Saturday, April 25, 2015
Comings & Goings: SoulCycle Officially Opens
SoulCycle opened for customers on Thursday at its new Westport location, 374 Post Road East in the Compo Acres Shopping Center, but today was the official opening and ribbon cutting. The popular exercise studio is in the former Jos. A. Bank clothiers location, which moved to Colonial Green. The SoulCycle website describes its activities this way: “SoulCycle doesn’t just change bodies, it changes lives. With inspirational instructors, candlelight, epic spaces, and rocking music, riders can let loose, clear their heads and empower themselves with strength that lasts beyond the studio walls.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Cutting the Ribbon
Cutting the ribbon at today’s grand opening of SoulCycle, 374 Post Road East, were ((l-r) Ben Simpson, asssistant manager, First Selectman Jim Marpe, Ronnie Bencosme, studio manager, and Alyssa Wintergrass, assistant manager. According to Chase Delano, SoulCycle regional marketing manager, the Westport studio is its 41st location in the country and the second site in the state, having opened in Greenwich two years ago. She said there are no memberships—“it’s pay as you go but packages are available.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
NY Times Spotlights Westport Real Estate—Again
For at least the 15th time in 10 years, The New York Times again has featured Westport and its real estate doings, including its teardowns.
Sunday’s page one of the real estate section, available online here, features a Westport-datelined story headlined “In Fairfield, the Builders Are Back.” Fairfield refers to Fairfield County.
Written by Lisa Prevost, who has authored many of the previous Times real estate stories mentioning Westport, the story begins: “On a recent Sunday afternoon here, anyone visiting open houses might have thought the recession never happened.
“At one new multimillion-dollar colonial after another, real estate agents were eagerly waiting to show visitors high-ceilinged kitchens anchored by immense white-marble islands; fireplaces hefty enough to offset mega-size flat-screen TVs; exercise rooms with saunas and steam showers; and marble bathrooms with freestanding tubs and heated floors.
Friday, April 24, 2015
Comings & Goings: Walgreens Closing at 1870 PRE
Walgreens,1870 Post Road East, in the Westport Plaza Shopping Center near the Fairfield line anchored by HomeGoods, closes on May 7, according to store signage. The assistant store manager said all employees will be relocated to other Walgreens stores. The company has another store at 880 Post Road East. Plans to move the 1870 Post Road East store to nearby Southport were thwarted by neighbor opposition. Rumors circulated that the store would be replaced by Michaels Stores, Inc., an arts and crafts retail chain, but this could not be confirmed. CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport Property Transfers April 6 - 10, 2015
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period April 6 - 10, 2015:
Stephen I. and Scilla Vincini to David and Michelle Nicole Sparks, 15 Loren Lane, $782,000
Paul G. Moss to Brien C. and Amy Jones, 12 River Oaks, $910,000
John M. Daut to Christopher and Zsoka McDonald, 11 Ledgemoor Lane, $1,875,000
Peggy A. Sawyer to Tomas Brothers LLC, 81 Old Hill Road, $640,000
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 4 Oak St.
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 4 Oak St., off Clinton Avenue, is in process. Built in 1946, the 1 1/4-story cape has 1,349-square feet, is situated on a .27-acre property and last changed ownership, according to Town Assessor records, in November 2005 for $576,000. 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, April 23, 2015
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 7 Keene Road
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 7 Keene Road, off Morningside Drive North, is in process. Built in 1955, the two-story colonial has 2,348-square feet and is situated on a .33-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
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Bedford Square Announces First Kemper-Gunn Retail Tenant
UPDATES and CORRECTS As demolition of the Westport Weston Family YMCA Weeks Pavilion continued today (the swimming pool can seen at the center of this aerial view), David Waldman of Bedford Square Associates announced the first retail tenant for the relocated Kemper-Gunn House and said a lease is out for signature for a 40,000-square foot anchor tenant in the Bedford Square complex. The new tenant for Kemper-Gunn is Serena & Lily, which describes itself as “a home and lifestyle brand with a fresh, California point of view.” Westport will be its third location after San Francisco and the Hamptons. There was no announcement on the Bedford Square anchor tenant other than the lease is “out for signature for the historic Bedford Mansion and adjacent fire house.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The New Church Lane
New renderings have been published online of Westport’s Bedford Square development, including this view of the project from Church Lane. There are also aerial videos of the demolition of the former Westport Weston Family YMCA here and here. One page of the Bedford Square website outlines changes made to the plans in response to feedback. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 37 Spriteview Ave.
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 37 Spriteview Ave., off Harbor Road in the Saugatuck Shores section, is in process. Built in 1964, the one-story ranch has 2,073-square feet, is situated on a .22-acre property and changed ownership in November 2014 for $775,000. 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
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
P&Z Members Make a Field Trip
Members of the Planning & Zoning (P&Z) Commission today conducted a field trip to the properties at 1300 Post Road East as part of its review of a site plan and special permit application for demolition and replacement with two new commercial buildings. P&Z Chair Chip Stephens said plans for the new buildings include a drive through bank as well as a retail or restaurant business and offices. The discussion and vote on the application is on the agenda for the P&Z meeting Thursday night. Pictured are (l-r) Rob Haroun, owner of SIR Development, Larry Bradley, P&Z director, P&Z Commissoner Catherine Walsh, and Stephens. The rounded building on the site once housed the old Normandie restaurant. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 10 Round Pond Road
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 10 Round Pond Road, off Compo Road South, is in process. Built in 1960, the one-story ranch has 1,836 square feet, is situated on a 1.03-acre property and, according to Town Assessor records, last changed ownership in November 2010 for $500,000. 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
Monday, April 20, 2015
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 4 Vani Court
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 4 Vani Court, off Compo Road South, is in process. Built in 1947, the one-story cape has 864 square feet, is situated on a .21-acre property and changed ownership last month for $340,000. 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, April 17, 2015
Westport Property Transfers March 30 - April 3, 2015
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period March 30 - April 3, 2015:
Hermano Hidajat and Angela Ichwan to Rory S. and Lisa Trifon, 10 Saint George Place, $668,000
Susan Liberman to Brett J. and Jennifer A. Lieberman, 3 Court Of Oaks, $550,000
Richard C. and Paula C. Leonard to Richard C. and Amy K. Leonard Jr., 3 Orchard Lane, $620,000
EMB Homes LLC to Leslie Wolf, 378 Main St., $1,175,000
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Real Estate Report: Waterfront Homes Doing Well
By Judy Szablak
It’s certainly the season for waterfront homes in Westport. After what seemed like such a prolonged winter, this segment of the market is already performing well.
Featured Home: This home at 17 Soundview Drive is listed at $2,995,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of the Higgins Group/Westport
In fact, seven waterfront homes have entered into various stages of deposit in the last two weeks alone. This boom is expected to continue in the forthcoming months.
In the last week, five newly listed waterfront estates have entered the market. These homes range in price from $7.5 million up to $11.5 million, which has brought up the average townwide list price of waterfront properties to just under $4.1 million.
As of today, there are 50 homes listed through our Multiple Listing Service as having some kind of waterfront, and they represent 16 percent of all of the homes available in town. Thirty-seven have sold in the last year, with the highest selling price being $11,906,000 on Manitou Court.