Cheshire, CT Real Estate News

By Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
I Met Allan Dalton Today!  After years of knowing Allan Dalton as the head of Realtor.com and a speaker around the country, today I finally got to meet him in person at a Calcagni Associates Regional Office function at the Farms Country Club in Wallingford.  Allan and RisMedia put on the presentation to all the Calcagni Associates offices, and what he had to say was quite enlightening and thought-provoking.  I will be reading his book, Leveraging Your Links over the next few days, and I look forward to putting his ideas to practice in my business. Aside from the fabulous speakers, another important take-away from this gathering was new hang signs that will be showing up on most of the Calcagni listings that will direct buyers and the curious neighbors to text us for more information abo...
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By Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Have You Experienced Ted's Steamed Cheeseburgers Yet?  Be prepared to wait in line as it is usually out the door at lunchtime.  However, the line moves quickly, and it is worth the wait.  Seating is limited, so get there early.  I bring clients from all over to get a quick bite--all are intriqued by the "steamed" nature of the burgers; and then there is the special cheese and the home fries.  This all adds up to a rewarding lunch experience.  Ted's Steamed Cheeseburgers is conveniently located about 30 seconds off I-691 on Broad Street.  Easy on and off at 1046 Broad Street, Meriden.  It is open Monday through Saturday from 11:00 A.M. to 10:00 P.M. and Sundays from 11:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M., so you have plenty of opportunity! Ted's Steamed Cheeseburgers is no stranger to publicity!  They ...
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By Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Blackie's Hot Dogs - A Cheshire Tradition for Generations! - Imagine a hot dog stand that your children love that their great grandparents used to frequent!  That's what you will find in Cheshire with Blackie's Hot Dog Stand!  And what is even more unique, this hot dog stand has always been in the same family since it opened in 1928!  Oh, and did I mention the relish?  Blackie's has the most incredible Hot Pepper Relish! That alone is worth the trip! So the next time you find yourself in the area, unless it is Friday, be sure to stop by Blackie's Hot Dog Stand at 2200 Waterbury Road in Cheshire.  Why not on Fridays?  Blackie's is closed on Fridays all year round.  Thank you to CToriginals (Comment 4 below) for bringing to my attention the documentary they did on Blackie's Hot Dog Stand:  
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By Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Is school called off today?  Yesterday's freak snowstorm brought to mind how exciting it is for the kids to get a day off from school due to snow (or the possibility of it).  My kids always rejoiced when they received the gift of a snow day, even when they knew they would have to make it up at the end of the year.  Their favorite way to check for school delays or cancellations was Connecticut Weather Inc. because they could refresh the page and watch the list grow until Cheshire High School finally showed up on the list.  Then they could go back to sleep.  Other places to check for school closings are Channel 16 on Cox Cable (dedicated to all things Cheshire) and the local news channels (but you have to watch the list at the bottom of the page, and they always break for ads when it gets...
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By Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Sunny with a High in the 50s?  Sometime during the night I woke to the sound of ice hitting my windows.  What happened to the "week ahead" (according to the Weather Channel) of Sunny with Highs in the 50s?  I washed my car yesterday, so I guess it is my fault!  Right now it is snowing those amazingly huge flakes that you only see with the first storms of the year . . .
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By Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Cheshire's Lights of Hope - Tonight was the annual Cheshire Lights of Hope, and many luminaries lined the streets of town.  A full mile of luminaries on both side of Route 10 was an impressive sight along with a beautiful display at the Cheshire Acadamy and the First Congregational Church.  Cheshire's Lights of Hope mission is to unite as a community by lighting up our town in hope of a better world.  It was established in 2005 to encourage our community to have hope in the midst of the darkness that often seems more prevalent in our world. I hope that all who experienced tonight's wonderful display will come a way with a little more kindness in their hearts. 
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By Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Cheshire's Own Kind of Petting Zoo - Did you always love petting zoos when you were a kid or do you love taking your kids or grandkids to petting zoos?  Cheshire has a new kind of petting zoo coming to town--a technology petting zoo! On Monday, November 22, 2010, at 7:00 P.M., the Cheshire Public Library will present a "Technology Petting Zoo," a hands-on demonstration of eBook readers and other devices.  Library Director Ramona Harten will be in charge of the presentation which is for adults ages 18 and up.  Registration is required, so be sure to check out their website!  Here is your opportunity to hold and inspect the new wave of technology so you won't be afraid anymore!  I have been assured that all of the technology presented will be tame and none will bite.  So now is your chanc...
