Tuesday, June 28, 2016
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 63 Turkey Hill Road South is in process. Built in 1900, the two-story contemporary has 4,689-square feet and is situated on a 3.01-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
Friday, June 24, 2016
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period June 6 - 10, 2016:
Barend J. and Tony J. Vandenbrink to Thomas Foley Martin and Taran Gulliksen, 5 River Oaks Road, $705,000
David Soriano ansd Laura S. Bard to David W. and Maura K. Hirschler, 19 Gorham Ave., $995,000
950 Post LLC to Ewkai 950 Post Road East LLC, 950 Post Road East, $5,000,000
Christopher W. Smith and Danielle Dobin Trusts to Mark and Allison Peffer, 6 Norfield Drive, $1,399,000
Thursday, June 23, 2016
There were two ribbon cuttings on Westport’s Jesup Road tonight, one at Green & Tonic (top), the health food cafe at 17 Jesup Road, which opened last week (see WestportNow June 15, 2016), and Lucy’s, a high-end women’s boutique at 23 Jesup Road, which opened in April (see WestportNow April 26, 2016). Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe was among those making the cuts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photos
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
By Judy SzablakSpecial to WestportNow
There is an interesting sales trend occurring in Westport this year, and it reflects a unique similarity with some of what the National Association of Realtors is reporting on a coast-to-coast basis.
Over the last six months in Westport, there have been four price ranges that have enjoyed the most activity. Those ranges are between $700-$750,000, $1.2- $1.3 million, $1.6-$1.7 million, and lastly, $2.25- $2.5 million.
What is striking about these ranges is that first time Westport homeowners begin the trend at the first level, and each subsequent tier could easily be considered a move-up range from the previous one.
Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors said, “This spring’s sustained period of ultra-low mortgage rates has certainly been a worthy incentive to buy a home, but the primary driver in the increase in sales is more homeowners realizing the equity they’ve accumulated in recent years and finally deciding to trade-up or downsize.
By James Lomuscio
Treasure hunters who happen upon the estate sale at Westport’s 5 Rockyfield Road this weekend can expect more than the usual high-end furnishings and assorted tchotchkes, but a unique window into Westport’s artistic past.
For 61 years the house was home to Howard Munce, the Westport artist whose career as illustrator, art director, teacher, sculptor and author spanned generations earning him the sobriquet “dean of Westport artists.” Munce, 100, died here March 5, leaving behind a treasure trove of paintings, illustrations and other items detailing the life of the tall, thin, spry, seemingly ageless and energetic presence ubiquitous in town arts circles. (See WestportNow March 8, 2016)
Among the inventory are: a couple of Munce’s paintings; numerous pen and ink drawings of all sizes that appeared in national and local magazines and newspapers; wooden flat files; “and an incredible architectural table,” says Mary Brewster, Munce’s daughter who lives in Redding and is organizing the sale.
“I didn’t realize what this table was,” Brewster said. “It’s been in this house 61 years, and my father always had it covered with things. It’s a very large table, and you can tip the top; it’s made of solid wood.”
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Everything was up for sale today at a crowded auction at the shuttered Post 154 Restaurant at 154 Post Road East. As reported by WestportNow earlier this month (see WestportNow June 8, 2016), a real estate source said the former Westport main post office, occupied until January by the restaurant, will be the new Westport home of furniture retailer Design Within Reach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Saturday, June 18, 2016
The owners of the house at 15 Crooked Mile Road are the newest recipients of a Westport Historical Society (WHS) historical plaque. The 1929-built house, known as the Horace W. Paine House, was once owned by the late Julian Brodie who was instrumental in the purchase of Longshore Club Park in 1959. Bob Weingarten, WHS plaque historian, presented the plaque to Joel and Carol Davis who purchased the house from Brodie in 1965 and have lived there since then. Longtime Westporters, the Davises raised their three sons in the house, each graduating from Staples High School. Carol Davis is a past officer of the PTA and the Westport Historical Society. Joel Davis has long been active at the Westport Library and currently serves as chair of its advisory council. According to Weingarten, the house was built by Paine who, with james B. Pikeman, purchased the undeveloped property on Sept. 4, 1928. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Friday, June 17, 2016
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period May 30 - June 3, 2016:
Candace B. McCarthy to Hildy and Marc Sheinbaum, 10 Norwalk Ave., $2,250,000
Douglas Richard Shore and Nicole Bianchi to Daniel and Stephanie Berghoff, 4 Marilane, $1,225,000
Anthony L. McKay to Peter Albert McKay, 8 Newtown Turnpike, $210,000
D’anna S. Keinan Trust, D’anna S. Keinan RevocableTrust to Michael Sloan and Sara Lev, 2 Over Rock Lane, $1,450,000
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Green & Tonic, a health food cafe, celebrated its Westport opening tonight at 17 Jesup Road at the corner of Taylor Place and Jesup Road. The new business will hold another opening party on Thursday, June 23 at 6:30 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
By Judy SzablakSpecial to WestportNow
When looking to buy or sell a home in Westport, there is no cut and dry answer as to how the real estate market is “doing.”
A generalized statement is no more appropriate than looking at national statistics as they compare to your home.
In Westport, as well as other towns, different price pockets or segments of the market perform better than others, just as some neighborhoods outperform others.
For example, the two most active price pockets are under $1 million and between $1-1.5 million.
