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.
Bridgewater’s new executive chef will not be stuck at Westport headquarters.
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!
If you were like most “06880” readers, you spent yesterday giving thanks for all your blessings. It was a day for feeling fortunate, happy and grateful.
Today we’re back to Starbucks-bashing.
Sure, fitting too many cars into a parking lots with too few spaces is a First World problem. Yes, there are far more important things in the world to worry about. I know, “06880” seems to have a fixation with entitled entitled drivers.
But come on, people. Seriously?
The new Starbucks (old Arby’s/even older Burger King/much older Carrols) has struck a nerve. Every day, someone emails me with a photo/gripe/horror story.
I’m sitting in the new Starbucks for the first time as I write. I overhear several people saying how much they hate it — how it’s so cold, how stressed the staff is, compared to “warm” and “friendly” old place … Parking lot is scary for people on foot.
It’s comical and painful that a company supposedly committed to Paris climate agreement and sustainability puts in a drive-thru inviting 12 idling cars at a time. Sad, short-sighted, stupid.
To repeat: I know there are many more important issues in Westport — and the world — than Starbucks’ newest store.
A new Starbucks opened a couple of hours ago, in the old Arby’s (previously Burger King, before that Carrols). It’s across the street and a few yards east of the previous incarnation, near the Sherwood Diner.
The new Starbucks… (Photo/Matt Murray)
You would think that’s good news for Westporters needing enough spaces to park. (And bad news for “06880,” which may have to search elsewhere for photos of entitled/obnoxious/oblivious parkers.)
Alert “06880” reader Michael Traum reports:
After leaving their old Crazy Vin’s home with 24 parking spots and a relatively easy exit, their new home has a whopping 26 spots and a drive-thru (woo-hoo).
But the exit is nothing short of hazardous. For example, I witnessed a worker’s pick-up with trailer collide with a GBT Bus at around 1:30 today. No one appeared to be hurt, but watch out leaving this “‘new and improved” location.
I work across the street. I don’t recall any accidents when Arby’s was there, but no one really went to Arby’s much.
Left turns out of Starbucks by distracted and caffeinated drivers will be an adventure.
Especially during the morning rush hour, when traffic heading west is heavy to begin with.
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