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Friday, January 23, 2015

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 62 Compo Mill Cove

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 62 Compo Mill Cove is in process. Built in 1920, the 1-3/4-story conventional has 1,314 square feet, is situated on a .23-acre waterfront property and changed ownership in April 2011 for $2.1 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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Westport Property Transfers Jan. 5 - 9, 2015

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Jan. 5 - 9, 2015:

Emily Louise MacLachlan Estate to 6 Pequot LLC, 6 Pequot Trail, $1,000,000WNproperty.jpg

Peter E. Liggett and Jean E. Collins to Two Gryphons Three Graces LLC, 25 Greenbrier Road, $1,285.000

Stephen J. and Marguerite Y. Winkler to Ngassar Ngnoumen, 17 Adams Farm Road, $1,300,000

Marshall H. Terpening Estate to John M. and Lee Terpening, 7 Drumlin Road, $200,000

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 18 Church St. South

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 18 Church St. South, off Hillandale Road, is in process. Built in 1946, the one-story ranch has 1,501-square feet and is situated on a .26-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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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Real Estate Report: Time to Prepare for Spring Market

By Judy Szablak

It may seem a bit early to prepare for the spring market in Westport, but don’t let this valuable time pass you by without taking full advantage of the forthcoming busy real estate season. It will happen upon us sooner than you might think.

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If you are selling your home, consider hiring a building inspector to uncover any unforeseen issues that a buyer would inevitably uncover, and fix them prior to your home going on the market. This could save you a lot of lost time, not to mention money. 

It is also a good idea to take this opportunity to de-clutter your home in preparation for going on the market, and among other things, paint if necessary.

There is nothing worse than becoming painfully aware that you were ill-prepared for the perfect time to place your home for sale, and then coming to the realization that your lack of action has wound up placing your home just “behind the market.”

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Landmark Status Sought for Baron’s Mansion

By James Lomuscio

For 17 years, the Baron’s house has been empty, filled with only memories and myths, not to mention books stored for the Westport Library’s book sales.

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Golden Shadows has been vacant for 17 years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Located at 68 Compo Road South on the town-owned 23-acre Baron’s South property, the two-story, 1959 brick Colonial Revival mansion was the home of the late Austrian Baron Walter Langer Von Langendorff and his British wife Evelyn Diane, founders in the mid-1940s of Evyan Perfumes.

Evyan was the first American perfume company to rival French perfumeries with its White Shoulders, now produced by Elizabeth Arden, and Golden Shadows scents.

Now, two Westport preservationists want the town to designate the home dubbed Golden Shadows a Local Historic Landmark Property.

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

WestportNow Teardown of the Day:  7 Compo Beach Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 7 Compo Beach Road is in process. According to Town Assessor records, the 1-1/2 story cape was built in 1820, has 1,863-square feet, and sits on a .6-acre property, which changed ownership in November for $1,700,511. 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, January 16, 2015

Teardown of the Day: 4 Crooked Mile Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 4 Crooked Mile Road, off Newtown Turnpike, is in process. Built in 1945, the one-story ranch has 2,396 square feet, is situated on a one-acre property and changed ownership in October for $880,000. 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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Westport Property Transfers Dec.  29, 2014 - Jan. 2, 2015

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Dec. 29, 2014 - Jan. 2, 2015:

Bernard S. Pollack Estate to Karen J. and Bradley T. Schwartz, 61 Regents Park, $735,500WNproperty.jpg

40 Danbury LLC to Helen Stefan Moreau, 40 Danbury Ave., $2,397,500

HSBC Bank USA N A-TR to Stephen A. Eaton Jr., 29 North Ave., $318,450

Lynne Delossantos to Tanja S. Feldmeier, 30 Maple Lane, $612,500

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 4 Blue Ribbon Drive

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 4 Blue Ribbon Drive, off North Avenue, is in process. Built in 1958, the two-story colonial has 2,878 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

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Comings & Goings: Saugatuck Fabrics to Saugatuck Ave.

