Saturday, February 25, 2017
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 9 Dexter Road, off of Bulkley Avenue North, is in process. Built in 1946, the 1-1/4 story cape has 672-square feet and is situated on a .25-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
Friday, February 24, 2017
Westport’s Vespa Restaurant, 2A Post Road West in the National Hall Building, has not been open for business since mid-February, and there is no sign on the door. Its voicemail message says reservations are still being accepted, but calls to the number and building owner Greenfield Partners were not returned. The 120-seat Italian casual dining restaurant opened two years ago in the long vacant ground floor space. 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 before Vespa opened. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Feb. 6 - 10, 2016:
27 Westfair Drive LLC to Maxwell C. and Annelise Fratella-Lentz, 27 Westfair Drive, $1,675,000
14 Bauer Place LLC to Daniel G. Roberts and Maxine Bloom, 14 Bauer Place, $1,565,000
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
After months of work, furniture retailer Design Within Reach opened its doors today at Westport’s 154 Post Road East. Area Manager Kristine Langevin (l) conferred in one area of the 9,000-square foot space on two floors with Rob Goughary, Westport proprietor. An opening party is planned for Thursday, April 13. The space, occupied since the 1930s by the U.S. Post Office, most recently housed the Post 154 Restaurant, which opened in August 2013 and closed in January 2016. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Scenes from the new Design Within Reach store, which opened today at 154 Post Road East in the former longtime home of the U.S. Post Office. One of the store officials said as recently as Saturday someone entered the store with arms full of mail, asking what happened to the post office. The store includes a large patio area, which will open in the warm weather to display patio furniture. Design Within Reach, which formerly had a store on Elm Street, replaced the Post 154 Restaurant, which closed in January 2016. WestportNow.com photos
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
By Judy SzablakSpecial to WestportNow
There are not many homes in Westport that include significant acreage. In fact, only 3 percent of homes have more than 2.5 acres of property.
Sixty-one percent of our homes are on less than one acre, and just about one-third of our single-family housing stock is on half-acre land parcels.
According to our tax records, only 257 single family homes out of approximately 8,200 households can claim at least 2.5 acres of property. Less than 9 percent of these homes are currently on the market, and while the prices are significantly higher than the median price in town, they are well worth it for the privacy.
The 23 properties that are available as of now have an average price of $4,963,319, and an average lot size of 4.05 acres.
Westport real estate price changes over the past week:
23 Old Road $685,000->$640,000
132 Regents Park $739,000->$736,500
6 Fermily Lane $793,000->$749,000
6 Berkeley Hill $860,000->$840,000
3 Ivy Knoll $1,178,000->$1,128,000
(increase) 37 Center St. $1,299,000->$1,410,000
93 Roseville Road $1,529,000 ->$1,424,900
1 Canning Lane $1,795,000->$1,695,000
25 Maple Ave. North $2,225,000->$2,185,000
7 Northfield Drive $2,300,000->$2,280,000
56 Maple Ave. North $2,499,000->$2,395,000
7 Tranquility Lane $2,750,000->$2,399,000
3 Hillside Road $4,499,000->$4,199,000
Saturday, February 18, 2017
Orangetheory Fitness opens at 645 Post Road East sometime before May, according to the manager of its Norwalk studio. The Florida-based franchise business has more than 500 locations nationwide. Wilton residents Mark and Fred Molina are the franchise owners of locations in Fairfield, which opened in 2014, Norwalk, which opened last year, and the Westport location. The Fitness center offers one-hour group classes tailored to the individual participant. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Friday, February 17, 2017
Stanton Miles, a Westport mainstay for 65 years as purveyor of home decorating and power vacuum service and sales, has relocated to 1803 Post Road East across from Stop & Shop. It was formerly located at 1620 Post Road East. Current co-owner Mike Roland said, “In our type of business, our customers might visit us only once a year or even less than that. So far, we’re happy to say, most customers are finding us here at our new location.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Jan. 30 - Feb. 3, 2016:
Laura Lee Simon to James O. and Laura W. Hourican, 3 Hawthorne Lane, $915,000
Paul Kirsh to Gary G. Lynch and Katharine A. Hall, 79 Richmondville Ave., $2,200,000
Clair A. and Charles M. Mason to Matthew O’Hara, 6 Oxbow Road, $1,800,000
Bonnie J. Hanna to Drew and Jade Dewitt, 15 Woods Grove Road, $755,000
Greenwich Skin Care and Laser Spa will open in March at 645 Post Road East, next door to Free People women’s trendy clothing, which also opens in March. According to a staff person at its Greenwich location, the Westport location is the first expansion of the business, which opened in Greenwich 11 years ago. The spa services include laser treatments, skin and body care. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Free People, a trendy clothing and accessories store, opens at 645 Post Road East in March, according to workers on site. Owned by Urban Outfitters, it has more than 100 locations nationwide in more than 30 states. Other Fairfield County locations are at the Danbury Fair Mall and in Greenwich. The new store opposite Mitchells is the former home of Patio.com. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
By Judy SzablakSpecial to WestportNow
The Westport real estate market has begun to change for the better. Now more than ever, pricing your home to sell should be of tantamount importance.
