Thursday, June 4, 2015

49 Middle Ridge Road - 2 Flat Acres in the Hoyt Farm Neighborhood

A custom designed brick colonial located on a ''great two acre'' parcel in New Canaan. Just minutes from Town Center, Train Station, Merritt Parkway and I-95. Incredibly well built with extra insulation and high efficient windows and walls. Interior has been newly painted and update, refinished floors and lighting. Upgraded well, septic system, boiler, and water heater. Kitchen updated in 2007 with granite counter tops, carrier central HVAC system, slate lined roof, decking and dormers.

I like this house because its set gracefully back from the road on a slight incline. The approach from a circular drive allows guests to enter through the front door, while there is the option to drive around to the left side of the house, park and enter through the garage doors up to the kitchen.

Inside, the floors are all hardwood, the windows are new and the house has been freshly painted in whites and neutral colors.

The kitchen and baths are a bit dated, but since over 80% of buyers want to put in their own kitchen I have encouraged the current owner to list the house as-is and let the new owner design his/her kitchen.

Similarly, the backyard offers an opportunity for pool, tennis court, or a walk-out finished basement. While the septic is currently sized for a 4-5 bedroom house we have engineering drawings that show how the septic can be expanded or relocated on the property to accommodate a house twice the size with twice the bedrooms.

The house is easy to show. Please call us and make an appointment. You won't be disappointed.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

1958 Porsche at the Greenwich Car Show and Concours d'Elegance this Weekend, and some of my favorite pictures of that car...

Mead Park

Boissonas House of 1958

Philip Johnson

blending in with the bricks

even the engine is pretty, everything in its place

Mead Park Photo Shoot for the Catalog

Saying Goodbye to the Car in Greenwich

227 Lambert Road
at the James Evans house, 1960

a hyperbolic paraboloid roof in the background

Philip Johnson's Wiley Speculative House

Bonham's Auction in Greenwich

Porsche 1958 and 1965

Tavern Island is For Sale $11 million

Tavern Island in Norwalk Harbor with views of Rowayton and Darien

Tavern Island is For Sale for about $11 million.

I remember my first time on this island, about 19 years ago, a tour hosted by friend and island caretaker Geoff Farris. Carefully maintained, beautiful and private, Tavern Island has all the creature comforts that other island lack because it is connected to the mainland for water and electricity. Nearby L'Hammock Island makes its electricity from solar panels and collects its water from the roof.

Tavern's most recent owner is Albert Zesiger of Zesiger Capital. He purchased Tavern Island in 1982 for $950,000.

I remember seeing a 70 year old Mr. Zesiger swim around his 4 acre island just to keep in shape. Mr. Zeziger had the foresight to purchase a waterfront property in Rowayton and build a terrific stone and steel dock and a garage for his cars. He has two steel boats that can transport he and his guests to the island in any weather and which have no trouble breaking through the occasional ice.

In the 1960's and 1970's Tavern Island was a summer camp.

From 1957 until his death in 1966 Tavern Island was owned by Hollywood and Broadway maverick Billy Rose of "It's Only a Paper Moon" fame. Billy would hoist a flag with a rose on it signifying that the party had started and all of the stars came out from New York City to join him there. There are rumors of Barbara Streisand, Maureen O'Sullivan and Marilyn Monroe partying on Tavern Island.

Writer Lillian Hellman rented the caretaker’s cottage and it is there that Hellman is said to have completed The Little Foxes in the late 1930s.

Olivia illustration
Tavern Island was home to author, illustrator and set designer Ian Falconer as a boy, traveling by boat to school. One can imagine how his adventurous island childhood may have impacted the creation of his famed illustrated character Olivia, from the children’s book series.

What does $11 million buy?
  • A 1900 Tudor home with 6 bedrooms, 7 baths, 2 offices, an exercise room and steam room.
  • A 2-bedroom, 2-bath guest cottage
  • A boat house with a large game room, bedroom and bath
  • A tea house with stunning nighttime views of the New York City lights.
  • Two boats and a half-acre property with a dock and parking lot
  • Ian Falconer
  • A 75-foot pool that overlooks one of four private beaches
If you have any interest in seeing Tavern Island, give me a call. I have a boat nearby and am always looking for an excuse to use it.

(Tavern Island is currently listed by Rick Higgins of the Higgins Group and Rick can be reached at 203-254-9000)