Friday, February 14, 2014

Looking at New Canaan Land Under Fresh Snow

Looking at land in Winter with builder John Kaeser. With a fresh coat of snow and leaves down you can really appreciate fully the contours in the land. In this case we see a panorama taken from the ridge top and we know that the the two houses we have planned for this site will not see each other.  

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

New Canaan High School Band Winter Instrumental Concert

My daughter Lillian is in there somewhere playing the trumpet. Go Lillie! Tonight's concert features the music of Frank Sinatra and includes the band playing with the orchestra. 

Saturday, February 8, 2014

New Canaan Property Values on the Decline?

Nelson Oliveira of The New Canaan News did a story this week on the current revaluation taking place. While he got most of it right and property values are down an average of 2.8%, it is impossible to paint the whole market with one brush.

Of note, they quoted me saying: 

The value of properties costing between $1 million and $4 million in New Canaan was mostly flat in 2013. As Realtor John Engel, who also serves on the Town Council, put it, "both ends of the seesaw are changing a lot, but the middle is flat."

This does not begin to capture the angst being expressed by those in the community whose property taxes have gone up more than 15% overnight. By my count 2575 homes have gone up an average of 12.4% and those people, typically on the left side of our seesaw, want to know why. 

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Who Would Ever Want to Live in a Glass House?

#NewCanaan   Rented. As of today this iconic midcentury modern masterpiece designed by James Evans in 1960 is once again OFF the market. Tune in again this time next year, 2015, if you absolutely have to live in a #glasshouse  and you have $1,700,000 to spend on the privilege. Listed by +John Engel  and Susan Engel at Barbara Cleary's Realty Guild, (203) 966-7772 

For Sale in West Norwalk: Sprawling Center Hall Colonial Situated on Quiet Cul-De-Sac

The most perfect setting and location to come upon in West Norwalk. You must see this sprawling center hall Colonial situated on a quiet cul-de-sac on the New Canaan border. This property is conveniently located less than 10 minutes from 3 different train stations making the commute to NYC a dream. Entertain friends while you're cooking in this sumptuous kitchen with granite counters and stainless steel appliances or sit by the fire in the living room after a long day at work. Serenity is the mood of the enclosed porch overlooking the picturebook setting of lawn and grounds. Don't miss the amazing playroom, even a stage for those "actors" in the family or add a movie screen and you can have movie nights. Fin basement with full bath for the guest or au-pair? Wired for generator.

Listed by John Engel and Susan Engel for $775,000

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Timeless Colonial on Private Cul-De-Sac For Sale in New Canaan

Timeless colonial on private cul-de-sac. Outside, enjoy private landscaped meadowlands. Inside epitomizes artful, casual elegance found in the cherry library with built-ins and coffered ceiling, the gourmet kitchen and the breakfast room opening to a raised terrace. Ceilings are 9' & 10' with significant crown moldings. Master Bedroom has fireplace, sitting room and bath with whirlpool and steam shower. Finished lower level has fireplace and full bath; 3rd level has half bath. Versatile floor plan.

Listed by John Engel and Susan Engel of Barbara Cleary's Realty Guild for $2.55 million

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Magnificent Modern Hilltop Estate For Sale in New Canaan

Exceptional, dramatic Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired modern home, set atop a hill and offering spectacular panoramas. The open and expansive living area has 7,500 sq. ft. on 4 stories, offering exceptional indoor/outdoor spaces. The dining room has a wall of windows on three sides with views toward majestic hardwood forest. The living room has a cathedral ceiling with a wall of windows and massive stone fireplace. Exterior doors from almost every room, at every level, provide access to beautiful terraces and private gardens.

Listed by John and Susan Engel of Barbara Cleary's Realty Guild for $3,000,000.

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