One of the things I am most asked about when couples move to Darien is the parking situation at the commuter Metro North stations. As someone once said, "Its complicated." Darien, Ct is blessed to have not one but two commuter Metro North stations, Noroton Heights and downtown Darien. The early risers get the best spaces but the problem is that we are running out of spaces and logical ways to pay for them. For whatever reason, large numbers of past commuters...Continue Reading!
How do I describe the doings in Darien Ct real estate this year so far? Well first, the season ,as we all know was severely delayed to to severely lousy weather,and a late spring that still is grudging. Repairs needed from ice dams, slowly melting snow and dazed homeowners kept things in a deep freeze well into April, 2014. Then came the thaw, or should I say partial thaw. Homes were listed and anything with a working front door and a price tag...Continue Reading!
I am very proud to be the agent in Darien and environs for Suburban Jungle Realty. If you haven't heard of them, they help people relocating from other areas find their perfect,suburban town. The idea is to have you fill out a questionaire asking you what's important in a town to you. This weeks New York Times wrote an article about some of the measures that Suburban Jungle uses...ones you may never have thought about. Take a look. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/03/your-money/43-questions-to-ask-before-picking-a-new-town.html?_r=2Continue Reading!
Back "in the day" I used to post my favorite "House of the Week" on this blog but as usual things have gotten complicated. Legally, I am not allowed to post any information much less a review of any other agents' listings. It is considered advertising and one agent does not have the right to advertise another's listing without expressed permission. Since no one would grant me permission to write an unbiased review of a home, there is no sense to...Continue Reading!
Here is an unbiased report from Darien/New Canaan Magazine about the new normal in this areas real estate market....http://www.newcanaandarienmag.com/n/March-April-2014/The-Real-Estate-Survival-Guide/Continue Reading!
Just a snippet of information for those dipping their toes in the Darien real estate market....get in line. The number of homes sold as of February 28 0f 2014 is two times that of 2013. That is 18 versus 32 this year. Mostly entry level price points but not all. Lets see what the spring brings....Should be a barn burner.Continue Reading!
This little compendium is compliments of my friend ,Nicole Lyons. She has a great website called www.AllAboutDarien.com and you can get a real flavor of the town just by going to her site. In the meantime, here is a list of things to do this week....as usual its all (or mostly) about the little ones. Enjoy.http://allaboutdarien.com/2014/03/whats-doin-in-darien-weekend-of-march-6th/Continue Reading!
FINALLY, we are seeing more inventory come onto the Darien home marketplace. Its been a" fits and starts" sort of thing up until now,particularly in the entry level price point. So if you're interested in buying a home from $700,000-$1,500,000 NOW is the time to keep your eyes and ears open. These houses will go to the swiftest of buyers and those who are willing to step up in multiple bid situations. What does that mean exactly? Well just the way it sounds. If...Continue Reading!
By now you know about the inventory issues in Darien real estate. If you're looking to buy a home below $1.6million, you have few to no choices. Now that the weather has for the moment, turned warm all the ice and snow that has built up on the roofs of Darien homeowners is finding its way indoors. Ice damming has been a big issue during this cold snap and as the deep freeze abates, water will continue to make an appearance in family rooms...Continue Reading!
I wrote a post a few years ago about nursery schools in Darien Ct. Although most of the schools are still around I thought Id update the information a bit. When clients first come home shopping here, they often tell horror stories about enrolling children in pre-school in New York City and how the most popular schools command upwards of $25,000 annually. Rest assured that is NOT the case everywhere and certainly not in Darien CT. Choices here are varied, everyone swears...Continue Reading!