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December
1

11/30/2022

 

Dear Neighbor,

The Covid-frenzied real estate market depleted the Sharon housing stock so significantly that despite the ebbing of the pandemic, the market has yet to stabilize.  At one point a year ago there were only 7 homes available for sale in Sharon. Today it's marginally better with 11 residential homes for sale. 

There were only 48 residential sales in Sharon, 45 fewer home sales noted in last year's letter. This dramatic drop is not due to lack of interest, but of a diminished inventory along with the confluence of inflation and increased mortgage rates, all which has buyer's hesitating.  There are 4 homes in contract presently underscoring this hesitation. 

Though, it is unlikely that this "breather" is going to enable the market to restock. Despite fewer listings, economic queasiness and buyer's pausing, the desire to live in Sharon is strong. Sales are brisk and competition is fierce when a well priced house comes to market.  We are still seeing bidding wars.

If you are interested in selling, this market period is still optimal for obtaining a strong value for your property.  Let us know.

Below is a condensed version of what has sold in your neighborhood in the last year:

15 Birch Ln                                    12/22/2021                  $65,300

This private, 4 acre lot is located at the end of Birch Lane and affords a quiet area. The level wooded lot abuts the Connecticut State Forest.

 

5 Birch Ln                                      10/19/2022                  $650,000

Toni Soule, a top Bain agent, sold this one story home nestled on 4 acres. The open country concept includes the living room with soaring ceilings and a fireplace.  It includes a dining area which leads to the eat-in kitchen entailing a propane cook top, stainless steel appliances and a double oven. There are 3 bedrooms and 2 baths in this 1879 sq ft home. The wrap around deck leads to the level and open backyard with woods beyond.

 

417 Route 7                                    3/4/2021                      $145,000

The property entails a one level, 3-bedroom ranch backing up to the Housatonic State Forest. Recent updates to the kitchen, bathroom, furnace and woodstove have been done. Set on nearly 10 acres of level pasture and high woods, the property has a large 50 ft x 30 ft horse barn with up to 8 stalls.

 

7 Swaller Hill Rd                           10/3/2022                    $475,000

This 1970-built cabin of 768 sq ft with southern views down the Housatonic Valley sits on 30 acres of land. Clean and neat while offering 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom, the house is charming.  A masonry brick fireplace and wood floors are some of the well designed features.  Primarily comprised of woods, there's also a level open yard, stonewalls and a small brook on this very private property.

 

296 West Cornwall Rd                  7/29/2022                    $370,000

This spacious cottage has an open kitchen/living room floor plan and is anchored by a fireplace. Recent improvements include a new kitchen with hardwood floors and new bathroom with high end fixtures.  The house, set up on a small hill, faces east for morning light.

 

229 West Cornwall Rd                  11/22/2021                  $292,500

This older home includes a large living room with a stone fireplace and a separate den with a wood stove. The kitchen includes stainless appliances and a breakfast bar connecting to the dining room. There are 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.  A new well, plumbing, windows, bathroom fixtures were all done within the last 10 years.

 

198 West Cornwall Rd                  3/10/2022                    $395,000

I sold this 1450 sq ft home that maintains a cabin like feel. The living room features a native stone fireplace with a woodstove. The large kitchen has a breakfast bar which has views through a bank of windows. There are 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.  The two car garage and a separate pole barn offer storage. Central air and house generator are comforting modern upgrades. Set on a 2 acre knoll, the home offers nice privacy.

 

With only 11 homes listed in all of Sharon the need for listings is critical. For those considering selling, it's the perfect time. So call us to get a perspective on your home's value and visit our website at www.bainrealestate.com. Lastly, we are able to send this letter out digitally, so email us and we will add you to the list.

 

We hope you are well and keep strong spirits. We feel so fortunate to be here, to continue working and thriving in this very curious time. Thank you.

 

Have a Safe and Healthy Autumn!

 

 

Chris Garrity

 

Chris Garrity, David Bain & Associates - Toni Soule, Debbie Bain, Erin Hull, Amy Danis, Amy Longley, Heidi Kearns, Victoria Colombatto and Elisa Waysenson.

 

 

December
1

 

Dear Neighbor,

The Covid-frenzied real estate market depleted the local housing stock so significantly that despite the ebbing of the pandemic, the market has yet to stabilize.  At one point year ago there were only 11 homes available for sale in Kent. Today is considerably better with 17 residential homes for sale. 

There were only 36 residential sales in Kent, 55 fewer home sales noted in our letter last year. This dramatic drop is not due to lack of interest, but lack of inventory along with the confluence of inflation and increased mortgage rates, all which have buyer's hesitating.  To this point there are only 6 homes in contract presently. 

Yet it is unlikely that this "breather" is going to enable the real estate market to restock. Despite fewer listings, economic queasiness and buyer's pausing, the desire to live in Kent is strong. Sales are brisk and competition is fierce when a well priced house comes to market. 

