INSIDE STORIES BEHIND AREA REAL ESTATE DEALS
Live Well, Do Good
Trump Parc Stamford, the new 34-story, government-certified green condo building, is pledging $1,000 to local nonprofits for every one of the 170 units sold. Buyers are able to indicate which of the five organizations that they would like their purchase to benefit, including Boys and Girls Club of Stamford, the Mill River Collaborative, SoundWaters, Stamford Symphony Orchestra and Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care of Southwestern Conn. While doing good, Parc's condo owners will live well, too. Among the amenities offered will be the city's first car spa, a shuttle to the Metro-North railroad station, a wireless lounge, billiards and screening rooms, on-site valet parking, a 24-hour concierge/doorman, health club, indoor swimming pool and a rooftop observation deck with Sound and city views.
The old real estate adage, "location, location, location," has taken on a new meaning in Connecticut, thanks to a package of tax incentives offered to film production companies. Since the tax-break bill passed last summer, directors have discovered the wide range of locations our state has to offer: beaches, woods, mountaintops, bucolic rural towns (but also urban blight) and mansions galore. For instance, for a flick starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio called Revolutionary Road, the call went out for a town described as "a peaceful yet suffocating suburb" (one of our specialties!). It was shot in Darien and Southport.
Other recent star sightings: Harrison Ford and Shia LaBoeuf at Yale for the fourth installment of the Indiana Jones movies; Alexis Bledel of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, shot on the WestConn campus (made over to look like the Rhode Island School of Design) and in private homes in Greenwich; and John Travolta and family (both wife and daughter) in Redding for Disney's Old Dogs.