Monday, January 03, 2005
The number of demolition permits issued in 2004 in Westport jumped 43 percent—to 106 compared to 73 the year before, Building Department figures showed today.
The owner of 4 Smoky Lane demolished a 1951 house last week after building this new home elsewhere on the 1-acre property. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Local real estate agents said favorable interest rates plus the shortage of buildable land in the community accelerated the demolitions, which have been featured in WestportNow’s “teardown of the day” series since last October.
In 2002, there were 75 demolition permits issued.
The last demolition permit issued in 2004 was on Dec. 29 for 2 Lowlyn Road, which was featured as WestportNow’s teardown on Nov. 16.
A day before, the department issued a permit for demolition of a home at 4 Smoky Lane, off of Hillspoint Road. The 1951 home, featured by WestportNow Nov. 19, was taken down soon afterward. The owner, meanwhile, had built a new house elsewhere on the 1-acre lot and occupied it in October.
Tuesday, December 28, 2004
Property transfers as reported by the Westport Town Clerk’s office for the period Dec. 20-22, 2004:
Julia M. Kondub to Nancy A. Harris et als, 10 Oak Ridge Park, $400,000
Land Group Inc. to Joseph Martens and Kimberly D. Sholty, 5 Highland Road, $1,475,000
Arlene J. Macrios to Elliot and Syvil Bergman, 28 Turkey Hill Road North, $1,020,000
Harry R. and Roberta Barber Eggart to Michael Goldberg and Susan Mastropietro, 41 Spicer Road, $1,480,000
Fung Chin Chu to Annie Chu, Riverside Walk Unit 8, $286,400
Wednesday, December 22, 2004
Property transfers as reported by the Westport Town Clerk’s office for the period Dec. 13-Dec. 17, 2004
Stephen and Julie Sharp to Land Group Inc., 36 Morningside Drive North, $790,000
Roger L. and Nancy Martin Saunders to Stuart L. and Christine Updegrove, 4 Barry Lane, $761,000
Thomas J. and Lynne S. Sionian Jr., to 86 Old Road LLC, 86 Old Road, $791,000
Louis Petti to Hugh B. and Jana N. Ross, 26 Bermuda Road, $3,050,000
Ulbrick Associates LLC to Angela D. Simpson, 6 Ulbrick Lane, $3,600,000
Wednesday, December 15, 2004
Property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Dec.6-Dec. 10, 2004
One Hawthorne Lane Assoc. LLC to Jennifer G. Kass, 1 Hawthorne Lane, $2,495,000
Frank Rinti to Alan Rosenthal, 90 Main St. Unit 4, $340,000
Sylvia B. McBride Trust to Ruth R. Winnick Qualified Residence Trust, 516 Harvest Commons, $740,000
Caryn Lerner Bergman to Lewis C. and Sharon Fischer Jr., 116 Roseville Road, $2,425,000
Lorraine M. Barg to Andrea Madden Clark, 17 Hale St., $500,000
Tuesday, December 14, 2004
Property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Nov. 29-Dec. 3, 2004
Jesse and Stephanie Foote to Todd D. Cheema and Ann M. Spencer, 25 Compo Parkway, $1,302,500
Westport Home and Land LLC to Joseph Russell and Stephanie Mason Bulkeley, 74 Terra Nova Circle, $986,494
Joshua and Carla K. Binswanger to Paolo and Maureen M. Pucci, 47 Bonnie Brook Road, $1,240,000
Peter J. and Judith Fullin, to John B. Place, 4 Reimer Road, $1,650,000
Schmiedeck Construction LLC to John B. and Catherine Beardsley Richards, 1 Dogwood Lane, $3,825,000
Friday, December 03, 2004
Property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Nov. 15-24, 2004
Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. to Estate of Dolorita F. Wallace, 145 Main St., $9,400,000
Elliott M. and Harriet S. Gartner to Apostolos and Karen M. Spheeris, 10 Sandhopper Trail, $1,575,000
Linda B. Schwarz to Helen Martinez, Unit 69 Strathmore Lane, $357,500
S. D. Hillspoint LLC to Thomas P. Schneider, 244 Hillspoint Road, $2,150,000
Sunday, November 21, 2004
The average Westport home sold for 19.9 percent more in the first nine months of this year compared to last year, according to statistics compiled by the Multiple Listing Service (MLS).
The average price rose to $1,319,518, from $1,100,145, while the median price rose even higher—21.9 percent to $1.1 million, from $902,500. The final average list price for homes was $1,370,304.
Single-family sales soared 28.2 percent to 405, from 316 in Westport, the report showed.
Condo sales more than doubled to 45, from 21 the year before. The average price was up 36.7 percent to $718,027, from $525,076.
