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Friday, May 27, 2016

Westport Property Transfers May 9 - 13, 2016

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period May 9 - 13, 2016:

2 Pine Drive LLC to Joshua and Maegan Gaffey, 2 Pine Drive , $1,675,000WNproperty.jpg

SIR-4 Melon Patch LLC to Brian G. and Stacey Herbst, 4 Melon Patch Lane, $3,361,300

Yvette A. Wildman Revocable Trust to The Chester LLC, 16 Minuteman Hill, $5,830,000

Holly J. and Kevin J. McCarthy to Stephen L. and Stephanie S. Shackelford, 250 North Ave., $2,365,000

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Westport Property Transfers May 2 - 6, 2016

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period May 2 - 6, 2016:

Marie and Christopher P. Howson to Daniel S. and Esther Jo, 3 Hooper Road $880,000WNproperty.jpg

Mary Ryan Foss-Skiftesvik to Kim Rifkin, 1 Fraser Lane , $3,545,000

Adrienne Grossman to JPMorgan Chase Bank NA, 29 Ferry Lane East, $2,933,967

David S. and Marjorie T. French to William Costello and Giselle Hantz, 66 Compo Road North, $1,625,000

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Comings & Goings: Daly Method Opens

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Daly Method has officially opened at 272 Post Road East. The practice, headed by founder Renee Daly (r) ) offers chiropractic care including “Graston and active release technique, certified sports rehab, functional training, massage therapy, and wellness care.” Among those taking part in the ribbon cutting were First Selectman Jim Marpe and Matthew Mandell, president and executive director, Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Real Estate Report: Homes Under $1M Are ‘Hot’

By Judy Szablak

Special to WestportNow

In today’s Westport real estate market, the healthiest “price pocket” is homes priced under $1 million.

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Featured Home This home at 87 Hillandale Road is listed at $725,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of The Higgins Group/Westport

There are currently 67 homes available in this range that have an average listing price of $747,872, and have an average size of 2,142 square feet.

There are 33 homes under contract which equates to 34.7 percent of everything in town that is currently under deposit. Considering that this price pocket makes up only 17.8 percent of the available inventory, this segment of the market is particularly “hot.”

The unique aspect of this price point is that many of these homes not only appeal to buyers looking for an entrance to owning real estate in Westport, they also appeal to builders looking for teardown opportunities.

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Westport Property Transfers April 25 - 29, 2016

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period April 25 - 29, 2016:

Estelle Dworkow to Raul C. Mihali and Elena B. Shmonina, 15 Greenbrier Road $851,400WNproperty.jpg

Jennifer S. and David A. Reganato to Clifford L. Voges and Michele L. Paquette, 7 Norport Drive .9397 Westport, $2,227,500

Sara Bassett to Michael and Christel Ruppert, 62 Old Road, $640,000

Marlon and Karin Dale to Jarret and Courtney Prussin, 17 Dexter Road, $1,395,000

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Friday, May 06, 2016

Westport Property Transfers April 18 - 22, 2016

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period April 18 - 22, 2016:

Robert J. and Dorie A. Hordon to Michael H. and Suzan Jo, 78 Easton Road, $1,650,000WNproperty.jpg

SSR Properties LLC to Craig R. and Stacey B. Tagen, 33 Edgewater Hillside, $3,225,750

Turkey Hill Court LLC to David J. Castellani, 11 Turkey Hill Road South, $2,769,000

CFJ Realty Development LLC to Christhopher Bourassa and Brittany A. Coale, 5 Horse Shoe Lane, $1,570,000

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Tuesday, May 03, 2016

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 132 Old Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 132 Old Road, off Bulkley Avenue North, is in process. Built in 1955, the 1-1/2 story cape has 1,677-square feet, is situated on a .49-acre property and changed ownership last month for $750,000. 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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Friday, April 29, 2016

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 785 Post Road East

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 785 Post Road East, next to the New Country Toyota dealership, is in process. Built in 1910, the 2-1/2 story apartment house has 4,768-square feet, is situated on a 2.41-acre property and changed ownership in September 2015 for $1.2 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 April 11 - 15, 2016

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period April 11 - 15, 2016:

Anthony W. Luciano to Michael D. Labella and Jenna M. Kurek, 9 Turkey Hill Road North, $575,000WNproperty.jpg

Bertha F. Wakeman Estate to 27 Westfair Drive LLC, 27 Westfair Drive, $500,000

Frederick H. and Greer D. Kneip to Steven Ginsburg and Lori Strasberg, 12 Juniper Road, $1,450,000

Christopher Bourassa and Brittany A. Coale to Christopher J. and Elizabeth A. Harris, 120 Imperial Ave., $835,000

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Cutting the Ribbon at Serena & Lily

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Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe (c) is joined today by Lily Kanter (purple) and Serena Dugan (beige) at the official opening of the Serena & Lily store in the former Kemper-Gunn house at 35 Elm St. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Serena & Lily to Open at Kemper-Gunn House

Though not exactly the Mom & Pop shop that the town had hoped to woo to the restored and relocated Kemper-Gunn house at 35 Elm St., town officials are nonetheless bullish about Serena & Lily, the national home furnishings, bedding and decor outlet opening there on Friday.

