for sale by owners:
2979 High Ridge Road, Stamford, Connecticut 06903
owners: STUART SHYDLO and DIANE SHYDLO
THIS IS A "HANDYMAN SPECIAL"
THIS HOUSE IS ONLY FOR OWNER-OCCUPANTS WHO CAN DO CLEANUP and FIXUP
SHOWINGS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY!!!
CALL (203)322-1521 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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2979 HIGH RIDGE ROAD, Summer 1989 CONSTRUCTION PHOTOS - CLICK ON PHOTO FOR FULL PAGE PHOTO
PROS and CONS
1. LAND and LOCATION
Land is NOT in a flood-prone area, has no wetlands, has no very steep slopes. 100 percent of the land is usable. In addition, you would have effective use of the State property bordering High Ridge Road, so you would own one-third of an acre but you would have effective use of one-half of an acre. In addition, you would have visual use of the land to the east of the property because there are no houses until New Canaan. There is also a large open area to the south of the property.
There is plenty of parking in front of the house. There are TWO DRIVEWAYS, so you can always drive in and drive out. You NEVER have to back out of the driveways for this property.
The well has never run dry since we have owned the house in October, 1970. The well is only 125 feet deep. In addition, Aquarion Water Company ran a water pipe in front of the property two years ago so you could tie into Aquarion Water Company if you want to do so in the future. (Comment: I would recommend keeping the well.) The Aquarion Water Company pipe also services a Fire Hydrant at near the property so this is a safety feature and also may reduce your homeowner's insurance.
The house is in the Northeast School district. Because the property is on High Ridge Road, I always asked the Stamford Public Schools to add a School Bus Stop in front of our house so our three children NEVER had to walk on dangerous roads; they walked directly into the house from their school bus.
The State of Connecticut maintains High Ridge Road, so our road was always the first plowed out in a snowstorm.
Connecticut Light and Power tells me that the power lines in front of the property have multiple feeds, so there is a lower probability of a power failure.
Cablevision tells me that there is a major node near the property. In addition, I paid for TWO Cablevision cables, one for the TV and one for the Cablemodem. My internet speed is over 50 megabits per second. Internet speed and reliability is important to me because I program websites, including this website. I also paid for AT&T copper phone service for additional communication reliability.
2. SOLIDLY BUILT STRUCTURE
The original 1920 structure is very thick fieldstone. I was the General Contractor when I built the large addition in Summer 1989. There is reinforcing steel in all the concrete pours and in the concrete block foundation. There are two steel beams, oversized cross-braced joists one foot on center (NOT 16 inches on center). There are two subfloors. (Comment: After the August 23, 2011 earthquake you should be very careful to buy a house with a solid structure.)
In August, 2011 I put a new roof on the south wing of the house.
The house is well insulated. When I built the addition I upgraded the insulation and added vinyl siding to the original part of the house.
The house has three electric panels, 200 ampere 240 volt electric service.
The house has Central Air Conditioning.
The house has a recent well pressure tank.
Comment: There are many photos on the home page which show the SOLIDLY BUILT STRUCTURE.
3. IN-LAW UNIT
The lower level is walk-out in the back with two entrances to the outside and also an inside stairway to the main level of the house. The lower level has a full bath. (Comment: The Assessor records showing that the house has only two baths on the main level is wrong. The house has a third full bath in the lower level.) The lower level also has the plumbing for a kitchenette. The lower level also has a laundry room. We used the lower level laundry room before we added the second laundry room on the main floor. The lower level also has internet and TV cables. Comment: The lower level can be made into a perfect in-law unit for your in-law or for house-to-share rental with windows to the backyard, a nice view so it does not feel like a basement.
4. PROPERTY TAX: $6182 per year
5. ASSESSOR VALUATION: The City of Stamford Assessor previously valued the property at $575,090 but with the recent decline in real estate values, the new City of Stamford Assessor value for the property is $402,570 (Click on the image of Assessor card)
COMMENT: Our asking price is much less than $402,570.
This is a "Handyman Special" being sold in "AS IS" condition.