117 Brittany Farms Road Unit B, New Britain

Move right in to this cheerful and welcoming townhouse condo in the Brittany Farms area!

117 Brittany Farms Unit B

The main level is bright and open, with a view from the front door all the way to the living room. The dining area opens to a kitchen with stainless steel appliances. Five steps down from the dining area is the living room, which feels spacious and airy with its high ceilings. A slider leads out to the private deck with lockable storage shed. An updated powder room and laundry area completes the main level. Upstairs both the master bedroom and guest bedroom are oversized. There is ample closet space, and a remodeled full bath.

The gas furnace was installed in 2014, while the hot water heater, refrigerator, range, dishwasher, microwave, washer, and dryer are all newer.

Two assigned parking spaces come with the unit, one is a carport and the other is uncovered. Community amenities include a pool, clubhouse, and tennis. This wonderful home has excellent highway and public transit access, is close to the West Farms shopping area, and is a short commute to many large employers.

117 Brittany Farms Road Unit B is offered at $140,000. If you’d like to see this property, please have your agent arrange a showing, or call me at 860-655-2922 to schedule a visit. More details and a photo tour are available.

Kane Street: A CTfastrak Station in the Making

Kane Street Busway Stop

This is the current status of the Kane Street stop of the CTfastrak transit system that is under construction between Hartford and New Britain. Enough work has been completed to imagine what this station will be and how it will work.

This stop will be a quick pull-off for the buses covering non-express routes, meaning they stop at each station. The shelter in the left foreground is for passengers on their way towards New Britain, while the shelter in the center of the image is for those waiting for the bus to Hartford. The current route map shows that the Kane Street station will also allow passengers to board buses headed towards the UConn Health Center and Westfarms Mall.

I’m very interested to see what becomes of the area around the Kane Street stop. It’s an area I visit regularly, since I do my grocery shopping in the building visible on the left edge of the photo. There are industrial ruins visible on the other side of the tracks (the steel structure). Looking in the other direction along the CTfastrak route there is a considerable amount of vacant land that extends under Interstate 84 all the way up to the 17 screen movie theater.

Of all the Hartford CTfastrak stops, this one seems like it holds the most potential for transit-oriented development. There are large underutilized parcels that are within walking distance of the station, that have excellent highway access and that are very near to an established grocery store.


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October Contracts: The Fall Market Arrives

The fall market that we were expecting to see, and then wrote off when it didn’t turn up, magically appeared in October. There were 678 contracts written during the month, which is a 15% increase over October of 2012 and a meaningful step up in activity from last month.

Hartford County Single Family Contracts in October 2013

Contract data at the individual town level continued to bounce around. Bloomfield and Bristol had big reversals of fortune from the September report, showing just how inconsistent small sample sizes can be. In addition to those two towns, Glastonbury, Manchester, New Britain, Suffield and West Hartford all had double-digit increases in the number of contracts that came together in the year-over-year comparisons.

What will November bring? This is typically the month when there is a sharp decline in contracts as buyers and sellers turn their attention to the holidays. Will the October excitement spill over into November? And this year Thanksgiving is very late in the month – will that mean a smaller decline?

Hartford County Single Family Contracts in October 2013 by Town

Neurotic about Tomatoes

We had a very successful tomato growing season last year on our little plot of land in the West End of Hartford. Not being one who likes to take steps backwards, I geared up for another year of productive tomato plants. Kyle even made a new garden bed just for this vegetable. Our hopes were high.

Three weeks ago we attended the seedling sale at Urban Oaks Organic Farm in New Britain. They have a large variety of heirloom tomato seedlings at their sale, both full size and cherry tomatoes. We stocked up and got several different kinds, leaving with 20 plants.


We planted them that weekend and interspersed them with some basil, just to give the appearance of not being too crazy. And then the waiting began. Have I mentioned before, I’m not really someone with a lot of patience?

Now three weeks in, our 20 plants appear to have grown very little, if at all. They also look sad. Some of the leaves are yellow, many of them have tiny holes in them. What is going on? Why aren’t these plants growing? Are we going to get tomatoes by late summer or are we going to end up empty handed? The lack of knowing what will happen is very troubling to me.

So I called the farmer at Urban Oaks. They tell me to be patient. The severe weather we’ve been having lately is wrecking some havoc and it’s still early. Give them time and they will grow. Thank you farmer.

Let me now consult another expert group, Facebook.

C’mon, I have several Facebook friends that garden. They’re a knowledgeable crowd too… The majority say hold off and be patient, don’t rip out the plants and start again. Except one friend. They get under my skin. They tell me I should rip out the plants and start again. They tell me their dog says so too. They say the plants are suffering and I should end it for them. Another friend now supports this view, as they feel the lone dissenter is usually a reasonable individual.

It’s too much for me to take. I go to Comstock, Ferre & Co. in Old Wethersfield to get more plants. I buy 10 more seedlings. But where are they going to go? Our new garden is already full with the original plants and basil. Planters. We have to transition to planters for the new seedlings. I can’t bear to pull out the original ones. There is still a chance they may make it.

So now we have 30 tomato plants. For 2 adults and a small child. I don’t know how many will survive, but clearly I wasn’t taking any chances. We’ll be happy to share our bounty if it actually materializes. We’ll keep you posted on our progress.

Is anyone else out there crazy like this when it comes to gardening?


308 Barbour Road, New Britain

This charming Cape is close to CCSU and lives like a Colonial, with all 3 bedrooms located upstairs.

308 Barbour Road New Britain

The first floor offers a formal living room with wood burning fireplace and formal dining room with built-in hutch. The kitchen is updated with stainless steel appliances and a tile floor and has 2 pantries. It opens to a family room with sliders out to the yard. There is also an updated half bathroom. Upstairs there are three bedrooms and a full bathroom. The oversized, level backyard backs to the Stanley Golf Course. The home has a newer roof, new furnace, vinyl siding and 1-car garage.

308 Barbour Road is offered at $184,900. If you’d like to see this home, please have your agent arrange a showing or call me at 860-655-2125 to schedule a visit. More details and a photo tour are available.