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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Developer Wants Inn to Become 200-Unit Housing Complex

By James Lomuscio

A developer has submitted plans for five-story, 200-unit housing complex at the site of the Westport Inn on Post Road East. Thirty percent of the units would be deemed affordable.

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Under submitted plans, the Westport Inn on Post Road East would be replaced by a 200-unit housing complex. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The submission has raised concerns that use of state statute 8-30g to build it will not only allow the developer to bypass town zoning regulations, but put stress on town services and traffic, all in the name of affordable housing.

Sheldon Stein, who bought the inn seven years ago, submitted applications to the Conservation Commission last week and to the Planning & Zoning Department on Thursday, with maps and engineering reports. The designs choreograph razing of the 127-room hotel at 1595 Post Road East, replacing it with a 200-unit, multi-family residential community dubbed Westport Terrace Views.

The construction would take place through use of state statute 8-30g. Passed in 1989, it allows developers to overstep a municipality’s local zoning laws if that municipality does not have 10 percent of its housing stock classified as affordable, which Westport does not. It is intended to be an incentive to create more affordable housing in the state.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Real Estate Report: Knowledgeable Agent is Key

By Judy Szablak

Whether you are buying or selling a home in Westport, a knowledgeable agent who also maintains an open and expeditious line of communication is key to your real estate transaction.

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Featured Home This home at 6 Pond Edge Road is listed at $5,375,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of William Raveis-Westport/ Leslie Clarke Homes

All too often, an agent who is not adept at both can cost you valuable time, money or the transaction itself.

The first step is to choose the right agent, and you should certainly exercise due diligence in that respect. Before you hire anyone to represent you in buying or selling a home, look for signs as to what their overall style of communication is, and their level of market expertise.

An agent who is timely in their initial response to you, and can answer your questions at the drop of a hat, is also one that will follow up very quickly when its needed or required. That should also hold true for buyer inquiries on your home. Additionally, this demonstrates their ability to act fast on your behalf when a great deal comes on the market.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Comings & Goings: Le Rouge Chocolates to 190 Main St.

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Le Rouge handmade chocolates by Aarti will open at 190 Main St. near Joe’s Pizza,in early November according to Weston-based owner Aarti Khosla ,who also operates an online chocolates business (www.LeRougeByAarti.com.)  “The shop specializes in artisan handmade chocolates and cakes without the use of preservatives,” said Khosla. The space was previously occupied by Sport Optix which relocated to 420 Post Road West. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Comings & Goings: Cocoa Michelle Changes Ownership

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After six years at 54 Railroad Place, Cocoa Michelle coffee, bakery and chocolate cafe will change ownership in early November, according to current owner, Michelle Weber. She said, the new owners will be Stamford-based Bonjo Coffee Roasters, coffee distributors for 31 years. “I’m very grateful for the love and support of our loyal customers and the community over the past eight years,”  she said. “It will retain the same staff and great offerings.”  Cocoa Michelle occupied space on Westport’s Main Street for four years and on Railroad Place for six years, including two overlapping years when it had a presence in both locations. CM Gourmet Market, 580 Riverside Ave., owned by Weber, also closed in June (see WestportNow June 17, 2104) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Westport Property Transfers Sept. 29 - Oct. 3, 2014

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Sept. 29 - Oct. 3, 2014:

Sallie Moore Liben to Kevin and Jacqueline Wendy Bidgood, 8 Winslow Lane, $946,150WNproperty.jpg

Peter and Megan Chernin and Rita C. Brody to Elaine Wyden, 300 Lansdowne, $873,250

Thomas A. McKeever to Chi W. Lai and Jessica Wong, 4 Imperial Landing, $1,300,000

Frances H. Olmstead Estate to SIR-4 Sprucewood LLC, 4 Sprucewood Lane, $1,350,000

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Real Estate Report: Upper-End Homes Are Hot

By Judy Szablak

Westport has not seen its upper-end market this active since 2008. Luxury home sales continue to impress, evidenced by yet another two significant homes that went under deposit this past week.

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They were listed at $6,895,000 and $11.5 million.

Additionally, three other homes are under some phase of the deposit stage that are priced above $5 million. The list price on the five properties combined totals more than $46 million, and their average size is 9,787 square feet.

It is also important to note that two significant sales were reported in the last four months; one on Turkey Hill Road South for $5.12 million and another at Charmers Landing on Saugatuck Avenue for $7.6 million.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Local Realtor ‘Unzips’ Westport

The New York City-based videography company Show Doctor has been shooting a documentary about Westport this week, according to Westporter Tracy Chevrier, a principal of the company.

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The new series was shooting at Westport’s Longshore Club Park today with (l-r) cameraman John Houghton of New York and Westporters Mar Jennings and Tracy Chevrier. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Chevrier said the production, entitled “Unzipped Westport” and hosted by another Westporter, Mar Jennings, is being created for Higgins Group Real Estate located on Westport’s Post Road East.

