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!

Saltaire in Port Chester

 

Bartender Adam, hard at work on a Saturday night.

Bartender Adam, hard at work on a Saturday night.

Trying this place on a Saturday night, which, according to experts, is not the way to see a restaurant at its best, NEVERTHELESS…it’s amazing, I’m completely impressed, you should try.

It’s in the same building where “Willet House” used to be ( kinda/sorta across from restaurants Tarry Lodge and Bartacco, ok?)

“Our long national nightmare is over”: Gerald Ford

 

212 Taconic Road closed Tuedsay at $3,248,100. Listing broker Steve Archino. Selling broker Susan Rose.

212 Taconic Road closed Tuedsay at $3,248,100. Trust me, there was nothing wrong with this house, it was just the price! Listing broker Steve Archino. Selling broker Susan Rose.

UPDATE: This property hit the market May 12, 2010, with an asking price of $5,495,000, so it’s eventual sale price was $2,246,900 less than that! (For you mathematicians, that represents a mere 40.8% reduction.)

President Ford was referring to the turmoil leading up to President Nixon’s resignation, but I always think of that quote when a listing that’s been lingering painfully on the market for years and years finally sells.

The trick with listings like this is to be the last listing broker. Sometimes there will be three, four, even five before you! Each time the seller switches brokers, the price gets a small adjustment downward (occasionally upward, but eventually downward), so usually all you need to be is the second broker.

In this particular case, the lucky spot was the fourth position, and that’s where broker Steve Archino entered the scene, listing it last February for $3,985,000, then reducing twice, down to $3,595,000, and a deal was struck.

How long did the entire process take? Well, it all began on a crisp, clear day in May, 2010, so beginning to end, around six years. And now its over, say hallelujah!

List: Steve Archino

Sell: Susan Rose

The Jihad Is Coming

 

(YouTube video of 60 Minutes camera crew under attack. No guns, knives or bombs were available this time, so the attack is limited)

Where will you be when the bomb goes off? Standing in line at the airport? At a shopping mall, or perhaps a sporting event? Maybe dining at your private club, where a new waiter was recently hired? Suddenly you’ll hear the cry of “Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar!” and that will be the last thing you ever hear.Will it matter if the bomber was trained by an Isis-style group, or was just another so-called lone wolf? You’ll be dead either way.

Your family will no doubt be comforted by the words of President Obama, who, upon hearing of your tragic experience, will declare that he “won’t rest until the people who planned this attack are brought to justice”.

And then another attack will occur, and another, and another, and then… America will yield. Sharia Law will replace the US Constitution, and that’s how it ends.

Ten years ago, I read Mark Steyn’s great book, America Alone. Everything Steyn predicted is coming true.

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This is what we're up against: Shown here, an x-ray of a bolt that was carefully packed into the Brussels Airport bomb, now inside a surviving victim.

This is what we’re up against:
Shown here, an x-ray of a bolt that was carefully packed into the Brussels Airport bomb, now inside a surviving victim.

There are hundred and hundred of thousands of guys just like these smiling creatures. Coming to a town near you!

There are hundreds and hundreds of thousands of guys just like these smiling creatures. Coming to a town near you!