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.

 

 

 

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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