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Posted on January 9, 2021
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 email@example.com, 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!
Posted on December 20, 2020
It looked like the Longshore entrance drive — but it wasn’t.
It reminded many readers of Sherwood Island — but it wasn’t.
Last week’s Photo Challenge showed the tree-lined drive leading to what used to be Harvey Weinstein’s home. Now demolished, it sat adjacent to Burying Hill Beach. (Click here to see.)
Rich Stein, Ryan Burke and Michael Brennecke were the only 3 to correctly identify the (very private) site. Michael (and Sam Febbraio) also referenced it by a previous owner: the Glendinning estate.
I’m not sure if Harvey ever had any wild parties there. (Though I could guess.)
But I know for sure the Glendinnings did.
That’s all I’ll say. Now we’ll just move on to this week’s Photo Challenge.
If you have any idea at all where you’d see this week’s very difficult image, click “Comments” below.
Posted on December 3, 2020
After 30 years in town, Cathy Walsh knows Westport.
But despite all that time — and her long service on the Planning & Zoning Commission — it took a pandemic for her to really appreciate the things she sees every day.
For the past 9 months, Cathy has walked all over town. The day after Thanksgiving she did a 7 1/2-mile loop to Burying Hill Beach. The next day she took her regular 6 1/2-mile neighborhood walk.
Like many other Westporters, COVID helped Cathy see Westport through new eyes.
Unlike many others, Cathy stopped along the way to take photos. Here are some scenes from last week’s walks.
Even during a crisis, Westport is beautiful. Thanks, Cathy, for helping us notice so much we don’t always see.
Posted on November 29, 2020
I haven’t counted, but probably 90% of the Long Island Sound images I post are of Compo and Old Mill.
Both spots are photographers’ dreams. Cannons, jetties, a marina, a playground, a Cape Code-style cove — those and much more keep professionals and amateurs snapping away.
But Westport’s water views are hardly limited to our 2 most popular beaches. Saugatuck Shores, Sherwood Island and Burying Hill also provide ever-changing photographic opportunities.
Other vistas too should get more attention than they do. One was last week’s Photo Challenge.
Tom Lowrie’s shot looked west, toward Burying Hill and, beyond, Sherwood Island. It was taken from Beachside Avenue — the site, 350 years ago, of the first white settlements in what is now Westport. (Click here to see.)
It’s one of the prettiest spots in town. But only Jacque O’Brien, Rob Hauck, Andrew Colabella, Rich Stein and Tom Wall correctly identified it. Congratulations!
Here is this week’s Photo Challenge. If you know where it is, click “Comments” below. Bonus points if you’ve got the back story!
Posted on November 22, 2020
In the 11 years I’ve been posting pictures of entitled drivers — aka “stupid parking tricks” — I’ve seen plenty of things that make me shake my head.
But every one of them involved a parking lot. Or at least, something lot-related nearby (think: sidewalks).
What Chris Grimm saw yesterday put 11 years of entitled drivers to shame.
This woman — who in the photo sits merrily inside her car — simply zipped through both the Burying Hill Beach parking lot and the walking path gate, then created a new parking spot.
Hey, you can’t beat the view!
The good news: At least she’s wearing a mask.
Posted on November 1, 2020
Burying Hill Beach does not get many visitors.
But it sure gets a lot of love.
The small, sometimes eroding spit of sand, with its gentle (burying) hill and marshes separating it from Sherwood Island State Park, is a favored spot for all who know it.
In fact, someone painted “One Love” on the low wall near the entrance. That was the subject of Andrew Colabella’s image in last week’s Photo Challenge. (Click here to see.)
Bob Grant, Fred Cantor, Cheryl McKenna, Seth Schachter, Bruce Salvo, Ed Simek, Michael Calise, Arline Gertzoff, Lynn Untermeyer Miller, Will Luedke and Amy Schneider all quickly identified the location.
If you did not recognize it — or have never been to Burying Hill Beach — what are you waiting for?!
This week’s Photo Challenge may be the most beautiful one ever. Michael Tomashefsky’s shot could be many places in Westport. But if you know exactly where you’d see this autumn scene, click “Comments” below.