Friday, March 07, 2014
Westport Property Transfers Feb. 17 - 21, 2014
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Feb. 17 - 21, 2013:
Marilyn K. Steiner Estate to Otaku LLC, 18 Blue Ribbon Drive, $1,000,000
Luigi Casatelli to Bruce E. and Jordan Toumey Razza, 29 Easton Road, $1,190,000
Francis J. and Cecile A. Van Steenberge to Dipta Chakraborty and Nilanjan Bhowmik, 121 Newtown Turnpike, $1,525,000
Mary Ann Sych to Alejandro Olea, 18 Westway Road, $800,000
Thursday, March 06, 2014
Going Down: 112 Imperial Ave.
The house at 112 imperial Ave. was demolished today. Built in 1938, the 1 1/2-story cape had 1,644 square feet, and was situated on a .30-acre property. It changed ownership in December for $632,000. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Dec. 31, 2013. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Comings & Goings: South Moon Under Opens
Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe joined Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Heather Cavanaugh today in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at South Moon Under, a men’s and women’s fashion boutique that chose Westport as its first store in Connecticut. It is located at 14 Post Road East, former site of Klaff’s, which occupied the space for more than 25 years before closing recently. Gage Lester, director of sales and marketing, said the business started in 1968 when founder and CEO Frank Gunion opened the first store in Ocean City, Md. It now has 22 stores. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Real Estate Report: Rentals Gain Attention
By Judy Szablak
Westport’s seasonal rental homes are starting to pop up in the market, and now is as good a time as any to start making plans to enjoy our beautiful town for the summer.
These types of rentals come in many styles, sizes and price ranges to fit anyone’s budget or desired summer lifestyle, with the most popular choices being waterfront properties and antique homes.
There are currently just 17 homes on the market, and more are expected to hit the market in the coming weeks. One can expect that the more desirable homes will take a deposit very quickly, even if it does seem early on in the year to begin a search.
The lowest priced home is a 850-square foot home on 69 Newtown Turnpike for $3,200 per month, and the highest priced home is a 6,591-square foot home at 129 Beachside Ave. for $35,000 per month.
Monday, March 03, 2014
Comings & Goings: TBI Computer to Norwalk
TBI Computer, an authorized Apple computer sales and service provider at 52 Post Road West for more than 21 years, according to founder and owner Judy O’Meara, has relocated to 181 Westport Ave., Norwalk, across from Splash Car Wash. Store manager Kelly Denton said, “Our new shop is twice the size of our former one. We’ve expanded our service area to a state of the art status. It’s phenomenal. We’re sure we can now decrease the turnaround time.” She also said the company plans to expand its range of classes starting next month. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 5 Blue Coat Lane
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 5 Blue Coat Lane, off North Avenue, is in process. Built in 1963, the two-story colonial has 2,002 square feet, is situated on a .93-acre property and changed ownership in August 2013 for $749,999. 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 28, 2014
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 1 Melwood Lane
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 1 Melwood Lane, off Sturges Commons, is in process. Built in 1953, the one-story ranch has 2,802 square feet and is situated on a 1.1-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
Westport Property Transfers Feb. 10 - 14, 2014
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Feb. 10 - 14, 2013:
Cecile Brody to Jill Brody, 18 Edgewater Commons Lane, $441,000
Thomas and Akiko Ikeda Trusts to Brendan E. and Samantha S. Kelley, 16 Pin Oak Court, $695,000
Peter G. and Gloria Garcia to Jeffrey R. and Marsha E. Gray, 4 Charcoal Hill Common, $995,000
Celie G. and John M. Rosenau Trusts to CCO IV Cavalry LLC, Cavalry Road Lot 1A, $900,000
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Comings & Goings: Cru Restaurant Closes
Cru Restaurant, which opened last June in the lower level at 125 Main St., home of GAP Inc., with its entrance on Parker-Harding Plaza, has closed. The restaurant featured American, Mediterranean, and Pacific cuisine. It was owned by Steve Prokop and Todd Rose, owners of Cuvee, an upscale restaurant in West Hartford. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
House Speaker: Make CT Colleges and Hospitals Pay Property Taxes
By Keith M. Phaneuf and Arielle Levin Beckerwww.ctmirror.org
Connecticut has long spared most colleges and hospitals from local property taxes and reimbursed their home communities with state grants worth a fraction of the lost tax revenue.
House Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey, D-Hamden, says it’s time to effectively reverse that. The speaker’s proposal would subject the nonprofits to property taxes. And colleges and hospitals—not municipalities—could seek state grants to offset a portion of the cost.
Sharkey said the proposal is rooted in concerns about local taxes and the loss of taxable property as hospitals and colleges buy up real estate to use as outpatient facilities or faculty offices. Local taxpayers can’t afford to fund the police, fire and other services needed to support the nonprofit institutions without more help, he said.
“We already rely so heavily on the property tax,” Sharkey said Tuesday. “When they lose so much revenue from major institutions like this, the costs outweigh the benefits.”
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Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Real Estate Report: Again, Westport is Different
By Judy Szablak
November and December sales in Westport were both very strong in their own way, which is quite a pleasant disparity from the latest S&P/Case-Shiller indices. The much anticipated monthly report came out earlier today, and noted a consecutive decline in both November and December sales for the major metropolitan areas.
This home at 12 Rayfield Road is listed at $1,795,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of William Raveis - Westport
Real estate is so very hyperlocal, and what you see happening around the country is not necessarily occurring here in Westport.
During the month of November, we had 24 sales, including two of which were notable—one at 15 Yankee Hill, which closed at $5,720,000, and another at 38 Bermuda Road, which closed at $5,9 million. According to our Multiple Listing Service, there was more than $44.6 million in closed volume.
December had 44 closed single family sales totaling more than $59 million in total sales, representing almost twice as much in unit volume.
Monday, February 24, 2014
Comings & Goings: JR’s Changes Hands
By Dave Matlow
Jeff Aricola, owner of JR’s Deli & Grill, 265 Riverside Ave., said today he is turning the business over to new owners by the end of March.
Jeff Arciola and sister Pam at the restaurant today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
He said they are Lou Prumotl, the primary investor, and Eric Johnson, who will manage the eatery and the weenie mobile with Arciola’s help through May.
Prumonti is not new to the restaurant business, said Arciola. He said he currently owns three others—Sunrise Grill and Valentino in Norwalk, and a restaurant along the marina in New Rochelle.
Arciola, 44, assumed the ownership of JR’s Hot Dog Stand, as it was formerly known, in 2003 when he purchased it from his cousins Carolyn and Junior Bieling, who owned the iconic site since 1970.
Comings & Goings: Danise Talbot Designs to Riverside Ave.
Danise Talbot Design has opened at 263 Riverside Ave. According to owner Talbot, the store offers “an eclectic mix of furniture, hangings, jewelry, and accent pieces along with professional interior design services.” According to Talbot, a native of Westchester County, she operated a family owned business called the Westport Jewelry Boutique and later worked at Mitchells of Westport, specializing in jewelry. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Moving Day for Francois du Pont Jewelers
It was moving day today for Francois du Pont Jewelers after almost 32 years on Main Street. The store will reopen April 1 at 6 Sconset Square. The jewelry store and neighboring Westport Pizzeria are moving to make way for Athleta, a division of GAP Inc., which is also taking the space on the other side of Francois du Pont Jewelers formerly occupied by Kate Spade. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com
Friday, February 21, 2014
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 12 Sterling Drive
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 12 Sterling Drive, in the Old Mill section, is in process. Built in 1920, the 1-3/4-story cape has 1,374 square feet and is situated on a .11-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