Monday, August 29, 2016
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 82 Compo Mill Cove is in process. Built in 1964, the 1-1/2 story custom contemporary has 3,203-square feet, is situated on a .22-acre property and changed ownership in June for $1,455,000. 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
Friday, August 26, 2016
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Aug. 8 - 12, 2016:
Alan Alanis and Patricia A. Minarro DeAlanis to Amanda Foster and Marina Hudonogov, 18 Country Road, $1,350,000
612 Penfield LLC to Lawrence and Fran S. Danter, Bayberry Lane, 4% Westport, $1,742,365
109 Compo Road South LLC to Adelka Radman, 109 Compo Road South, $700,000
William D. Yaffa and Lynn Lieblich Jeffery to Manoucher Graham and Sean Howard Taraz, 9 James Lane, $1,007,500
Thursday, August 25, 2016
By Judy SzablakSpecial to WestportNow
Available direct waterfront homes are really not aplenty in Westport. Currently, there are only 28 homes that fit that bill.
Don’t let an initial look fool you into thinking there are more. If one performed a search using direct waterfront as their only parameter, 45 homes would be included, however this grouping also includes lakes, ponds, brooks, rivers and/or streams.
What it truly boils down to is that in fact, there aren’t that many to choose from at this time.
These 28 homes equate to less than 8 percent of all single-family homes for sale in Westport, which are marketed through our Multiple Listing Service, and have descriptions that include Long Island Sound, harbor, ocean or frontage. The average price of these waterfront homes is just under $5.6 million.
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Donut Crazy will open at the eastbound side of Metro-North’s Westport station in Saugatuck around Oct. 1, according to Westport Police Chief Foti Koskinas, pending approval of the Board of Selectman on Thursday. The store replaces Steam, which opened in January 2014 and closed in March this year. Donut Crazy, founded by Jason Wojnarowski, currently operates shops in Shelton, Stratford, and Bridgeport and plans to open in New Haven this fall, according to Koskinas. It offers coffee, tea, espresso, cappuccino and latte, juice and an assortment of takeout foods in addition to its wide range of donuts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Saturday, August 20, 2016
The Groove, a children’s apparel and gift store, which opened at 420 Post Road West, across from Whole Foods, in October 2012, has moved a few doors away to a much larger space in a location previously occupied by a branch of Hudson Valley Bank. According to owner Corri Neckritz (above) the newly expanded store, which opens on Monday, has 3,000 square feet compared to approximately 1,300 square feet in the store being vacated. She added that a customer appreciation event, a 50 percent sale on most merchandise, will soon be in effect in the former space before it closes. She said the range of offerings addresses apparel needs of babies, teens and adults. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Friday, August 19, 2016
Today was the final day of business for Kibberia Restaurant and Café, 361 Post Road West, and Westport resident Wendy Levy showed up for a final order, served by employee Alia Metke, a 2015 Staples High School graduate. Nick Iskandar. an owner of the eat-in and takeout restaurant specializing in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine, said Thursday it was closing because its lease expired and “we cannot continue with the current costs of doing business in Westport.” Levy said she was one of its first customers three years ago and had frequented the Kibberia restaurant in Danbury. “When i read on WestportNow about the planned closing, I wanted to come here just one last time,” she said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Aug. 1 - 5, 2016:
Michael Bodetti and Sabrina Fontanili to Rose Giulietta Lucia Balestrino, 11 Ludlow Road, $630,000
Paul Quinn and Tara Davenport to Alex and Sarah Chapman, 3 Sterling Drive, $1,100,000
Vincent and Kathryn C. Nichols to Jonathan S. Franco and Poliana Toledo, 304 Greens Farms Road, $696,500
Carl V. and Yvonne L. Serbell III to SIR-11 Ambler LLC, 11 Ambler Road West, $600,000
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Le Penguin French bistro will open at Sconset Square on Monday according to a staff member. He said a friends and family reeption was held this week. The space was previously occupied by Blue Lemon which closed in April after 13 years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
By Dave Matlow
Kibberia, an eat-in and takeout restaurant specializing in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine at 361 Post Road West, will close at the end of the business day Friday, according to owner Nick Iskandar.
Iskandar, with brother Sam and sister-in-law Carole as chef, opened the restaurant in July 2013 in the space previously occupied by John’s Best Pizza. They also own a restaurant by the same name in Danbury.
“Our lease expired and we cannot continue with the current costs of doing business in Westport,” Nick Iskander said.
“Our business volume is good. if we were doing this amount of business in Danbury, for instance, we could continue because our costs are much lower there, but doing business in the Westport area is very expensive. We just cannot continue.”
Editor’s note: this letter is in response to one by Robert Haroun published on Aug. 15. (See WestportNow Aug. 15, 2016)
To the Editor:
The Historic District Commission (HDC) has worked successfully with Rob Haroun of SIR Development on a number of successful preservation efforts and he has been the recipient of Historic Preservation awards from our annual program.