Wednesday, November 17, 2004
Property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Nov. 8-12, 2004:
Thomas M. and Carolyn L. Lynch to Sir-Franklin LLC, 14 Franklin Ave., $769,500
Hudson United Bank to 87 Post Road East Associates LLC, 87 Post Road East, $4,200,000
Estate of Ruby Brotherton to Sturges Build LLC, 131 Sturges Highway, $600,000
Lillian E. Richman Trust to Richard J. and Geraldine Donoghue, 116 Weston Road, $1,100,000
Jeffrey E. and Christina S. Parrott to Mark and Dana Rudick, 21 Weston Road, $845,000
Florence Michalek to Redcoat Development II LLC, 17 Turkey Hill Road South, $685,000
Tuesday, November 16, 2004
A Westport Main Street building, No. 145 currently occupied by J. Crew, has been sold for $9.4 million to a Greenwich buyer. A real estate source said the pricetag was a record for two floors of retail space on Main Street with the buyer paying more than $1,000 a square foot. J. Crew recently entered into an additional 10-year lease for the building, the source said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Wednesday, November 10, 2004
Property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Nov. 1-5, 2004:
Lauren M. and Paul E. Sveen to MIGroup Inc., 56 Red Coat Road, $1,775,000
Lynn D. and Lavonne R. Kramer to Charles G. Berg, 72 Compo Mill Cove, $1,650,000
Stephen Hofeheimer to Sally S. Kidd, 29 Oakview Circle, $340,000
John and Elena Troiani to Vincent J. Dellavalle, 9 Punch Bowl Drive, $955,000
Ronald A. Hook and Leslie R. Singer to Samuel M. and Nancy Gault, 5 Country Road, $2,225,000
Property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Oct. 25-29, 2004:
Philip J. Bales to Ryan A. and Lorlyn Franco, 78 Hillandale Road, $685,000
Arnold and Sali Kriegstein to Jairo Rodriguez and Gabriele Owsnitzki
20 Highwood Road, $1,900,000
Westport Home and Land Co. LLC to Roberta L. Riggs, 66 Terra Nova Circle, $1,067,708
James J. and Geri Lawrence to Mary W. Gojkovich, 238 Greens Farms Road, $1,695,000
Remo J. Tartaglia Jr. to Brendan T. Baker, 45 West Parish Road, $951,000
Friday, October 29, 2004
Karen Scott: new partner at KMS. Contributed photo A Westport real estate partnership is getting a new partner.
KMS Partners, LLC, Wade Shavell of Westport, Sheila Keenan of Westport, Laurie Morris of Weston, and Dorita Barrett of Westport today announced that Karen Scott will become a partner in the group effective in January.
A full-time agent in residential real estate, Scott has been affiliated with KMS Partners—of Coldwell Banker Riverside Shavell—since June 2003.
“During that time, she has demonstrated the highest professional standards and a dedication to satisfying the needs of clients by providing them with the utmost level of support available,” an announcement said.
Wednesday, October 27, 2004
Property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Oct. 18-22, 2004:
John W. and Jennifer Auber to Christopher A. and Julie W. Mori, 4 Rockland Place, $1,365,000.
Craig F. Edwards and Amy Matton to Nancy Romberg, 203A South Compo Road, $430,000.
Etta Mae Mikhael to Joan K. Lasner, 133 Harvest Commons, $695,000.
Peter M. Zaffina to Pieka Construction Inc., 129 Imperial Ave., $908,000.
Harold E. and Mary Elizabeth Ayers to Fairport Development LLC, 37 Old Road, $650,000.
Sunday, October 24, 2004
That’s the question raised by today’s Hartford Courant which said luxury builders across the state see a shift away from the large mansions so popular just a few years ago.
Many buyers are instead asking for smaller, but still pricey, homes with unique architectural details and the latest technological innovations.
While they still want spacious dwellings, a growing number of upscale home buyers - now estimated at 20 percent—are now asking for 4,000- or 5,000-square-foot houses instead of 8,000-square-foot mansions, the newspaper said.
