Daily Archives: April 5, 2016

Just because it’s a slow night

I thought I’d amuse myself by posting some interior shots of 7 Ford Lane, discussed here a couple of days ago in the contract. This 2004 house went in a bidding war for $5.6 million in 2012 and now its back, asking additional $6.749, for what it seems to be nothing more than a  possibly the worst decorating job since Steven Braverman’s fiasco at 1048 Lake Avenue (whose property at 44 Close Road, unbelievably, is still in foreclosure).

But back to 7 Ford Lane, which was decorated, its listing claims”by NYC design team Marks & Frantz renowned for its work on the ”Sex and the City” movies ”The Devil Wears Prada”, ”Today” and the Strand Hotel rooftop bar.” Those credits would seem to have no particular reference to home in Old Greenwich, and as these photos show, they don’t. On the other hand, the house was just as horribly decorated by a different gy tag team in 2012 when these owners overpaid for it, so if you have lots of money and no taste whatsoever, you’ll be inspired to see what can be done.

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Nice, upholstered children’s stools, perfect for trapping oatmeal


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Maybe the third time’ll be the charm

After yanking its approval of a new license plate for being “too boring”, Nebraska has now cancelled it’s attempt to replace it with a depiction of a Nebraska pioneer firmly gripping his woo-woo. 

Well at least it wasn’t boring.

Mebraska Sower

He’s sowing his seed alright – too daring?


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The Steph gets diverted

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Getting any? The Steph doesn’t look happy at the prospect, as Attorney Phil Russell marks his calendar

Joins the First Time Offenders Club for drunk drivers. If you believe in equal treatment by the law, then wealthy celebrities should not be punished less or, this case, more than ordinary schlubs. The poor lady’s troubles with drugs and alcohol have been well documented, but this bad hair day was apparently a first involving a motor vehicle, so she’s entitled to this break.


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That didn’t take long

16 Deer Lane

16 Deer Lane

16 Deer Lane, in Deer Park, has a contract just six days after being listed at $2.995 million, and it wouldn’t surprise me to learn it received multiple bids. It’s a land deal, 1.59 acres in the one-acre zone, in one of the nicest neighborhoods in town.


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Obama rushes to finish his term

Michelle Obabam

Of course, vodka is salt-free AND has no cholesterol!

Obama moves to crack down on salt in our diet, despite strong evidence that salt does not cause hypertension.

In 2011, a large study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that going below 3,000 milligrams of sodium per day — which the government recommends — was actually associated with an increased risk of death. Though previous studies had found a similar connection, none had used such a large sample size.

“There is absolutely no evidence to support the current recommendations,” said Andrew Mente, a researcher at McMaster University in Ontario who has published a significant body of research, including the JAMA study, questioning the long-held advice that people should reduce salt consumption to boost health.

Since then, prominent journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, have continued to publish science suggesting that dramatically lowering salt intake might actually increase health risks. In 2013, the IOM concluded there wasn’t enough evidence to support sodium reduction below 2,300 milligrams — even though the government had been recommending everyone stay under that level, while urging about half the population to stay below 1,500 milligrams.

By 2014, Mente and others had published data on nearly 400,000 people finding a U-shape relationship between sodium intake and cardiovascular disease outcomes, with increased risks found below 3,000 milligrams and above 6,000 milligrams. This emerging body of research suggests the vast majority of Americans are in the safe zone. It also raised questions about the government’s recommendation that African-Americans, those with hypertension and adults over 50 years old stay below 1,500 milligrams of sodium per day.

Mente characterizes the sodium debate in personal and political terms. Scientists and policymakers who have staked their reputations on the need to lower salt consumption are standing firm, or “basically their entire legacy would be questioned,” he said.

“It’s pretty much a club,” Mente said. “Now the new data is questioning the dogma of this particular club and now they wanted to defend it.”

Now that the FDA’s food pyramid has been proved wrong, eggs turn out to be healthy, butter is far healthier than margarine, and even skim milk is worse than whole milk, Americans might be skeptical of claims by their government that it knows what’s good for us, and worse, rules dictating what we can eat. Not Mchelle Obama: “Like every important issue of today, if we wait for the science to be settled, we’ll all be dead or drowned. Let’s go, kids!”


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Why who’s president matters

Huse stripped by junkies

Victims of Obama’s compassion: landlords looking at what the junkie tenant left behind

Since taking office in 2009, President Obama has hired on hundreds of lawyers for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights department. Not a single one came from a conservative background. All were liberal activists. Every one of them.

[T] he Obama Justice Department has assembled a law firm of hundreds of fringe leftists to enforce a brave new vision of civil rights law.

Why the Civil Rights Division? Simple — it may be one of the most powerful components of the entire federal government. If a president wanted to “fundamentally transform” the nation, he would likely start with the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department.

