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Friday, December 09, 2016

Westport Property Transfers Nov. 21 - 25, 2016

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Nov. 21 - 25, 2016:

Chien Fu Chen to Chien-Lung Chen and Seulkee Park, 9 Hills Lane, Taxes paid in Norwalk, $270,000WNproperty.jpg

Marisa and Ofer Zer to Daniel Fanelli and Kristin Maule, 3 Rockland Place, $670,000

Lawrence W. and Tina Jones to Andrew Fleishman and Alexandera Wachtel, 37 Sturges Commons, $1,650,000

Anthony M. Sanfilippo to Daniel and Irene Lyakovetsky, 261 Bayberry Lane, $2,718,300

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 27 Soundview Drive

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 27 Soundview Drive, in the Compo Beach section, is in process. Built in 1880, the three-story conventional has 4,005-square feet, is situated on a .1-acre beachfront property and last changed ownership in August for $2.4 million. 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

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Thursday, December 08, 2016

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 281 Compo Road South

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 281 Compo Road South, across from the Minute Man Monument, is in process. Built in 1961, the two-story colonial has 3,870-square feet, is situated on a one-acre property and last changed ownership, according to Town Assessor records, in August 2007 for $2,428,000. 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

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Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Real Estate Report: ‘For Sale’ Signs Can Be Deceiving

By Judy Szablak

Special to WestportNow

For sale signs are not necessarily indicative of the state of the market in Westport, nor do they represent all homes for sale in town. 

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Featured Home: This home at 22 Silver Brook Road is listed at $1,498,000.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of Higgins Group Westport

When one drives around Westport looking for properties, they are apt to see many more homes that appear to be available for sale, but actually are not.

Conversely, there are also many homeowners that choose not to have a sign in the front yard.

Consider the fact that there are currently 280 homes for sale, and another 48 homes under some stage of deposit. Oftentimes, the for sale sign remains up until the time of closing, and there is not always a rider that makes it clear that the home is in fact under deposit.

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Monday, December 05, 2016

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 27 Long Lots Lane

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An application is in process for a permit to demolish the house at 27 Long Lots Lane, off Long Lots Road. Built in 1938, the 1,829-square-foot, one-story ranch is located on a .28-acre lot.The house was also featured as WestportNow’s Teardown of the Day on Sept. 4, 2008, but the permit was never acted upon. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Land Swap Dropped: ‘Economics Just Didn’t Work’

By James Lomuscio

The highly touted Elm Street land swap that would have netted the town nine additional parking spaces and have been a boon to the downtown and the Bedford Square project was scrapped last week for economic reasons, developer David Waldman said today.

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Under the scrapped plan, this building housing the Villa Del Sol Restaurant at 35 Elm St. would have been razed and swapped for part of the town-owned parking lot across the street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“The economics just didn’t work for me, and as a developer I had to let it go,” said Waldman, principal of David Adam Realty who is heading up the nearby Bedford Square Project.

Waldman’s plan to put up a $7 million building on a piece of the town’s Baldwin Parking Lot at 36 Elm St. in exchange for property he had an option to buy at 35 Elm St. across the road had been supported by First Selectman Jim Marpe.

Pitched as the last leg in the revitalization of the downtown, the planned land swap received a positive report from the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) at its Sept. 29 meeting. (See WestportNow Sept. 29, 2016)

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Sunday, December 04, 2016

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 18 Mayflower Parkway

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 18 Mayflower Parkway, near Compo Road South, is in process. Built in 1965, the one-story split level has 2,280-square feet and is situated on a .91-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

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Saturday, December 03, 2016

Opening Reception for A.S Fine Foods

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A.S Fine Foods of Westport celebrated its opening tonight at 361 Post Road West with a reception under a tent in the parking lot. Co-owner Albert Pizzirusso (r), a Westporter, greeted guests along with Jim Conte, the building owner. Pizzirusso described the range of takeout-only offerings as “prepared foods, prime and organic meats and chicken, an espresso and coffee bar, specialty olive oils, cheeses and specialty sandwiches.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Gallery: Update on Bedford Square


A look at progress on the Bedford Square project in Westport’s center. The development around the former Westport Weston Family YMCA is mixed use retail, residential, and offices. Anthropologie is the anchor tenant, occupying 40,000 square feet on two floors in the main building. Its space will include a restaurant, Amis Trattoria, a Philadelphia-based restaurant group owned by Urban Outfitters, parent company of Anthropologie. The residential space includes apartments with views overlooking Elm Street and Church Lane. Completion is scheduled for April 2017. WestportNow.com photos

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 14 Sandpiper Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 14 Sandpiper Road, in the Saugatuck Shores section, is in process. Built in 1957, the two-story contemporary colonial has 2,186-square feet, is situated on a .12-acre waterfront property and changed ownership in October 2015 for $1,025,000. 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

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Friday, December 02, 2016

Comings & Goings: Rye Ridge Deli to Oscar’s Space

Westport’s Main Street is getting a Deli back. Rye Ridge Deli will open next year in space long occupied by Oscar’s Delicatessen, 159 Main St.