Wednesday, October 20, 2004
Property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Oct. 12-15, 2004:
Westport Home and Land Co. to Samuel Small, Terra Nova Circle Unit 7, $1,104,624
Barbara M. Fitter to Lucky Seven LLC, 6 Guyer Road, $610,000
Edward G. and Krista A O’Malley to to Lucky Seven LLC, 36 Guyer Road, $545,000
Mary Susan Hunt to Wolfram and Marianna Kursten, 2C Cross Highway, $615,000
Christine M. and Robert S. Goldman to Winfield Scott and Stacy Essex III, 8 Wake Robin Road, $980,000
Wednesday, October 13, 2004
Property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Oct. 4-8, 2004:
Mary Elizabeth Fellah to Helen Lawler and Thomas White, Unit 146 Landsdowne, $735,000
Land Group Inc. to Geeta and Donie V. Lochan, 16 Baker Ave., $1,850,000
Greemount Reald Estate Ltd. To Girome S. and Deborah H. Bono, 11 Bluewater Hill, $3,050,000
Timothy J. and Annemarie Romano to Walter H. and Jocelyn Barandiran, 14 Mayflower Parkway, $3,450,000
Monday, October 11, 2004
Property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Sept. 27-Oct. 1, 2004:
Mark Loughridge and Michele M. Williams to Donna Cohen, Unit 6 Playhouse 20, $462,000
Neil and Jean Coleman to Todd D. and Sylvia Coleman, 6 Whitney St. Extension, $400,000
Grace Oringer to Howard Stanley and Macqueline Mason Trust, 10 Covelee Drive, $820,000
Lawrence G. Temlock to Ralph V. Martino and Mari-Eleanor Miller Martino, 23 Appletree Trail, $1,200,000
Huy Thach and Karin Render Pham to Robert Frank and Linda A. Schoff, 51 Ludlow Road, $1,580,000
Friday, October 01, 2004
Property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Sept. 20-24, 2004:
Robert M. and Roxana B. Tetenbaum to Clifford S. Asness, 9 Pier Way Landing, $9,200,000
Amy Luett and Tyler Jarvis to Matthew L. and Stacy M. Reid, 110 Old Road, $820,000
Robert F. and Linda A. Schoff to Ruth Gradoux-Matt, 159 Compo Road South, $925,000
Westport Home and Land Co. LLC to Edward I. and Vivian L. Rabin, 60 Terra Nova Circle, $1,106,316
Wednesday, September 22, 2004
Property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Sept. 13-17, 2004:
Zoltan Toth to Jonathan Rubin and Fay Murakawa, 105A Old Road, $1,930,000
Sotirios Zachariadis to Mark Dido and Emily Vargas, 9 Morningside Lane, $1,530,000
Village Pond LLC to Peter and Nancy Alamo, 31 Hiawatha Lane Ext., $550,000
Tuesday, September 21, 2004
There’s another restaurant change on Post Road West at Sylvan Road South. Vine Mediterranean Grill & Pizza, which in April 2003 replaced longtime tenant Connollys Restaurant and Taproom, is out and a grill featuring fresh Mexican cuisine and a patron bar is moving in. Franco Fellah of Westport’s HK Group handled the sale from Alpha Omega Hospitality Group I, LLC to Bulletproof Restaurants, Inc. Price was not disclosed. Contributed photo
Tuesday, September 14, 2004
Property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Sept. 7-10, 2004:
Tricia A. Pfannkuch to Scott Schuster and Dana Smith, 15 Wake Robin Road, $889,000
Margaret L. Grosso to Jeffrey A. Watzman and Jennifer M. Albert Watzman, 10 Terhune Drive, $1,151,000
Steven Dean and Kimberly Newman Israelsky to S & V Meeker LLC, 34 Meeker Road, $755,000
Westport Home and Land Co. LLC to Leonard J. McCahill and Barbara Billingsley-McCahill, 58 Terra Nova Circle, $938,303
John I. Boltonet al by Comm and Vincent J. Freccia III Committee to Edward Gerena, 5A Sunrise Road, $545,000
Thursday, September 09, 2004
Property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Aug. 30-Sept. 3, 2004:
Mark S. Basler to Linda L. Gilleran, 150 Easton Road, $50,000
Edward C. and Marlene C. Weill III to J. Douglas and Marjorie A. Watt, 24 Eno Lane, $1,130,000
Joel and Carol S. Bronz to Q. Todd Dickinson, 17 Greenbrier Road, $1,765,000
Sibyl D. Fournet Revocable Trust to Sir-50 Center LLC, 50 Center St., $754,054.40
Sibyl D. Fournet to Sir-50 LLC, 50 Center St., $45,945,60
Amber L. Sweedler to Pegeen B. Genader, 24 Surf Road, $4,300,000
Tuesday, August 31, 2004
Property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Aug. 23-27, 2004:
Peter F. and Jurate Antioco to Peter H. Voelkner and Lauren Nasime Alaie Voelkner, 119 Long Lots Road, $1,125,000.
Sir-19 Dover LLC to Mark Roszkowski, 19 Dover Road, $1,640,000.
Ruth E. Burgess Trust to Wasburgess LLC, 13 Whitney Glen, $295,000.
Mark V. and Marie R. Hertenstein to Prudential Residential Services Limited. Partnership, 26 Webb Road, $969,000.
Prudential Residential Services Limited Partnership to Bruce and Amy Humes, 26 Webb Road, $969,000.
Wednesday, August 25, 2004
Property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Aug. 16-20, 2004:
Richard Gross to Maarten and Jill Nederlof, 36 River Lane, $1,800,000.