If you are interested in selling, this market period is still optimal for obtaining a strong value for your property, let us know.

Below is a detail of what has sold in your neighborhood since September 2021:

 

16 Kent Hollow Rd                  9/27/2021                    $425,000

This beautifully maintained antique farmhouse sits on just over 3 acres. This 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home in a very desirable Kent Hollow location is charming and full of history. On the upper level, there are 3 bedrooms and a full bath. The main floor hosts a dining room, kitchen, living room, office, and laundry. There is a detached barn/workshop that may be able to be converted into a fantastic guest house. There is plenty of room out back for a pool.

 

105 Kent Hollow Rd                10/12/2021                  $359,889

This circa 1980 home was foreclosed on in 2012-a result of the 2008 crash.  It was sold in 2014 for $152,250 and then sold again last October to an investment group who renovated this 4 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom raised ranch and put it back on the market for $499,995. The 1976 sq ft home features a living room w/ high ceilings and stone fireplace, hardwood floors throughout the office, dining area, living room and lower level, gorgeous stone patio, and a 2 car garage. The 1.4 acre parcel is primarily open lawn with nice landscaping.

 

132 A Kent Hollow Rd            9/24/2021                   $276,000

This wonderful ranch opens into a large Family Room with hardwood floors, nicely built space for a large screen TV. The eat-in kitchen door slides open to a sun room that could be used as a dining room with a new deck outside. The sunny living room contains a fireplace and a combo heat and air unit. The master bedroom has a large closet and half bathroom. The backyard is open and lightly wooded for privacy.

 

Lot 18 Upper Kent Hollow Rd        11/22/2021         $420,000

My associate Erin Hull listed and other Bain agent Elisa Waysenson sold this amazing 25 acre parcel of land.  The property is a remarkable parcel adorned with large oak and maple trees, stonewalls and at the top there are nearly 360 degree views.  

11 Kane Mountain Rd             6/24/2022         $1,021,000

This updated modern contemporary home set on over 9 acres is the perfect tranquil retreat. Abundant natural light pours throughout with cathedral ceilings. The living space is ideal for entertaining family and friends, and the living room has a dramatic fieldstone fireplace, cathedral ceiling and access to a large deck. The dining room has a fireplace and sliders to the deck. The kitchen is updated with granite counters, island, large eat-in area with adjoining TV room which has access to the heated Gunite pool and spa. The first floor has an office, full bath and mudroom/laundry room while the upper level features a primary bedroom ensuite with fieldstone fireplace and cathedral ceiling. There are 3 additional bedrooms on the second floor with cathedral ceilings, a shared full bath with double sinks.  

 

Lot 8 Kent Hollow Rd              9/27/2021                   $750,000

This nice Kent land that contains open field, wood lands and wet lands with approximately 35 acres that are in the process of being surveyed. It looks upon westerly views.

 

We hope you are well and keep strong spirits. We feel so fortunate to be here, continuing working and thriving in this very curious time. Thank you.

 

And if you are considering selling this seems to be an unprecedented time to capitalize. Call us for a free assessment of your house, office or condo. Or stop by the office or visit our website at www.bainrealestate.com.

 

All the best!


Chris Garrity                                                        

Chris Garrity, David Bain & Associates-David Bain, Debbie Bain, Toni Soule, Erin Hull, Amy Danis, Amy Longley, Elisa Waysenson & Heidi Kearns

 

October
26

 

Dear Neighbor,

In the spirit of getting back to normal, our neighborhood letters are out again with hopes of keeping you informed on local sales, offerings, trends and the Bain perspective.

The pandemic unleashed a flight to Cornwall from NYC, swelling our schools, absorbing our housing inventory and pushing our values to levels not seen in a long time, if ever. 

All of this has some buyers and many more sellers on the sidelines waiting.  Waiting for what is the question.  The idea that the market will be flush with listings soon is not realistic. It is a seller's market.  But the current uncertainty in the economic market and the higher mortgage rates has created some caution on the buyers' side. We predict the market will be stable with the forces balancing out. 

In the whole of Cornwall there were 26 property sales in the last 12 months, 8 of those were land sales and 6 were over $1 million! Currently there are only 15 properties available in Cornwall and 9 of those are land offerings and 9 are over $1 million leaving only 6 residential properties for sales below that mark. Slim pickings!

In Cornwall Bridge there were 9 sales in the last 12 months. This dramatic drop is not due to lack of interest, but lack of inventory. Despite fewer listings, purchasing desire is strong, sales are brisk and competition s fierce. 

Here's what happened in your neck of the woods:

 

 

358 Furnace Brook Rd        7/29/2022                  $375,000

This was a 2016 sq ft 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath home built in 1800 on 1.43 acres.  It sold directly without benefit of a broker.

 

22 Kent Rd                          7/29/2022                   $330,000

Located at the intersection of CT Route 7 and Route 4, this building has two office areas, a conference room with a kitchenette. Other features include a new roof, new doors and windows, along with being newly painted inside and out, plus new carpeting.