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Partners Mike Ventorino (l) and Scott Martin today in the future home of Rye Ridge Deli and Restaurant at 159 Main St.. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Partners Scott Martin and Mike Ventorino will open the third Rye Ridge Deli sometime early next year, they said today.

Other Rye Ridge Delis – described as a New York Kosher-Style Deli and Restaurant—are in Rye Brook, N.Y. and Stamford.

Oscar’s closed in August a week before the death of longtime owner Lee Papageorge after a 42-year presence on Main Street. (See WestportNow Aug. 8, 2016)

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Westport Property Transfers Nov. 14 - 18, 2016

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Nov. 14 - 18, 2016:

Brendan P. and Blair P. Hall to Chris P. and Amy L. Overman, 9 Woodside Ave., $4,400,000WNproperty.jpg

Jacob A. and Alexis S. Gattier to Michael and Jacqueline Cardamone, 8 Peaceful Lane, $945,000

Kenneth and Lorraine Palumbo to Jacqueline M. Byrne, 50 Center St., $2,450,000

James and Julie Deangelis to Matthew G. and Elizabeth E. Frost, 2 Brookside Park, $899,000

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 15 Belden Place

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 15 Belden Place, off Main Street and across from Veterans Green, is in process. Built in 1930, the 1-3/4 story cape has 1,382-square feet, is situated on an .06-acre property and last changed ownership, according to Town Assessor records, in April 1984. 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

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Thursday, December 01, 2016

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 7 Belden Place

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An application for a permit to demolish the building at Westport’s 7 Belden Place, off Main Street and across from Veterans Green, is in process. Built in 1920, the 1-3/4 story apartment house has 3,559-square feet and is situated on a .17-acre property. Because the structure 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

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Real Estate Brokerage Supporting Toys for Tots

William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty announced today the firm’s Westport brokerage will support the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program by hosting an official collection point.

The company said it would accept new, unwrapped toy donations dropped off from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. business hours through Dec. 22 at its office at 199 Post Road East.

Toys for Tots is a program run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, in which new, unwrapped toys are collected and distributed as Christmas gifts to the less fortunate children of that specific campaign’s local community.

“We are humbled to be taking part in this great local cause,” said Marc Caldarone, manager of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty’s Westport brokerage.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Comings & Goings: Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Center Opening

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Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Center is leasing 2,900-square feet of space at 1800 Post Road East, previously occupied by People’s United Bank, according to Franco Fellah, executive vice president of Westport’s HK Group.The shopping center is anchored by Stop & Shop. Founded in 1994, the business already has established locations in Trumbull, Shelton, Stratford and Fairfield, Fellah said. The Westport space is currently under construction and should be ready to open for business in very early 2017, he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Key Lawmaker: Need to Talk About Raising Revenues

By Keith M. Phaneuf

www.ctmirror.org

As analysts outlined a grim picture today that could include further cuts to state social services and reversing recent enhancements in local aid and transportation, one key lawmaker insisted officials must discuss raising revenue in 2017.

Though it is premature to target specific measures — such as tax increases, fee hikes or tolls — Rep. Toni E. Walker, D-New Haven, said trying to offset surging debt costs in the next state budget solely with cuts “is going to be devastating” to Connecticut.

“I believe there are things out there that we need to look at, that we have turned up our nose to” over the past year, she said. “We have to look now, and we have to look at who is suffering in this state.”

Walker, a New Haven Democrat who co-chairs the Appropriations Committee, made her comments after a three-hour briefing on budget trends by executive and legislative branch analysts.

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 88 Morningside Drive South

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 88 Morningside Drive South is in process. Built in 1900, the 2-1/2 story custom colonial has 6,159-square feet, is situated on a 3.24-acre property and changed ownership in August 2015 for $2.8 million. 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

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All Gone: 17 Soundview Drive

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Most of the demolition of 17 Soundview Drive was completed today despite a heavy rain. Demolition of the 1918-built house overlooking Compo Beach began Monday but workers said because of the structure’s close proximity to the property line and roadways, the job would take two or three days. The two-story conventional changed ownership in June 2015 for $2,466,000.  It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on March 25, 2016. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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All Gone: 10 Westport Ave.

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The house at Westport’s 10 Westport Ave., in the Compo Beach area, came down today. Built in 1930, the two-story conventional had 1,626-square feet, is situated on a .11-acre property and changed ownership in September for $1,355,000.  It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on July 29, 2016. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Real Estate Report: Ranch Home Demand Strong

By Judy Szablak

Special to WestportNow

Newly-built homes comprise almost 25 percent of the available homes for sale in Westport and are responsible for 18 percent of the sales over the last year.

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Featured Home: This home on 134 Hillspoint Road is listed at $1.75 million. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of William Raveis/Westport

More significantly, that 18 percent contributes quite significantly to our overall average sale price in town.

Pre-existing homes have sold on average for just over $1.35 million, while homes built after 2014 are averaging nearly $2.49 million.

Sometimes, we lose sight of the fact that these new construction homes help our overall market on a meaningful basis.

