Blue Back Falls Behind…

The Hartford Courant reported today that portions of the Blue Back Square project have fallen behind schedule. While construction delays are common with new development projects, Town Manager Jim Francis reports that he is confident that the grand opening scheduled for November 1 is still on track. A nice surprise was that the estimated tax revenue of Blue Back this year was initially projected at $500,000. They are now estimating tax revenue of $828,000. Hopefully

Discover Farmington Avenue- Saturday June 9

“DISCOVER THE AVENUE” is on Saturday, June 9th, 12-5pm, rain or shine, on Farmington Avenue in Hartford. This street festival is sponsored by the Farmington Avenue Alliance and celebrates the arts, culture, architecture, and history of our Farmington Avenue neighborhood. There will be trolley rides, activities at the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, music at the corner of Girard and Farmington Avenues, architectural walks in the neighborhood, an exploration of the Park River, artists exhibiting their

What's a Fixture?

Many times when I’m walking through homes with clients, they often ask “Does that come with the home?” and point to something that appears to be attached to the wall. Essentially, they are asking if the object is a “fixture” or not. Typically in real estate transactions, “fixtures” convey with the property. Fixtures are items that are permanently attached to the home. A central air conditioning system, wall to wall carpet, and a built-in oven

Knob and Tube Wiring

If you’re looking to purchase a home that was built between the late 1880s and early 1930s, your home inspector may discover knob and tube was used as the electrical wiring. While some argue that the knob and tube is actually superior to current electrical wiring practices, the age of the system typically leads to some type of degredation, therefore necessitating that it be at least partially replaced and upgraded. It’s becoming more and more

House Styles

Often when I’m driving around looking at homes, I wonder “what’s that specific house style?” It’s easy to pick out the traditional colonial, tudor, raised ranch, etc., but what about a Federal vs. Georgian style colonial? Or a Queen Anne vs. Eastlake victorian? I sometimes have difficulties telling the differences with older homes. Well, no more. About.com has a great picture dictionary that not only provides images, but describes distinguishing features that you can use