11 Common Drive, West Hartford

Just steps from Veterans Memorial Ice Skating Rink, Cornerstone Aquatics Center, and the golf course, this newer construction home in Buena Vista is located on a quiet cul-de-sac. This property offers 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths over 1,599 square feet.



Inside you’ll find the floor plan on the main level has an eat-in space kitchen which is open to the living room and dining room. The space is light and bright, has freshly painted walls and hardwood floors. Off the dining area there are sliders to a paver patio and the backyard.

The rest of the main level has three bedrooms and two full baths. The master bedroom has a walk-in closet and full bath.

Downstairs there is a sizable family room, perfect for relaxing. An oversized 2-car garage is attached and has plenty of room for storage and larger cars.

The home is easy maintenance with gas heat, central air conditioning and vinyl siding.

Enjoy all that the Buena Vista neighborhood has to offer, while being close to the Center, Blue Back Square and highway access.

11 Common Drive is offered at $289,900. If you’d like to see this home, please have your agent arrange a showing, call me at 860-655-2125 to schedule a visit, or stop by the open house on February 19th between 1:00pm-3:00pm. More details and a photo tour are available.

54 Gifford Road, West Hartford

Located on a quiet cul-de-sac, this move-in condition Colonial is within walking distance to the shopping and restaurants at Blue Back Square. It offers 3 bedrooms and 1.5 baths over 1,200 square feet.



The first floor features a formal living room with a pellet stove, formal dining room, remodeled kitchen and half bathroom.

Upstairs there are three bedrooms and a full bathroom.

The backyard is private and fully fenced with a patio, deck and gardens.

The home has newer windows, a central vacuum system, a partially finished basement, hardwood floors throughout and a 1-car garage.

54 Gifford Road is offered at $259,000. If you’d like to see this home, please have your agent arrange a showing, call me at 860-655-2125 to schedule a visit, or stop by the open house on May 15th between 1:00pm-3:00pm. More details and a photo tour are available.

55 Grennan Road, West Hartford

This move-in condition Colonial is in a great West Hartford Center location, a quick walk from all of the shops and restaurants in the Center and Blue Back Square. It offers 3 bedrooms and 1.5 baths over 1,324 square feet.



The formal living room is a nice size and has a wood burning fireplace. The dining room features a classic built-in cabinet and connects to the kitchen with eat-in space. There is an updated half bathroom on the first floor and the basement is partially finished.

Upstairs you’ll find a large master bedroom with walk-up attic access, two additional bedrooms and a neat and clean full bathroom.

Outside there is a sweet screened in porch and wood deck. The yard is nicely landscaped and offers plenty of space for play, relaxing or gardening. Park your car in the 1-car garage.

The home features a newer roof, furnace, hot water heater and exterior paint.

55 Grennan Road is offered at $295,000. If you’d like to see this home, please have your agent arrange a showing, call me at 860-655-2125 to schedule a visit, or stop by the open house on April 10th between 1:00pm-3:00pm. More details and a photo tour are available.

The Lexicon's Art – West Hartford

The Lexicon is one of the new buildings in Blue Back Square, located at 75 Isham Road. The ground floor is retail, with offices on the upper three levels. Although I had been in the stores and restaurants on many occasions, I had not visited the lobby area that leads to the elevators until recently.

There isn’t really that much to the lobby – it’s a relatively narrow corridor that leads to the center of the building. However, it is decorated with a number of pieces that celebrate the area’s business heritage. Each piece is a print that combines imagery of a particular industry with the names and pictures of the people that established the industry in the Hartford area. They are all surrounded by frames of silver tools that are much more interesting in person than in the picture below.

Check out the lobby the next time you’re wandering around Blue Back Square, it’s definitely worth a few minutes.


The Lexicon Building at 75 Isham Road, West Hartford - Part of Blue Back Square

Art decorating the lobby walls at The Lexicon in West Hartford

Bring Back Cheese & Stuff

dollar-worldWord on the street is that the Dollar World on Farmington Avenue in the West End of Hartford is moving. Actually it’s the sign in the window that says they’re moving, but word has spread through the neighborhood like the flu through daycare. The locals aren’t upset with Dollar World, it just had the misfortune of leasing the storefront that previously housed the West End organic food institution of Cheese & Stuff.

About ten years ago, organic grocer Wild Oats bought Cheese & Stuff. They promised to keep the local market in business but later went back on their word. The small local market was closed to reduce competition for their newer and larger Bishop’s Corner location in West Hartford. After years of boycotting the bait-and-switcher Wild Oats, West Enders celebrated the arrival of Whole Foods a few years ago, but have never completely forgotten the Cheese & Stuff.

One of my friends suggested that Kyle and I reopen the Cheese & stuff now that the old location is going to be available again. We’re currently focusing on other goals, but the idea of opening a neighborhood market seems like it merits consideration.

The community would certainly be supportive, there is sufficient parking, and the Wild Oats (Bishop’s Corner Whole Foods) seems to be on the path to either a sale or closing due to a national anti-trust decision. The Whole Foods is still just a few miles down the road, but a local fresh food grocery could be an attractive alternative to the Blue Back Experience or the Stop & Shop/Shaws combo further down Prospect Avenue.

The main challenge to opening an upscale market is that a foodie needs to have a big role. Without selecting the right items or the ability to inspire customers, the store could have trouble building a loyal following. But if any neighborhood can do it, then it is the West End. We have the talent to identify the right mix of products, and the good sense to appreciate the effort.

So who’s going to bring back Cheese & Stuff?