Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Bagel Maven Closes
The Bagel Maven, 538 Post Road East, closed today after owner Alex Perdomo said he was unable to get a new lease. Although the business has been there since 1990, he has been the owner for only the past six years. (See WestportNow Sept. 29, 2014) In a statement, Perdomo said: “Even though I must leave today, I am grateful for the time I had here. The customers have been wonderful to me, they became my friends and it is my hope to stay in Westport if I can find another space soon. God bless everyone. Thank you!” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
P&Z Members Inspect Site of Planned Medical Office
Members of the Westport Planning and Zoning Commission today took a field trip to 333 Post Road West where a plan is under review to convert the commercial office building to a medical facility. The plans include the demolition of the structures at 335 Post Road West (see WestportNow Teardown of the Day, Dec. 17, 2013) which would be converted to a parking lot to meet the parking requirements for medical facilities, according to P&Z Director Larry Bradley. Owner Linda Mandell, who was on the excursion, said Internal Medicine Associates of Westport will leave its longtime home at 162 Kings Highway North to be one of the new tenants. Performance Physical Therapy, currently at 333 Post Road West, will remain, she said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Going Down: 163 Compo Road South
The house at Westport’s 163 Compo Road South was demolished today. Built in 1912, the two-story colonial had 1,545 square feet, was situated on a 1.55-acre property, and changed ownership last month for $850,000. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Nov. 28, 2012. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Comings & Goings: Henry Lehr Closes on Main Street
UPDATE and CORRECT Henry Lehr, the iconic, high end women’s apparel store at Westport’s 21 Main St., has closed. The closure follows the death in July of owner Camilla Lehr of Westport who died at Norwalk Hospital at age 44. Other Lehr outlets, including those on Long Island, remain in business, according to Camilla Lehr’s husband. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Monday, September 29, 2014
Comings & Goings: The Shade Store to Main Street
The Shade Store, featuring custom shades, blinds and drapery, will open soon at 115 Main St. in the walkway behind Vince. womens’ apparel store. The third-generation family-run business started in 1946 as a fabric store in Mt. Vernon, N.Y., according to the company website. Although the Shade Store has 18 showrooms in 10 states, the Westport location will be its first in Connecticut with additional openings planned in Brooklyn, Houston, Miami and Washington, D.C. The nearest existing location is in Port Chester, N.Y as well as four stores in Manhattan. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Bagel Maven Closing?
It is uncertain as to whether the Bagel Maven, 538 Post Road East, will close its doors for good on Tuesday, the final day of its lease, according to Alex Perdomo, owner for the past six years. Perdomo said, “It was a tough winter for us, and I fell behind in my rent payments, but over time managed to pay it back.” He said his landlord, whom he described as “great to work with,” does not want to renew the lease, but he hopes to work something out. Perdomo said he does not want to have to look for a new space because “my customers are in this area of town.” He said although he became owner of Bagel Maven six years ago, the business has been at that location since 1990. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Comings & Goings: Renato’s Jewelers to PRE
Renato Tornifoglia (2nd r) makes a toast with Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe today as Renato’s Jewelers celebrated its grand opening at its new location at 1765 Post Road East, across from Stop & Shop. Tornifoglia, 42, who co-owns the store with his wife Christina, said he has been in the jewelry business for 30 years. The business located from Main Street to Post Road West and then to its current location. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Friday, September 26, 2014
Comings & Goings: Gaetano’s Deli opens on PRE
Gaetano’s Arthur Avenue Style Deli and Catering has opened at 1713 Post Road East, across the street from Stop and Shop, in the space previously occupied for 23 years by Westport Deli. According to Diana Ukehaxhaj, wife of co-owner Milanno Ukehaxhaj, her husband and his business partner Gaetano Catalano each worked for many years on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx. She said they opened the first Gaetano’s Deli in Stratford in 1997 and then the Monroe shop in July, 2009. In a note to WestportNow today, Diana Ukehaxhaj said, “We did a soft open last week and the people and town employees of Westport have all been wonderful!” She added, “We are going to have our grand opening on Saturday, October 4th.” For more information visit www.gaetanosdeli.com. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 10 Rustic Lane
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 10 Rustic Lane, off Greens Farm Road, is in process. Built in 1958, the two-story split level has 3,782 square feet and is situated on a 1.02-acre property. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport Property Transfers Sept. 8 - 12, 2014
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Sept. 8 - 12, 2014:
Peter Bricken to Kathleen D. Fong, 131 Harvest Commons, $715,000
Jamie E. Prieto and Lisa J. Dokken to Charles M. Werhane and Brooke Ashley Maples, 31 Westway Road, $1,100,000
Sean Moriarty to M. Brook Porter, 2 Rowland Court, $610,000
Mary McFeely to Sachem Westport LLC, 4 Sachem Trail, $575,000
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Real Estate Report: Marketing Your Homes Takes Savvy
By Judy Szablak
Getting the proper exposure to the most probable audience is key to selling your Westport home at the highest price and in a timely manner.
The most likely buyers for any given property will differ from one home to another, depending upon price, amenities, and condition.
An experienced agent should understand how to arrive at the proper price, and how to attain the right mix of marketing to get your home sold.
Online exposure is an important element, and it must be handled appropriately.
Monday, September 22, 2014
Comings & Goings: Nash’s Lashes to PRW
Nash’e Lashes, an eye lash extension salon, will open Oct. 1 at 177 Post Road West in Nash’s Plaza. Owned by New York City resident Judy Cho, who is one of three operators, the salon also performs facials, foot massages, eye lash refills and removals. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Friday, September 19, 2014
Westport Property Transfers Sept. 1 - 5, 2014
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Sept. 1 - 5, 2014:
Claude J. Carnahan III and Christine Pavone to Christopher and Susan Aitkin, 20 Hickory Drive, $521,000
Mirna Goldberger to Olanipekun D. and Abimbola Aladesuru, 14 Church St. South, $680,000
Dorothy Kesten to 1 Crestwood LLC, 1 Crestwood Road, $875,000
Maurice C. Hatfield Estate to CFJ Realty Development LLC, 5 Horseshoe Lane, $620,000
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 18 Dover Road
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 18 Dover Road, off Reichert Circle, is in process. Built in 1954, the one-story split has 1,899 square feet and is situated on a .62-acre property. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Real Estate Report: Sales Picking Up on Saugatuck Island
By Judy Szablak
Real estate activity is on the rise at Saugatuck Island, Westport’s premier waterfront community.
Featured Home This home at 22 Cross Way on Saugatuck Island is listed at $9.5 million. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of Coldwell Banker/Westport-Riverside
It should be no surprise that the Island took a direct unit sales hit during 2012-2013 following Super Storm Sandy when only one home sold during that time, but that appears to be the extent of it.
Despite what you may have thought, the market bounced back quickly, and has picked up quite nicely since then.
The Island is comprised of approximately 45 acres, just over 100 homes, and boasts two private beaches.
Note: WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff is also First Selectman of Westport