The tentacles of the Division reach into virtually every crevice of American life. Federal statutes, under the banner of protecting civil rights, reach home lending, football stadium and theater seating, voting, elections, education, college admissions, apartment rentals, prisons, hiring practices, the use of English, special education programs, religious liberty, abortion clinic protests, arrests, law enforcement, voter rolls, insane asylums, state and local government hiring, swimming pool lift chairs, bathtub design, Spanish language ballots, school discipline, and even if boys can dress in drag in high school.

If a president wanted to transform a nation, he would unleash hundreds of crusading leftist lawyers who hold views far outside of the American mainstream and give them power to push the frontiers.

So why’s this matter? Because of the accelerating pace of government intrusion into every private decision made by Americans, like this new assault, launched by Obama yesterday:

Landlords can no longer refuse to rent housing to convicts. Is there a law prohibiting such discrimination? No, but the liberal Civil Right Decision lawyers discussed above have gone ahead and created one.

The Fair Housing Act doesn’t include criminals as a protected class, but the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) says refusing to rent based on a criminal record is a form of racial discrimination, due to racial imbalances in the U.S. justice system.

“The Fair Housing Act prohibits both intentional housing discrimination and housing practices that have an unjustified discriminatory effect because of race, national origin, or other protected characteristics,” say HUD’s newly-released guidelines. “Because of widespread racial and ethnic disparities in the U.S. criminal justice system, criminal history-based restrictions on access to housing are likely disproportionately to burden African-Americans and Hispanics. While the Act does not prohibit housing providers from appropriately considering criminal history information when making housing decisions, arbitrary and overbroad criminal history-related bans are likely to lack a legally sufficient justification.”

About 25 percent of Americans have some kind of criminal record, which can range from felony convictions to arrests that never led to charges. As HUD correctly notes, criminal history is not equally distributed across racial groups. For instance, while blacks are about 12 percent of the U.S. population, they are about 36 percent of the prison population. Hispanics are also overrepresented behind bars, though to a much smaller degree.

Like every other policy like this, Obama and his fellow “progressives” [sic] jeopardize the safety and well being of law-abiding citizens in order to protect criminals.Under Obams, ex-convicts must now be admitted into apartment buildings and private residences where they will, when they relapse, and addict do that at bout a 95% rate, they will steal everything that isn’t nailed down and even the stuff that is: copper plumbing, gutters, appliances, even toilet, to sell for drugs. Where in our constitution is the government granted such power?

That’s a rhetorical question.


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A couple of new listings

22 Delwood Lane


We’re seeing a ton of rentals reported, but not so many sales. But it may be that the cold weather has delayed the spring market, although owners who wait at this time of year rerunning the risk of losing those buyers who’ve been out prowling for the past couple of months.

Whatever the reason, I like the looks of this one at Delwood Lane (off Old Church), which came on the market today for $2.295 million. It’d smallish by Greenwich standards: 3,596 square feet, but that should be plenty of space for any family smaller than the Gilbreths. It appears that the owners had it custom built for themselves  in 1996 and at least from its pictures, looks to be in excellent condition. It’s exterior may be bland, but inside’s another story. And the price sounds reasonable.

UPDATE: the listing agent for this property has insisted that I take the exact street address down. I’ve done so as a courtesy but at least as of this writing (2:50) a Google search of Delwood Lane turns up the house, its address and its pictures. Go see for yourself. As I wrote the agent, she should welcome her clients to the Internet Age, where privacy disappeared long ago.

29Horseshoe Rd

29 Horseshoe Road

And 29 Horseshoe Road in Cos Cob is back, this time trying $1.795 million after trying for $1.950 and then $1.850 last year. I thought this was a fabulous house when it was up for sale in 2007, although I was surprised that it sold so quickly for so much: $1.825. But that was 2007, pre-collapse, and sales like this really marked the crest of the wave.

The new owners have done some renovation, including new siding (I wonder what building inspector missed that one back in 2007) and, at this price, the cost of all that work can be yours, “free”.

I wouldn’t call the rocky cliff it’s perched on “child-friendly” – not in today’s helicopter parent world – but it’d be a fun place to grow up anyway.


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Old Greenwich Contract reported

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10 W. End Avenue

10 West End Avenue, last asking $1.795 million. Started at $1.995 million last July. I’ve always liked this house, and its location, just a few houses away from Sound Beach Avenue, but it was in pretty rough shape back in 2009-2010, when it was last on the market with the previous owner.This time, it’s in far better shape.

Speaking of that former owner (who was a very nice person) in 2008 he asked me to give him an opinion on where he should price it. I forget my exact number, but it was nowhere even close to that of the woman who “bought the listing”: $2.295 million. It eventually sold for $1.275, two + years later.

Shocking as it may seem, some agents will say anything to get a listing.


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