Victor Development LLC to Robert A. Bagot and Andrea P. Saxlehner, 136 Old Road, $1,675,000.
John P. and Lurie G. Richardson Jr. to Heather R. and Kenneth D. Litton, 12 Godfrey Lane, $1,100,000.
Jan Dziedzik to Todd C. and Kathleen P. Pulvino, 39 Bauer Place, $1,245,000.
John F. Ashton to Simon N. and Teresa Noel Fenner, 16 Bermuda Road, $2,600,000.
Wednesday, August 18, 2004
Property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Aug. 9-13, 2004:
Westport Home and Land LLC to Donald Douglas Alkema and Brenda Anne Alkema, Unit 44 63 Terra Nova Circle, $918,404.
Richard E. White and Lynne Cribari-White to Robert and Karen Hess, 11 Charcoal Hill Road, $2,350,000.
Phyllis A. and George E. Allis to Sandoor Alex Koos and Elizabeth Ann Barnes Koos, 114 Greens Farms Road, $725,000.
Tobra Brill Winer to Peter Cook, 60 Woodside Drive, $780,000.
Mabel A. Johnson to L&L Homes Inc., 9 Boxwood Lane, $1,200,000.
Thursday, August 12, 2004
Property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Aug. 2-6, 2004:
David D. and Caterine W. Squires to Donald and Sung Gaynor, 106 Greens Farms Road, $485,000.
Richard and Abby Parower to John Cuseo, 59 Colony Road, $880,000.
James W. and Suzette L. Bunnell to Maureen Dewan, 4 Oxbow Road, $1,660,000.
David B. Lawner to Michael and Helen Lim Nishi, 10 Quarter Mile Road, $890,000.
Michael S. and Joan P. Gilbertie to Ransom B. Jones, 34 Treadwell Ave., $925,000.
Paul Anne Walsh to 29 Marine Ave LLC, 29 Marine Ave., $760,000.
Westport’s Board of Selectmen, trying to ease the financial pain of residents caught up in the building permit backlog in the assessor’s office, has approved a plan allowing some homeowners to defer payment of taxes owed to the town.
The plan, approved at a lengthy meeting Wednesday night, would allow property owners with a total incremental tax of $5,000 or more and with a home with an updated gross assessed value not exceeding $750,000 to defer taxes for an additional year beyond April 2005.
Those taxpayers owing less than $5,000 will be granted an additional payment period only upon filing of an affidavit and a showing of unusual financial or other circumstances.
The policy adopted by the board said “every effort will be utilized by the board to preserve the confidentiality within the limits of the law, including referring to filings by property address.”
Friday, August 06, 2004
First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell today announced the resignation of Kevin Murowsky as Westport deputy assessor.
In a brief statement, Farrell said Assessor William Gaffney will be posting a job opportunity notice for the position in the coming days.
Farrell put Murowsky on paid administrative leave July 12, four days after she was notified that a Town Hall office was missing $500 in cash and $2,000 worth of electronic equipment. (See WestportNow July 20 ,2004)
While Farrell did not directly link Murowsky to a police investigation of the theft, a Town Hall source has told WestportNow that he was being questioned in the probe.
Police Chief Alfred R. Fiore said today he had “nothing new” on the status of the investigation.
Wednesday, August 04, 2004
The Representative Town Meeting, after more than an hour of debate, Tuesday night approved spending $673,500 to hire a firm to conduct a full physical revaluation of all of Westport’s real property.
The 32-1 vote (Margaret McHenry opposed) endorsed a bid by Vision Appraisal Technology of Northboro, Mass., the largest New England-based supplier of revaluation services, over a lesser bid of $554,500 by Cole Layer Trumble of Dayton, Ohio, the nation’s oldest and largest mass appraisal firm.
William Gaffney, the town’s assessor who began work June 21 after being hired from Milford, said even though the Vision bid was higher, he favored it because of the combination of its software and services it offered.
Cole Layer Trumble is currently working for the town to clear up a backlog of almost 1,700 building permits, some dating back to 1998, which had not been added to the town’s Grand List by the assessor’s office. (See WestportNow, July 21, 2004)
Tuesday, August 03, 2004
Property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period July 26-30, 2004:
John Chu and Tina Eng to Angelo and Heather Toglia, 17 Eno Lane, $1,166,000.
John R. and Janet H. Preston to William Scott and Kathleen M. Bennewitz, 1 Greenbrier Road, $1,220,000.
L. Charles and Jayne E. Meythaler to Andrew and Karin Sawyer, 19 Woody Lane, $3,450,000.
Marion K. Sykes to Glenn L. Bander and Jacqueline Tabucchi, 6 Warnock Drive, $642,000.
Alastair E. and Lynn A. Bruce to David Levinson and Evan Levinson, 15 Jennings Court, $845,000.