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By Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Are you ready for Toys for Tots in the Cheshire Area?  This year's local drop points in Cheshire, Connecticut, are listed below for your convenience.  For more drop off locations in New Haven County, check out this webpage!  And if you are looking for spots in Hartford or Litchfield Counties, check out this one! You can drop off any new unwrapped toy during business hours. CPM Insurance Service - 90 Hinman Street, Cheshire - Drop Dates November 1 - December 15, 2010. Atlantic Inertial Systems (Goodrich) - 250 Knotter Drive, Cheshire - Drop Dates November 8 - December 10, 2010. Macy's Logistics and Operations - 475 Knotter Drive, Cheshire - Drop Dates November 8 - December 10, 2010. In Touch Massage & Spa - 350 South Main Street, Cheshire - Drop Dates November 1 - December 19, 2010. ACS ...
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By Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
All Aboard for the Santa Express!  Looking for a great family event this holiday season?  How about the Santa Express train ride?  This year’s event takes place on Saturdays and Sundays in December (December 4 and 5, 11 and 12, and 18 and 19) departing at 2 P.M. from the Thomaston Train Station. The train runs along the Naugatuck River for one hour 20 minutes while your group visits with Santa, Mrs. Claus, and their trusty elves!  The train you will travel on is a 1920s vintage train with warm and comfortable coaches.  Santa and his wife will visit each child. Tickets are free for age 2 and under (but the child must be seated on an adult lap).  Children 3-12 are $12; Adults are $14, and Seniors are $12.  You can purchase tickets online or at the Thomaston Station on the day of travel.  ...
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By Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Cheshire's Lights of Hope is Saturday, November 6, 2010 - The annual Lights of Hope in Cheshire has been moved up this year.  In the past, the event has had to be postponed due to bitterly cold weather or impending blizzards, so this year the event is being held in November rather than January.  Cheshire's Lights of Hope started in 2005, and over the years has raised more than $260,000 for local charities.  All of the proceeds raised are returned to the community.  This year's charities are Cheshire Youth & Social Services, the Cheshire Community Food Pantry, the Petit Family Foundation, and the Cheshire's Lights of Hope Scholarship Fund.  The mission of Cheshire's Lights of Hope is to unite as a community, to light up our town in hope of a better world, and to raise funds for local cha...
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By Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Farm Stands are Closing Soon - Get To One Near You This Weekend!  Is it really almost November?  Remember those great local Farm Stands will be closing down soon, so don't wait any longer.  Get to one near you!  Ives Farm at 1585 Cheshire Street in Cheshire is not holding its annual Corn Maze this year, but their Farm Stand is still open for business.  They have acres of pumpkins from which to choose, so be sure to stop by this weekend!   
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By Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
R. W. Hine Hardware - Since 1910!  Can you imagine a hardware store that can hang in there for 100 years!?  R.W. Hine Hardware in Cheshire is that store.  R.W. Hine was founded at its 231 Maple Avenue site in 1910 by Raymond Walter Hine.  We have been going there for household items for more years than I care to admit, so we have watched the transformation.  It is now known as RW Hine Ace Hardware, but the people are still the wonderful folks we have come to know over the years.  They have a great rental department.  I am "looking forward" to renting a leaf blower from them in the next few weeks.  Celebrating 100 Years!  
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By Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Here it is . . . The New Photo!!  Oh, did I happen to mention that there would be a change in my brokerage?  Effective today, I am now affiliated with Calcagni Associates Real Estate in Cheshire.  I will continue to service all of central Connecticut.  Calcagni Associates Real Estate is a leading brand in the state of Connecticut with additional focus on New Construction, Land Development, Commercial, and REO properties.  I am pleased to join this organization that leads the industry in innovation and garnering results for our clients. 
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By Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Cheshire's Main Street Cafe is exactly what it says it is - a cafe on the main street.  However, its actual address is 209 West Main Street in Cheshire.  Its original location was on the 0.3 mile long Main Street, but the building in which it resided was torn down to make way for the new Rite Aid (opening soon), so they closed down for a little while and then re-opened right around the corner on West Main Street.  My children used to go to the old location about once a week while they were in high school.  It was a very sad day when it closed down as they didn't know at that time if they would be reopening.  Let me tell you, they have come back bigger and better than ever!  I had a cup of coffee at the Main Street Cafe this morning, and there wasn't a parking space to be found.  They ha...
