Archives for the month of: March, 2013
Dog Leg Left to the first green – Row of Weeping Willows are gone – Thank you H. Sandy

Easter week is kick off for golf season….

Greenwich’s only municipal golf course opened this week – Griffith E. Harris aka The Griff, 1300 King St. After a long winter of damaging storms, the course definitely took some bad blows. It may not be so pretty now, but in a few weeks, hopefully our own Trent Jones 18 hole course will be back at it’s beautiful green self….at the moment, a bit faded and worn…

Griffith E. Harris Golf Course
Municipal, 18 holes
over 6,512 yards with a par of 71

Private Clubs in town:

Milbrook Course 
Milbrook Club, Inc.
9 holes
over 6,264 yards with a par of 70
Greenwich Course 
Greenwich Country Club
18 holes
over 6,706 yards with a par of 71
Round Hill Course 
The Round Hill Club, Inc.
18 holes
over 6,525 yards with a par of 71
Burning Tree Course 
Burning Tree Country Club
18 holes
over 6,902 yards with a par of 72
Fairview Course 
Fairview Country Club
18 holes
over 6,717 yards with a par of 72
Tamarack Course 
Tamarack Country Club
18 holes
over 6,834 yards with a par of 71
Stanwich Course 
The Stanwich Club
18 holes
over 7,133 yards with a par of 72
Blind Brook Course 
Blind Brook Club
18 holes
over 6,385 yards with a par of 72
Doral Course 
Doral Golf Club
9 holes
over 2,924 yards with a par of 35
Innis Arden Course 
Innis Arden Golf Club, Inc.
18 holes
over 6,155 yards with a par of 70

Golf Tips: Greenwich, CT Resorts & Hotels

Greenwich MLS is closed today, so not much going on, or will there be? I’m working this weekend – but I may be among the few – according to tradition…

Spring usually opens the house buying market in a big way, making it sometimes frustrating when placing an offer on a home that you want. Both buyers and sellers come out of hibernation, and somehow realize that it is a good time to sell and/or buy a home. Spring break kicks in, and parents realize that it’s now or wait another year…because before long, the kids are out of school, and summer is here.

But Easter Sunday is an exception in the Spring buying frenzy, because if you are out and about looking for a home,  you are among the few who are actually placing an offer to buy a home. And that’s a good thing!

The only other day that has Easter beat is Christmas. 

Happy house hunting! and Good Luck;sz=180×150;ord=timestamp?;lid=41000613802463762;pid=BC006954;usg=AFHzDLvbPyGHv1XTKnf09-3DWaXn1ZnPfw;;pubid=558465;price=%24172.97;title=Super+Pet-cage+-+Rabbi…;;;width=85;height=85

Not many today – Holiday Week – looking forward to a more robust list next week…

10 – 12:30 District 3

1. 48 Orchard St –  Cos Cob – $1,695,000

2. 244 Stanwich Rd –  Greenwich – $2,250,000

244 Stanwich Rd – Greenwich

3. 69 Stanwich Rd – Greenwich – $1,475,000

69 Stanwich Rd – Greenwich, CT

4. 8 Circle Dr – Greenwich – $785,000

5. 599 Steamboat Rd – A1 – Greenwich – (11:00 – 1:00) newly reduced rental $22,000/Month

11:00 – 1:30 District 4

1. 53 Stirrup Lane #53 – Riverside – $829,000 – Holiday Goodies sevred

2. 36 Highview Av – Old Greenwich – $2,295,000 – completely renovated turn of the century home – Featured Home in tomorrow’s Greenwich Time

36 Highview AV – Old Greenwich

3. 100 Club Rd –  Riverside – $5,999,000

4. 18 Welwyn Rd – Riverside – $2,495,000 – newly staged

Out of Town – 3/28

224 Dolphin Cove Quay – $2,395,000

Spring 2013 Housing Recovery

Numbers don’t lie, although the interpretation can sometimes be manipulated. I am not going to interpret – you can just look at the raw data and make your own conclusion.

 The numbers below are taken from the Greenwich MLS, and are available on the Raveis website by clicking on Local Housing Data….
One of the compelling curves is inventory – it is so low and the other is months of supply…look at the drop since June/July 2012 until end of February!

If it continues, we will have feeding frenzies every time something new comes on the market. It has to be marketable of course, not homes that are a stone’s throw to an overpass or in an absolutely undesirable situation….