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The Serena & Lily store in the Kemper-Gunn house on Elm Street officially opens Friday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

In fact, the town is so pleased that First Selectman Jim Marpe will be part of the ribbon cutting ceremony set for Friday at 9:30 a.m.

“We are very excited that Serena & Lily found a home in Westport,” said Marpe. “We welcome them and wish them much success.

“Serena and Lily’s presence in the downtown location, coupled with the unique circumstances surrounding the move and restoration of the Kemper-Gunn House, can be attributed to the dedication of many Westporters,” he added. “I want to extend my sincere thanks to all the people who helped make this happen.”

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Comings and Goings: Lucy’s Opens Thursday

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Lucy’s, a high-end women’s boutique, opens Thursday at 23 Jesup Road in the space formerly occupied by Lynne Scalo Design, according to owner Lisa Savone. A Westport resident, Savone said she is not new to the Westport fashion scene, having previously owned and operated Lucy’s around the corner at 48 Post Road East, next to Tiffany, from 2004 to 2013 when she closed the business to raise her family. The Post Road space is now occupied by Joie, a designer clothing store. Savone also owns Lucy’s in Ridgefield for the past 10 years. She said the name of the business originated with her childhood nickname which, she said, was also her mother’s and grandmother’s nickname. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Westport Property Transfers April 4 - 8, 2016

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period April 4 - 8, 2016:

Morgan and Amanda Clemens Fahimi to Brian L. and Michelle S. Friedman, 4 Oxbow Road $1,500,000WNproperty.jpg

Naomi F. Drabkin Estate to Robert B. and Candy K. Goldstein, 18 Evergreen Parkway, $846,450

131 Old Road LLC to Michael and Susan Higgins, 131 Old Road, $2,400,000

Beverly Isenberg to 132 Old Road LLC, 132 Old Road, $750,000

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 11 Old Mill Road Cottage

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An application for a permit to demolish the cottage at Westport’s 11 Old Mill, in the Old Mill section of Compo Beach, is in process. Built in 1962, the one-story ranch has 605-square feet and is situated on a .1-acre waterside property. An application was previously filed to demolish the existing main house on the property. The property changed ownership in June for $910,000. (See WestportNow July 27, 2015)  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, April 20, 2016

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 62 Old Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 62 Old Road, off Maple Avenue North, is in process. Built in 1940, the 1-1/4 story cape has 1,545-square feet and is situated on a .64-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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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Comings & Goings: County Bank Set for Mid-May Opening

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First County Bank opens mid-May at its new location, 1135 Post Road East, at the intersection of Morningside Drive North, according to Coastal Construction Project Manager Brian Steinhauer. The bank, currently at 1260 Post Road East, at the intersection of Turkey Hill Road South, will relocate to the first floor of the building facing Post Road East.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Westport Property Transfers March 28 - April 1, 2016

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period March 28 - April 1, 2016:

Kay H. Stein Estate to 275 Compo Road South LLC, 275 Compo Road South 50% Interest, $637,500WNproperty.jpg

Samuel James and Louise K. Stein to 275 Compo Road South LLC, 275 Compo Road South 30% Interest, $382,500

Tobias H. Stein to 275 Compo Road South LLC, 275 Compo Road South 10% Interest, $127,500

Daniel W. Stein Trust to 275 Compo Road South LLC, 275 Compo Road South 10% Interest, $127,500

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 10 Mills St.

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 10 Mills St., off Post Road East, is in process. Built in 1960, the one-story ranch has 960-square feet and is situated on a .18-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, April 13, 2016

Real Estate Report: Ranch-Style Homes in Demand

By Judy Szablak

Special to WestportNow

Ranch-style homes continue to be in demand in Westport, and are currently one of the hottest segments of the real estate market.

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Featured Home: This home at 20 Pequot Trail is listed at $1,875,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by Granite Studios

There are only 19 such properties available in town out of the 339 homes that are actively on the market, and they constitute less than 6 percent of the inventory.  Seven are currently under some stage of deposit, and nearly 8 percent of all the homes sold in the last year were single-level homes.

There are essentially two distinctly different aspects that appear to be driving this segment of the market.

First, considering that the average price for the properties that are on the market is $1,145,421, these single-level homes are a more affordable entry point into town.

