Great Island, Darien Connecticut

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Extraordinary 63-Acre Waterfront Estate

An expansive and secluded setting with enviable water views in all directions

Yesterday a broker open house was held for licensed real estate agents/brokers from around the Connecticut/New York area.  A great turn out from curious agents wanting to experience the rare opportunity of touring this private island after hearing about it on the news that has been advertised worldwide.  Our firm along with Christie’s International Real Estate has the privilege of representing this one of a kind real estate on the east coast of New England.  Driving thru Darien seemed so charming and hard to imagine that just under an hour away is the bright lights and most visited city in the world, New York City.

Impressive gates bracket the half-mile driveway leading through open lawns with an allee of trees bordered by meadows and board fences.

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2016 – Greenwich Ct Real Estate Report

cropped-useonlylogotop300-e1408633932463.jpghowsthemarket2016 was not the year for real estate professionals and sellers that it is now behind us.  A review of all Greenwich Markets which include – Greenwich in the 06830 and 06831 zip code, Old Greenwich, Riverside and Cos Cob was a disappointment of the total market down -7.27%  in comparison to 2015.  It’s unfortunate the media focuses on the bigger numbers of the market reports, especially single family homes with a $5MM+ price, rather than a combined total.

One interesting area to point out was the market of residential sales increased by 8.25% in Cos Cob in the price point of $1.5-$2MM by 43.75%!  These numbers showed patient sellers whereas the days on market went from 103 in 2015 to 153 to 2016.

Fortune Magazine reports however that Greenwich is just one market showing a decline in sales and luxury real estate sales nationwide has been effected.  The negative reflects of a presidential election year that cannot be understated (Forbes.com 6/7/2016).   Greenwich is always an area that is pointed out most, as it is the closest to New York City and has always been known as one of the richest towns.   Reported foreign buyers are down as the treasury department, and the government is carefully reviewing foreign real estate transactions as suspicious, therefore suspicious or not, foreign buyers are backing out.

Goodbye, 2016 – Hello, 2017!

January 2017 already has shown some promising numbers.   There was 71 in residential homes sold total in Greenwich, compared to 48 residential sold in 2016 up 47.9%.  Pending listings for residential properties are also up  – 72 pending residential homes from 46 pending residential sales a 56.5% change.

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Click on the link below, the year 2016 in real estate, now behind us.

2016 Greenwich YTD Real Estate Market Report

Greenwich Avenue

greenwich-4670_090616Being one of the few independent Real Estate firms left in Greenwich (since 1985) everyone talks about Greenwich Avenue.  I wanted to share as an outsider my love for the common term “The Avenue” – Greenwich Avenue.

As the winter months are upon us, Greenwich Avenue is the place to walk, dine at a variety of different cuisines and of course shop at some of the finest shops there are. Greenwich Avenue can be compared to the Rodeo Drive of Beverly Hills. Occasionally you may spot a celebrity or two. Most recently Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel were spotted in the healthy and organic shop, Green and Tonic. So excited my co-worker and I ran out of our office only to find out they were in Green and Tonic the day before.

Greenwich Avenue has something for everyone. Take a stroll to Starbucks for your favorite beverage and take it all in. Restoration Hardware is a must to take a walk thru – once the Post Office the historic building now rebuilt to glamorous furnishings inside and out. In the summer experience outdoor arrangements and to the rooftop to get the feel of how you can update your space with beautiful outdoor furnishings.

greenwich-5045_090619The restaurants offer everything from Meli Melo, fresh everything with a juice bar and popular with the younger generation – my daughters favorite, when we dine is a fresh quiche with greens, a smoothie and then off to Brandy Melville – trendy fashion for young women. I have to admit; I like some of their trends. If you are looking for a little bit more upscale lunch or dinner one of my favorites is East End – Let me give a shout out as one of our Broker’s daughter is an owner. Another one of my favorites to kick back is the Gingerman – Beer lovers must go!!! Gourmet burgers, salads and in the winter try to sit by the roaring open fire. I googled how many restaurants there are on Greenwich Avenue and started counting; I stopped at 15 as I know there is more. If anyone knows the exact count – please contact me.

Finally – let’s talk shopping! Saks Fifth Avenue – An excellent choice for designer women’s clothing – just a note – there is no men’s clothing. Saks is the perfect place to find that special outfit, get a makeover with a purchase of some new cosmetics and the fragrances – my favorite is the Jo Malone counter. Just to name a few shops – Tory Burch, Stuart Weitzman, Ralph Lauren, Tiffany & Co., Baccarat, Manfredi Jewels and more.

So if you have a little cabin fever, make a trip onto Greenwich Avenue. Something for everyone!  There are many listings rent/buy if you want to live on or close by the Avenue, also you can walk to Greenwich Avenue from the train station.

