26-28 Beachside Avenue — Harvey Weinstein’s property, next to Burying Hill Beach, and the one adjacent to it — is on the market for $17,900,000. The 2 lots on 5.65 acres include 454 feet of waterfront, and a beach.
Longtime Westporter and open space advocate Scott Smith writes:
If the good citizens of Westport can over the years pony up funds to purchase Longshore Club Park, Winslow Park, Baron’s South, Allen’s Clam House and other unique properties around town, why wouldn’t we consider acquiring the 5-plus acre parcel on Beachside Avenue adjacent to Burying Hill Beach?
26-28 Beachside Avenue is to the left of Burying Hill Beach. (Photo copyright GMLS IDX)
While it’s great to see investment in the restored jetty, as a municipal property Burying Hill is still woefully neglected and in serious need of further climate-mitigation repair.
The roadway and parking area are increasingly under water at high tides.
And let’s face it: Despite its spectacular location, with limited facilities, an awkward layout and poor access, Burying Hill is underwhelming as a recreational venue.
Buying the adjoining land at 26-28 Beachside Avenue would allow for the entrance roadway to be moved away from New Creek, and create an opportunity to reimagine the park as a public greenspace along a scenic tidal estuary with unparalleled bluff-side views of Long Island Sound. That is what Burying Hill Beach was meant to be.
The Burying Hill Beach entrance often floods at high tide. (Photo/Ed Simek)
Yes, there’s sticker shock.
But as Donald Trump has been schooling us, real estate appraisals are very much in the eye of the beholder, and lienholder. I, for one, would have a hard time shelling out any amount of money to build a home on ground despoiled by Harvey Weinstein.
26-28 Beachside Avenue. (Photo copyright GMLS IDX)
At the very least, from an ecological/conservation standpoint, it makes great sense to preserve the New Creek watershed from further development. I would hope there are conservation easements or other tax benefits to explore to that end.
Look what happened when the town failed to prevent the blue monster at Old Mill Beach.
So, come on, Westport: Make an offer!
(To see the full real estate listing, click here.)
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Schematic for 26-28 Beachside Avenue.