Cheshire, CT Real Estate News

By Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
5 Bedroom 4.5 Bath Home for Sale in Nob Hill Neighborhood, Cheshire, CT This fabulous 5 Bedroom 4.5 Bath home for sale is a center hall colonial in the beautiful Nob Hill neighborhood. It has been meticulously updated and maintained with exceptional appointments offering a total of 3,664 square feet of finished space and four fireplaces. The large remodeled eat-in kitchen offers granite countertops, a large center island, great natural light, generous recessed lighting, ceramic tile flooring, and a spacious eating area. The kitchen adjoins the large first floor family room with its wood burning fireplace, door to the rear deck, and wall of windows for loads of light and views of the backyard. Also off the family room is a covered front porch ideal for enjoying a morning cup of coffee wh...
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By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 )
NCAA Basketball Championships . . It's Final 4 Weekend It's going to be an active weekend for followers of college basketball, and if you're from Connecticut, you will have twice as much to see. Both the UConn men's and women's teams made it through their tournaments to reach the Final 4. Only once in the history of the tournament have both men's and women's teams from a collgeg won the tournament, and that was in 2004, and that was Connecticut. Maybe history will repeat itself this weekend. VCU/Butler will be against 2 teams that very, very few picked to get here. It's been a great ride for both of them, but only one gets to advance. My pick Butler, just because they were here last year as well. UK/UConn: this will be the second time they play each other in a tournament. UConn beat UK ...
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By Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
This Bird was Just Asking For it!! You know how sometimes someone is just asking for it?  Well today I was sitting in my car waiting for a client when the first mockingbird I have seen this year landed right in front of me and just asked to be photographed.  But wait, I don't have my camera with me today!!  Sorry mockingbird!  He patiently reminded me that my blackberry would do the trick, so I felt obliged . . . So, as Pat Haddad will tell you, sometimes the phone is the only way to get that photo!  
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By Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
The First Sign of Spring in Cheshire, CT - NOT a Robin! To me the true first sign of Spring is the return of the Wood Ducks, and that occurred this morning in my backyard.  My home office overlooks some very tall trees, so I see some birds that others might miss.  I was doubly lucky this morning that my oldest child and friend were getting ready to head out to New York City and had a fabulous camera handy to get some great shots.  So once again, these photos are courtesy of HeyMagpie (I told her the photos would be famous before she returned)! First to arrive was the female very close to the house . . . About 3 minutes later, the male showed up in one of the trees farther away. After a bit of conversation, the male joined the female . . .       Hope we get to see more of them this year!!
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By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 )
It's Time for March Madness . . The NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Has Already Begun There was a bunch of controversy, as there usually is about the teams denied entrance to 'The Big Dance'.This year there were 3 additional teams added with 4 play-in games, or as they call it, First 4. These teams had qualifications that just came up short and they were getting their opportunity to get to the dance by winning their way in. Two games were done yesterday and 2 more will be resolved tonight. Their reward is to hustle off to a regional site and get a team that is much higher ranked and rested. At the end of the tournament, 68 teams will play 68 games, and compete across 3 weeks, with the Championship Game being played in Houston on April 4, which to all ActiveRainers is the middle night o...
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By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 )
February 2011 Real Estate Sales Report for Cheshire CT Currently in Cheshire CT there are 136 active residential listings for sale. They range from a 972 square ft, 3-bedroom cape, listed at $128,900 to a 5600 square ft, 4 bedroom colonial estate listed at $1,990,000 The average list price of the homes currently available for sale in Cheshire CT is $448,236. The average days on market for these homes is 160 days.  For the month of January, there were 15 new homes listed for sale in Cheshire CT.  The average list price of the new listings available for sale in Cheshire CT  is $338,597. In addition, there are currently 17 homes under contract in Cheshire CT , with three (3) having gone under contract in the month of February. The average list price for the homes under contract is $485,982...