Pricing any home should not be left to guesswork. A number of detailed and thorough analyses are necessary to arrive at a proper dollar figure for your home, which should also be finely tuned to the current market conditions
There are two ways to look at pricing in the most intelligent way. One would be the highest side of reasonable, while the other would be priced right at market value to encourage multiple offers, and a higher than asking final sales price.
A Comparable Market Analysis, commonly referred to as a CMA, is an analysis of homes that are similar to yours in one respect or another. The comparison generally includes a few homes that are on the market, a few more that are under deposit, as well as a few recent sales.
Westport real estate price changes over the past week:
8 Kirock Place $729,000->$715,000
1 Evergreen Parkway $908,800->$865,000
8 Catamount Road $1,199,000->$1,099,000
86 Maple Ave. South $1,250,500->$1,212,500
116 Weston Road $1,325,000->$1,299,000
3 Dexter Road $1,375,000->$1,299,000
48 Clinton Ave. $1,599,000->$1,575,000
46 Gorham Ave. $1,825,000->$1,775,000
2 Woodhill Road $2,195,000->$2,095,000
319 Greens Farms Road $2,295,000->$2,200,000
18 Sturges Common $3,499,000->$3,398,000
4 Sprucewood Lane $3,675,000->$3,499,000
114 Beachside Ave. $32 million ->$28 million
Monday, February 13, 2017
A new independently owned pharmacy, Shoreline Integrative Pharmacy, has opened at 1835 Post Road East at the intersection of Bulkley Avenue North. Owned by Weston residents (l-r) Karen and Phil Hein, pictured with pharmacist Rachel Babineau, the 2,200-square foot facility offers a wide range of health services, including prescription fulfillment, a full line of natural products, supplements, baby and child care products and other health-related products and services. “We’re a homey, independent therapeutic business involved in the community,” said Phil Hein. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Friday, February 10, 2017
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Jan. 23 - 27, 2016:
Eric and Susan Straub to Brian and Genevieve Bouchard, 14 Rayfield Road, $1,725,000
120 Moscato Equities LLC to Ante Jelcic, 120 Harbor Road, $1,515,000
Elizabeth F. McCance to Jeffrey and Kristin Darien, 7 Winding Lane, $1,225,000
Thursday, February 09, 2017
By James Lomuscio
A land swap between the town and a developer that would net the town nine parking space on Elm Street is back on the table, according to Selectman Avi Kaner and developer David Waldman.
Waldman had scrapped the land swap idea in early December, saying the numbers did not work in terms of what the town wanted financially and what was economically feasible for him.
“The economics just didn’t work for me, and as a developer I had to let it go,” Waldman, principal of David Adam Realty who is heading up the nearby Bedford Square Project, told WestportNow on Dec. 5. (See WestportNow Dec. 5, 2016)
Since then, Waldman working with Kaner and Brian Stern, chairman of the Board of Finance, appear to have reached an agreement. It is expected to go before the finance board in April, and if successful, the Planning and Zoning Commission for approval.
Wednesday, February 08, 2017
Anthropologie & Co,, the women’s casual fashion store at 1365 Post Road East, will close on March 11 and reopen on March 31 at its new location in the new downtown Bedford Square development, according to a store worker. Installation of the signage above the entrance of the new store was recently completed. The YMCA logo on the former Westport Weston Family YMCA can be seen behind the new sign. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Friday, February 03, 2017
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Jan. 16 - 20, 2016:
CCO IV Calvary LLC to Jennifer Fridland, 26 Calvary Road, $2,955,000
Soundview Property Assoc. LLC to David J. and Sara l. Krasne, 6 Westway Road, $2,475,000
Alex N. and Rachel B. Darden to Jared Reed Neeley, 16 Sachem Trail, $491,000
Maria Teresa Zingaro to Vikas Ashok Patil and Apoorva Lingashettar, 56 Hills Lane, taxes paid in Norwalk, $310,000
In an indication of Westport’s continued economic health, the Grand List for 2016 jumped 1.36 percent or approximately $148 million to $11 billion, Tax Assessor Paul Friia announced.
This compared to a 7.8 percent increase in 2015 (a revaluation year) over 2014, a 1.5 percent increase in 2014 over the previous year, and 1.3 percent increase in 2013.
