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January 2008


REAL ESTATE

Deeds & Don'ts

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Around the corner from the Gund estate, in South Kent, Saucy is the listing agent for a newly constructed home with expansive, "protected" views—a suddenly much-referred-to amenity in real estate listings that connotes views over land that can never be developed, either because it is conservancy property or because it's owned by the likes of a Mrs. Gund or a Mrs. Bass, who have made arrangements to have their acreage protected in perpetuity. On 5.83 acres near the new Bull's Bridge Golf Club, Saucy's listing also offers a dramatic, double-height great room with exposed beams and a towering stone fireplace, a turret-shaped observatory, four bedrooms and three bathrooms (plus one half-bathroom). It's listed for $2.65 million; Saucy can be reached at 860-868-7313, extension 22.

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Think of them as the indy filmmakers of the real estate world: "Boutique" brokers who run specialty shops and do business a little differently. Broker Sue Lieberman established a boutique agency in Westport during the market downturn around 1990—which got so successful that it was eventually bought out by a massive conglomerate that's headquartered two states away. So, Lieberman decided to start all over again, teaming up with five likeminded colleagues to open the Riverside Realty Group, also in Westport. "We live in town, we know every broker, every street, every home," says Lieberman. "In real estate, smaller really can be better." Point well taken: Now that buyers can do the bulk of their research online, they don't always need a broker to deliver news about listings—or to offer such platitudes as, "the schools are really good here."

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