Now, close to the center of town, you see monster houses on tiny lots. ""It's a very interesting piece of New Canaan history to see one person who loved the home once to be called back," Lindstrom said. Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. Bop-Bop is definitely one of the kindest people I know and I miss him a lot. I told him how much I loved him and to hang in there. Will get to know him better in Heaven. It’s still looking for a buyer, now at $3,995,000. He was so strong, so invincible and so tough. "In New Canaan, so many older homes are being taken down and new … A sluggish market has settled in over Connecticut’s gold coast. If the realtors are not to starve, they must persuade sellers to swallow some price cuts. In a few short months, he’d have realized his goal. He loved the taste of food. When Libby and Tom Butterworth left the home for the West Coast and returned to find it for sale by the couple to whom they sold it, they "repurchased it, restored it and re-loved it. From lying on his back under a car to losing himself at a Tchaikovsky ballet, his interests were many, and eclectic … It wasn’t long ago that he set the goal of biking every road in New Canaan. In recent decades, though, the riffraff has been chased out. Unfortunately this was not the case, and although he fought a hard battle, he told me many times not to worry, that he was going to fight this. To check out the full lecture, head to the NCHS tonight at 7:30 p.m. at 13 Oenoke Road. My mom’s nicknames were Abby-Gabby-Gooey and Mrs. Bang, because she slammed doors a lot. Zillow shows an 11,484-square-foot, 8-bedroom, 9-bath chalet in New Canaan that was listed in 2017 for $9,950,000. You taught me that the most important things in this world are people and not possessions and that helping other people also means not taking credit for it. My uncle’s names were Briggy-Wiggy and Wig. FREE, Insta-worthy Mini Photo Sessions with Shoott! You taught me to love all creatures and appreciate the wondrous miracles of nature … Dad, you always provided comfort when I was sick, reassuring me that I would completely recover. The demand for upper-class homes in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut is taking a hit. T Barbera, Your email address will not be published. “We loved him, too, and he will be greatly missed.”. In the third quarter, reports the William Pitt/Sotheby’s agency, Fairfield County (which includes the rich-people hangouts of Greenwich, New Canaan, Darien, Westport and Wilton) saw 36 home sales at $3 million and up, down from 47 in 3Q 2017. The note was read aloud before more than 150 relatives, friends and colleagues of Geddis who crowded Thursday afternoon into the Great Hall at Waveny House to celebrate his life and offer support to his survivors. They lined up buyers at a 30% discount to what they had paid. "It's the oldest house in New Canaan," said Janet Lindstrom, executive director for the NCHS. “I’ve never seen anybody like him—through the years, the ups that he has been through and the downs that he has been involved with, he has just been a stalwart, a strong person. The memorial event for Geddis took place Aug. 7, 2014. I aim to help you save on taxes and money management costs. While new to the CT real estate scene, my experience in the business has spanned over 20 years. They also approached the project from a 'green' standpoint, keeping the home healthy in its environment." Built by Deacon John Benedick on 1724, the home has seen 10 owners, most recently coming under the ownership of the Butterworths, who had actually owned the home previously. What happens when rich people in blue states discover the moving van? The memorial event for Geddis took place Aug. 7, 2014. Credit: Michael Dinan. "The architectural firm brought on to handle the restoration was highly interested in the preservation of the feel of the building. NewCanaanite.com He loved being out in the sunshine. Do you live in a nice home in Manhattan or one of its suburbs? Browse MLS listings in New Canaan and take real estate virtual tours at realtor.com®. The 2017 tax change, which took effect for the tax returns filed six months ago, is getting in the way. Your email address will not be published. Empty-nesters now, they decided to sell that and buy a co-op in Manhattan. "In New Canaan, so many older homes are being taken down and new buildings being put up on those former sites. 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There, scenes from Geddis’ life flashed by, from photos of him as a baby and youth, including a yellowed newspaper clipping of Geddis the boy who rescued and befriended a robin, to wedding photos and then scores of scenes with Geddis and his children and grandchildren, often laughing and several from a lakeside cabin in Maine—a steady vacation destination for the whole family. Those gathered—including many municipal workers—watched a slideshow tribute to Geddis on a projector screen in the Great Hall. A photo from a slideshow at a celebration of Briggs Geddis' life, held Aug. 7 at Waveny House. It was a life cut short following a steep decline starting in February, two months after a surgery for a brain tumor that had been discovered last June, Kristin Geddis recalled. This is a wonderful opportunity for people to see how and old house can be loved and changed and made into a very contemporary home while keeping the original feeling." [Editor’s Note: Each photoin the slideshow above is from a collection that was on view during the Aug. 7, 2014 celebration by family and friends of the life of Briggs Geddis, held in the Great Hall at Waveny House.]. The town had a five-and-dime store, a fair number of bi-levels and even a factory making industrial scales. “Briggs is a quality person,” Damazo said. Wasn’t a membe of his SS class,(Dr. Stokes) but sure enjoyed his teaching when I sat in on it. In the end, the cancer would take his life. But to close the deal the buyers needed to sell their own suburban home first. Newshound LLC is a registered LLC in the state of Connecticut. One million in adjusted gross income is another matter, and for that select AGI group the more precise term is “agillionaire.”. Overnight, the stiff income and property taxes in Democrat-run states are looming much larger. It’s still looking for a buyer, now at $3,995,000. I graduated from Harvard in 1973, have been a journalist for 45 years, and was editor of Forbes magazine from 1999 to 2010. Just enough of these upper-crusters have departed for low-tax states, or are thinking about doing that, to ruin the market for mansions. “On behalf of the town we just want to thank you so much for sharing your husband and your father with us,” Jones said. Here are some excerpts from each tribute. From daughter Gabrielle: You taught me to measure the value of honesty and that loyalty builds trust. I miss him. I have been an Enrolled Agent since 1979. Their average deduction for state and local taxes was $472,000. But rich people don’t like to pay for everything. Tennis great Gigi Fernandez is trying to ace a sale of her home in New Canaan, CT, which came on the market earlier this week for $1.7 million.. The many years of aquaintance I had with him at Brooklawn will be fondly remembered and appreciated. He was equally at home covered in mud from head to toe while digging a trench as he was strolling through a contemporary art gallery. Refreshments will be served following the program. Email me at williambaldwinfinance -- at -- gmail -- dot -- com. Which sometimes they do. Geddis was well-known to, and respected by, multiple “subsections” of New Canaanites—from town workers to any resident with a well or septic system, to local businesses certified by the state health department (such as food establishments and salons), to the public schools and anyone organizing a community event. So we wrote down: ‘Massage, music and chocolate.’ What could be better than that?”. His tax cut raised taxes for high-income people in high-tax areas like Connecticut and New York because it all but eliminated the deduction for state and local taxes. New Canaan resident Keith Simpson, a longtime friend of Geddis whose work intersected with that of the deceased, said he appreciated deeply that the family was sharing a personal side of Geddis’ life and that it was thrilling to hear about it first hand. 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