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Property of the Week, 4 Duffy’s Lane. $1,399,000.

The Gold Coast Standard and Darien Real Estate

I wrote about this house back in January before it was ever listed. Well, 4 Duffy's Lane in Darien, CT is now on the market.At an asking price of $1.399 million it resides right in the "sweet spot" of  Darien home sales. The most popular price point is the $900K-$1.5 million range and these homes allow first time buyers and those trading up in town to take advantage  of a nice location and more than a postage stamp sized yard for the little ones. This...Continue Reading!

State of the Market, Darien Homes for Sale

The Gold Coast Standard and Darien Real Estate

I usually post the new listings and closed prices each week for Darien real estate but lists and charts can only go so far.What those weekly reports lack (and I'm just as guilty of putting them out there as anyone) is context. The spring Darien real estate market has gotten off to a belated start but has finally begun. In my mind, there is good news and bad news. The good news is that there 22 accepted offers in the past month, with some...Continue Reading!

Postcards From the Edge….Darien Homes

The Gold Coast Standard and Darien Real Estate

This has nothing to do with Darien CT real estate but today I had an interesting experience. While showing a home, I was bitten by a pit bull. Luckily, it decided to let go after a second or so. As my husband wryly remarked,"Well, you didn't get a sale, but you got a bite. I feel like Rodney Dangerfield....no respect.Continue Reading!

Property of the Week, 64 Cedar Gate, Darien, CT

The Gold Coast Standard and Darien Real Estate

I sometimes hear from home buyers that they are not interested in the basic Colonial or Cape Cod syle home that is so ubiquitous here in Darien,Ct.They want something a little offbeat,or eclectic. One such home is currently on the market.  It is located in the private Cedar Gate association and is number 64. Cedar Gate is a part of the prestigious Delafield Island Association in Darien. Although minutes from downtown and major highways, it is like a world of its own and unlike other neighborhoods...Continue Reading!

Darien Town Fireworks Could Return This July

The Gold Coast Standard and Darien Real Estate

For a number of reasons which are no longer important, Darien discontinued its annual Fourth of July Fireworks display.When my kids were little we'd pack up blankets and a picnic and converge on the high school field to view the shown. (A particularly memorable 4th was known I lost my daughter Chrissie in the crowd and the master of ceremonies announced from the stage that he'd found her. Owing to the efforts of a very proactive Darien resident, we may well have...Continue Reading!

Property of the Week, 8 Flintlock,Norwalk Ct. $469,000.

ATTENTION FIRST TIME  CT HOME BUYERS!  As a favor to a good friend,I conducted a public open house at this great house in Norwalk,CT and thought I'd share the information. It is the perfect starter home , great for someone with a couple of children, teenagers, or even visiting family. How can one house be all this. First of all,the house is located on a cul de sac in Norwalk, making it perfect for those with young children. There are three bedrooms on...Continue Reading!

Open Houses,Darien,CT Real Estate,March 6,2011

Here is the list of this week's open houses in Darien Ct. This is a great cross section of properties from exclusive waterfront(North Road) to starter homes(Phillips Lane).If you're looking to buy a home this spring in Darien, this selection of homes will offer a good overview of relative values in town.Match these up with "sold" properties provided by your Realtor and you'll be able to figure out the pricing structure in Darien. Don't want to bother with excel spreadsheets....call me. I'm...Continue Reading!

Darien,CT Real Estate, Year to Date report

The Gold Coast Standard and Darien Real Estate

Two months does not a trend make but for those of you who are following the numbers closely, these are all going in the right direction for what is affectionately termed a "recovery". I think of it more as physical therapy....one foot in front of the other....until we're on our feet again.Real estate markets are like people...they heal at their own rates and this one is no exception. The patient is doing well. Continue Reading!

Mortgage Fees Set to Rise this Spring

The Gold Coast Standard and Darien Real Estate

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal reports that the cost of getting a mortgage is about to get a lot more expensive. If you're thinking about buying a home here in Darien or just about anywhere ,consider the following: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are adding new fees to borrowers with even the best credit ratings.Previously,there had been no fees assessed on those  with credit ratings of 720 or higher who put down less than a 25% deposit.Now there will...Continue Reading!

14 Broker Open Houses Tomorrow

Here we go....as promised... the Darien real estate market will begin to heat up as the weather warms.Tuesdays and Thursdays are"Broker Open House" days and tomorrow will be busy one.There are 14 homes on the tour in Darien and Rowayton alone.Some  of the homes for sale are inventory leftovers from the winter but many are new and range in price from $700K to $6million.Ladies and gentlemen.....start your engines.Continue Reading!