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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
The 44th Annual Darien Antiques Show open here in town with a preview party on Friday,March 4. The show itself runs through the weekend to Sunday March 6. The show is run by the First Congregational Church of Darien and the proceeds support local charities including emergency shelters,and food banks.The weekend of events will kick off with a preview party ,"An Evening Out" on Friday March 4 from 7-9PM. The preview party will specifically benefit St.Lukes LifeWorks, a non profit organization...Continue Reading!
I was chatting with a colleague last night and we were discussing the current state of the real estate market in Darien,CT and how it has been transformed by the Internet.It has, by and large, been a great thing for buyers and sellers alike and offers information in ways no one dreamed of just a few years ago. Pictures,videos,town statistics- all at the click of a button. But there are some things the Internet can't supply.At the end of the day, there...Continue Reading!
Only five property transfers were recorded so far this month.Most notable is 58 Mansfield Ave, which when originally listed three years ago was listed for over $3.5 million. You can see where it has ended. RIP. Midbrook Lane was a wonderful colonial with great bones and great potential.Morehouse Lane was one of the last great building lots in town. Congratulations to the lucky buyer. Continue Reading!