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Everyone who walks this trail, especially my dogs, agrees that this is one of the most wonderful places to go to decompress and gain inspiration in Fairfield Connecticut’s beach area. You may find yourself alone with the wildlife (and your dogs), or you may see other people dog-walking, jogging or bicycling.
There is convenient access from several beach area neighborhoods. One entrance is on Old Dam Road. You can jump on the trail from the Meadows condo complex off South Pine Creek Road, or you can enter at Mona Terrace by the soccer field and senior center. The latter is my favorite because there is a cut-through from an additional neighborhood near me at the Veres Park cul-de-sac. A parking lot is also available at the senior center, next to the soccer field.
When entering from Mona Terrace, I like the fact that you have options. You can choose to go for a short and sweet stroll along the marsh-side path that leads out to Oldfield Road. Or for a bigger commitment, you can jump onto the wide trail and go through the woods, across the bridge, and past the Meadows condos and Old Dam Road to the end of the trail and back.
The woods are always peaceful and pretty, but in my view, the vistas along the tidal marsh are where I find my “Zen”. When it’s high tide, the water winds through the tall grasses, and when the sun hits the water just right, it sparkles through the reeds and tree branches like diamonds! In the summer, the seaside greenery boasts flowers of vivid colors, and a vast variety of birds are busy doing what they do!
Last, but not least, if you take the full route to the end, you will get the prize. What makes this my favorite trail is that it narrows along a little strip of raised land, where you start to wonder where you will end up. But it leads you to the sweetest of surprises. The tail takes you to a final destination, where (spoiler alert) you are surrounded on three sides by the water of a tranquil lagoon. Beyond the edge of the lagoon, to the right, you can see two more waterways. Old Dam Road flanks the lagoon with Pine Creek behind it. And behind that, you see Fairfield Beach Road and the Long Island Sound. Three different waterway views all at once, what a rare treat! Your dogs can go for a swim, you can take some photos as I’ve done here, and then, you can head back to reality feeling renewed.
For more information about the rich local amenities or any real estate questions, send me a note below or give me a call.
There are plenty of tough decisions to make when buying and selling a home, and choosing good movers is one of them. To provide some insight on the options, I’m sharing ratings from some recent Connecticut area moves as well as a national moving company comparison. The Connecticut input comes from a few people who completed an informal survey about four movers that handled local moves in the Fairfield County area. The national review comes from a comprehensive report by Reviews.com and provides the results of their in-depth comparison.
I asked a handful of people who recently moved for feedback about the moving companies they chose. A 10-question survey asked respondents to rate their moving company on a scale of 1 to 5, with one being terrible and five being excellent. They were asked to score based on their opinions of the quote process, price, range of services, scheduling process, efficiency and timeliness of the move, and care in handling their belongings. I received four responses, each rating a different mover. Keep in mind that every move is different with unique circumstances, but here is some feedback about one move with each company.
The customer moved from a condo in Stamford to another condo in Southport for the price of $3,500. The company received a low overall rating of 2.2. Aside from satisfaction with the process of obtaining the quote (score of 4), the available services (score of 3), the customer was not pleased with the movers, giving the company a 2 for the scheduling process and timeliness and 1s for price and handling of belongings. Their comment was, “The movers just wanted to get it done quickly and they did damage to some of my furniture. They also did not pack the items as they had indicated they would in their estimate.”
Lippincott Van Lines
This move was from a house in Seymour to another house in Fairfield. The cost was $2,000. The overall score was 3.7 with ratings of 4 on price, quote process, their range of services, and timeliness/efficiency, and 3 for the scheduling process and handling of belongings. They said they would recommend this mover, and their comment was, “Actual movers were good, sales staff could be more responsive”.
All My Sons
This company was used for a move within Connecticut from a condo to a house for $750. The customer gave them an overall rating of 3.7 with ratings of 4 on all aspects except for price and care in handling belongings for which they gave a 3. They did not share a comment.
The highest rating of the four went to Junkluggers with an overall score of 4.5. They handled a move from one house to another within Fairfield for $800. Although they received a 3 for their range of services and a 4 on their quote process, they received 5’s in all other categories. The customer said, “Junkluggers only does close moves, but they also will haul your junk away and give you a receipt for things that they bring to Goodwill. We used them for our move – you pay by the amount of things you have (how much space it takes in the truck). They were super quick and handled everything great!”
I hope this article provides some insight for readers getting ready to attempt a big move!
For questions and info regarding your future moving plans, send me a note on the form below. I’m here to help!
Many people come to their Realtor with an attorney already on board. They figure the attorney is of no concern to their agent thinking that if they know the attorney or have dealt with them before, that lawyer is the best option. They may think a recommendation from a friend covers all the bases. Besides price, most people haven’t considered the critical factors below about the attorney they hire to successfully close their real estate transaction.
Here’s a Top 10 List of questions you should know the answer to before bringing your attorney on board-
Is there an attorney you are considering that you would like feedback about? Have you had a good or bad experience you would like to share? Is there something you would add to the list above? Your questions and comments are welcome below.
My own back yard in the Fairfield beach area is one commonly referred to as a ‘postage stamp’, though it still manages to accommodate our trampoline and numerous modest get-togethers. However, some good friends of mine in Westport have a much more spacious back yard with abundant space for fun, games and big-time bashes. We’ve been to quite a few, with the latest one being Memorial Day weekend 2016!