The specific 2016 amount was $11,024,518,484 compared to $10,876,602,613 a year earlier. The list is the sum of the net assessed value of all taxable property — real estate, motor vehicles, and personal property.
Motor vehicles and personal property are valued annually, while real estate is updated based on the market values determined as of the town’s revaluation date of Oct. 1, 2015.
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 3 Tanglewood Lane, in the Old Hill section, is in process. Built in 1920, the two-story colonial has 3,153-square feet, is situated on a one-acre property and changed ownership in December for $832,500. 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, February 01, 2017
Nefaire Spa, specializing in facials, massages, chemical peels, has opened at 141 Post Road East, next door to Westport Pizza. Founder Michael Chang (c), pictured with his staff, is a resident of the Danbury area and former analyst at a privately owned financial services company. More information is available at http://www.nefaire.com. The 2,000-square feet space was formerly occupied by Healthy Choice Organic Mattresses, which closed in August. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
By Judy SzablakSpecial to WestportNow
While Westport has seen a slower real estate recovery than the rest of the nation on average, the deposit activity is better than it has been for months, and the spring market looks promising.
The most recent S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller National Home Price Index shows the national price index rose 5.6 percent for the year, with the New York MSA experiencing a 2.4 percent gain.
Westport’s prices have managed to remain constant year over year, even with a slight drop of approximately 4 percent in unit sales. Even more optimistically, Westport sales have not seen an impact at all.
The most recent mortgage rate increases that had not occurred yet due to the two-month lag time of reporting these national statistics are expected to have an effect on affordability and unit sales on a national basis. However, we are not expecting that here.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Today’s snow did not stop installation of a new Design Within Reach sign on the former U.S. Post Office building at 154 Post Road East. As first reported by WestportNow last June (see WestportNow June 8, 2016) the building is the new Westport home of the furniture retailer. It was occupied until a year ago by the Post 154 Restaurant. A worker on site said the store, which formerly leased space on Elm Street, plans to open by the end of February. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Workers were completing the interior installation today of the new Design Within Reach furniture store at 154 Post Road East. The longtime home of the U.S. Post Office and, until a year ago the Post 154 Restaurant, will see the official opening of the store by the end of February, according to a worker on the site. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Monday, January 30, 2017
By James Lomuscio
With his high-rise Riverwalk project denied last March, Westport developer David Waldman has a newly proposed text amendment he hopes will pass muster when the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) meets Thursday night.
Elements that remain from the first proposal include a riverfront boardwalk from Bartaco to the end of the Wilton Road property and welcoming to the property a town-sponsored pedestrian bridge over the Saugatuck River from Parker Harding Plaza.
Text amendment 725 to be submitted by his attorney William J. Fitzpatrick is a reworked version of the previous Riverwalk amendment and one Waldman says will be more pleasing to the commission since it is consistent with the 2007 Plan of Conservation and development (POCD).
On March 3, the P&Z by a 5 to 2 vote denied the Riverwalk amendment. (See WestportNow March 3, 2016) It would have facilitated a two-story, 25,000-square-foot office building and a 47-foot tall residential building for between 15 to 17 condominiums at the 2.45-acre former Save the Children site at 54 Wilton Road overlooking the Saugatuck River.
Sunday, January 29, 2017
Anthony’s Nursery and Garden Center, 492 Main St., has closed. Owner Tony Palmer said, “I can’t compete with the big box stores like Stew Leonard, Home Depot and the internet too. The days of the mom and pop nursery business are gone. This business has become a money pit to me, I can’t keep it going.” Palmer said he opened the business in April, 2010 after acquiring it from his uncle Philip who operated the business as Palmieri Nursery from 1942 to 2008. “I’m now fortifying my landscaping business, T. Palmer Landscaping Company, LLC,” Palmer said. “We won’t have a retail site, but will be able to supply all landscaping needs.” In recent years Westport’s other nurseries that closed include Geiger’s and nearby Daybreak Nursery. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Friday, January 27, 2017
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Jan. 9 - 13, 2016:
Linroy Henry and Gary Johnson to Mary P. Moody, 25 Crescent Road, $405,000
Roger C. and Karen M. Eickhoff to Cheryl Viviano, 2 Belaire Drive, $955,000
Thursday, January 26, 2017
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 28 Little Fox Lane, off Red Coat Road, is in process. Built in 1954, the two-story custom contemporary has 9,260-square feet, is situated on a 3.11-acre property and last changed ownership in November 2007 for $3.4 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
Employees of Chico’s, 61 Main St., part of the clothing chain offering women’s fashions, were packing up today. The store, whose lease is expiring, has been subject to repeated flooding on Main Street in recent years, closing four times since 2011 by flood waters. Customers were directed to Chico’s in Fairfield, Milford and Stamford Town Center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com