

      BSF builder is Rick Rowland. He builds the same version of a “Hamptons Style” McMansion over and over. Most recently, he built 895 Lake (the Marty Frankel girlfriend mansion next to the Marty headquarters at 889 Lake) which sold for $9.250 last December on a terrible lot with over 2K sf below grade level (advertised by Ogilvy as 11,615 sf in a 4 acre zone.

      • That’s my impression of his house (and you’re right, it’s pretty much the same one – I guess it saves on design fees) – well built, but boring. I always feel that, even blindfolded, I could make my way around them and tell you exactly what, and where each room is. Perhaps instead of calling it the Hampton’s Style, they should name it the “Helen Keller Model”.

        • Anonymous

          Unfortunately that’s what people want and he is smart to not fix something that isn’t broken. He should get something with an 8 in front if it or more.

  9. Anonymous

    32 Lower Cross @7m w/14 acres vs this cookie cutter mcmansion for 11m just goes to show that the back country market is so screwed. Way too many sellers that just need to get out any way any how.

    • Anonymous

      just for yucks i looked on zillow to see the listings. lots & lots of red dots, beginning with 3 and a ton in the 4, 5 & 6+.

      me think them dots will be there long time. very sucky sucky for sellers.

    • Milton Friedman

      Countervailing forces: Slowly improving economy, prospect for better financial firm earnings (and beta bonus money) due to long overdue expected Fed rate hike and DeBlasio NYC exodus which is now rapidly changing views of successful millennial’s looking to the most prestigious burb – Greenwich. The countervailing force is boomers who have lived in Greenwich for 20+ years realizing (or being made to realize by tax advisors) that CT confiscation of 7% of all income and followed by 12% death tax means CT is not a place that one can afford to die. Check outflow of CT residents to tax friendly states like FL and TX.

  10. Milton Friedman

    Sorry, did not think this was conventional wisdom.

    • Anon

      James

      If you have been a Ct tax filer (with returns of $1M plus ) you cannot buy a second home in another state and claim residence there no matter how detailed your travel records, The gestapo CT tax authorities will allege and threaten to prosecute any “former” CT resident based on the assumption that your CT ( especially Greenwich) manse is your “domicile”. You will go through hundreds of thousands of dollars of legal/advisor fees to contest the Dannel black boots, . That is why productive people leave CT, especially after the first spouse becomes ill or dies!

      • Cos Cobber

        Sounds like NY

      • Anonymous

        Exactly my point, they don’t die here, they die in Palm Springs.

      • Anonymous

        i know a few people that do, some florida, some other states, they have detailed travel records and it’s a real pain in the rear. hundreds of thousands in fees? umm, no. not unless you’re talking about an estate and/or income with lots of zeros.

    • Anonymous

      Milty, it’s too bad FWIW doesn’t have cliff notes for those new to here to catch up.

    • Anonymous

      Milton, stick around. We always need more smart people around here