 

24 Kent Rd                         2/28/2022                   $325,000

This commercial opportunity is located off the busy intersection of Route 7 and Route 4 in Cornwall CT.  With 2,324 sq ft. the large storefront windows are able to accommodate more than one business, or can be an ideal space for an artist studio, rental space, gallery, or possible live-in/workspace (subject to zoning approval).

 

Lot 1, 00 Kent Rd               4/20/2022                   $76,800

This parcel includes 3.3 acres while the survey indicates a seasonal watercourse and there will be a partially shared driveway.

 

234 Kent Rd S                   1/19/2022                   $450,000

This 2445 sq ft 4 bedroom, 2 bath Country home is hidden behind evergreens and even though it is located on Route 7, it enjoys a sense of privacy.  It also abuts a pasture in the rear with a potential view to the west.  It sold in January of this year.

176 Kent Rd S              12/22/2021                   $150,000

This 1442 sq ft home with 3 bedroom, 2 bath home was built in 1950 on .56 of an acre shaped like a triangle.  Many a vehicle has been sold off this lot as it has great visibility.  The house was also sold directly on December 29, 2021.

 

127 Kent Rd S               12/3/2021                   $215,000

This 1430 sq ft Eyebrow Colonial built in 1820 has tremendous character and features a light filled living room with fireplace, rustic kitchen with wood paneling, oversized den with access to the backyard, plus a main level bedroom while two additional bedrooms with exposed beams are on the second level.  It sold December 9.

 

119 Kent Rd S               10/14/2021                   $247,730

Built in 1985 on over 3.68 acres, this 1404 sq ft Cape with 3 bedroom, 2 baths.  The house features a full walkout basement with garage, large deck and balcony. The first floor includes a large eat-in-kitchen, living room with woodstove and bay window, main floor master bedroom with double closets, while the upper level has 2 good sized bedrooms with full bath.  It sold a year ago on October 20.

75 Warren Hill Rd                3/31/2022                   $495,000

This 2365 sq ft, 4 bedroom 2.5 bath Country Cape was built in 1946 on 4.6 acres.  It is nicely set back from the road and offers privacy and a view, making for a perfect weekend retreat with a brook and nice landscaping.  It sold in just 10 days on April 6 for $495,000.

 

D 1-1 Pritchard Rd          1/18/2022                   $640,000

C2-2 Cook Rd                  1/18/2022                    $750,000

Total:                                                                    $1,390,000

We are pleased to report the sale of 580 acres to the State of Connecticut.   We worked hard for two years to bring these7 parcels of beautiful, mature woods with stunning outcrops, brooks, and trails.  These parcels formed a hole in thousands of acres of open space that run from Cornwall Bridge down past the Waterbury Reservoir in Warren.  It's now one, large continuous preserved area!

 

We hope you are well and keep strong spirits. We feel so fortunate to be here, continuing to work and thriving in this very curious time. Thank you.

And if you are considering selling this seems to be an unprecedented time to capitalize. Call us for a free assessment of your house, office, or condo. Or stop by the office or visit our website at www.bainrealestate.com

All the best!

David Bain

 

David Bain & Associates- Chris Garrity, Debbie Bain, Toni Soule, Erin Hull, Amy Danis, Amy Longley, Elisa Waysenson & Heidi Kearns

 

October
5

 

Dear Neighbor,

Over the last two years, the Covid-driven sales have reduced the available housing stock so significantly that it has skewed the typical balance of the local market.

 

The lopsided market has affected the number of transactions in Sharon. In the last twelve months, there were 49 sales, considerably fewer home sales than in 2021. This dramatic drop is not due to lack of interest, but lack of inventory.

 

Because of this imbalance we see some buyers and sellers on the sidelines waiting. With the confluence of inflation, lack of inventory, increased mortgage rates and Covid concerns waning, there is a slight pause or hesitation in the market. Hopefully, this breather will allow some restocking of houses and back to a more balanced market.

 

There are 9 homes in contract presently and 13 available to purchase. Despite fewer listings, purchasing desire is strong, sales are brisk and competition is fierce when a well-priced house comes to market.

 

Below is a condensed version of what has sold in your neighborhood in the last year:

281 Millerton Road                                       5/17/2022           $1,200,000

This newly constructed home with a modern touch has an open floor plan of kitchen, dining and living room all with sunset views across Indian Lake. The oversized living room doors open to the bluestone patio and a lake front deck.  The kitchen offers top quality appliances and considerable storage.  Two en-suite bedrooms each with lux bathrooms plus an office share the upper level with the primary bedroom that has large windows maximizing the impressive views of the lake.

 

246 Millerton Road                                       8/31/2021           $900,000

Sited well up in an old 3 acre farm field, this home has expansive western view out over Indian Lake. Entailing 3,395 sq ft of living space is the home centered on the open living/kitchen and dining area.  The 4 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom house has a wall of windows and doors open to outdoor spaces.

