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Sunday, August 05, 2007

Westport Now Teardown of the Day: 167 Cross Highway

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167 Cross Highway
UPDATE Another of Westport’s heritage homes is facing demolition. Westport building officials have received an application for demolition of the house at 167 Cross Highway. The main part of the 5,038 square-foot house was built in 1790. The house and two other buildings sit on a 7.53-acre parcel. It changed hands last month for $5 million. The sellers were the songwriting/production team of Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson. Because it is an historic property, the application must be reviewed by the Historic District Commission (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow, file photo, for WestportNow.com

Posted 08/05/07 at 01:03 PM

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If the Historic District Commission gives the okay to tear this beautiful house down then Westport, you will truely be doomed.  Does the commission ever say NO???????
It seems like one by one, every old, beautiful and historic home is being demolished.  Doesn’t anyone just refurbish beautiful dignified homes like this rather than just destroy them?????  Sad, sad, sad.

Posted by rhoda berke on August 05, 2007 at 05:50 PM | #
 

Undisclosed? Not really. It was posted on our Multiple Listing Service at the beginning of August:
http://tinyurl.com/yr9u6t

FWIW, the structure was not in great shape when I viewed it last year during the Broker’s Viewings. That’s not to say it could be nicely rehabed, but be aware of what the background is.

As for disclaimers, obviously, I am a local Realtor®. I was born and raised in Weston (yup, my mom bought my Keds at Greenberg’s), and have lived in Westport for 19 years.

I appreciate what Westport and Weston were and am disappointed by many of the current changes.

Posted by Matt Murray on August 06, 2007 at 02:28 AM | #
 

Thanks for that link Matt - so it was listed for $6.5 and sold for $5.0 mm.

By the way, isn’t that where Ashford & Simpson used to live?  I still remember, as a boy, sitting in front of Christies eating a candy bar when Nick Ashford drove up in a cream yellow Rolls, and I asked him if he wanted to trade for my bike. He laughed and said maybe, a real nice guy.

Posted by Jack Whittle on August 06, 2007 at 04:02 PM | #
 

It was first put on the market in March of 2006 for $7.95 MM. In May ‘06 the price was reduced to $6.95 MM. Then in February of this year it was reduced to the asking price of $6.5 MM.

I used to work in recording studios many years ago. Valerie was always very nice to us studio folks. Same with Patti Austin. Just a nice person. It is great to see/hear that she (Patti) has done so well.

Posted by Matt Murray on August 06, 2007 at 06:01 PM | #
 

Jack, I forgot to answer the first question. Yes, that was A&S’s house.

Posted by Matt Murray on August 06, 2007 at 06:06 PM | #
 

Follow the money.  Until it is financially favorable to invest a truck load of money to save something that needs lots of invisible reconstruction; gems like this will continue to see the leading edge of a dozer blade.  Some have seen their day, but until it makes sense; they will continue to become land fill.  sad…

Posted by john shuck on August 07, 2007 at 10:06 PM | #
 

Can someone post who purchased this property? I see it was advertised as having “excellent subdivision potential”.

Posted by Michael Ronemus on August 09, 2007 at 03:41 AM | #
 

The identity of the purchaser is a matter of public record, consult the Town Clerk section of the Town of Westport web site, it shoud be listed in the Jan - July 07 property transfer report.

Here, I’ll get you to the page, the PTRs are linked along the right hand side:

http://www.westportct.gov/agencies/townmanagement/clerk/

Posted by Jack Whittle on August 09, 2007 at 01:13 PM | #
 

Douglas A. Bernstein
http://tinyurl.com/3clpgp

Mr. Bernstein bought 245 Sturges H’way in May for $745k. He also has two other properties for sale.

Posted by Matt Murray on August 09, 2007 at 01:33 PM | #
 

Sadly, you cannot search the [on-line] deed database by address (only by name of buyer or seller), but Matt knew the name of the seller!

Doug is a nice guy and grew up in Westport, btw.

Posted by Jack Whittle on August 09, 2007 at 03:03 PM | #
 

Unless the designating single properties as “Historical” the Commission really can’t do anything but delay. If a request to demolish has been made, they probably already decided what they want to do.As upsetting as it is to see the old homes fall, you can’t arbitrate taste.If someone wants a new home where an old home was, they can do what they want (no matter how nice they might be or where they grew up). In the early 1900’s,my grandmother tore her father’s house down to build a new house. Someday, people will teardown all these new McMansions to build something else.

Posted by susan lloyd on August 12, 2007 at 05:55 PM | #
 

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