North Branford, CT Real Estate News

By Jamie Ramos, New Haven Connecticut Real Estate Agent
(Re/Max Alliance)
I am sorry to say the sign finally went up.  IGA is closing.  And offering 20% off all merchandise left in the store.  And that is all the sign says...those two lines. I guess we all knew it was inevitable with the opening of Big Y just around the corner.  But quite frankly the thrill of Big Y wore off very quickly for me.  If I had a dollar for every silver coin I have collected I would be rich.  I am very sad to see IGA go.  It is another sign of the times I guess.  Small mom and pops put out of business by the Walmarts and Home Depots. As I have lived in town most of the last 22 years of my life Central Plaza was the center of town for me.  I worked in the pharmacy before it became a Brooks (Which has now turned into Rite Aid I think).  I remember when McDonalds opened up.  Wow!  We ...
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Single family home sale prices in North Branford recovered a little after the steep drop-off in prices seen during the same time last year. Second Quarter of 2001 :   25 homes sold with the median price of $198,900 Second Quarter of 2002 :   26 homes sold with the median price of $253,000 Second Quarter of 2003 :   51 homes sold with the median price of $258,900 Second Quarter of 2004 :   39 homes sold with the median price of $292,500 Second Quarter of 2005 :   37 homes sold with the median price of $314,000 Second Quarter of 2006 :   27 homes sold with the median price of $350,000 Second Quarter of 2007 :   26 homes sold with the median price of $297,500 Second Quarter of 2008 :   25 homes sold with the median price of $311,800   When you are Coming to Connecticut -  Contact Dan Cummi...
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By Jamie Ramos, New Haven Connecticut Real Estate Agent
(Re/Max Alliance)
The wait is finally over.  The Big Y officially opened its doors at 7:30am.  And it didnt take long for the parking lot to fill up.  I think the anticipation has been building and now people are just relieved that it is over.  They sent out a really great flyer to all residents introducing department heads and talking about what they offer.They were also promoting some real great sales prices and contests as well.  You could win a free bag of groceries.They pride themselves on buying local produce so maybe this will be a benefit to our community and local farmers.If you went in today drop me a line and tell me what you think!
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By Jamie Ramos, New Haven Connecticut Real Estate Agent
(Re/Max Alliance)
First let me state that I have not been paid or offered any kind of incentive for recommending these restaurants.GREAT SUSHI---WasabiWithout a doubt Wasabi is one of the better sushi places around this area.  The fish is fresh and they offer a full menu of dinner options including Chicken Teriyaki and Bip Bam Bowls (delicious)!  They have specials four nights a week with Monday being free sake night, Tuesday is half off all sushi. Wednesday is Senior Citizen and Thursday is Ladies night...ladies get a free drink or dessert.  Be warned however that the secret about Wasabi is out and if you decide to go on say Tuesday night the wait can be as much as 45 minutes.  So get there early to put your name on the list and relax.  It i well worth the wait.GREAT  PIZZA- A tie between Bobby's and Sl...
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By Jamie Ramos, New Haven Connecticut Real Estate Agent
(Re/Max Alliance)
WIth the impending opening of Big Y to our little suburb I was wondering what the overall feeling of the community is.  I know that there have been numerous letters to the editor of the Totoket Times regarding the traffic situation in that area resulting from the merge at the railroad underpass.  I have been there myself a few times and was not pleased to wait 15 minutes to get to the bridge, especially since I am turning right at Rte 139.  I now completely avoid going that way after 4pm and go down Twin Lakes.  I can only assume that once Big Y opens the traffic in that area will only get worse.I am also concerned for the businesses in Central Plaza which have been there for years.  IGA has plans to stay open and see what happens.  IGA has an excellent deli and meat department, I just ...
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By Jamie Ramos, New Haven Connecticut Real Estate Agent
(Re/Max Alliance)
 North Branford will be offering a recycling program in January for electronics and computers.  On January 26, 2008 from 9am to 12pm residents can drop off computer monitors for $5 each.  For the first time residents will be able to recycle TV's as well.  TV's can be dropped off for $1 per inch of screen.  A 20" TV may be recycled for $20.  Any other electronic and computer equipment may be dropped off for no charge.  Residents in other local towns are also able to participate.The drop off location is Computer Recycling at 27 Ciro RD in North Branford.
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By Jamie Ramos, New Haven Connecticut Real Estate Agent
(Re/Max Alliance)
Well here is a way to find out.  The Chamber of Commerce is holding a "state of the town" breakfast on January 30, 2008.  It will be held at Doody's and speakers include Mayor Michael Doody, Dr. Robert Wolf, Interim Town Manager Michael Palhous and Jim Mahoney from CERC (CT Economic Resource Center).If you are a chamber member it is $13, if not $15.  You can call Frank Mentone for tickets at 484-4729.I am not sure why but it starts at 7:30am.  Which is before my daughter even gets to school so although I want to attend the timing is just a tad early.  I wish it would have been at a more reasonable time, say 9am.  But maybe I will show up late.There are a couple of questions that I have that can (hopefully) be answered by some of the folks attending.  Like when will the cafeteria at NBIS...