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The Saugatuck Fabrics store opens at 47 Saugatuck Ave. in February, according to Leonora Silber of Norwalk, co-owner with Ida Boci of Fairfield. The space formerly was occupied by Cake Suite, which closed last month. Silber said the store will specialize in a range of fabrics for upholstery, window treatments and pillows and will perform the alterations in-house. “We both worked for others in the fabrics business for 18 years in Fairfield County and are now ready to open our own business,” he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Selectmen Clear Way for Geiger’s Redevelopment

By Dave Matlow

The Westport Board of Selectmen today cleared the way for redevelopment of the 2.5-acre Geiger’s Garden Center property at 1135 Post Road East into a commercial and residential complex.

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The 2.5-acre Geiger’s property at 1135 Post Road East, which will become a retail and residential complex with 12 housing units, two of them affordable. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

By a unanimous vote, the board approved expansion of the capacity of the existing sanitary service use to accommodate the redevelopment that would include two affordable housing units among 12 proposed. The matter next moves to the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) on Jan. 22.

The development would include a bank in the front, retail, and four buildings with eight two-bedroom units and four one-bedroom units. The two affordable units would be a two-bedroom unit and a one-bedroom, David Ginter of Redniss and Mead, civil engineering consultants, told the board.

Cathy Talmadge, a neighbor on Morningside Drive North and a member of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM), told the board the neighbors were very supportive of the project.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Real Estate Report: Statistics Don’t Tell Whole Story

By Judy Szablak

There are a number of positives to Westport’s real estate market, and looking at just a particular set of statistics can give an uninformed view to those interested in selling or buying a home.

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Featured Home: This home at 36 Hyde Lane is listed at $2,795,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of William Raveis-Westport/Leslie Clarke Homes

Some statistics: unit sales are down more than 31 percent during the last three months as compared to the prior four-to-sixth month period, and the current housing supply estimated at 10.5 months is more than double what it was over the same period three to six months ago.

That may seem dismal, but the rest of the story isn’t. Average market time is down almost 32 percent, and the average sales price to list price ratio is up almost 2 percent overall.

Different price pockets in town are enjoying more activity than others, and of 37 homes that entered into some stage of deposit over the last three months, properties in the $850,000-$900,000 range and homes in the $1.2 million to $1.3 million range have shown some good activity. Lastly, the $2.75 million to $4 million range is not too far behind.

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Friday, January 09, 2015

Westport Property Transfers Dec. 22 - 26, 2014

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

22 Blue Ribbon LLC to Neil and Mary Morris, 22 Blue Ribbon Drive, $2,600,000WNproperty.jpg

Edgar R. Wilde Estate to CCO Habitats High Point LLC, 37 High Point Road, $480,000

Zazel Wilde Testamentary Trust to CCO Habitats High Point LLC, 37 High Point Road, 1/2 Interest, $480,000

Richard Price to Christian and Candice Mannino, 8 Acorn Lane, $950,000

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Thursday, January 08, 2015

WestportNow Teardowns of the Day: 38 and 40 Old Mill Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the houses at Westport’s 38 and 40 Old Mill Road, in the Compo Mill Cover area, is in process. Built in 1920, the house at No. 38 is a one-story ranch, has 1,008 square feet and is situated on a .23-acre property. Built in 1900, the house at No. 40 is a one-story ranch, has 660 square feet and is situated on a .01-acre property. The Board of Finance Wednesday unanimously approved a Town of Westport proposal to purchase the two flood-damaged homes for $1,111,650, demolish them, and leave the land as open space. (see WestportNow Jan. 7, 2015).  Because the houses were 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, January 07, 2015

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 66 Beachside Ave.

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An application for a permit to demolish three houses at Westport’s 66 Beachside Ave. is in process. Each built in 1900, include a two-story custom contemporary which has 4,907 square feet, a 1-3/4 story cape that has 1,118 square feet and a one-story ranch which has 799 square feet. One of the structures is identified by the Westport Historic District Commission (HDC) as the C. Sooysmith/Frederick T. Bedford Estate Stable. The houses are situated on a 7.13-acre waterside property which was the home of Ruth Bedford, the last surviving grandchild of Westport philanthropist Edward T. Bedford. She died June 15, 2014 at age 99. Because the houses were built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the HDC. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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