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Friday, April 18, 2014

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 16 Blue Ribbon Drive

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 16 Blue Ribbon Drive, off North Avenue, is in process. Built in 1959, the one-story split level has 1,684 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

Posted 10:05 AM
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Westport Property Transfers March 31 - April 4, 2014

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period March 31 - April 4, 2014:

Caryn A. Lerner to Andrew Robert Alexander Mann and Penolope Clair Mann, 12 Surf Road, $3,525,000WNproperty.jpg

Jeremiah H. O’Brien to Fine Builders LLC, 21 Norwalk Ave., $950,000

John F. and Danielle McGrath IV to Jolyn Farber, 2 Quentin Road, $1,750,000

Reenie B. Makowsky to Samira and Leslie Dinkin, 9 Harbor Road, 50% Interest, $499,999

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Posted 09:55 AM
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

All Gone: Blight Property at 17 Wake Robin Road

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The house at Westport’s 17 Wake Robin Road, off Greens Farm Road, subject in February to a blight finding by Westport’s Blight Prevention Board, has been demolished. (See WestportNow, Feb. 20, 2014 and Feb. 18, 2014) A neighbor said the panel’s finding culminated an eight-year effort to get the town to move on the property. Built in 1950, the one-story ranch had 2,190 square feet and was situated on a 1.01-acre lot. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Posted 11:45 AM
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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 15 Blue Ribbon Drive

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 15 Blue Ribbon Drve, off North Avenue, is in process. Built in 1959, the one-story split has 1,872 square feet and is situated on a 1.01-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

Posted 10:32 AM
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Real Estate Report: All the Home’s a Stage

By Judy Szablak

The importance of staging your home for sale has clearly become more apparent to savvy Westport home sellers. They have begun to understand the importance of maximizing their property’s value by having it “staged” for sale.

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This home at 55 Valley Road is listed at $1,549,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of Coldwell Banker,  Darien

Staging your home is not only about de-cluttering, and removing personal effects. But also rearranging furniture for better placement, and adding or replacing decor in order to create atmosphere. This can be quite beneficial in a sparsely decorated or vacant home.

This is a wonderful tool long known to new homebuilders who often stage their properties to create a pleasant environment, and effect a sale more quickly. 
Homes of all price ranges benefit from proper staging. Many agents offer basic staging services, while others offer more elaborate staging techniques for more unique and/or luxury properties.

Buyers purchase on emotion. When they see a home that is assembled with stylish decor, they imagine their own furnishings as being just as beautiful. And they often will pay more as they can envision the home as their own much more easily,

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 28 Roseville Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 28 Roseville Road is in process. Built in 1953, the one-story ranch has 1,090 square feet, is situated on a .77-acre property and changed ownership last month for $556,000. 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

Posted 04:25 PM
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Friday, April 11, 2014

Westport Property Transfers March 24 - 28, 2014

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period March 24 - 28, 2014:

Alexander G. and Gaelle L. Dudley to Patrick G. and Kristin N. Budden, 127 Imperial Ave., $995,000WNproperty.jpg

SIR-7 Pine LLC to Alexander G. and Gaelle L. Dudley, 7 Pine St., $1,665,000

Randall W. and Nancy M. Epright to Steven F. and Jennifer R. Sterling, 78 Hillspoint Road, $2,985,000

Arnold H. Rutkin Revocable Trust, Sarah S. Oldham Revocable Trust to Sea Spray Acquisition LLC, 5 Sea Spray Road, $2,425,000

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Tuesday, April 08, 2014

All Gone: 165 Cross Highway

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The house at Westport’s 165 Cross Highway was demolished Monday. Built in 1961, the two-story colonial had 2,704 square feet, was situated on a 1.1-acre property and changed ownership last month for $825,000.  It was the Westport Teardown of the Day on Dec. 28, 2013. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Posted 03:52 PM
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Friday, April 04, 2014

Westport Property Transfers March 17 - 21, 2014

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period March 17 - 21, 2014:

Frederic and Katheryn Harding to Weijun Guo, 37 Strathmore Lane, paid in Norwalk,  $367,000WNproperty.jpg

Holly M. Zyara to Able Construction Inc., 6 Dexter Road, $457,500

Mildred Simonetti to SIR-15 Adams Farm LLC, 15 Adams Farm Road, $1,300,000

R B Benson and Co Inc. to Shannon and Eric Evangelista, 16 Spriteview Ave., $2,650,000

Posted 10:01 AM
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Thursday, April 03, 2014

Real Estate Report: Is Your House a Teardown?

By Judy Szablak

Many Westport homes are again headed for the WestportNow Teardown of the Day feature. However, making that determination as an average homeowner is more complex than one might think.

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This 1956-built home at 160 Compo Road North sold for $325,000 on Feb. 4. Remodeling candidate or teardown? (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

There are a few important factors that will distinguish a home from being one to remodel, rather than a dwelling to tear down. It all depends on the “highest and best use” of the property in an investment sense.

A real estate agent can not only help you determine if your home fits the category, and proper pricing, but many of us work alongside a number of developers as well, making the process and transaction that much more simplified and streamlined.

The price of the property is important, but the feasibility of building a new and larger home has to be there as well. Zoning restrictions, conservation concerns, and neighboring home values all play a very important part in the decision.

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Posted 11:37 AM
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Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Going Down: 18 Westway Road

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The house at Westport’s 18 Westway Road, off Greens Farms Road, was demolished today. Built in 1945, the two-story colonial had 2,174 square feet, was situated on a one-acre property and changed hands last month for $800,000. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Feb. 20, 2014. The Westport Fire Department utilized the house in mid-March for firefighter training exercises. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Posted 03:40 PM
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Going Down: First Blight Property at 71 PRW

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The house at Westport’s 71 Post Road West was demolished today. Built in 1942, the one-story wood frame clapboard house had 1,850 square feet. The demolition application lists No. 71 as part of one parcel specified as 69-71-73 PRW. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day, Sept. 19, 2013. According to Steve Smith, Westport’s building official and blight officer, this is the first house to be demolished under the order of the Blight Prevention Board. All properties, from 57 to 79 PRW, are subject to the town’s anti-blight ordinance for which individual demolition permits are pending. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Posted 10:33 AM
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Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Comings & Goings: Francis du Pont Jewelers Opens in New Home

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Francois du Pont Jewelers opened at 6 Sconset Square today after almost 32 years on Main Street. Owner Noel du Pont said of his new 800-square foot location, “I’m ecstatic. It’s a new home and it’s mine.” The jewelry store and neighboring Westport Pizzeria moved from Main Street to make way for Athleta, a division of GAP Inc., which is also taking the space formerly occupied by Kate Spade located on the other side of the former Francois du Pont Jewelers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Posted 06:29 PM
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Comings & Goings: Sperry Top-Sider Opens on Main St.

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Sperry Top-Sider, a shoes and casual apparel store, opened at 56 Main St. in space formerly occupied by BCBGMAXAZRIA that closed abruptly last month (see WestportNow, Feb. 8, 2014).  According to Sperry store manager, David Meyer (above), the Westport outlet is the only one in the state that is standalone. Founded in 1935 in eastern Connecticut, Sperry now has 50 standalone U.S. stores, according to Meyer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Posted 11:23 AM
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Monday, March 31, 2014

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 16 Silent Grove North

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 16 Silent Grove North, off Cross Highway, is in process. Built in 1963, the one-story raised ranch has 1,477 square feet and is situated on a 1.02-acre property. The property changed hands in February for $650,000. 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

Posted 04:15 PM
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