Saturday, January 23, 2016

Perfect Movies During A Blizzard

The storm today may be setting a new record for Central Park but how does it square with Connecticut?  Above, is a photo from the blizzard of 1888, taken in Fairfield, CT.

Polling folks yesterday on their plans for this homebound weekend, "binge watching" was the number one response.   To make your viewing decisions easy, check out the 2016 Golden Globe winners and nominees.  This should be a pretty safe bet!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

2016 Kitchen Trends and Greenwich CT

The Kitchen at 42 Mooreland Road, Greenwich CT (for sales information on this property, click here)

I designed my first kitchen in 1988 under the auspices of the then Greenwich kitchen and bath firm, Ceramic Design.  With Smallbone at the peak of its popularity, their influence in faux finishing kitchen cabinetry so that it looked less like a kitchen and more like furniture was all the rage.  From there we saw a move to rich wood kitchen cabinets, and, most recently, it's been all about white.  

Enter 2016.  What are the experts saying?

Comfort and Gathering:  Kitchen's remain the heart of the home.  Cabinets that look like furniture, concealed appliances, and ample, dedicated space for comfortable eating remain important.

White and Black:  Charlotte Barnes of Charlotte Barnes Design is loving black and white kitchens with nickel hardware.  Farrow & Ball's Wimborne White is a creamy white that Charlotte favors for kitchen cabinets.

Modern Vibe:  Sound Beach Partners, a high-end design/build firm has figured it out, as shown by their latest home that captured three offers in the first two weeks.  The kitchen hit all the high notes from the firm's signature gun metal custom dining table and banquette, to floor to ceiling cabinetry in a gloss finish, and unexpected details such as the window set in the cooktop backsplash, capturing a view of the outdoors.  

One of our favorite kitchens and breakfast rooms is at 42 Mooreland Drive, shown in this post.  Renowned architect Boris Baranovich got it right from scale to every last detail.  Currently on the market, listed by our team, The Stevens Kencel Group.

Need inspiration for your next kitchen remodeling?  Take a peak at these top kitchens from Houzz

Monday, January 18, 2016

Greenwich 2015 Real Estate Topline


Number of Condos Sold: 200
Number of Single Family Homes Sold: 600
Median Sale Price: $1.86 million
Average Sale Price: $2.42 million
Average Days on Market: 176
With a fierce and cold winter, 2015 sales started off slow, continuing the soft market of 2014.  A faster sales pace in the remaining quarters ended the year flat in terms of volume sales vs. 2014.  The lowest price Single Family house to sell was $360,000 and highest was $26,000,000.   By area, South of the Parkway led the way in total volume sales with an average sales price of $3.4 million.  Here's how sales sorted out:

Over 10% of these sales were over $6 million.  Old Greenwich and Riverside continued to be buyer favorites and together, accounted for 34% of all sales.  Of note, North of the Parkway is showing favorably and contributed 10% to 2015 volume sales.
Looking at 2015 sales by price levels, nearly 75% of all sales were in the $0-2.9 million price ranges. Within this spread, the fastest growing properties were in the $1-1.99 million grouping.  The $3-3.9 million price ranges was the next most popular price segment with 11% of all sales.  The over $8 million price segment continues to have a high inventory to sales relationship.

What did the median price, $1.86 million buy in Greenwich in 2015?  

  • In Old Greenwich, you could have bought an updated 1919 home, 5 bedroom, 3.5 baths, 3,374 square feet, on Grimes Road,
  • A 4,301 square feet, 1927 home that was renovated in the 90s, 5 bedroom, 4 bath on Oval Rd in Riverside, 
  • Or a condo in downtown Greenwich of 3,184 square feet that lasted on the market 7 days

As 2016 begins, the anticipation of rising mortgage rates, the lack of the winter storms that usually keep buyers indoors,  and strong inventory, are contributing to what promises to be a good start to the new year. More detailed information on 2015 sales next week!