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Officials Vote 4-0 To Delay Demolition of ca. 1830-Built Forest Street Home

Saying that more information is needed about a new two-family house planned for Forest Street, town officials on Monday voted unanimously to impose a 90-day delay in the demolition of an existing antique structure on the .3-acre lot. Members of the Historical Review Committee during a special meeting described the architecture of the approximately 1830-built home at 74 Forest St. as a “vernacular” type that rapidly is disappearing in a historically important area. Committee member Martin Skrelunas, an architecture and landscape preservationist, said the red-painted house “represents and is one of last of this style in New Canaan.”

Addressing Tom Sturges, the contractor on the construction project, Skrelunas said, “I think the thing that could be special about your project is, knowing you’re building from scratch, is that you can demonstrate that you can build in a non-designated historic street but maintain that history, maintain that spirit, which in turn could benefit the rest of that block.”

“I think there will be change on the rest [of the street] and if you are able to do that, I could see others following suit and becoming a much more valuable area,” Skrelunas said at the meeting, held in the Janet Lindstrom Room at the New Canaan Historical Society’s Town House. Committee member Rose Scott Long, an architectural preservationist, added: “This is kind of a crucial point because there is definitely going to be more development in that area and what you do here it is really going to have a great impact.”

The committee voted 4-0 to impose the delay. Continue Reading →

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Strong Single-Home Sales at Top of Market Push New Canaan to 17 Percent Rise in November

Thanks largely to an increase in the $3 million to $5 million range, sales of single-family homes in New Canaan increased 17 percent year-over-year in November, from 12 to 14, according to newly published data. The median sales price jumped 20 percent month-over-month, though the year-to-date median sales price still is 4 percent below last year, according to the New Canaan MLS data, supplied by the New Canaan Board of Realtors. Here’s a snapshot of last month:

 

According to the Board of Realtors president, Joe Scozzafava, there already are four “pending” sales in the $3 million-plus range in December, “so this trend appears to be continuing which is definitely good news.” “Part of the reason for this activity would have to be more realistic asking prices,” he said. “The New Canaan high-end market represents some of the best values in lower Fairfield County.”

Homes as of November are spending an average of 191 days on the market, up from 183 last year, according to the data. Continue Reading →

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‘The Town’s Heritage Is Being Eroded’: Objection Filed in Planned Demolition of 1829-Built Forest Street Home

A town resident and historic preservationist has filed a formal objection to the razing of a multi-family house on Forest Street that once was cited for blight. The red-painted, 2,500-square-foot house at 74 Forest St.—the fifth residence on the west side of the street, running north out of downtown New Canaan—dates to 1829, tax records show. The property in July was purchased for $603,750 by a limited liability company whose principals are James and Gregory Demirjian of New Canaan, according to records on file with the Connecticut Secretary of the State. It was transferred the following month to a different LLC controlled by the same two individuals. It isn’t clear what is planned for the lot—no building permit application has yet come into the town. Continue Reading →

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Demolition, New Construction Planned for Selleck Place

The town last week received an application to build a new, 4,980-square-foot house on Selleck Place. The new home at 28 Selleck Place will include four bedrooms, three full bathrooms, two half-bathrooms, a living room, family room, office, laundry room and finished attic, according to a building permit application filed Nov. 27. It will cost about $750,000 to build, the application said. The town on Nov. Continue Reading →

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