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Going Down: 17 Soundview Drive

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UPDATE Demolition began today of 17 Soundview Drive, at the corner of Norwalk Avenue, overlooking Compo Beach. Workers said because of the structure’s close proximity to the property line and roadways, the job will likely take two or three days. Built in 1918, the two-story conventional has 3,161-square feet, and is situated on a .11-acre property that changed ownership in June 2015 for $2,466,000. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on March 25, 2016. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Westport Property Transfers Nov. 7 - 11, 2016

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Nov. 7 - 11, 2016:

Brendan and Victoria Rueli to Adam Amann and Nicole Logue, 14 Hale St., $550,000WNproperty.jpg

Anne Ziff to Andrew M. Riddles, 230 Saugatuck Ave. Unit 1, $570,640

Westport Town of to Grace Leone, Woody Lane, $50,000

Joseph P. and Maria P. Brittell to Bruce P. and Tallyta M. Wiegand, 9 Ellery Lane, $1,237,500

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Comings & Goings: Learning Express Toys Closing

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It was an ironic announcement for this Small Business Saturday. Alice and David Marks, owners of Learning Express Toys, 425 Post Road East in the Compo Shopping Center, informed customers today they are closing after 21 years in Westport. “We have finally succumbed to the predatory nature of e-commerce in general, and Amazon more specifically,” said David. He said the store would offer 30 percent off all merchandise until the stock runs out. Six store employees will lose jobs as a result of the closing. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Comings & Goings: Art’s Deli to be Winfield Deli

By Dave Matlow

Westport’s iconic Art’s Deli at13 Post Road West, near the intersection of Riverside Avenue, is under new ownership.

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Art’s Deli, 13, Post Road West, will become Winfield Street Italian Deli. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

Breno Donatti, the new owner, also owns Norwalk’s Winfield Italian Deli, 69 Winfield St., and, since February, Winfield Street Espresso & Panini Bar, 4 Railroad Place, across from the Westport Metro-North Railroad Station in Saugatuck.

He said the name of the Post Road West business will be renamed Winfield Street Italian Deli once all town-required permits are approved and issued. 

Donatti said Richard Falcone Sr., former owner of Art’s Deli, recently underwent bypass surgery and is recuperating in Florida. 

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Real Estate Report: How Much to Offer?

By Judy Szablak

Special to WestportNow

When you see the house that you want to purchase in Westport and are ready to make a bid, remember that some offers are considered reasonable and some are not.

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Featured Home: This home at 33 Meeker Road is listed at $2,799,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of Houlihan Lawrence/Riverside

Many buyers are of the mindset to begin the offering process with what is referred to as the 90 percent rule. That is, a reasonable offer on a property should start at 90 percent of the list price. Quite frankly, that thinking is flawed.

Some others will make what sellers, and the industry in general consider to be a low-ball offer of less than 75 percent of asking price.

Yet other buyers can become so emotionally attached that they’ll pay asking price with no questions asked, no matter what type of market.

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Westport Property Transfers Oct. 31 - Nov. 4, 2016

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Oct. 31 - Nov. 4, 2016:

Jayne Nesbitt Millard to David and Jennifer Harvey, 154 Hillspoint Road, $1,675,000WNproperty.jpg

10 Gray Lane Assoc. LLC to SSR Properties LLC, 10 Gray Lane, $1,525,000

Ralph and Tina Deangelis to Mark Belcarz and Pamela Valentino, 40 Old Road, $920,000

Elizabeth S. Lewin to 22 Long Lots Lane LLC, 22 Long Lots Lane, $550,000

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Comings & Goings: Westport Eyecare in New Office

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Westport Eyecare Associates celebrated its grand reopening tonight in a new location at 212 Post Road West. The practice, established in 2002, had been at 500 Post Road East. Principals Barbara Manion (r) and Jessica Yu, both optometrists, posed for a picture with First Selectman Jim Marpe. Westport Eyecare Associates offers comprehensive eye exams, glasses and designer frames, all types of contact lenses, diagnosis, management and treatment of eye disease such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, and cataracts, LASIK and cataract surgical co-management, and binocular vision evaluations. Bob Weingarten for WestportNow.com

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Westport Property Transfers Oct. 24 - 28, 2016

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Oct. 24 - 28, 2016:

6 Burr Farms LLC to Jack Levy and Natacha Springer, 6 Burr Farms Road, $2,400,000WNproperty.jpg

John B. and Polly Parker Kennedy to Allen S. Royce, 4 Partrick Road, $1,700,000

Arron T. Pisacane and Sharon Levin to Peter Ogilvy, 9 Clinton Ave., $680,000

Leticia Vaughn Flam to Seth and Sara Braunstein, 8 Berndale Drive, $1,050,000

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Comings & Goings: Cashmere Shop Back Again

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A pop-up Cashmere Sale store has opened at 30 Post Road East at the corner of Taylor Place in the same space it occupied last year during the holiday shopping period.  According to its website, the Westport store is one of three in Connecticut. The other two are located in Darien and Greenwich. Additional Cashmere Sale stores are located in 10 other states. The store closes for the season on Sunday, Dec. 11.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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