 

Lot 18/19 Minneluta Trail                            11/20/2021         $45,000

Two contiguous small parcels were purchased by a neighbor.

 

289 Low Road                                               9/28/2021           $789,000

I listed this 3 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom Colonial Farmhouse with sweeping views of the famed Twin Oaks Preserve. Constructed in 2004 it has 9' ceilings, crown molding, and honey hued wide pine floors. The open family kitchen has gas range, center-island, and soapstone counters. Off the kitchen is a large screened porch offering sunset views. The primary bedroom and bath has views over the Sharon Land Trust. The back yard pond is surrounded by an open and level lawn on the 5 acre property.

 

6 Dug Road                                                    5/28/2021           $1,185,000

This modern farmhouse built in 1986 was designed by architect Turner Brooks with two wings that expand off the homes central core. One wing holds 2 bedrooms and 2 baths including a first floor primary suite. The second includes a large studio/entertainment space with a full bath and office loft above. The central core of the home offers open living room, dining room, and kitchen with western views of countryside from curved living room windows. The second floor provides an additional primary bedroom suite, offering an oversized window that captures the lovely view.

147 Millerton Road                                       1/31/2022           $204,000

This 12 acre parcel was sold to between neighbors. This parcel was then added to the purchaser's existing land holdings. 

 

69 Mudge Pond Road                                   4/19/2022           $1,700,000

This 6,000 sq ft converted dairy barn sits high above the western shore of Mudge Pond. The exposed wooden barn beams, soaring ceilings, wide board floors, and wood-burning fireplace are all part of the allure of this 5 bedroom, 4 full and 2 half bath main residence. All the rooms on the main level offer views to the lake, including the primary suite which includes a fireplace and double French doors that open to a private patio. The kitchen, with ample seating inside as well as on the patio, is equipped with professional grade appliances. This estate includes a 1 bedroom lake side guesthouse and a 2 bedroom guesthouse abutting the Land Trust, both with views over their 8 acres.

 

8 Holland Road                                             FOR SALE       $395,000

I have recently listed this sweet cottage on .79 gardened acres. Built in 1976 the 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom home offers oak flooring, renovated kitchen and large windows to a lovely view.

3 Holland Road                                             10/5/2021           $300,000

This small house of under 1,000 sq ft was unfinished when it was purchased.  Sited on .22 acres of land, the home has a nice level yard.

 

292 Gay Street                                               3/30/2022           $750,000

Built in 2002 this 3,500 sq ft home was sited to capture views of Salisbury's Selleck Hill and the Berkshires to the north. With 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, the home features cathedral ceilings and a wood burning fireplace. The living room is open to the dining room and large kitchen. The main floor primary suite is in its own private wing. The 3-bay garage is heated and includes a workshop. The property includes a separate .83 acre building lot.

 

The market is still very brisk with only 11 homes listed in all of Sharon and 5 homes in contract to sell.  For those considering selling, it's the perfect time. We only caution that you have a place to relocate to.  So if we can assist, call us, stop by the office or visit our website at www.bainrealestate.com.  Lastly, we are able to send this letter out digitally, so email us and we will add you to the list.

With only 15 homes listed in all of Sharon the need for listings is critical. For those considering selling, it's the perfect time. So call us to get a perspective on your home's value and visit our website at www.bainrealestate.com. Lastly, we are able to send this letter out digitally, so email us and we will add you to the list.

 

We hope you are well and keep strong spirits. We feel so fortunate to be here, to continue working and thriving in this very curious time. Thank you.

 

Have a Safe and Healthy Autumn!

 

 

Chris Garrity

 

David Bain & Associates-Toni Soule, Debbie Bain, Erin Hull, Amy Danis, Amy Longley, Heidi Kearns, Victoria Colombatto and Elisa Waysenson.

 

 

October
5

 

Dear Neighbor,

In the spirit of getting back to normal, our neighborhood letters are out again with hopes of keeping you informed on local sales, offerings, trends and the Bain perspective.

The pandemic unleashed a flight to Cornwall from NYC, swelling our schools, absorbing our housing inventory and pushing our values to levels not seen in a long time, if ever. 

All of this has some buyers and many more sellers on the sidelines waiting.  Waiting for what is the question.  The idea that the market will be flush with listings soon is not realistic. It is a seller's market.  We predict this new paradigm will be here for a number of years to come.

In the whole of Cornwall there were 28 property sales in the last 12 months, 8 of those were land sales and 7 were over $1 million! The previous 12 month period saw 55 property sales with 12 land sales and 10 properties sold over the $1 million mark. Going back a third year when we were moving into Covid times, there were 29 sales with 7 being land sales and just 5 over $1 million. Currently there are only 15 properties available in Cornwall and 7 of those are land offerings and 9 are over $1 million leaving only 6 residential properties for sales below that mark. Slim pickings!

