Friday, December 19, 2014
Westport Property Transfers Dec. 1 - 5, 2014
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Dec. 1 - 5, 2014:
John B. and Lisa R. Watkins to Thomas C. Lightoller and Sophie Scott, 15 Island Way, $1,725,000
Janet and Richard Francis to 9 Prospect Road LLC, 9 Prospect Road, $1,200,000
Stephanie Quinn and Anthony Fasone to David Surtees, 9 Partrick Road, $1,900,000
Robert W. Lee to Cindy R. Scope, 14 Rocky Ridge Road, $517,500
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Saugatuck Residents Rally Against Multi-Family Housing
By James Lomuscio
Neighbors opposed to a developer’s renewed attempt to build multi-family housing in Westport’s Saugatuck area met tonight at the Westport Library to figure out how to stop it.
Carolanne Curry addresses tonight’s meeting of Save Old Saugatuck. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The meeting by a group calling itself Save Old Saugatuck had a distinct irony—the planned development is to take place on Hiawatha Lane Extension, a community that has long exemplified the town’s diverse housing stock.
About 18 persons showed up for the session in the McManus Room. Their goal was to develop a strategy to oppose plans by developer Felix T. Charney to construct a 186-unit, rental housing complex there. Thirty percent of the units are to be classified as affordable.
The residents say the plan, which uses the controversial state statute 8-30g to override local zoning regulations, puts their neighborhood in jeopardy, all in the name of diverse housing.
Comings & Goings: Grilled Cheese Eatery Closes
Amost eight months after it opened, Grilled Cheese Eatery at 772 Post Road East has closed. According to Wendy Nylen, owner of Picture This, the neighboring frame and women’s accessory shop, the Grilled Cheese Eatery’s equipment and other restaurant contents were loaded onto a truck on Saturday. The owners, Belgian-born Henri and Bulgarian-born Ivanina Donneaux, also closed the Grilled Cheese Eatery at 57 Unquowa Road, Fairfield which opened in October 2013, having converted their Cafe Lola space into the new food concept. (See WestportNow, April 24, 2014) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 10 Morningside Lane
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 10 Morningside Lane, off Morningside Drive North, is in process. Built in 1949, the 1-3/4-story cape has 1,296 square feet and is situated on a .3-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
Comings & Goings: Java Café Out, SoNo Bakery In
Java Coffee and Café, 44 Church Lane, will close Dec. 31, 11 months after it opened, according to a café employee. Landlord David Adam Realty said SoNo Bakery, a tenant in Norwalk, plans to move in, renovating the interior in January and opening there in February. The coffee house opened in January 2014. While popular with many guests, the café apparently was unable to make it in the competitive environment. (See WestportNow January 21, 2014). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
All Gone: 28 Harbor Road
The house at 28 Harbor Road in Westport’s Saugatuck Shores area, has been demolished. Built in 1972, the one-story raised ranch had 2,882 square feet, was situated on a .29-acre property and, according to assessor records last changed ownership in September 1998 for $690,000. It was the Westport Teardown of the Day on Oct. 12, 2014. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Comings & Goings: Bagel Maven Back in Business
Westport First Selectman JIm Marpe was on hand early today with owner Alex Perdomo as Bagel Maven reopened at 538 Post Road East. It had closed in September after Perdomo said he was unable to come to terms with his landlord on a new lease. Although the business has been there since 1990, Perdomo has been the owner for only the past six years. Customers rallied to support him and the store was renovated prior to today’s reopening. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 14 Sunrise Road
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 14 Sunrise Road, in the Saugatuck section, is in process. Built in 1950, the 1-1/4-story cape has 1,156 square feet, is situated on a .27-acre property and last changed ownership in February 2010 for $$405,000. 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
Real Estate Report: Negotiating the Deal
By Judy Szablak
Almost one in five homes in Westport closed at or above asking price during the last 12 months, according to our local Multiple Listing Service. However, that impressive statistic doesn’t mean that there were not any negotiations involved.