She said the four one-minute productions of Unzipped will highlight Westport restaurants, its schools, shopping and other aspects of the community.

She said the intention of the documentary is to provide both Westport residents and out-of-towners a chance to a chance to view episodes of Westport.

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Comings & Goings: Lights on as Crumbs Readies to Reopen

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Lights were on at the shuttered Crumbs cupcakery on Westport’s Taylor Place today as a worker said the bake shop could reopen as early as next week. Crumbs, which had been at the location since April 2009, closed in July as the firm declared bankruptcy. (See WestportNow July 8 ,2014) The Crumbs midtown Manhattan store reopened Tuesday with new treats: double Greek yogurt cakes, banana bread, and nutella crozels, a croissant-pretzel hybrid. Crumbs officials said 16 New York area stores, including Westport, will reopen over the next month. Stores will also reopen in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Newark, Delaware, and Washington, D.C. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Preservation Award Winner: 59 Roseville Road

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The house at 59 Roseville Road is among the Westport Historic District Commission 2014 Preservation Award winners to be presented in a Town Hall ceremony at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23. “The award is being given to its owners, Jennifer and Eric Sydor, in recognition of the preservation and maintenance of a representative example of the popular, gable-ended picturesque vernacular dwelling that dominated in the 1880-90s,” the HDC said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Comings & Goings: W Salon Moves to 1391 Post Road East

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W Hair & Color Salon, after eight years at 1869 Post Road East, has relocated to 1391 Post Road East, next to Balducci’s, in the space previously occupied by Fovama Rugs, which closed in July 2013. Owner Letisha “Tish” Blanckaert said business, which now includes 10 stylists, “has grown so much we had to move for functionality reasons—much bigger space and more parking.”  She said the new space has 3,000 square feet compared to 1,800 at her former location.  Blanckaert said the public is invited to a grand opening celebration on Saturday, Nov. 15 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Comings & Goings: Rebar Fitness to Saugatuck West Bank

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Rebar Engineered Fitness will open next week on Wilton Road in the rear of National Hall, 8 Post Road West. Husband and wife co-owners Danny Clark, 30, and Abby, 29, of Wilton said they relocated from Idaho, where they sold their fitness business earlier this year to be closer to their East Coast families. An accomplished competitive fitness athlete, Danny Clark earned a bronze medal in the 2012 FILA World Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championships in Krakow, Poland. Rebar, not a franchise or chain but a privately owned business, invites the public to an open house introductory event on Saturday from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 28 Harbor Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 28 Harbor Road, in the Saugatuck Shores area, is in process. Built in 1972, the one-story raised ranch has 2,882 square feet, is situated on a .29-acre property and, according to assessor records last changed ownership in September 1998 for $690,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Comings & Goings: Mansion Clam House Closes

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The Mansion Clam House, 541 Riverside Ave., is closed. Multiple phone calls to the restaurant are answered with a recording that the mailbox is full and cannot take messages. The sign over the front door is gone and the shades are drawn. The ownership of the iconic restaurant in Westport’s Saugatuck section attracted notoriety in 2012 when a now former owner, Soozie Folsom, pleaded guilty to embezzling $1.3 million from three charitable foundations when working as a financial manager of a Westport-based accounting firm. (See WestportNow Aug. 1. 2013) According to the restaurant website, which makes no mention of it being closed, the restaurant has been there since 1958 on the site of a former “fried clam shack.” The property, which includes the adjoining Julian’s Brick Oven Pizza, changed hands in April for $2.1 million. The listing said the building was built in 1900. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Real Estate Report: New Homes Are Hot

By Judy Szablak

It seems that Westporters just can’t get enough of new homes. Out of town buyers are also clamoring for new construction as well.

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Featured Home: This home at 2 Brook Lane is listed at $2,295,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of Granite Studios

Interestingly enough, we seem to be seeing more and more transitional finishes in these new homes, and the style also appears to be resonating very well with buyers.

The term “transitional” refers more to the interior decor, and is further expressed by bright whites, cool grays, and a perfect blend of traditional style with a very slight contemporary flavor, which translates to a sophisticated and timeless ambiance.

Currently, there are 68 homes on the market that were built in either 2013 or 2014, and these homes have an average listing price of $3,004,243.

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Westport Property Transfers Sept. 22 - 26, 2014

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Sept. 22 - 26, 2014:

Richfield Real Estate Investment LLC to Francis A. Enos and Robin L. Cautin, 131 Morningside Drive South, $2,000,000WNproperty.jpg

Judith Bach to 29 Compo Beach Road LLC, 29 Compo Beach Road South, $660,000

Arthur Bach Pour Over Family Trust to 29 Compo Beach Road LLC, 29 Compo Beach Road South 50% interest,  $660,000

Amy M. and Edward M. Nebens to Dov A. and Jennifer Sterling Goldstein, 2 Woodhill Road, $2,225,000

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