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Thursday, October 30, 2014

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Real Estate Report: Not Enough New Homes

By Judy Szablak

Just over 26 percent of all available homes for sale in Westport are under five years old. Interesting dilemma seeing that many buyers are clamoring for new construction, or newly built homes. Image
Featured Home: This home at 2 Gordon Lane is listed at $1,549,000.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of The Higgins Group-Westport

There are just not enough newer homes to meet demand, and buyers sometimes feel that they have to settle for an older home, which really shouldn’t be the case.

In fact, out of the 190 homes currently on the market that were built prior to 2000, many of them have a great flow that is quite relevant to today’s floor plans and lifestyle needs.

Often times, homes that were built in the 1960s or ‘70s are passed over initially because a buyer wants something newer. However it is important to remember that the majority of these homes have been remodeled , and some of them from top to bottom. 

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 6 Pequot Trail Image
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 6 Pequot Trail, off Sylvan Road North, is in process. Built in 1951, the 1-3/4-story cape has 1,895 square feet and is situated on a 1.3-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

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Comings & Goings: Norma’s Barbershop to Myrtle Ave. Image
Norma’s Barbershop & Salon has opened at 8 Myrtle Ave. at the intersection of Post Road East in the space previously occupied by Gigi Skin Care. Owner Norma Hayo, a Norwalk resident, said she caters to both men and women and also offers custom wigs and toupees. The shop is open seven days a week from 9:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Westport Property Transfers Oct. 6 - 10, 2014

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Oct. 6 - 10, 2014:

Frank S. and Meghan E. Foster to Anne W. and Paul W. Bermeister, 10 Northgate Lane, $1,555,000WNproperty.jpg

Leo Cirino to Life On The Water LLC, 115 Harbor Road, $1,250,000

Kenneth Lametta to Mehdi and Elizabeth Sunderji, 55 Valley Road, $1,250,000

Patricia Pinks Parman Trust to Valerio and Yolanta Trinchi, 7 Harbor Road, $845,000

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Going Down: 44 Elm St. Image
The former medical office building at 44 Elm St. was demolished today. Its removal was part of the Bedford Square Development, which includes the relocation of the adjacent Kemper-Gunn House, 35 Church Lane, to the town-owned Baldwin Parking Lot. According to construction supervisor Christopher Moran of Easton-based Moran Construction Management, the Kemper-Gunn house move is aimed to take place before the Black Friday shopping day after Thanksgiving. If that target is not achieved, he said it will occur after Jan. 1, according to an agreement with town officials. Moran said the project is now running three weeks behind schedule. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Developer Wants Inn to Become 200-Unit Housing Complex

By James Lomuscio

A developer has submitted plans for five-story, 200-unit housing complex at the site of the Westport Inn on Post Road East. Thirty percent of the units would be deemed affordable. Image
Under submitted plans, the Westport Inn on Post Road East would be replaced by a 200-unit housing complex. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

The submission has raised concerns that use of state statute 8-30g to build it will not only allow the developer to bypass town zoning regulations, but put stress on town services and traffic, all in the name of affordable housing.

Sheldon Stein, who bought the inn seven years ago, submitted applications to the Conservation Commission last week and to the Planning & Zoning Department on Thursday, with maps and engineering reports. The designs choreograph razing of the 127-room hotel at 1595 Post Road East, replacing it with a 200-unit, multi-family residential community dubbed Westport Terrace Views.

The construction would take place through use of state statute 8-30g. Passed in 1989, it allows developers to overstep a municipality’s local zoning laws if that municipality does not have 10 percent of its housing stock classified as affordable, which Westport does not. It is intended to be an incentive to create more affordable housing in the state.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Real Estate Report: Knowledgeable Agent is Key

By Judy Szablak

Whether you are buying or selling a home in Westport, a knowledgeable agent who also maintains an open and expeditious line of communication is key to your real estate transaction. Image
Featured Home This home at 6 Pond Edge Road is listed at $5,375,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of William Raveis-Westport/ Leslie Clarke Homes

All too often, an agent who is not adept at both can cost you valuable time, money or the transaction itself.

The first step is to choose the right agent, and you should certainly exercise due diligence in that respect. Before you hire anyone to represent you in buying or selling a home, look for signs as to what their overall style of communication is, and their level of market expertise.

