Prez Obama Responds To The Next Terror Attack

President Obama, delivering just one of ten condolence speeches for future terror attack victims.

President Obama, delivering the first of ten condolence speeches for future terror attack victims.

Friday, July 15, 2016. Washington, D.C. In anticipation of at least ten more major Islamic terrorist attacks during his remaining time in office, President Obama today took the unusual step of pre-recording condolences speeches for each attack.

Mimicking the methods of television game shows, which record multiple episodes in a single day, the President wore different outfits for each speech, and limited his remarks to his usual platitudes about “bringing these perpetrators to justice”, “our hearts go out to the (future) victims”, and everyone’s favorite., “This has nothing to do with Islam”.

After the speeches, the President briefly spoke with reporters, taking issue with the website “TheReligionOfPeace.com” and its posting of the hundreds and hundreds and  hundreds of horrific Islamist attacks world-wide (http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/terror-2016.htm).

“The notion that listing all the attacks carried out so far this year, the number of victims, and the way they were murdered, does anyone any good is just wrong. All it does is attempt to distract us from the real threats we face, like climate change and police misconduct”., the President said.

 

The 196th day of the year

Belle Haven's Byram Drive, this year's top finisher so far.

Belle Haven’s 46 Byram Drive, sells for $14M, making it this year’s top finisher so far. List: BK Bates Sell: Ted Thaxter

Yep, day 196, aka July 14th. So how’s the market? Most Greenwich brokers would say “Swell”, or words to that effect. So far this year we’ve had 539 separate deals, a very good number to have reached for this date.

The weak spot, the fly-in-the-ointment, the Ethiopian in the fuel supply (WC Fields) is the super-high end. $9M+, we’ve had a grand total of 4 properties sell. That is exceedingly low, the only consolation being that New York City’s ultra-high stuff isn’t selling either.

So for Greenwich, the market up to $3M is particularly strong, after that, it begins to taper off.

Here are this year’s four high-end sales: The Magnificent Four

Tribute To Gorbachev?

What a strange thing to put on your car!

What a strange thing to put on your car!

Bumper stickers all over town are copies of Gorbachev's birthmark!  So, by the way, is this obscure archipelago off the Siberian coast, called "Durak Aprel"...

Bumper stickers all over town are copies of Gorbachev’s birthmark!
So, by the way, is this obscure archipelago off the Siberian coast, called “Durak Aprel”…

 

When Ronald Reagan was president, he had the good fortune of having Mikhail Gorbachev come along as the last leader of the Soviet Union. Gorbachev, unlike the previous thugs, criminals, and assorted murderers who terrorized the region for 60+ years, decided he wanted to try something new, correctly sensing that a top-down, central-controlled economy is…a complete disaster!

Anyway, the point is, everybody loved ol’ Gorbachev, right? But why, oh why, do Greenwich residents feel the need to pay tribute to the guy? I refer, of course, to the mysterious Gorbachev wine-stain birthmark stickers you see on the backs of many Greenwich vehicles.

If you really must memorialize someone this way, I recommend a nice sticker of Ronald Reagan riding his horse, how about that?

Here's yer damned bumper sticker!

Here’s yer damned bumper sticker!

Tracks & Trucks: How Much Would YOU Pay?

9 Miltiades Avenue closed at $3,187,500. Pronounced mil-TIE-ah-dees, the street is named after the Athenian general who defeated the Persians in the Battle of Marathon, 490 BC, but you knew that!

9 Miltiades Avenue closed at $3,187,500. Pronounced mil-TIE-ah-dees, the street is named after the Athenian general who defeated the Persians in the Battle of Marathon, 490 BC, but you knew that!

10 Cobb Island Drive closes at $3,300,000. Technically speaking, this place is separated from Route 95 by a smidge of land owned by neighboring Putnam Indian Field School (which is a damn fine nursery school!) but let's not be picky about this.

10 Cobb Island Drive closes at $3,300,000. Technically speaking, this place is separated from Route 95 by a smidge of land owned by neighboring Putnam Indian Field School (which is a damn fine nursery school!) but let’s not be picky about this.

The record price for a category of Greenwich real estate called “backing up to the train tracks or route 95”, has jumped again.

What do you suppose the record is? $500,000? $1,000,000? Nope, in fact, for trackside living, the new record is $3,187,250 and for cheek-by-jowl with the thru-way, how’s about $3,300,000!

