Residential real estate roundup
Updated 5:55 pm, Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Habitat building first home for soldier in Bridgeport
Habitat for Humanity recently celebrated with its key sponsor, the first "Habitat for Heroes" a program that builds homes for veterans returning from active duty. The Connecticut Chapter of SIOR held a work party to frame the new home for Staff Sgt. Juliette Taylor, a decorated soldier who served an 18 month tour in Iraq and 2 humanitarian tours in Afghanistan with the Army. Once completed, this Bridgeport home will be the first in which Taylor's entire family, which includes two sons, a daughter and grandson, will be living in one home together.
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Southport architect hires designer
Southport-based high-end residential architectural firm Mark P. Finlay has hired the founder of HB Home to head its interior design department. Gina Eastman, who owned HB Home and Eastman Design brings 12 years of experience to the firm.
Coldwell lauds top Oxford agents
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Oxford recognized its top closers and listing agents for May. Jeanine Blanchette was the office's top agent for transactions closed in the month of May. Blanchette is a resident of Naugatuck and services the Tri-bury and Naugatuck Valley areas. Karen Griffin was the top agent for listings taken.
A.P. Construction to start $46 million apartment project
Stamford-based A.P. Construction and Hartford-based Associated Construction have created a joint venture to construct a high rise apartment in downtown Stamford. This is the second phase of Trinity Financial's Park Square West project, a $46 million, 225,000-square-foot luxury, high rise mixed-use development consisting of 209 apartments. Work began this May on the 15-story building at 66 Summer St. and will be completed in approximately 24 months. Studios, one and two bedroom units will be available and the plan calls for a breakfast bar and fitness center.
San Francisco group backs loans to region's lenders
The Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco co-sponsored the Southern Connecticut Regional Housing and Economic Development Summit in Norwalk last week. Top public officials, housing activists, and financial institutions discussed housing challenges in the area. An FHLB executive said 17 of its member institutions have pledged 4,950 mortgage loans to help working families afford a house in a region where foreclosure and affordability continue to be issues. Other sponsors included Bank of America, Peoples United Bank, Connecticut Department of Banking, Connecticut Housing Finance Authority, US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Connecticut Department of Housing, Connecticut Fair Housing Center, and FREEDOM.
Listings hit 56 in a month
Weichert Realtors said this week on its website that 56 homes in Greenwich have just been listed for sale in the last 30 days. Of the single family homes up for sale, the lowest priced was a $495,000 four-bedroom home on Hartford Avenue. The highest new listing was also a four-bedroom home on North Street for $2.995 million.
Re-Store seeks some donations
Housatonic Habitat for Humanity reminds people and contractors as they renovate during the summer that it will accept some donations to its Re-Store, but not all. Habitat's Re-Store at 51 Austin St., Danbury, sells donated home building supplies and uses the money to help in its efforts to create affordable housing in the region. While it does accept some appliances and building materials, the group wants people to know it can't take the following:
• Air conditioning units (unless new)
• Appliances older than 7 years (gas or electric)
• Dishwashers older than 3 years
• Bath tubs (unless new and delivered to ReStore)
• Bathroom sinks (out of style colors)
• Carpeting or padding (unless new)
• Ikea furniture (unless new in box)
• Mattresses and boxsprings
• Paint (open cans)
• Single pane windows
• Storm windows
For the complete list of unacceptable items, see http://www.housatonichabitat.org/ or call (203) 205-0952.