Featured Home: This home at 11 West Branch Road is listed at $3,250,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of Coldwell Banker Westport-Riverside
Almost 80 percent, or 341 out of the 422 single family homes and condos that sold last year involved some kind of give-and-take on price, and in all likelihood some concessions were made from either the buyer or seller on other terms as well. The one constant in all home sales is some form of negotiation, whether it’s terms, or price, or both.
The subtle or not-so-subtle manner of negotiations holds a lot of weight in determining whether a purchase or sale is agreed to with a particular buyer or seller.
You, or your agent must do your best to gauge the other party’s motivation, thoroughly understand their expectations, and deliver a response that fits within their emotional needs to the best of your ability.
Friday, December 12, 2014
Westport Property Transfers Nov. 24 - 28, 2014
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Nov. 24 - 28, 2014:
Crescent Road Partners LLC to 22 Crescent LLC, 22 Crescent Road, $2,300,000
Minerva Neameskay Estate to Bryan S. and Kristin J. Good, 34 Weston Road, 50% Interest, $237,500
Shirley D’Aiuto to Bryan S. and Kristin J. Good, 34 Weston Road, 50% Interest, $237,500
Gregg and Aundreena McGibney to Lida Saw, 1 Fairview Drive, $1,020,000
Comings & Goings: Thaeroa Nails & Spa to Post Road East
What used to be International House of Pancakes (IHOP), then Westport Pancake House at 520 Post Road East will now house the Thaeroa Nails and Spa salon. It will open by month’s end in the space that has been vacant for three years, according to owner David Kang. Kang said he has been in the nail salon business for 30 years with locations under different names in Queens and Ryebrook, N.Y. and had been searching for a Westport location for the past year. IHOP occupied the 3,000-square feet space until December 2005 when the name changed to Westport Pancake House and Restaurant, which closed in October 2011. (See WestportNow Oct. 26, 2011) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Comings & Goings: Shade Store Opens on Main St.
The Shade Store, a third generation family operated business since 1946 specializing in custom window treatments, with main office in Port Chester, N.Y., has opened at 115 Main St. in the walkway behind Vince. women’s apparel store. The store is also accessible from Parker Harding Plaza. According to an employee, the business offers more than 800 exclusive window treatment materials in 11 product categories and reaches its market three ways: its 21 showrooms in the country, its website and by phone. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, December 09, 2014
All Gone: 14 Peaceful Lane
The house at Westport’s 14 Peaceful Lane off Whitney Street was demolished today. Built in 1962, the one-story raised ranch had 1,568 square feet, was situated on a .55-acre property and changed ownership last month for $670,000. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Aug. 11, 2014. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Friday, December 05, 2014
Westport Property Transfers Nov. 17 - 21, 2014
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Nov. 17 - 21, 2014:
Fay J. Farquhar to Helen A. Swalina, 28 Strathmore Lane, Paid in Norwalk, $414,000
John J. Donovan Estate to Michael Brian and Sarah Teresa Baldwin, 6 Daybreak Lane, $815,000
Rex Investments to Daniel A. Daly and Mary Reid Ervin Daly, 17 Church St. South, $845,000
Thursday, December 04, 2014
Comings & Goings: Vespa Restaurant to National Hall
The long vacant ground floor space in National Hall, 2A Post Road West, is about to be filled with the debut of Vespa, a 120-seat Italian casual dining restaurant. Executive Chef Brian Reilly (l) and Pasta Chef Laura Bonechi were busy today preparing for the restaurant’s soft opening. No official opening date has been announced. Vespa is the latest venture by New York-based restaurant group Experience Hospitality, headed by owner Bobby Wehane of Westport. The group recently partnered in NEAT Coffee and Craft Cocktails at nearby 6 Wilton Road, where Reilly also worked. Vespa, named after the Italian scooter, will be a return to the past. After the building converted to a 15-room luxury hotel in 1993, there were several restaurants on the ground floor, but they gave way to office space in 2005. Plans for the restaurant were originally announced in July 2013. (See WestportNow July 15, 2013) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Note: WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff is also First Selectman of Westport