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Monday, April 11, 2016

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 275 Compo Road South

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 275 Compo Road South, in the Compo Beach area, is in process. Built in 1961, the one-story contemporary has 2,670-square feet and is situated on a one-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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Saturday, April 09, 2016

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 40 Sylvan Road North

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 40 Sylvan Road North is in process. Built in 1967, the two-story colonial has 3,382-square feet, is situated on a one-acre property and, according to assessor records, last changed ownership in October 2011 for $600,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Friday, April 08, 2016

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 46 Washington Ave.

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 46 Washington Ave., off Main Street, is in process. Built in 1920, the two-story conventional has 1,380-square feet and is situated on a .29-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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Westport Property Transfers March 21 - 25, 2016

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period March 21 - 25, 2016:

Harvanit Gahunia and Rohit Kumar to John L. Hodson, 15 Appletree Trail, $2,895,000WNproperty.jpg

Martha S. Hauhuth to Jonathan J. Reeve, 31 Island Way, $765,000

Denise S. Nesi to Daniel C. and Christina R. Seale, 7 Fraser Road, $3,650,000

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Hiawatha Lane Project Not 8-30-g

By James Lomuscio

Developer Felix T. Charney, who wants to build 155 rental units on Hiawatha Lane off Exit 17 in Saugatuck, got support at Thursday night’s Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) pre-application hearing from an unexpected source—the Westport Housing Authority (WHA). 

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Felix T. Charney: developer is 1972 Staples grad and former P&Z commissioner. File photo

It has also been learned that the development proposed this time around will not be an 8-30g project, a state affordable housing law initiative that allows a developer to skirt local zoning laws.

Carol Martin, WHA’s executive director, gave her nod to the Summit Saugatuck plan becuase it includes a separate development that will offer 70 affordable units.

Because it is a separate development, Planning and Zoning Director Steven Palmer pointed out that 8-30g, which allows a developer to override local zoning laws if a municipality does not have 10 percent of its housing stock deemed affordable, cannot be used with this application.

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Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Getting Ready for Opening at New Location

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The Brownstone Boutique celebrates its grand opening Thursday at its new location, 142 Main St., second floor. (See WestportNow March 17, 2016) Owner Victoria Schallert (r) invites the public to a celebration reception 6 to 8 p.m. which follows normal shopping hours. Pictured with her is co-manager Mariana Hurtado. The Brownstone is one of three ground floor businesses -– the others are Shoe-Inn and Bobby Q’s Restaurant -– which have relocated following sale of the 36-42 Main St. building in November 2014 for $9.2 million by Drew Friedman, who died in February.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Real Estate Report: Buyers Are Out

By Judy Szablak

Special to WestportNow

It certainly doesn’t feel like spring has arrived in Westport. However, the buyers are certainly out.

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Featured Home: This home at 4 Keller Lane is listed at $1,489,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of William Raveis-Westport.,

In fact, first quarter sales have edged out closed units by 4 percent as compared to last year.

Home prices have also risen in 2016, and are up on average by 2.5 percent, and the average sale price this year is just over$ 1.6 million.

The only constant between the two time periods is that the average size home that sold is approximately 4,400-square feet, and the average time on market for these sales has been 130 days.

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Another 8-30g Proposal, This Time a ‘Green’ One

By James Lomuscio

Another planned, multi-unit housing development that aims to skirt the town’s zoning regulations via the state’s affordable housing statute 8-30g is in the works, its developers announced today. This time it’s at 1177 Post Road East.

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Plans call for construction of a new four-story building in the existing parking lot adjacent to the current 1175 Post Road East office building. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The proposed 94-unit, four-story, 42,000-square-foot building proposed for the 1.96-acre parcel is planned as a green, adaptive reuse of a commercial office building for the local workforce, say principals of 1177 PRE Associates, LLC.

The announcement says plans have been submitted to both the Conservation and Planning and Zoning departments.

The development company is a joint venture of local real estate developers Phil Craft and Stephen Lawrence. They said that 30 percent of the studio, one-bedroom and two bedroom units would be listed as affordable.

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Saturday, April 02, 2016

‘Scout & Molly’s Cuts the Ribbon

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Scout & Molly’s, the new apparel boutique for women at Playhouse Square, celebrated its grand opening today with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. (See WestportNow March 16, 2016) Participants (l-r)  Matthew Mandell, executive director, Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce,  First Selectman Jim Marpe, owners Genevieve Bouchard and her husband Brian, and Bouchard daughters, Katy, 9, (l) and Solenne, 7. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) TYPE NAME for WestportNow.com

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Friday, April 01, 2016

Westport Property Transfers March 14 - 18, 2016

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period March 14 - 18, 2016:

Alexander and Hayden, Gorden-Brander to Karen Engelke, 6 Watch Hill, $1,048,000WNproperty.jpg

Doris S. Erdman to RIE Development LLC, 16 Wakenor Road, $470,000

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 56 Maple Ave. North

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 56 Maple Ave. North in the Fairfield Hunt Club area is in process. Built in 1938, the 1-1/2 story cape has 1,284-square feet and is situated on a one-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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