Greenwich has a new resident – an adorable baby giraffe! Petal’s baby was born on March 23rd at the Leo Zoological Conservation Center! Watch her take her first steps…it’s amazing! There are fewer than 670 of this rare breed, known as The Rothschild giraffe, named after the British zoologist, Lord Walter Rothschild, who discovered the breed during an expedition to Africa in the early 1900’s. The baby is the first giraffe to be born at the center, and will mingle among 5 others at the center…including 2 other mom’s to be 🙂 

There is a contest to name our new baby…

Go to the Leo Website:

 New In-Town SF Listing – 1 Putnam Court – $695,000
1 Putnam Court
A Garage!

Nice quiet court

This just came on the market at the beginning of the week…therefore there are no photos yet uploaded on line. Since this sits in a very popular price range, albeit extremely small for a single family – 1,100 SF+ and only 2 bedrooms, it does have a garage, which is not often the case for many of these older properties in downtown Greenwich.

It’s on a quiet little court off Sherwood…and could be a tiny jewel box….

OK – put your 3 D glasses and imagination hat on – Replace roof with tin, side with cedar shakes and replace the aluminum awnings with flower boxes – open up the downstairs for one big living space, French doors, pop a dormer or two,  Latticed Wisteria entrance….it could be so cute!

The listing indicated vacant/key box, however, it looked as though someone had been living there up until the minute that I entered.  It is in estate, however, it seems almost callous that the personal belongings were everywhere. Needless to say, I did not stay long, and was frankly afraid of going upstairs. The living room/dining room shades were drawn – so it was too dark to take a photo..but you’ll get the idea:
To the right of the kitchen is the living room

* Built in 1908
*1,171 SF
* 1 Car Garage
* Taxes $4,508
* Gas Heating
* Public Water

I would have at least staged it to give an illusion of possibilities…

Prices have moved up over 33% MTD (February) 2012 vs 2013! It’s time to move on….if you’ve been waiting to list your home, or if you’ve been kicking the tire waiting for a deal…you may want to reconsider the momentum

3 months ending February – 2012 vs 2013
128 home sales in 2013 vs 82 in 2012
Average price on the 3 month comp is still higher by 6.5%

Oh Baby – the Spring market buyers are here before the market 

Hopefully home owners are listening/reading all the information

about home sales and the crazy pent up demand, and low inventory levels…timing is everything;sz=320×320;ord=timestamp?;lid=41000613802463511;pid=537640;usg=AFHzDLtDYTo60dq817PqL3XE18MUYXQvHw;;pubid=558465;;width=320;height=320

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71 Indian Harbor Drive  

It was yesterday’s open house charmer…floors are shiny, details galore and lovingly restored. There are so many plusses about this beautiful in-town home – normally eluding to convenience and not much more – this home makes you feel as though you are in the country, but you can walk to the train, Greenwich Ave, The Bruce…

Just take a look for yourself and I’ll give you the numbers at the end…there is an open house this weekend, Sunday,  for all the people who want to “look on their own”. Or you can call if you want to beat the crowd 🙂 – 203-300-7023
Beautiful Facade – and adjacencies on either side are great 
Gardens and Flower borders
Kitchen also has a small wood stove with a backdrop of stone – present owner has beautiful copper pots hanging above


Master Country French Suite

What I should have photographed is the attic! It is amazing, with tall peaks everywhere….and it fantastic condition….the possibilities for finishing this space, exposing some of the wood, are countless….

OK – hopefully I have piqued interest for those who are not looking for cookie cutter living…here are the numbers:

  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 1/2 baths
  • 2,248 SF – although it lives much larger 
  • Built in 1896
  • Addition 1988
  • Restored 2010
  • Public Water and Sewer – Mill 11
  • Taxes  $7,762

The first day of Spring, and we are looking at a sloppy, sleeting day for Open Houses…but looking ahead, here’s what it will hopefully look like very soon….this is new to the market as of yesterday (although they must have planned ahead for the photographs!). In the Willowmere Association, there are many features that make this a quintessential New England home albeit with outside influence :-)….Classic Georgian lines, French doors, vaulted tudoresque ceilings, amazing gardens and deede rights to the Willownere Beach & Dock Association – and there is room to expand…
  • Built in 1936
  • Addition 1982
  • 4799 SF
  • .71 Acres
  • Taxes $19,829
  • 2 Car Garage
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 5 1/2 Baths
  • 4 Freplaces

35 Willow Road – Riverside, CT
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