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One of Lieberman's favorite new listings is on a little-known street called Crooked Mile, lined with stately older homes, one of which was once owned by Bette Davis. The exception to the old-home rule is 9 Crooked Mile, a newly constructed, stone-and-shingle-style house designed to fit right in. Listed for $3.2 million, the 7,100-square-foot home has six bedrooms, five bathrooms (plus two half-bathrooms) and four fireplaces. Lieberman can be reached at 203-226-8300.
Another indy shop in Westport is called Cool Cribs, run by California transplant Pamela Wall. She practices conventional real estate but has a special affinity for young, "alternative" buyers who are looking for their first home outside of the city, or those who want to find a modern home, an antique fixer-upper or an otherwise "hidden gem" that would have most brokers saying, "Oh, we really don't have that kind of listing around here."
Wall herself lives in a Westport beach bungalow she gut-renovated and is now selling (previously featured on these pages). She is also listing a sweet, circa-1812 Cape located in the lovely Merryall section of New Milford. Called Daffodil Hill, the property comes with an antique barn and is listed for $723,000. Wall can be reached at 203-227-9873.
The good news about modern-house buyers is that they approach the process with the knowledge, focus and passion of an art collector. That's the bad news, too, at least for brokers: Once the modern buyer has seen and rejected all of the (typically) four or five homes on the market, the client will stop looking until another one comes on.