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The Rainbow leads to…..Prospect, Ct

Posted by Dave Jones Realty on June 9, 2008

Rainbow over Prospect.

Well the freak storm last night at least produced one good thing, a great rainbow! Here in Prospect we received 3″ of Rain in 30 minutes. The winds picked up and knocked down several trees causing some temporary road closures. The Prospect Fire House was struck by lightning and lost their phone service and also power. Mayor bob said the 911 service was never interrupted however.

Double rainbow in Prospect

This picture is from the Porch of the Prospect Dairy Bar Restaurant.

Rainbow in Prospect Over the weekend

This picture is from our Back Porch at our house.

David Jones, REALTOR®,e-Pro®
Smedes Realty
37 Waterbury Rd.
Prospect,Ct 06712
www.DaveJonesRealtor.com
203-758-0264 Office
203-910-2638 Cell
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New Kids in Motion Park and Playscape in Cheshire, Ct

Posted by Dave Jones Realty on June 8, 2008

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cheshire CT Playscape

Prospect Playscape

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Cheshire recently opened a new Playscape for the kids and we visited it this past week.  I have never seen anything like this, and it is a true must see.

Cheshire Playscape

Cheshire Realty

http://maps.live.com/default.aspx?v=2&FORM=LMLTCC&cp=qxf65s8xrc36&style=b&lvl=1&tilt=-90&dir=0&alt=-1000&scene=15256278&phx=0&phy=0&phscl=1&explore=sst.0&encType=1

That is the map link to the location, although what is shown is the OLD playscape, not the new one.  There is so much to do and we spent two hours there, the time just flew.  Everything from a sandbox area, to a Spider web climbing area, a large rock climbing unit, several playscapes, Picnic areas, etc, etc.  There also seems to be a large emphasis on safety.  The padding underfoot of several sections is a composite material that is very spongy.  It seems like the truely spared no expense.

Cheshire Playscape

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cheshire CT Playscape

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The Beardsley Zoo in CT. Fun family trip idea.

Posted by Dave Jones Realty on May 28, 2008

http://www.beardsleyzoo.org/

My family and I made our way over to Beardsley zoo in Bridgeport.  It was a beautiful, cool day, and the zoo wasn’t too crowded.  The zoo has a new bird show that shows three times a day.  It was very interesting in that it is an “in the air” bird show with none of the birds having clipped wings. 

There was a little excitement when the owl in the show took off, and they zoo rangers had to attempt to track him down. 

One tip… Check your local library for passes to local attractions.  Our local zoo has several Museums and kids attractions.  The Beardsley zoo passes out library has admit 4 for FREE.  You can’t beat that.

 Also be sure to pack a cooler with sandwiches and drinks.  There is a great place to sit in the shade and enjoy your lunch!

Here are some photos I took.

 

 CT zoo peacock

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Dave Jones, e-PRO, REALTOR

Smedes REALTY LLC

Prospect Ct

203-758-0264

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Recap from the Prospect, Ct Easter Egg Hunt, Amber Alert Event

Posted by Dave Jones Realty on March 24, 2008

100_1729.jpgProspect Ct Easter Egg Hunt Town Green

This past Saturday was the annual Prospect, Ct Easter Egg hunt and Lunch with the Easter Bunny.

The event was VERY well attended, and here are some photos.  Two general observations as pointed out by my 4 year old son…

1) There actually aren’t any “Eggs” at the Easter egg hunt.  It is just candy.   lots and lots and lots of Candy.  It is scattered all around on the town green, and when Mayor Bob Chatfield blows the air horn, it is every child for themselves.

2) Lunch with the Easter Bunny isn’t exactly “Lunch with the Easter Bunny”.  The Easter Bunny isnt in the same room where the Lunch is.  The main hall of the Prospect Fire House is used to serve the Hot Dogs, Chips and cookies.   After lunch you go down the hall and wait to see the Easter Bunny and take your photos. 