In Cream Hill there were 9 sales in the last 12 months. This dramatic drop is not due to lack of interest, but lack of inventory. Despite fewer listings, purchasing desire is strong, sales are brisk and competition s fierce.  Here is what has transpired:

 

432 Cream Hill Rd                       6/24/2021                   $1,100,000

Originally built in 1896, this Antique Colonial is located in the truly scenic Cream Hill section of Cornwall. The first floor of the home includes a light-filled sunroom, rustic kitchen that opens to a dining area with woodstove, plus a living room with fireplace. The house was expanded and now includes a library and primary bedroom suite on the main level with private bath and walk-in closet. The property consists of 8 private acres and includes a large fully-finished detached barn with studio.

 

293 Cream Hill Rd (Lots 1&2)      3/8/2022                  $350,000

This parcel contains a meadow overlooking the Taconic Range to the north. The property owner sold two lots as one, restricting the lot on Cream Hill to a no build lot, but allowing access to the rear pasture lot to the best building site with views.

 

336 Town St               7/7/2022                   $700,000

This was a direct sale of a cottage originally built in 1920 on 7.70 acres with 2192 sq. ft. and updates containing 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths

 

148 Cream Hill Rd               8/29/2022                   $1,500,000

This historic Colonial has undergone a complete interior renovation in the mid 1990's with precise attention to detail in regard to preservation of character. Kitchen has wood flooring and beams from a Brooklyn Sugar mill, marble countertops, period plumbing and bath fixtures, period door knobs and hinges. Views from every window on all 3 living floors. Property includes extensive gardens including a farm orchard on over 24 acres and post-and-beam barn.

 

193 Town St               11/17/2021                   $1,380,000

This English Country Cottage home comes with 3 bedroom, 2 bath on 3 private acres. A light-filled dining room includes ceiling to floor bookshelves. Spacious living room with a fireplace, reading nook with bookshelves, and French doors that open up to the patio. Kitchen includes butcher block counters, breakfast area and full bath. The upstairs there are 3 bedrooms, full bath, and laundry. A generator, raised beds for gardening, and stone walls complete this unique property.

 

191 Town St               6/1/2022                   $855,000

This charming English Country Cottage is a gem on one of Cornwall's most coveted roads. A peastone driveway leads to an enchanting 3 bedroom, 2 bath home situated on 3 private and level acres. An inviting front patio is outlined by a decorative stone wall creates an oasis for cozy outdoor entertaining. Inside, the main level features a light-filled dining room off to the right with ceiling to floor bookshelves. To the left, the front hall leads to a spacious living room with a fireplace, reading nook with bookshelves, and French doors that open up to the patio. The lovely kitchen includes butcher block counters, breakfast area and full bath. The upstairs includes 3 bedrooms, full bath, and laundry. A generator, raised beds for gardening, and stone walls complete this unique property.

 

51 Cream Hill Rd               7/6/2021                   $22,000

This was a wooded 1 acre pre-existing non conforming parcel that was not a town approved building lot approved building lot at time of sale. With approval by Torrington Area Health

Department it may be possible to get town approval for a house site.

00 Town St               8/11/2021                   $260,000

Long road frontage and at the rear of the property are long Eastern and Western views from this excellent Cornwall location.

This 67.2 acre parcels offers some old pasture, some wetlands and several very desirable and mostly flat house sites along the ridge line.

Lengthy driveways will be required.

 

62 Sharon Goshen Tpke               6/14/2021                   $575,000

This Split level 1516 sq. ft. split level home was built in 1960 on 13.8 acres. A beautifully renovated four-bedroom three-bath home atop 13.8 open and lightly wooded. The open floor plan incorporates the living room with a wood-burning fireplace, large window with expansive sunset views, dining room, and kitchen with breakfast bar.  It sold privately on 6/17/21.

 

We hope you are well and keep strong spirits. We feel so fortunate to be here, continuing working and thriving in this very curious time. Thank you.

And if you are considering selling this seems to be an unprecedented time to capitalize. Call us for a free assessment of your house, office or condo. Or stop by the office or visit our website at www.bainrealestate.com

All the best!

David Bain

 

David Bain & Associates- Chris Garrity, Debbie Bain, Toni Soule, Erin Hull, Amy Danis, Amy Longley, Elisa Waysenson & Heidi Kearns

 

September
19

Dear Neighbor, 

 

In the spirit of getting back to normal, our neighborhood letters are out again with hopes of keeping you informed on local sales, offerings, trends and the Bain perspective. 

 

The pandemic unleashed a flight to Warren from NYC, swelling our schools, absorbing our housing inventory and pushing our values to levels not seen in a long time, if ever.  

 

All of this has some buyers and many more sellers on the sidelines waiting.  Waiting for what is the question. The idea that the market will be flush with listings soon is not realistic. It is a seller's market. We predict this new paradigm will be here for a number of years to come. 

