Just how hot was last year’s real estate market?
COVID-19 pushed the number of single-family home sales to a record 639. That compares to 356 the previous year.
Including condos, there were 688 residential transactions in 2020. The year prior: 389.
It wasn’t just volume that soared. Check out the MLS graph below, showing the dollar volume of closed sales over the past 3 years. Westport is in blue; Weston is green, Fairfield yellow, Wilton red.
Westport’s median sales price in December was $1,399,000. (Hat tips: KMS Partners and Chuck Greenlee)
Remember the November photo of the driver who zoomed past the fence and up the hill at Burying Hill Beach, parked at the top and admired the view of Long Island Sound?
Either she inspired a copycat. Or — just like the US Capitol on Wednesday — it is now okay to breach every normally accepted rule of behavior that has governed us forever.
Rusty Ford spotted this yesterday. And no, it’s not the same car at all.
Looking for a job?
Bridgewater Associates is looking for an executive chef.
The Westport-based world’s largest hedge fund ran a classified ad in the current Westport News.
The chef will provide catering services for executive-level meals and VIP meetings — over 150 business and social events annual, from small breakfasts to parties for more than 100.
But he or she won’t be stuck in the firm’s 2 offices here (Weston Road and Nyala Farm). Some of the cooking will be done on the VIP yacht.
The ad explains: “International sailing catering services include … creating menus for daily fare and social events; and procuring necessary culinary supplies in ports of call around the world for extensive travel time on the water. Travel to various unanticipated locations domestically and internationally, including onboard VIP yacht, is required.”
Interested? Send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail to Bridgewater Associates, 1 Glendinning Place, Westport, CT 06880. Don’t forget the job code: BW55.
Westport is a Transportation Leader.
That’s the official title. Our Department of Human Resources received the silver award for our CTrides 2021 Transportation Leaders program.
Earning Transportation Leader status requires an annual commitment by town government to work with CTrides to educate, encourage and incentivize employees to use greener modes.
Westport was recognized for providing commuting and CTrides information to all employees, establishing a telework and flexible work schedule program, and access to electric vehicle chargers at Town Hall.
1st Selectman cited interim Transit District director and RTM Transit Committee member Peter Gold for his support in receiving the award.
And finally … happy 80th birthday to singer/songwriter/activist Joan Baez!