27 Doverton Drive, asked $7.8 million 287 days ago; it can now be yours for $7.445. It’s builder, Mark Mariani, of course – the picture tells you that – priced it at $11.750 when he built it as a spec home in 2007 and finally sold it to this owner for $8.1 in 2012. As today’s price cut shows, he overpaid.
There’s nothing particularly wrong with a Mariani house, I suppose, other than his odd insistence on laying raw wood floors the day they arrive rather than let them adjust to the ambient moisture content for a few weeks, as other builders do. Mariani says it makes no difference; from what I’ve observed, it does: the floors warp.
But the real complaint I have is that the guy builds exactly one model, “The Mariani”, as seen here. It must be disconcerting to drive through Greenwich and see 12 duplicates of your own house. And it can be dangerous: who among us can forget the incident where a commuter returned to town late at night, perhaps a bit tipsy, pulled up to his Mariani house and was happily entertaining the wife when her husband himself came home. Wrong house!
15 Stillman Drive, which sold in 2006 for $5.5 million, has been marked down to $4.650 million just 30 days after coming on the market. Good move not to wait around at a price that doesn’t work, but will it be enough? Nice house, beautifully built, but the farmhouse look hasn’t been popular in Greenwich since the locals stopped shipping their produce to New York City by barge, back in 12879.
And the spec house at 81 Husted Lane, discussed here in January when it took its first price cut, has taken another, to $7.495. It started off a year ago at $8.575 million, so the must be a disappointment to its builders, but they paid just $2.1 for the land: still plenty of fat her.