Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Real Estate Report: Sales Picking Up on Saugatuck Island
By Judy Szablak
Real estate activity is on the rise at Saugatuck Island, Westport’s premier waterfront community.
Featured Home This home at 22 Cross Way on Saugatuck Island is listed at $9.5 million. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of Coldwell Banker/Westport-Riverside
It should be no surprise that the Island took a direct unit sales hit during 2012-2013 following Super Storm Sandy when only one home sold during that time, but that appears to be the extent of it.
Despite what you may have thought, the market bounced back quickly, and has picked up quite nicely since then.
The Island is comprised of approximately 45 acres, just over 100 homes, and boasts two private beaches.
Monday, September 15, 2014
Comings & Goings: Senor Salsa Opens on PRW
Senor Salsa, a fresh Mexican grill, has opened at 221 Post Road West in the Westbank Center, the second Mexican cuisine restaurant to open in Westport in the past three weeks. (In late August Qdoba Mexican Grill opened at 275 Post Road East at Playhouse Square.) Senor Salsa Manager Miguel Rosas, who said he worked at Senor Salsa’s Fairfield location at 580 Post Road for the past 16 years, said the new eatery specializes in a variety of homemade salsas and fresh chicken. He said the application for a liquor license is pending but a BYOB (bring your own bottle) policy is in effect until the license is approved. The restaurant, owned by Garry Dean, is open every day— Sunday to Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday until 10 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Friday, September 12, 2014
Westport Property Transfers Aug. 25 - 29, 2014
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Aug. 25 - 29, 2014:
Leonard M. and Ruth L. Baker to Hasan Cengiz and Deborah B. Bayzit, 60 Lyons Plains Road, $1,232,500
MMO Properties LLC to Joseph Mark Valeski, 16 Danbury Ave., $1,100,000
James E. and Leslie Wolf to Thomas C. III and Julie K. Gentile, 178 Hillspoint Road, $4,610,000
Scott and Jennifer Chottiner to Joseph H. and Elizabeth R. Heyer, 57 Maple Ave. North, $1,750,000
Thursday, September 11, 2014
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 1 Crestwood Road
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 1 Crestwood Road, off Easton Road, is in process. Built in 1960, the two-story contemporary has 5,424 square feet and is situated on a 2.03-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
Tuesday, September 09, 2014
Real Estate Report: Time on Market Important Factor
By Judy Szablak
Besides price, another important factor when selling a home in Westport is determining how long your home will be on the market before you receive an acceptable offer.
Featured Home This home at 61 Bulkley Ave. North is listed at $2,699,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of Realty Seven, Inc.- Wilton
However, making plans based upon the anticipated sale of your home may not be as easy as deciding to put your home on the market, given that determining market time is not an exact science.
Speculating based upon townwide averages that are not necessarily as pertinent to your style of home or specific neighborhood is not a reliable gauge, just a national averages generally do not compare to our town as a whole.
The answer to how long it takes to sell a home in Westport will vary based upon a number of key factors beginning with the initial asking price, the state of the market, and will also include style, condition, location, as well as marketing.