Linda Graham – Marketing Manager for David Ogilvy & Associates Realtors – lsg@davidogilvy.com – 203-869-9866 – Our Website

 

For Immediate Release – David Ogilvy & Associates joins Christie’s International Real Estate as Marquee Sponsor of Art Southampton Fair

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Linda Graham

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David Ogilvy & Associates

David OGILVY & Associates Joins CHRISTIE’S INTERNATIONAL REAL ESTATE AS Marquee SPONSOR of art southampton fair

David Ogilvy & Associates joins fellow Christie’s International Real Estate affiliates as ‘Official Luxury Real Estate Partner’ of acclaimed contemporary art fair in the Hamptons

July 6, 2015 David Ogilvy & Associates, along with Christie’s International Real Estate, the world’s leading luxury real estate network, is proud to join eight fellow affiliates in serving as the “Official Luxury Real Estate Partner” of Art Southampton. The premier international modern and contemporary art fair in Bridgehampton, NY, Art Southampton features a carefully selected group of 80 international art galleries.

Now in its fourth season, Art Southampton will take place July 9 through 13 at a new location—Nova’s Ark Project, 60 Millstone Road. The Fair offers collectors, curators, designers, and art advisors the opportunity to acquire the finest blue-chip modern and contemporary works of art from the emerging, mid-career cutting edge, Post War, and Pop eras, with a focus on design and functional art. The amenity-rich event, with an unrivaled ambiance and design, presents convenient access for residents of Long Island, New York City, and the Tri-State, as well as global travelers who frequent the Hamptons in the summer months.

Christie’s International Real Estate has served as a marquee sponsor of the internationally acclaimed Miami-based fairs Art Miami and Art Wynwood for three consecutive years.

Through its sponsorship of Art Southampton, Christie’s International Real Estate, along with David Ogilvy & Associates and other participating members of its international affiliate network will continue to enhance the natural synergy between contemporary art and luxury real estate. The connection emphasizes the unique, lifestyle-centric qualities that link an investment in a multi-million-dollar trophy property to the purchase of a world-class work of art.

“We are very pleased to participate as a top sponsor of the summer’s most important art event in the Hamptons,” said Dan Conn, Chief Executive Officer of Christie’s International Real Estate. “As noted in Luxury Defined, Christie’s International Real Estate’s annual report on the high-end residential property market, with values now exceeding $100 million, ‘trophy home’ has become the new insider term in the world of luxury residential real estate. And the type of buyer who would collect a $179.4 million Picasso like the one sold at the Christie’s recently concluded Post-War and Contemporary Art auction, is the same buyer who is interested in these one-of-a-kind homes.”

Throughout the duration of the Art Southampton fair, Christie’s International Real Estate will host an interactive booth within the Art Southampton pavilion, exhibiting luxury residential real estate offerings from around the globe. Affiliate representatives and their VIP guests will enjoy kicking off the fair at an exclusive event at a Hamptons estate on July 8, and attending the opening VIP preview of the fair on July 9.

David Ogilvy & Associates is honored to be an integral part of this cutting-edge event – one that defines the contemporary art scene and brings with it a mesh of collectors, curators and art enthusiasts from around the world,” said David Ogilvy, President, David Ogilvy & Associates. “We look forward to taking part in this unique opportunity.”

The 2014 VIP Preview of Art Southampton attracted more than 4,200 collectors, art advisors, curators, and designers, while the full five-day event hosted more than 21,000 attendees. The 2015 edition will again provide an intimate look at some of the most important works at the forefront of the international contemporary art movement.

“We are extremely thankful to have the support of David Ogilvy & Associates and Christie’s International Real Estate for Art Southampton,” said Nick Korniloff, Director and Partner of Art Miami, LLC. “We look forward to another successful fair, this year putting a spotlight on the best the contemporary art and luxury real estate markets have to offer from around the globe.”

About Christie’s International Real Estate

Christie’s International Real Estate is an invitation-only affiliate network composed of the world’s most proven and qualified real estate specialists in the luxury residential sector. The company has offices in London, New York, Hong Kong, Beverly Hills, and Palm Beach, and 140 global affiliates with 32,000 real estate professionals in 46 countries.  For additional information about Christie’s International Real Estate, please visit www.christiesrealestate.com

About David Ogilvy & Associates

David Ogilvy & Associates, headed by David Ogilvy, long the recognized leader in high end properties in Greenwich, Connecticut, is an established and major agency in the Greenwich market.  Noted as the most recognized firm for advertising and marketing, David Ogilvy & Associates is the proud exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate in Greenwich.  David Ogilvy & Associates has just represented both the buyer and the seller of the most expensive residential property ever sold by a broker in the United States of America, Copper Beech Farm, a fifty acre waterfront estate at $120,000,000. The firm had previously listed and sold what is now one of the most expansive residential sales made here at $45 million, a magnificent 80 acre Conyers Farm estate.   For more information about David Ogilvy & Associates, please visit www.davidogilvy.com

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Greenwich is having an amazing Indian Summer this past week and enjoying the warmer weather with the leaves turning beautiful colors, take a ride  this Sunday – 10/23/2016 and stop by our Pub…

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