It turns out, these friends have just moved their social agenda to another gorgeous yard (and home) nearby.
The good news for all of you readers out there is that the wonderful back yard my friends have left now has a brand new house on it that will be ready to support a new source of festivities!
Tucked away just off Turkey Hill South, a new home sits on a quiet country lane cul-de-sac. Carefully designed and finished on four levels, this home will feature elegant transitional style with open flow and ethereal light. Romantic landscaping and plantings surround the level property making it super for entertaining, fun in the sun, and peaceful relaxation. It is the Hillandale House.
The builder, Coastal Construction Group, has fine tuned the art of quality home construction by providing careful attention to site design, layout, architecture, craftsmanship and the right property location. As we all know, a home is more than just the place we live, it’s the foundation for everyday living. Added bonus? This home is located four minutes from Green’s Farms station and under an hour from Manhattan!
Take a look at the sneak peek video, and visit the listing online and check out a snapshot of the progress! Perhaps you know someone who has been weighing the options of renovation versus new construction and this may be a consideration? If you or a friend may be interested, reach out to me at 203-912-4440 or send a note below.
In the meantime, whether it’s Memorial Day, Father’s Day, a graduation party, or just plain summer fun, here’s to a great backyard barbecue!
If you own an investment property and are thinking of selling it to buy a different one (or two), you can do a 1031 Exchange and enjoy great benefits! What’s so great about it, and how do you do it?
Here’s how it works-
And here are six amazing benefits of doing 1031 Exchanges-
Consider an “equity build strategy” suggested by the Midland company (referenced below) that looks like this:
It’s a good idea to use a QI that is local or that works in many states and is familiar with the varying regulations and taxes in different states. You want a QI that has experience and is bonded and insured. You also want to look for one that is a member of the National Federation of Exchange Accommodators and that is a Certified Exchange Specialist (CEC).
Here are some resources to get you started:
For help selling and locating properties, please reach out to yours truly!
Many people believe that winter is the hardest time of year to try and sell their house. While it’s true that sellers can’t showcase their colorful warm-weather landscaping, there are plenty of other things you can highlight.
The good news about selling in the winter is that the people out looking are typically very serious buyers with a clear timeline in mind for purchasing a home. Add to this the benefit of less competition to deal with as other sellers wait for the crowded spring market.
One key marketing activity is to hold an open house. What can you do to make an endearing impression of your fabulous house that offsets any winter doldrums?
Make prospective buyers feel like welcome guests and present your house as though you are hosting a special gathering for family and friends. While your agent highlights all the selling points, the special effort you make will give an enchanting edge toward a special intangible attraction you want buyers to feel that I like to call chemistry!
Start by planning ahead as you would for a big party.
Excite with Winter Curb Appeal
Let buyers see from the street what a warm, charming, romantic and inviting place this will be when they come in.
Consider ideas like a planter or two with colorful evergreen plants and branches, window boxes or hanging baskets.
A bench or trellis can add a nice focal point and polished look to an otherwise bare area. A brightly colored chair and new welcome mat can go a long way toward creating a fresh look. Here are some photos of welcoming winter homes and a historic winter home for further inspiration.
If there’s snow on the ground, a well-shoveled driveway and path are an absolute must. The last thing you want to do is make visitors feel like it’s a treacherous hardship to get to your house, or worse, let them risk injury. If parking is tight, clearing some space along the street is also a good idea.
Of course, an adorable snowman fully adorned with your most innovative accessories, and maybe an open house sign can help to set the tone! Consider leaving some outdoor lights on for an added welcoming glow on an overcast day. On a practical note, you may want to have a basket of booties inside the front door to keep your house clean.
Make it Delightful and Warm Inside
Think about what makes you feel warm and fuzzy when you visit a friend’s house for a winter get together and aim to delight all the senses.
Light a fire in the fireplace or light candles (real or artificial) on a dining room table and in the bathrooms, simmer apple cider with cinnamon on the stove. play some nostalgic music.
Implement some whimsical touches, such as displaying a card game, a recipe book for creative holiday drinks or hanging brightly colored winter scarves or hats on hooks in a mudroom.
If it’s the holiday season, display festive touches with glass, silver, and natural materials for an elegant, romantic look that will have the broadest appeal. Avoid commercial decorations and religious symbols that may distract, turn off or offend some people.
Use photos to showcase key features of the home that may be hidden during the winter such as colorful gardens, scenic views, a furnished deck or patio or beautiful pool. Show pictures of the house across all seasons. This can be done with an open photo album or by framing and hanging a few beautiful photos around the house.
Invite the Guests!
Last, but not least, with your preparations under way, your agent can feel confident about promoting your wonderful open house. They can get the word out near and far with an ad in the paper, special door-hanger invites to the neighbors to come for the first hour, posts to all the social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, LinkedIn, a published Event on Facebook to which guests can be invited, the date published on all the real estate websites and the MLS, a bulletin in your town’s local Patch.com and on your agent’s blog, and of course, plenty of signs leading the way!
If you wonder about the benefits of having an open house, take a look at the discussion of “Open House Pros and Cons” and feel free to leave a comment on the page.
If you have more ideas for hosting a magical open house, please share them below!