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By Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
I'm MELTING . . . melting . . . No, I am not talking about the Wicked Witch of the West but the Nasty Snow of the Northeast!  Finally we are beginning to see the ground . . . I had seriously wondered if my shrubs at the end of my driveway were even still there!  I hadn't seen them since them since Christmas Day! Before I raked the roof onto the sidewalk again . . . Pretty soon visitors to our house will not have to come in through the garage, but will once again be able to make it to the door . . . Maybe spring IS just around the corner!!  
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By Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
5 Bedroom 3 Bath Home for Sale in South Cheshire CT Are you looking for a 5 Bedroom 3 Bath Home for Sale that is absolutely stunning?  This totally updated and spacious Colonial is brimming with exceptional design details and style.  The gorgeous kitchen is set to impress with cherry cabinetry, breakfast bar, granite counters, glass tile back splash, wine cooler, sub-zero refrigerator, and skylight for abundant sunshine. Convenient to the kitchen is a laundry room with ample cabinets and counter space.  This space is plumbed to be an additional half bath if desired.  The living room is a designer’s delight with cathedral ceilings, skylights, chandeliers, floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, and sliders to an expansive front deck.  The family room, which could also be a sixth bedroom (great...
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By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 )
Buying Real Estate in Central Connecticut . . Understanding the Buyer Agreement If you are going to be buying real estate in Central Connecticut, it will be necessary to address and sign a buyer agreement with your Realtor. This should not be looked at as a hook to capture you and limit your abilities to purchase a home. The buyer agreement is a two way commitment between the agent and the buyers. If ensures that the buyers' loyalty will be to the agent that is helping them in their search. The agent has made a pledge to get the client the best home possible, within their means, at a competitive price. Within the Buyer Agreement, are mentioned the fee arrangements. A Buyer's agent may receive a flat fee, or a share of the commissions, or both. Under normal circumstances a buyer pays no ...
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By Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Heat Wave Hits Connecticut! Today Connecticut saw temperatures above 50 degrees for the first time in at least four months!  The snow is melting, the flowers are blooming, and spring is in the air . . . Okay, maybe not, but there was a little bit of melting and some payloaders were on the street to give a little more width to our road.  We can almost get to our mailboxes now.  This is what the area CAN look like--hopefully it will look this way again in the not too distant future.  
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By Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Should I Submit this for Inclusion in a "New England Beauty Spots" Calendar? While waiting for a client today, I thought I would take a "view out the window of my car" picture of the 12 foot snow mountain sitting next to me.  I could barely see the traffic lights, so there was no chance that I would see my client coming before he actually pulled into the parking spot next to me!  Why are pictures like this (or the one of the shopping cart sticking out of a snow drift) not included on the New England Calendars?   Seems like all they ever include are pictures like these . . .  
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By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 )
I Needed a Touch of Spring, So I went out to find some!! It's almost mid February here in Central CT and the snow has been horrible. I just needed to go find a touch of color other than white or brownish white, but where to go? Then I caught a thought, lets take a trip to the farms. The bedding farms that is. Cheshire CT is know as the bedding center of Connecticut, and that has nothing to do with taking a nap. Some of the largest bedding farms or factory green houses are located in Cheshire CT, most out in the towns western side.    Their expanse is acreage, and inside they are a tropical wonder with colors all over. Green houses have to be months ahead of the climate in order to service their clients. So when it's likely to be snowing up a storm, the inside of a green house would be l...
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By Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Friday Fotos - Wonderful Waterfalls Last Friday's tropical birds post was such a hit that I thought this week I would share some tropical waterfalls.  We have some beautiful waterfalls here in Connecticut, but they are not too terribly visible at this time.  So I hope you enjoy these waterfalls that I photographed while helicoptering over Kauaii . . . Back on the Ground Again!!
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By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 )
January 2011 Real Estate Sales Report for Cheshire CT Currently in Cheshire CT there are 125 active residential listings for sale. They range from a 1,752 square ft, 3 bedroom ranch, listed at $174,900 to a 5600 square ft, 4 bedroom colonial estate listed at $1,990,000 The average list price of the homes currently available for sale in Cheshire CT is $461,522. The average days on market for these homes is 158 days. For the month of January, there were 19 new homes listed for sale in Cheshire CT.  The average list price of the new listings available for sale in Cheshire CT  is $452,295. In addition, there are currently 13 homes under contract in Cheshire CT , with seven (7) having gone under contract in the month of January. The average list price for the homes under contract is $563,323...