The HDC worked diligently with Mr. Haroun and his architect, Mr. William Achilles, to refine and encourage the adoption of their amendment No. 711 to Supplementary Use Regulation 32-18 intended to encourage the preservation of historic residential structures, to permit them to subdivide a non-conforming property to establish a third lot and to save one historic house.
Mr. Haroun has written a letter to the editor published in WestportNow that inaccurately describes the outcome of the latest review of his plan to redevelop the property at 21 Center St.
That review was conducted by the Joint Committee of the HDC and the Architectural Review Board (ARB) as required by the Zoning Ordinance, not the ARB alone. That Joint Committee is made up of three representatives of the ARB and three of the HDC.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
By Judy SzablakSpecial to WestportNow
The average price of homes in Westport has been holding fairly steady at over $2.2 million, and the median price is around $1.8 million.
That being said, exactly what kind of home can your money buy for under $1 million?
As of this writing, there are 77 single-family homes available under $1 million. Fifty-one of them were built between 1940-1969, and just three are less than 20 years old.
Their average price is $780,792 and they have been on the market 101 days. You can also reasonably expect a home in this range to have seven rooms, three baths and 2,233-square feet on average.
Monday, August 15, 2016
To the Editor:
I have lived in Westport for 25 years and am president of SIR Development, LLC a new construction luxury home builder. I have noted that historic structures and their place in this town have been a constant debate.
During this time, hundreds of older homes have been demolished to make room for larger ones leaving a small inventory of older structures that retain the character of yesteryear. Some efforts have been made to create incentive programs for saving these structures through the existing 32–18 zoning regulations, but clearly the existing regulations fall short.
After seeing that 32-18 was deficient, we embarked on an effort to amend Section 32-18. With a specific property in mind, 25 Center St., we saw an opportunity to save an historic structure and provide a win-win for both the town and preservationists.
Knowing that the process was quite protracted, we proceeded in good faith with the town and the community to accomplish this goal.
Healthy Choice Organic Mattresses, 141 Post Road East, will close at the end of the week according to owner Dave Spittal. “We may open another store in the Westport area, maybe New Canaan, Stamford or Greenwich,” he said. He said the Westport store, which opened in September 2012 “is the worst of all our stores—it may be the parking, the model just did not work for us in Westport.” Healthy Choice Organic Mattresses stores are located in New York, Mt. Kisco, and Beacon, N.Y., Ridgewood and Summit, N.J., as well as Boston. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Friday, August 12, 2016
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period July 25 - 29, 2016:
Michael and Mary Vogt to Calef C. and Raelyn Davis, 12 Rocky Ridge Road, $725,000
Alexander P. and Kimberly V. Perry to Coastal Construction Group LLC, 6 Hillandale Lane, $890,000
Janet T. Wilson to Justin and Alana Racioppa, 21 Lees Lane, $906,500
Thomas M. and Carolyn L. Lynch to Albert M. and Maureen B. Valdes, 6 Wakeman Place, $900,000
Tuesday, August 09, 2016
By Judy SzablakSpecial to WestportNow
Applications for demolition permits are down substantially in Westport since January.
In fact, they have steadily decreased over the past few years, according to the Westport Building Department.
For example, there were 124 such permits issued in 2014; that decreased to 104 in 2015, and just 41 so far this year.
This is important to the real estate market because these applications are the first step to new construction homes being built, as there are very few unimproved parcels in town.
Friday, August 05, 2016
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period July 18 - 22, 2016:
Betty Broderick Boe to Ellen G. Mason, 407 Harvest Commons, $650,000
Rick J. and Susan Kirban Weber to James A. Fitzpatrick, 15 Maplegrove Ave., $1,750,000
MaryC. McGuire and James J. Dolan Jr. to Joshua Flaherty and Amanda Tarter, 15 Sprucewood Lane, $2,150,000
Cameron and Sheila Siobhan Crise to Benjamin D. and Valerie R. Kahrs, 34 Sturges Commons, $1,689,000
Thursday, August 04, 2016
By Dave Matlow
A.S Fine Foods of Westport will open in October at 361 Post Road West, according to co-owner Albert Pizzirusso, a Westporter.
The location is in the shopping strip anchored on the east end by People’s United Bank and Kibberia Middle Eastern restaurant on the west.
Pizzirusso, a Westport resident for the past 15 years and a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), class of 1992, is co-owner with Erik Cohen.
Pizzirusso said for 10 years following his graduation from CIA he worked at first class eateries in New York including Four Seasons, Rainbow Room and the Ritz Carlton.
The owners of the house at 28 Compo Road North are the newest recipients of a Westport Historical Society (WHS) historical plaque. Bob Weingarten, WHS plaque historian, presented the plaque to Josh and Jane Moritz, who moved into the house, known as the Elizabeth Groman House c. 1899, in November. According to Weingarten, the house was built by Elizabeth Gorman in c.1899 after purchasing the property from Mary Fitch Page Winslow, second wife of Richard Winslow, in 1891. Josh Moritz said he and his wife, Westport residents for 17 years, downsized from their former house on Willow Walk, off North Avenue. Pictured (l-r) Jane and Josh Moritz, Bob Weingarten, and Sven Selander, WHS chief archivist. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, August 02, 2016
By Judy SzablakSpecial to WestportNow
Whether you are buying or selling a home in Westport, the first hurdle after an agreed upon offer is the building inspection.