 

In the whole of Warren there were 30 property sales in the last 12 months, 4 of those were land sales and 3 were over $1 million! The previous 12 month period saw 55 property sales with12 land sales and 9 properties sold over the $1 million mark. Going back a third year when we were moving into Covid times, there were 56 sales with 3 being land sales and just 9 over $1 million. There were 20 rentals. Currently, there are only 19 properties available in Cornwall and 9 of those are land offerings and 3 are rentals, and 5 were over $1 million leaving only 2 residential properties for sales below that mark. Slim pickings! 

 

In West Warren there were 12 sales in the last 12 months. This dramatic drop is not due to lack of interest, but lack of inventory. Despite fewer listings, purchasing desire is strong, sales are brisk and competition s fierce. Here is what has transpired: 

 

187 Kent Rd                              6/30/2022                   $1,100,000 

Welcome to a private place where you can live, work and play in the most beautiful part of Litchfield County. This very private 49-acre compound begins with a 4300 sq ft 6-bedroom, 5-bathroom Colonial-style farmhouse, with everything you need and more: a chefs eat-in kitchen with Rumsford fireplace and beehive oven, dining room, large light-filled living room and family room, two fireplaces, two wood-burning stoves, hard wood floors throughout, an attached 2-car garage and so much more. The property boasts a gorgeous long, level, private driveway, wonderful views, a 2800 sq ft building housing a two-bedroom guest apartment and attached 4-car garage, a pond and a 2-acre fenced in paddock with a run-in shed. There are endless possibilities for the heated 6000 sq ft building on the property, previously used to house a car enthusiast's collection. All buildings have separate septic systems and utilities and many upgrades including new furnaces and new roofs. 

 

 7 Partridge Rd                         1/12/2022                   $492,000 

This property is a beautiful 4-bedroom Colonial with massive 3-car attached garage on 4.3 acre lot in beautiful neighborhood. The awesome finished walkout lower level has fireplace, bar and built ins plus huge separate game room/theater/exercise room. The house features all new low maintenance engineered flooring on the main level. The kitchen features white cabinets and vaulted dinette, the large living room with a 2nd fireplace. Other features include: 4 generous bedrooms including master suite with 2 closets and full bathroom with double sink, Central air. This amazing level lot has lots of landscaping with privacy and great side yard for ballgames etc.

 

13 Partridge Rd                        10/1/2021                    $420,000 

This property includes a Colonial with a beautiful fenced yard in great condition and includes a landscaped and level lawn in desirable neighborhood setting. Eat in kitchen opens to the family room with private back deck and features a DCS gas range, a center island with hard wood floors in most of main level. Other features include a propane fired fireplace in living room, new carpeting and paint, along with plenty of storage and 3-bay garage. The walk out basement is ready for more usable living space, workshop, play room.

 

92 Reed Rd                               12/16/2021                  $465,000 

This beautiful farmhouse Colonial is located on a level and private 2.34 acres with lots of quality upgrades. This includes a 44x6 covered front porch with ceiling fans, 30x16 back deck and 20x8 screened in 3-season room with all Brazilian Ipe hardwood flooring. The house includes a newly remodeled kitchen with granite tops, 2 sinks and stainless steel appliances. The family room has Southern Yellow Pine floors and antique nails plus woodstove with blower to heat most of the home, the formal living and dining room have wood floors, and the house includes a 2-story foyer. The master bedroom includes a walk-in closet and full Jacuzzi bath plus a separate shower. The oversized 2-car garage has high ceilings and 9 ft doors plus attached storage shed. The lower level is mostly unfinished but has an awesome exercise room. Other features include a new roof with 25 year transferrable warranty, a generator, a huge attic with lots of storage, and a convenient upper level laundry with new washer/dryer.

  

17 Kent Rd                               1/13/2022                    $354,000 

This adorable Victorian Cottage's first floor features include a spacious kitchen with access to an oversized covered porch overlooking the back yard, a formal dining room, a light-filled living room as well as a front foyer. In addition, there's a large unfinished room over the garage that would make a wonderful family room. Upstairs, three bedrooms, two with recently added dormers allowing for great views, share a full hall bath. The property also includes a post-and-beam barn in need of restoration. 

 

95 Lake Rd                               5/27/2021                    $341,250 

This quintessential Litchfield Hills property of 95 Lake Road is nestled back on 6 acres of wooded/private land with portions of the Lake Waramaug brook running through the property. This home is perfect for anyone seeking that coveted Northwest CT privacy or those who enjoy the simplicity and serenity of being surrounded by all that nature has to offer. Inside the home you will find gorgeous cathedral ceilings which are complimented by exposed wood beams and natural hardwood floors giving you that envied farmhouse appeal. A formal dining room leads you directly into the open kitchen which features a center island, views of the back yard, and a door to the rear patio which make for an ideal entertainment layout. Both bedrooms can be found in the rear of the property along with the laundry area and main bathroom. The master bedroom carries the farmhouse theme with massive cathedral ceilings and a contemporary woodstove to provide additional heat. Car enthusiasts, outdoorsmen, hobbyists, gardeners, and all those in need of storage will love the massive detached two car garage and bonus basement garage! A unique enclosed porch with a wood stove is the perfect gathering place and just adds to the charm this wonderful home provides.