And before you say “What were these people thinking!”, I must tell you these are two really, really nice houses. A few streets away you can spend the same amount and get far less house for your money, so it all comes down to what’s important. And I have long observed that, despite all that “location, location, location” stuff, ultimately, most buyers buy the house, not the location.

MLS Link to the above properties

The Backcountry Is Selling Again

Your private bar at 200 Guards Road...all you need is friends to visit you!

Your private bar at 200 Guards Road…all you need is friends to visit you! Opening ask, $27,895,000, reduced to $22,250,000, now has a deal. List: Fran Ehrlich. Sell: Dancy Cassell.

Brokers should not, I feel, attempt to specialize in any particular category of real estate. Don’t go telling people you’re a damned “waterfront specialist”, “condo expert”, “Riverside broker”, etc. Nope, say no to specializing, take whatever the hell comes over the transom, and sell it!

In other words, keep track of the entire market and be ready to help someone no matter where in town they want to buy. It may well turn out that most of what you sell is indeed in one part of town, or in one category of real estate, that’s fine, but don’t try and do it deliberately, got it?

So when blogger Chris Fountain texted me yesterday, asking about a property in Conyers Farm, I was brought up short with the realization that I’d lost track of an important part of the market! I was very familiar with the property he asked about, but I did not instantly know the recent sales up there. I’d broken the Gid Fountain cardinal rule: Know The Whole Market!

So how’s Conyers doing these days? It turns out, very, very well! Six sales in six months, ranging from $3,800,000, all the way up to the latest pending deal with an asking price of $22,250,000.

Here’s a link to those six sales in six months: Conyers Farm recent deals.

200 Guards Road

200 Guards Road, last ask $22,250,000.

75 Conyers Farm Drive, closed a few weeks ago for $8,838,000.

75 Conyers Farm Drive, closed a few weeks ago for $8,838,000.

53 Lower Cross Road, closed in August for $7,550,000.

53 Lower Cross Road, closed in August for $7,550,000.

32 Lower Cross Road, under contract...

32 Lower Cross Road, under contract…

24 Lower Cross Road, closed December, 2015 for $5,250,000.

24 Lower Cross Road, closed December, 2015 for $5,250,000.

2 Cowdray Park Drive< possibly the bargain of the century... Sold in 1999 for $8,900,000 and has now sold again, this time for $3,800,000.

2 Cowdray Park Drive, possibly the bargain of the century…
Sold in 1999 for $8,900,000 and has now sold again, this time for $3,800,000.

 

 

 

The Pines Of Rome

   
 It’s Saturday night and instead of, say, sitting at the blackjack table, I’m instead listening to the Greenwich Symphony at Greenwich High School’s new Performing Arts Center.
I know it cost us taxpayers millions and millions but, judging by the sights and sounds this evening, I’m afraid I must conclude we might actually have gotten our money’s worth for once.
First up this evening was some highly regarded piano player with the unlikely-to-be-pronounced-properly name of Juho Pohjonen. He was simply amazing. Next up, the whole orchestra took on some chap named Respighi’s composition called Pines of Rome. This was spectacular, brilliant, energizing. What a piece of music. And the hall made it absolute perfection. 
Here’s some other bunch of musicians playing the piece, but really, the Greenwich Symphony does it better.

Respighi’s Pines Of Rome

Trump Campaign Manager Facing Additional Charges

Bored And Razed exclusive: actual photo, isolated from security film, of Corrie Lewandowski placing Whoopie cushion.

Bored And Razed exclusive: Actual photo, isolated from security footage, of Corey Lewandowski placing Whoopie cushion on reporter’s chair.

New information was disclosed today by Miami police regarding Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski’s brutal assault on reporter Michelle Fields.

Using forensic film analysis not seen since the massive, world-wide scrutiny applied to the famous “Zapruder film“, investigators have slowed down security camera footage and discovered additional crimes committed by Mr. Lewandowski.

microscopic, frame-by-frame review has revealed that Mr. Lewandowski not only  grabbed Ms. Field’s arm in a rude manner, but is also seen pinching the cheek of a startled Anderson Cooper and placing a “whoopee cushion” on the chair of an un-named reported who was mere seconds away from sitting down.

Both Cooper and the un-named reporter were taken to University of Miami Hospital where they were treated and released.

If you haven’t yet seen this 12-second video, it is presented below. Due to extreme violence, parents are strongly cautioned!