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By Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Enjoying the Colors of My Winter Yard in Connecticut - This post is a shout-out to Roy Kelley who posts the most amazing photos as he enjoys walking through the Kentlands and Lakelands communities in Gaithersburg, Maryland.  It got me thinking that I really need to take a closer look at the colors in my own yard! Here is a view of the mature evergreen and azalea hedge that lines my garage and porch.  Be sure to notice the fantastic red brick walkway that I painstakingly took apart and redid two years ago.   Here are the colors of my lush garden in the backyard.  Maybe you can't see where the fantastic flowers will be in a few months, but at least you can see the dwarf Alberta spruce (not usually quite that dwarf).   Here is my driveway that is lined with rhododendron.  In June the pink ...
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By Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Snowboarding in my Front Yard - Well, it might not be the kind of snowboarding that makes national sports headlines, but while raking my roof yesterday, I had to find a way to stay on top of the three feet of snow that is still on the ground.  Finally grabbed a 2 x 6 and used it to redistribute the weight so I didn't just sink down into the ice covered snow.  Sure hope there is no more snow for a while (like a year).
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By Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Roof Rakes Can be Found in Cheshire, Connecticut A friend on mine, an attorney here in Cheshire, gave a shout-out to our local hardware store on Facebook this morning:  "Thank you to Pat and Terry and everyone at R.W. Hine Hardware for stepping up and meeting the needs of your customers.  I am the last guy who ever wanted to buy a roof rake, but at 7:05 this morning Hine had them.  I and the other twenty people there were grateful.  100 years of Customer Loyalty does not happen by accident.  Great Job!" R.W. Hine actually got a shipment of 1,000 roof rakes yesterday to help their customers get all the snow off their roofs!  In the past ten years they have not sold more than fifty roof rakes, but in the last couple of weeks they have sold thousands!  Here is the story from the Record-Jou...
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By Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Where Can I Give Blood During this Urgent Need for Blood Donations near Cheshire CT? With all the wild weather the country has been experiencing,especially in the Northeast, the Red Cross has announced that it has an urgent need for blood donations.  But where can you give blood?  In the Cheshire CT area there are the following opportunities coming up: February 3 from 8:30 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.Cheshire Academy – 10 Main Street – Cheshire, ConnecticutFebruary 3 from 1:00 – 6:00 P.M.Villa Capris Restaurant – 906 North Colony Road – Wallingford, ConnecticutFebruary 4 from 7:45 A.M. – 12:45 P.M.Vinal Regional Technical School – 60 Daniels Street – Middletown, ConnecticutFebruary 8 from 1:30 – 6:30 P.M.VFW Post #10732 – 152 Massirio Drive – Berlin, ConnecticutFebruary 9 from 7:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M....
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By Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Realtor.com Has Changed its Look Again! I went in this evening to lower the price on one of my listings (not the one pictured below), and put in a few updated photos.  I checked to see how it would look on the first page (where it shows the four photos with "See All 25 Photos" in the center).  Looked good.  Then I went to do some other things, and when I checked on how my listings all looked again, I was quite surprised to see a new look!   Now I have to decide if the order in which I have put my 25 pictures is the best order.  I used to take four samples from around the house to show up in the collage, but now the collage is gone.  I like change, but constant?!
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By Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Green Light Driving School is Moving to its New Location within Cheshire CT For many years Green Light Driving School has been The Place for teens to get their driving lessons in Cheshire CT.  Drop off and pick up has been a bit tricky in the past (especially with this winter's drifts of snow) as classes were given in a home on a residential street.  Hopefully beginning with their classes on February 1, 2011, the Green Light Driving School will be at its new location at 1059 South Main Street (between Everybody's Plaza and The Cheshire Herald on Route 10).  Congratulations to Heather Carrano as the new owner of Green Light Driving School! If you are looking for a great place to learn to drive in the Cheshire CT area (Meriden, Wallingford, Hamden, Prospect, Bethany, Southington, and Wate...
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