  

65 Mountain Lake Rd             12/17/2021                  $327,500 

Incredible property near Lake Waramaug and Warren's Mountain Lake, this 18.72 acre parcel affords tremendous privacy and is surrounded by hundreds of acres of land once owned by the State of CT. The property is near two ponds and a lovely mix of level open pasture and mature forest. The property was home to a summer camp with many structures and cabins still standing

 

We hope you are well and keep strong spirits. We feel so fortunate to be here, continuing working and thriving in this very curious time. Thank you. 

 

And if you are considering selling this seems to be an unprecedented time to capitalize. Call us for a free assessment of your house, office or condo. Or stop by the office or visit our website at www.bainrealestate.com.  

 

 

All the best! 

 

David Bain 

 

 

David Bain & Associates- Chris Garrity, Debbie Bain, Toni Soule, Erin Hull, Amy Danis, Amy Longley, Elisa Waysenson and Heidi Kearns 

 

Please note that not all listings and sales transactions are through David Bain Real Estate

September
19

 

Dear Neighbor,

In the spirit of getting back to normal, our neighborhood letters are out again with hopes of keeping you informed on local sales, offerings, trends and the Bain perspective.

The pandemic unleashed a flight to Cornwall from NYC, swelling our schools, absorbing our housing inventory and pushing our values to levels not seen in a long time, if ever. 

All of this has some buyers and many more sellers on the sidelines waiting.  Waiting for what is the question.  The idea that the market will be flush with listings soon is not realistic. It is a seller's market.  We predict this new paradigm will be here for a number of years to come.

In the whole of Cornwall there were 28 property sales in the last 12 months, 8 of those were land sales and 7 were over $1 million! The previous 12 month period saw 55 property sales with 12 land sales and 10 properties sold over the $1 million mark. Going back a third year when we were moving into Covid times, there were 29 sales with 7 being land sales and just 5 over $1 million. Currently there are only 19 properties available in Cornwall and 7 of those are land offerings and 6 are over $1 million leaving only 6 residential properties for sales below that mark. Slim pickings!

In East Cornwall there were 4 sales in the last 12 months. This dramatic drop is not due to lack of interest, but lack of inventory. Despite fewer listings, purchasing desire is strong, sales are brisk and competition s fierce.  Here is what has transpired:

 

39 Great Hollow Rd                       9/22/2021                   $361,000

"The Wick" was built in 1800 on 6.55 acres. This antique home opens to a welcoming living room with fireplace and eat-in kitchen along with a new roof, new hot water heater, and updated septic.  Upstairs are two large bedrooms. The 2-car detached garage gives even more room for storage

 

Lot 2/3 Great Hill Rd               1/18/2022                   $85,000

Great opportunity to own lots 2& 3 for less than buying them separately! Has good western view potential. Gently sloping and lightly wooded, this very private 23 acre lot abuts Mohawk State Forest.

Parcel E Everest Rd               3/23/2022                   $50,000

The only potential building site is in the SE portion. Much of the lot is too steep for building, but it does have good SW views and solar potential. Lot was not perked and needed TAHD approval. Utilities available on street. 

Cook Rd               8/1/2022                   $750,000

These 5 properties are now in the hands of the State of Connecticut, joining 1000's of abutting acres of preserved land. We are very proud of our role in making this happen. This transaction involved 371 acres. All of these parcels are strikingly beautiful with mature timber growth and steep slopes, very scenic and with abandoned town roads and trails for access. The hiking there will be awesome, but give the state some time to make trail heads and mark the trails!

 

We hope you are well and keep strong spirits. We feel so fortunate to be here, continuing working and thriving in this very curious time. Thank you.

And if you are considering selling this seems to be an unprecedented time to capitalize. Call us for a free assessment of your house, office or condo. Or stop by the office or visit our website at www.bainrealestate.com

All the best!

David Bain

 

David Bain & Associates- Chris Garrity, Debbie Bain, Toni Soule, Erin Hull, Amy Danis, Amy Longley, Elisa Waysenson & Heidi Kearns

 

Please note that not all listings and sales transactions are through David Bain Real Estate

August
31

 

Dear Neighbor,

Real estate sales during the last two years have outstripped houses available for sale resulting in a dearth of listings for people desirous of moving to Kent.

Because of this imbalance we have some buyers and sellers on the sidelines waiting.  Waiting for what is the question.  The idea that the market will be flush with listings soon is not realistic. That said with the confluence of inflation, lack of inventory, increased mortgage rates, and Covid concerns waning, there is a slight pause occurring in the market.  Hopefully, this breather will allow some restocking of houses and a more balanced market.