An offer to purchase customarily includes a building inspection clause, which is to be completed by the buyer within five to ten days after a signed binder agreement, and at the buyer’s expense.
This beginning part of the transaction creates worry for both the buyer and the seller.
The buyer is concerned about purchasing a home that has unforeseen issues, as well as defects that are costly to repair. It is not all that common that a detailed inspection does not uncover any problems, however minor they may be.
Bill Taibe and partner Massimo Tullio are planning a new restaurant in Westport’s Old Town Hall, 90 Post Road East. Taibe, who brought Le Farm, The Whelk, and Kawa Ni to Westport, is not certain of the format but, according to ctbites.com, he suggested the new menu might be “a celebration of classic tavern grub and drink.” Opening is projected for sometime late this year. The space was formerly occupied by Spruce Home & Garden. The lower level of the building houses Rothbard Ale + Lager, which describes itself as a “premiere European Gastropub,” offering dishes and drinks inspired by the Central European regions. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Monday, August 01, 2016
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 14 Westport Ave. in the Compo Beach section is in process. Built in 1932, the two-story conventional has 1,400-square feet, is situated on a .11-acre property and changed ownership last month for $1,250,000. 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
It was a nostalgic visit today to the now shuttered Oscar’s on Main Street for sisters (l-r) Ali Pappageorge, 44, and Melissa, 41, With them was Melissa’s daughter Taylor, 15, an 11th grade student at Fairfield’s Ludlowe High School. Melissa said her father, Lee, Oscar’s owner, is getting stronger every day at Yale-New Haven Hospital where he is battling lung cancer. A real estate sign saying the space is available for lease went up in the front window today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Oscar’s was almost hard to recognize late Sunday night after its Westport Main Street closing earlier in the day after 42 years. A sign on the front door gave a phone number for “any inquiries/vendor questions.” A Facebook posting said: “Our family would like to thank all of our supportive customers. You held us up today, and we want to thank you for that.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Friday, July 29, 2016
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period July 11 - 15, 2016:
Debra A. Shaughnessy to Megan and Chris Bolan, 1 Spruce St., $987,000
Earthplace Inc. to Jeffrey D. Warshaw, Map 10276 Parcel X., $5,000
Michael and Pamela Dedona to Dinesh and Shilpa Kumar, 8 Clayton St., $1,420,000
SIR-10 Round Pond LLC to Matthew L. Messinger and Mary St. Martin, 10 Round Pond Road, $4,143,500
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 10 Westport Ave., in the Compo Beach area, is in process. Built in 1930, the two-story conventional has 1,626-square feet, is situated on a .11-acre property and, according to town assessor records, last changed ownership in 1999 for $615,000. 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
Thursday, July 28, 2016
By James Lomuscio
It looks like a four-story, 94-unit rental property on the Post Road East near the Sherwood Island Connector could be in Westport’s future -– even though the developer has offered an alternative three-story building.
That was the consensus of a 4 to 2 straw vote taken by Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) in a work session tonight.
The reason: the original 8-30g proposal put forth by 1177 PRE Associates LLC would give the town more affordable housing units, 30 percent, and an eight-year moratorium on how to handle the state’s affordable housing statute, 8-30g.
The developer’s second plan, put forth July 7 at the request of the P&Z, (see WestportNow July 7, 2016) would reduce the number of affordable units to 26.6 percent. That small reduction, however, would cut the number of moratorium points from 60 to 36.
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 17 Bluewater Hill, off Compo Road South, is in process. Built in 1950, the two-story colonial has 2.454 square feet, is situated on a 1.16-acre property and changed ownership last month for $4,375,000. 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
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
By Judy SzablakSpecial to WestportNow
We are beginning to see more offers that include a “Hubbard clause” in Westport these days, and that may be because of the state of the market.
Currently, there are three homes that are under deposit"with a Hubbard clause, and their average price is $812,333. At any given time, we normally see just one in the entire town.
A Hubbard clause is when a buyer places an offer on another home subject to the sale of their own property. The clause itself is in direct reference to the buyer’s home sale.
In other words, the buyers have not yet secured a purchaser for their own home. They will need to effect that sale, and the equity from it in order to complete the purchase on their next home.
Sunday, July 24, 2016
Pet Supplies Plus, 1870 Post Road East near the Fairfield town line, has closed. A sign in the window says: “Hey Neigbors: We would like to inform you that our time is up. We would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the last 20 years of your loyalty and support.” It said to watch for a new location “coming soon.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Friday, July 22, 2016
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 28 Hillspoint Road is in process. Built in 1929, the two-story conventional has 3,404-square feet, is situated on a 7.4-acre property that includes the adjacent Conservative Synogogue, 30 Hillspoint Road, and last changed ownership in January 1995 for $900,000, according to Town Assessor records. 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