An agent who is timely in their initial response to you, and can answer your questions at the drop of a hat, is also one that will follow up very quickly when its needed or required. That should also hold true for buyer inquiries on your home. Additionally, this demonstrates their ability to act fast on your behalf when a great deal comes on the market.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Comings & Goings: Le Rouge Chocolates to 190 Main St. Image
Le Rouge handmade chocolates by Aarti will open at 190 Main St. near Joe’s Pizza,in early November according to Weston-based owner Aarti Khosla ,who also operates an online chocolates business (  “The shop specializes in artisan handmade chocolates and cakes without the use of preservatives,” said Khosla. The space was previously occupied by Sport Optix which relocated to 420 Post Road West. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Comings & Goings: Cocoa Michelle Changes Ownership Image
After six years at 54 Railroad Place, Cocoa Michelle coffee, bakery and chocolate cafe will change ownership in early November, according to current owner, Michelle Weber. She said, the new owners will be Stamford-based Bonjo Coffee Roasters, coffee distributors for 31 years. “I’m very grateful for the love and support of our loyal customers and the community over the past eight years,”  she said. “It will retain the same staff and great offerings.”  Cocoa Michelle occupied space on Westport’s Main Street for four years and on Railroad Place for six years, including two overlapping years when it had a presence in both locations. CM Gourmet Market, 580 Riverside Ave., owned by Weber, also closed in June (see WestportNow June 17, 2104) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Westport Property Transfers Sept. 29 - Oct. 3, 2014

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Sept. 29 - Oct. 3, 2014:

Sallie Moore Liben to Kevin and Jacqueline Wendy Bidgood, 8 Winslow Lane, $946,150WNproperty.jpg

Peter and Megan Chernin and Rita C. Brody to Elaine Wyden, 300 Lansdowne, $873,250

Thomas A. McKeever to Chi W. Lai and Jessica Wong, 4 Imperial Landing, $1,300,000

Frances H. Olmstead Estate to SIR-4 Sprucewood LLC, 4 Sprucewood Lane, $1,350,000

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Real Estate Report: Upper-End Homes Are Hot

By Judy Szablak

Westport has not seen its upper-end market this active since 2008. Luxury home sales continue to impress, evidenced by yet another two significant homes that went under deposit this past week. Image
Featured Home: This home at 70 Clapboard Hill Road is listed at $4,895,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of Coldwell Banker Westport Riverside/KMS Partners

They were listed at $6,895,000 and $11.5 million.

Additionally, three other homes are under some phase of the deposit stage that are priced above $5 million. The list price on the five properties combined totals more than $46 million, and their average size is 9,787 square feet.

It is also important to note that two significant sales were reported in the last four months; one on Turkey Hill Road South for $5.12 million and another at Charmers Landing on Saugatuck Avenue for $7.6 million.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Local Realtor ‘Unzips’ Westport

The New York City-based videography company Show Doctor has been shooting a documentary about Westport this week, according to Westporter Tracy Chevrier, a principal of the company. Image
The new series was shooting at Westport’s Longshore Club Park today with (l-r) cameraman John Houghton of New York and Westporters Mar Jennings and Tracy Chevrier. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Chevrier said the production, entitled “Unzipped Westport” and hosted by another Westporter, Mar Jennings, is being created for Higgins Group Real Estate located on Westport’s Post Road East.

She said the four one-minute productions of Unzipped will highlight Westport restaurants, its schools, shopping and other aspects of the community.

She said the intention of the documentary is to provide both Westport residents and out-of-towners a chance to a chance to view episodes of Westport.

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Comings & Goings: Lights on as Crumbs Readies to Reopen Image
Lights were on at the shuttered Crumbs cupcakery on Westport’s Taylor Place today as a worker said the bake shop could reopen as early as next week. Crumbs, which had been at the location since April 2009, closed in July as the firm declared bankruptcy. (See WestportNow July 8 ,2014) The Crumbs midtown Manhattan store reopened Tuesday with new treats: double Greek yogurt cakes, banana bread, and nutella crozels, a croissant-pretzel hybrid. Crumbs officials said 16 New York area stores, including Westport, will reopen over the next month. Stores will also reopen in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Newark, Delaware, and Washington, D.C. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

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Preservation Award Winner: 59 Roseville Road Image
The house at 59 Roseville Road is among the Westport Historic District Commission 2014 Preservation Award winners to be presented in a Town Hall ceremony at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23. “The award is being given to its owners, Jennifer and Eric Sydor, in recognition of the preservation and maintenance of a representative example of the popular, gable-ended picturesque vernacular dwelling that dominated in the 1880-90s,” the HDC said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Comings & Goings: W Salon Moves to 1391 Post Road East Image
W Hair & Color Salon, after eight years at 1869 Post Road East, has relocated to 1391 Post Road East, next to Balducci’s, in the space previously occupied by Fovama Rugs, which closed in July 2013. Owner Letisha “Tish” Blanckaert said business, which now includes 10 stylists, “has grown so much we had to move for functionality reasons—much bigger space and more parking.”  She said the new space has 3,000 square feet compared to 1,800 at her former location.  Blanckaert said the public is invited to a grand opening celebration on Saturday, Nov. 15 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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