Monday, September 08, 2014
Comings & Goings: Wheels Convenience Store to PRE
Wheels Convenience Store, owned by Trumbull-based Consumers Petroleum, will open in early October at 786 Post Road East, according to Gina Nero, the firm’s marketing manager. The space was previous occupied by the Citgo gas and service station, founded in the early 1930s by Joe DeMattia, and owned by the Mattia family for 80 years. It closed in April 2013. Nero said the convenience store will also have four fuel pumps in two bays featuring the Citgo brand. She said Consumers Petroleum has been owned by the same family for three generations.The owner, Rich Wiehl (pronounced “wheel”), opened his first convenience store under the Wheels name four years ago. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Friday, September 05, 2014
Westport Property Transfers Aug. 18 - 22, 2014
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Aug. 18 - 22, 2014:
Ewelina and Krzysztof Kwyszynski to Laura S. and Keith R. McCullough, 11 Silver Brook Road, $2,950,000
AMP Investments LLC to Clarence L. Nunn, 6 Marine Ave., $2,275,000
Betty Maniatty to Daniel Seale, 11 Minute Man Hill, $3,385,000
Joseph R. and Bethany B. Czarnecki to Michael C. and Nancy L. Lagnese, 10 Lamplight Lane, $1,550,000
Thursday, September 04, 2014
Comings & Goings: Dojo Karate to PRE
Dojo Karate, a personal development center, has opened at 772 Post Road East next to the former location of Great Cakes in space formerly occupied by TriCycle. According to Sarah Malhotra (above), head trainer and a Nidan Black Belt who has been associated with Dojo Karate for the past seven years in its Stamford studio on Long Ridge Road, the Westport location offers classes in many disciplines including Tempo Karate, Brazilian Jujitsu and Kick Boxing. The owner, Manny Esmeraldo, opened the Stamford studio 20 years ago according to Malhotra. For further information: (203)557-8815 or http://www.thedojoct.com. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, September 02, 2014
Comings & Goings: Pizzeria Bravo Opens
Pizzeria Bravo and Wine Bar has opened at 1460 Post Road East in the space formerly occupied by Munson’s Chocolates, which closed in April 2012 after 20 years in Westport. According to manager Seth Kulback (above), “Although the restaurant serves pizza, its wide ranging menu of italian cuisine includes such entrees as homemade pasta, lobster pot pie and seared tuna.” Owner Michael Sayyed of Stratford also owns Julian’s Brick Oven Pizza, 539 Riverside Ave., Westport and in Monroe. Bravo hours: Monday to Wednesday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Thursday to Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m,. and Sunday 11 a.m.- 9 p.m., with happy hours drinks Monday to Friday 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Real Estate Report: Inventory Shrinking
By Judy Szablak
We are starting to see a decline in Westport’s housing inventory that has been trending for the last 30 days or so. In fact, the number of single family homes that are available has declined 10 percent in the last month alone.
Featured Home: This home at 226 Bayberry Lane is listed at $1,799,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of The Riverside Realty Group/ Bross Chingas Bross
The dwindling inventory is certainly not bad news for sellers. It has more of an effect on buyers who are wishing to purchase a home and close by the end of the year.
That means if and when a seller gets an offer, they should respond reasonably quickly, and maybe even more so than other times throughout the year.
This is simply because timing is everything during the fall months.
Friday, August 29, 2014
Westport Property Transfers Aug. 11 - 15, 2014
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Aug. 11 - 15, 2014:
SIR-16 Long Lots Lane LLC to Jeffrey Scott and Shelly Rene Ramsay, 6 Long Lots Lane, $2,000,000
Millee and Lyndon H. Taggart-Ratcliffe to Preston and Mary Jean Koster, 71 Long Lots Road, $1,632,500
Deborah M. Reif to Gautam Bhandari and Bhavana Joneja, 22 Surf Road, $3,425,000
Linda Heinzelman to Richard and Jennifer Ratcliffe, 5 Clifford Lane, $1,765,000
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 5 Fragrant Pines Court
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 5 Fragrant Pines Court, off Main Street, is in process. Built in 1951, the 1-1/2-story cape has 1,476 square feet and is situated on a .5-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
Thursday, August 28, 2014
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 191 Wilton Road
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 191 Wilton Road is in process. Built in 1900, the two-story contemporary has 2,164 square feet and is situated on a .41-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, August 27, 2014
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 33 Sherwood Drive
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 33 Sherwood Drive, in the Compo Mill section, is in process. Built in 1925, the two-story contemporary has 2,180 square feet, is situated on a .11-acre property and changed ownership in November 2013 for $868,000. 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, August 22, 2014
Westport Property Transfers Aug. 4 - 8, 2014
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Aug. 4 - 8, 2014:
Roger L. and Lisa K. Krakoff to Joseph B. and Karen Kleine, 64 Old Hill Road, $2,075,000
Vanbrodt Estates LLC to Daniel and Hilary Cummings, 95 Valley Road, $1,461,500
James Richard and Erin Bormann Wilkinson to Darin L. and Stefanie B. Buchalter, 9 Sugar Maple Lane, $2,225,000
Phyllis L. and Leslie M. Madorsky to Edward and Laura Thomas, 5 Blind Brook Road South, $1,344,000