Kent registered 46 sales in the last 12 months. This is 34 fewer home sales than in 2021. This dramatic drop is not due ­­to a lack of interest, but lack of inventory.  Ther­­e are 4 homes in contract presently and only 13 available to purchase. Despite fewer listings, purchasing desire is strong, sales are brisk and competition is fierce.  Here is what has transpired:

40 Highland Rd                                 10/19/2021                  $435,000

This 3 bedroom contemporary on 1.6 acres offers a covered front porch that frames the main entrance which opens to the front foyer and a deck off the kitchen can be used for outdoor dining. The house includes a formal dining room and an oversized living room with a main floor primary bedroom suite. Upstairs, two well-sized bedrooms share a full bath.

69 Mountain Rd                                3/8/2022                     $450,000

This was a private sale of a one-level ranch-style home measuring just over 1,000 sq. ft. of space. Built in 1981 this home sits on 26 acres and offers 3 bedrooms and 1.5 baths.

4 Eber Rd                                          9/10/2021                    $400,000

This home is a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath with modern amenities and natural rock outcroppings making for a unique landscape. The home has a new kitchen including granite counters and lighting, plus a new roof added less than a year ago. Upgrades include new septic in 2008, an electric upgrade, a new water pump & holding tank in 2007. Additionally, it comes with two decks and a screened porch that overlook Hatch Pond.

3 Camp Flats Rd                               3/30/2022                    $1,095,000

Stone pillars flank the driveway entrance to this 1800's converted antique dairy barn. With 4 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms, this 4500 sq. ft. house has antique beams, wood floors and a stone fireplace.  An in-law or guest apartment can be kept as is or incorporated into the main living spaces. The 7 acres are park-like with mature gardens and beautiful trees. The pond is fed by a free running stream and the back terrace overlooks the in-ground, gunite pool.

310 S. Kent Rd                                  1/28/2021                    $433,000

A 2,500 sq. ft. colonial with 5 bedrooms and 3 baths sold privately.  The house maintains a corner lot of .42 acres.

315 S. Kent Rd                                  2/2/2022                      $155,000

This one-level 3 bed, 2 full baths Cape Cod style home sits on a 1 acre lot was built in the 1940's and has over 1,700 sq. ft. of living space. The large living room has built-in cabinets, bay window, and hardwood floors. The kitchen opens to a beautiful bluestone patio.

10 Lafontan Rd                                 8/9/2021                      $485,000

My partner David Bain sold this well-maintained, 3 bedroom home built in 1990. Located on a private 1.5+ acres the home has over 2,200 sq. ft. of space. The living room is highlighted by post-and-beam ceilings and hardwood floors. The kitchen includes custom cherry cabinetry, a soapstone sink, countertops, a maple butcher-block island, and is finished with stainless steel appliances. The finished lower level includes a media room with a wood stove, guest bedroom with a full bath, and a home office. There is a custom 20x16 barn installed by a local craftsman from locally sourced white pine.

9 Old Stone Rd                                  1/27/2022                    $500,000

A neighbor purchased 7.46 acres of land in a direct sale.

188 Bulls Bridge Rd                          3/23/2022                    $306,000

A 3 bedroom home built in 1965 sold entailing 3 bedroom, 1 full and 2-half bathrooms in 1,248 sq. ft. of space. The dining area opens to the kitchen and a doorway beyond leads to a spacious screened-in porch. The 1 car garage can easily be converted back into a 2 car garage. Potential living space on the lower level includes a large heated room with a fireplace, and an additional room with a half bath. Set well off the road, this level lot is just under an acre of land.  

184 Bulls Bridge Rd                          8/2/2021                      $335,000

This 1800's upgraded farmhouse home has 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. There is a generously sized eat-in kitchen with granite counter tops and exposed wood beams. The house has hardwood floors throughout and plenty of storage. The level .49 acre lot offers outdoor entertaining. A new roof and new septic were installed in 2015.

171 Bulls Bridge Rd                          10/4/2021                    $1,250,000

Sited on 5 acres, this custom 4 bedroom Colonial offers sunset views to the west.  Built in 2003 this 3,200 sq. ft. modular home includes a heated in-ground pool, spa, and 3-bay garage. The walk-out lower level could be finished into a home office or gym. There are solar panels on the roof generating considerable energy.

 

We hope you are well and keep strong spirits. We feel so fortunate to be here, continuing working and thriving in this very curious time. Thank you.

And if you are considering selling this seems to be an unprecedented time to capitalize. Call us for a free assessment of your house, office or condo. Or stop by the office or visit our website at www.bainrealestate.com. 

All the best!


Chris Garrity                                                        

Chris Garrity & Associates-David Bain, Debbie Bain, Toni Soule, Erin Hull, Amy Danis, Amy Longley, Elisa Waysenson & Heidi Kearns

 

Please note that not all listings and sales transactions are through David Bain Real Estate