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By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 )
September 2010 Real Estate Sales Report for Cheshire Ct Currently in Cheshire Ct there are 189 active residential listings for sale, with 34 new listings being added in September. The homes for sale in Cheshire Ct range from a 565 square ft, 2-bedroom bungalow listed at $109,900 to a 5,600 square ft, 4 bedrooms, Colonial listed at $ 1,990,000. The average list price of the homes currently available for sale in Cheshire Ct is $460,753. The average days on market for these homes is 120 days. There are currently 14 homes under contract in Cheshire Ct, with three having gone under contract in September. In September, 13 homes closed in Cheshire Ct. They ranged from a 2,600 square ft, 4-bedroom colonial which sold for $459,900 to a 1,502 square ft, 2-bedroom Cape that sold for $182,000. Aver...
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By Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Cheshire Library book sale coming soon - If you are anything like me, I find out the library book sale is happening just as it is ending!  So mark your calendars now so you can be sure not to miss it this time!  Here are the dates:  Thursday, October 21 from 9:30 A.M. to 8:30 P.M.; Friday, October 22 from 9:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., and Saturday, October 23 from 9:30 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.  So get ready to fill those bookshelves!
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By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 )
August 2010 Real Estate Sales Report for Cheshire Ct Currently in Cheshire Ct there are 183 active residential listings for sale, with 30 new listings being added in August. The homes for sale in Cheshire Ct range from a 565 square ft, 2-bedroom bungalow listed at $109,900 to a 6,054 square ft, 5 bedrooms, Colonial listed at $ 1,450,000. The average list price of the homes currently available for sale in Cheshire Ct is $450,700. The average days on market for these homes is 120 days. There are currently 10 homes under contract in Cheshire Ct, with one, which went under contract in August. In August, 13 homes closed in Cheshire Ct. They ranged from a 1,193 square ft, 3-bedroom REO cape, which sold for $80,500 to a 4,292 square ft, 5-bedroom Farm House colonial that sold for $735,000. Ave...
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By Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Every two years in Cheshire, Connecticut, we have an event that is just as anticipated as the annual Fall Festival, the Memorial Day Parade, and the first day of school (well at  least by mothers).  It is the curbside Bulky Waste and Scrap Metal Collection. However, this year, the Public Works Department advises all Cheshire residents that there will be NO Curbside Bulky Waste or Scrap Metal Collection.  I find this quite sad, as it is a wonderful recycling program.  I would estimate that 90% of the items that make it to the curb DO NOT make it to the actual official pickup.  There is a parade through town of people looking for items that can be reused.  A grill will disappear in stages--the first part to go (almost immediately) is the cast metal casing, and then the rest slowly disappe...
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By Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Don't Miss This Year's Cheshire Fall Festival and Marketplace! Saturday, September 11 from 10:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. at Bartlem Park (Route 10 across from Cheshire High School) Admission is FREE Business Vendors, Craft Show, Food Court, Car Show, and FIREWORKS! A Birds of Prey Exhibit sponsored by the Cheshire Land Trust will feature a hawk, falcon, owl and more. Scooples will hold a "Tallest Cone Building Contest" at the Food Court. World Record is only 13 1/2 inches! The Food Court will again have a sample of The Taste of Cheshire. Two entertainment stages are lined up with great musical talent and demonstrations including Eight To The Bar from 5-7 P.M. And of course, the all important FIREWORKS!
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By Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Driving along Route 10 in Cheshire lately, you may have noticed that some signs have gone up that are covered in black plastic.  Of course the curious have begun to tear off the plastic to see what is coming!  Here is the lowdown: Country Club Road Bridge will be closed for repair beginning on Tuesday, September 7, at 7:00 A.M.  The bridge is located on Country Club Road, between Round Hill Road and Wolf Hill Road (you know, the bridge that has been just one lane for the past few months!).  It will be closed to vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians.  The Town of Cheshire anticipates that the bridge will re-open by Friday, December 17. Country Club Road from Wolf Hill Road will be restricted to homeowners residing on Country Club Road, and this portion of the road will not be open to thro...
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