Monday, June 13, 2016
After almost three years in business, Alex and Ani, a jewelry store which described itself as “eco-friendly,” has closed at 117 Post Road East next to Specs. Founded in 2004, the Rhode Island-based company has more than 30 retail locations nationwide. The space was previously occupied for 15 years by The Avenue Gallery, specializing in framing antique maps and nature prints. Alex and Ani opened in Westport in July 2013. (See WestportNow July 12, 2013) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Friday, June 10, 2016
By Judy SzablakSpecial to WestportNow
Unit sales have increased in Westport by 8 percent over last year, and that in itself is promising.
While that is correct, statistics should be analyzed on more than just one gauge, and cross referenced in order to create the most accurate picture of the market.
For example, it is true that the average sales price year-to-date in 2015 was $1,864,757, and this year the average sale price is $1,606,420.
If you only had the knowledge of this one statistic, the difference of almost $260,000 sounds like we are headed for another drastic downturn, but we are not.
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period May 23 - 27, 2016:
Daniel C. and Christina R. Seale to Wilhelmine C. Hartong Revocable Trust, 15 Compo Hill Ave., $1,555,000
Linda Ivanhoe Jacob to Judith Udell, 32 Terra Nova Circle, $1,100,000
Morgan W. McClaran Trust to Darrin and Courtney McMahon, 52 Hillspoint Road, $1,100,000
Inge L. Vangelder to Carol Porter, 19 Whitney Glen, $470,000
Wednesday, June 08, 2016
The former Westport main post office, occupied until January by the Post 154 Restaurant, will be the new Westport home of furniture retailer Design Within Reach, according to a real estate source.
The company, which formerly leased space on Elm Street, is expected to occupy the 9,000-square foot space on two floors by the end of the year, the source said.
There was no immediate confirmation from the company.
An investment group with ties to Westport paid $2.35 million for the property in May 2011. (See WestportNow May 23, 2011) The restaurant opened in August 2013.
Friday, June 03, 2016
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period May 16 - 20, 2016:
Lei Wang and Xia Tian to Lv Xu and Xiaole Xie, 23 Oakview Circle, $400,000
James Stephen and Kip Herrick O’Brien Jr. to Anthony P. and Emily C. Bihl IV, 15 Winding Lane, $1,150,000
Aleksandar and Diana Sacchi Martinovic to Jeffrey Gershowitz, 7 Leslie Lane, $1,120,000
Tracy M. and Lyn-ann Smith to Emily and Benjamin Riley, 10 Ellery Lane, $1,675,000
By James Lomuscio
Developers of a planned four-story, 94-unit rental property at 1177 Post Road East are willing to adjust their site plan, hopefully to the town’s satisfaction, without using the state’s affordable housing statute 8-30g to override zoning laws, their attorney said.
Still, 1177 PRE Associates LLC is keeping 8-30g in its quiver via proposed text amendment 714. The amendment adds a new section “Residential-Rental Housing Opportunity/Workforce Zone District” as provided by the state’s affordable housing appeals procedure.
Under state law, 8-30g can be enforced if a town does not have 10 percent of its housing stock deemed affordable, which Westport does not. That opens the door to an aggressive developer riding roughshod over zoning regulations, doing what he or she pleases, something town officials say would jeopardize Westport’s identity and charm.
Christopher Smith, an attorney from the Shipman & Goodwin LLP firm representing 1177 PRE Associates, cautioned the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) of that during a public hearing Thursday night.
Vine, a charcuterie-style bar and restaurant, will open at 190 Main St. by end of June, according to owner Sammy Alanz. The space was previously occupied by Luxe Wine Bar, which closed in April. (See WestportNow April 12, 2016) Alanz initially announced the name of his new eatery would be Bankside Social, but has now changed it to Vine, a “wine room and charcuterie.” He also said that the restaurant will feature fresh, organic, local offerings—see http://www.westportvine.com (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 31 Westfair Drive, off Post Road East, is in process. Built in 1949, the 1-1/4 story cape has 1,686-square feet and is situated on a .39-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, June 02, 2016
The Westport Historic District Commission (HDC) tonight voted unanimously to accept a final study report designating two Westport-owned properties as historic structures. They are property and buildings known as Golden Shadows (68 Compo Road South), the guest house (70 Compo Road South) and the carriage house/garage (72 Compo Road South) each located on a portion of Baron’s South at 60 Compo Road South, and properties and buildings known as the Nike Missile Radar Site, 182 Bayberry Lane. HDC Chair Francis Henkels said the next step involves reviews by the Board of Selectmen and the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) for final approval. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 5 Locust Lane, off Treadwell Avenue, is in process. Built in 1941, the one-story ranch has 1,381-square feet and is situated on a .56-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, May 31, 2016
By Judy SzablakSpecial to WestportNow
Both new and existing home inventory in Westport is up to nearly 400 homes for sale as of today.
However, contrary to what some may believe, less than 8 percent of these properties are “sizable” newly built homes, which are a minimum of 6,000 square feet and on at least a one-acre lot.
There are 81 newly built properties available throughout town, however only 31 homes fit into the “sizable” category, and they have an average price of just under $3.4 million.
The two that are pending are listed on average at $3.9 million.
Friday, May 27, 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 , $1,675,000
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
Friday, May 20, 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 $880,000
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
Thursday, May 19, 2016
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
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
By Judy SzablakSpecial to WestportNow
In today’s Westport real estate market, the healthiest “price pocket” is homes priced under $1 million.
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.
Friday, May 13, 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 $851,400
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
Friday, May 06, 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, $1,650,000
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
Tuesday, May 03, 2016
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
Friday, April 29, 2016
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
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, $575,000
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