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By Jamie Ramos, New Haven Connecticut Real Estate Agent
(Re/Max Alliance)
There it was.  A traffic light newly installed at the intersection of Rte 139 (Branford Rd) and Twin Lakes Rd.  It was still covered in its protective plastic.  I couldn't help but wonder..why in the world are they installing a traffic light here?  I know that Rte 139 is busy and has a lot of commercial traffic passing through.  I live within a block of the light so am very familiar with traffic patterns in the area.  Did we really need a light here?  I haven't seen any major accidents at this intersection.  I don't think there is much pedestrian traffic trying to cross here.  That is mostly up by Bank of America and Central Plaza.So the light hung there, unused for quite some time.  When it was finally turned on it was on blinking status only.  So I thought OK it is here to slow down s...
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By Jamie Ramos, New Haven Connecticut Real Estate Agent
(Re/Max Alliance)
I finally have a minute to talk about my favorite little breakfast place around.  North Branford has been changing a lot lately but there is one thing that has stayed the same since I was 15 years old.POPPYS RESTAURANT!Not only is Poppy's one of the best little breakfast nooks around it also the center for many social connections as well.  No matter what day of the week or time of day there is always a familiar face when you walk in.  You are greeted by family when you arrive as Poppy's is entirely manned by his sister, children, sons-in law and occasionally grand children.  You can expect to see Poppy himself most days as well.  He is great!  One of my first jobs was working for him on weekends.  And he is exactly the same today as he was back then.  Always willing to help out others.T...
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By Jamie Ramos, New Haven Connecticut Real Estate Agent
(Re/Max Alliance)
If you are or know a homeowner who is 65 or older as of December 31, 2007 you can make an application to the town hall for property tax relief.This is also available to homeowners who are on permanent disability such as social security, any state, federal or local government retirement or disability plan.  It is also available to any government related teacher's retirement plan.Town of North BranfordP.O. Box 287 - 909 Foxon RoadNorth Branford CT 06471Phone: 203-484-6013
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By Sandra Cummings, Real Estate Agent, Guilford Connecticut
(William Raveis Real Estate)
In August there were 13 homes that sold in North Branford, Connecticut. The highest priced sale was a new construction colonial with 3275 sq.ft. on 1.3 acres, which sold for $440,000. This home had 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths and was on the market for 124 days. The lowest priced home sale in North Branford was a ranch house that was built in 1959, with 1210 sq.ft. on a little under a half an acre. This home had 3 bedrooms and 1 bath and was on the market for 244 days. It sold for $247,000. The average real estate sale in North Branford for the month of August was $327,631 and the average home was on the market for 88 days. A list of homes that sold are below:Listing PriceSales Price     Street NameTown Name$284,900 $250,000 170  BRANFORD RDN BRANFORD$339,900 $335,000 23  DOGWOODN BRANFORD$...
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Single family home sale prices in North Branford dipped about 15% from the high set in the second quarter of 2006. The number of homes sold has returned to the historically normal level in the mid-twenties for the quarter after rising during the new construction boom years. Second Quarter of 2001 :   25 homes sold with the median price of $198,900Second Quarter of 2002 :   26 homes sold with the median price of $253,000Second Quarter of 2003 :   51 homes sold with the median price of $258,900Second Quarter of 2004 :   39 homes sold with the median price of $292,500Second Quarter of 2005 :   37 homes sold with the median price of $314,000Second Quarter of 2006 :   27 homes sold with the median price of $350,000Second Quarter of 2007 :   26 homes sold with the median price of $297,500 Whe...
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By Sandra Cummings, Real Estate Agent, Guilford Connecticut
(William Raveis Real Estate)
The North Branford Fire Department will be holding their annual Comedy Night on Satuday April 28.  This year the show will take place at Bill Miller's Castle in Branford at the intersection of Route 22 & 80.We just picked up the first thee tickets so you still have time to make your purchase.  Not sure if the event sells out, last year as I recall it was in the High School Auditorium and they had several comedians with national name recognition.Since the department is manned with volunteers just leave a message and they will get back to you in a day or two with purchase instructions.Support their fund raiser and enjoy a few laughs...!!  Of course if you have so much fun you decide you want to stay in North Branford make sure you contact The Cummings Team.  We will be happy to assist in ...
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By Sandra Cummings, Real Estate Agent, Guilford Connecticut
(William Raveis Real Estate)
 The town of North Branford is more rural than most but there are a few spots for a hungry traveler to stop.  The Northford Grill at 22 & 17 or Kate's Country Kitchen can be found 2431 Foxen Road, ( Route 80 )                             For either lunch or dinner you'll be in for a treat at Dalton's Restaurant located in the Brookside Plaza on Route 80 not far from the Guilford town line. Cedar's at Mill Pond in another choice in the Northford section at 1565 Middletown Ave ( Rt. 17)      
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By Sandra Cummings, Real Estate Agent, Guilford Connecticut
(William Raveis Real Estate)
The median sales price of single-family homes in North Branford ( including Northford ) took a dip in the fourth quarter of 2006. This downward trend is similar to what is happening in surrounding towns.  The number of homes closing actually increased by one over the same quarter last year.  Buyers are still looking for homes but more cautious as interest rates fluctuate and conflicting reports about the direction of prices plays out in the media. 
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