After you see the Easter Bunny, you get a coupon from the Big Dipper Ice Cream for a $1 off a kids cone.  Once you exited the Easter Bunny you are actually in the Firehouse Garage.  This is also great for the kids.  The Prospect Fire Department has everything opened up so everyone can see.   All the compartments on the firetrucks, the doors to the trucks, etc.  Very nice.  This is also where the Amber Alert people were setup, and the Prospect Ladies auxiliary was there selling flowers as well.  It was a tremendous turnout and the money from the Lunch went to the Ladies Auxiliary.

If you arent familiar with the Amber Alert Program you can find out more about it here.  It is a MUST for parents nowadays.

The national link is http://www.amberalert.gov/

the Connecticut link is. http://www.ct.gov/dps/cwp/view.asp?a=2140&q=294108

Prospect Ct Fire Department Amber Alert

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Prospect Ct Lunch with the Easter Bunny and Annual easter egg hunt.

Posted by Dave Jones Realty on March 20, 2008

Prospect Easter BunnyThe annual Prospect, Ct lunch with the Easter bunny and Easter egg hunt is here again!  It is March 22nd, 2008 at 11am.  It will be on the Town Green, weather permiting.  The always divide sections by age group of the children and there is plenty of loot for everyone!  Directly following the egg hunt everyone heads across the street to the Prospect Fire House for lunch with the Easter Bunny.  Last year the cost was $5 and included; chips, hot dog, soda and a cookie.  The money went to the Amber Alert group.  The Amber Alert Group will also be setup to take photos and register children into their system and issue ID cards.  It is always a GREAT time for all!

David Jones, REALTOR®,e-Pro®
Smedes Realty
37 Waterbury Rd.
Prospect,Ct 06712
www.DaveJonesRealtor.com
203-758-0264 Office
203-910-2638 Cell

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Prospect Ct Real Estate First quarter 2008 compared to first quarter 2007.

Posted by Dave Jones Realty on March 15, 2008

There was a total of 28 new listings in Prospect since January 1, 2008. 

These 28 listings average $308,992 and average 1814 square feet. 

In comparison, From January 1, 2007 to February 15th, 2007 there were 34 new listings and the average listing price was $401,970.  These homes were 2,254 square feet.

        Date                                    # of listings              List Price            __Square Footage

Jan 1 2007 – Mar 15 2007                34                          $401,970               2,254

Jan 1 2007 – Mar 15 2008                28                          $308,992               1,814

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Prospect Ct January 2008 Real Estate Market Update, New Listings from MLX

Posted by Dave Jones Realty on March 8, 2008

Prospect Ct January 2008 Real Estate Market Update, New Listings from MLX

 There was a total of 13 New Listings for January 2008 for Prospect.  They averaged 1,884 square feet, 3 bedrooms, and a list price od $317,154.  The listings were….

170 SUMMIT RD,  $134,900 RANCH, 3 Bedroom 1 Bath 01/07/2008
14 OAK,  219,900 RANCH,  3 Bedroom 1 Bath 01/02/2008
8 WILKINS LN,  $222,000 RANCH,  3 Bedroom 1 Bath 01/05/2008

9 MORRIS ROAD,  $224,900 CAPE, 4 Bedroom 1 Bath 01/24/2008

5 NANCY MAE,  $278,900 RANCH,  3 Bedroom 1.5 Bath 01/07/2008
140 UNION CITY RD,  $289,900 CAPE,  3 Bedroom 1.5 Bath 01/12/2008

141 PLANK RD,  $318,000 CAPE, 4 Bedroom 1.5 Bath 01/24/2008

407 MATTHEW ST $335,000 CAPE 4 Bedroom 2 Bath 01/03/2008

120 WATERBURY RD,  $349,900 CAPE,  3 Bedroom 1 Bath 01/06/2008

128 SALEM RD, $379,900 COL 3 Bedroom 2.5 Bath 01/01/2008

11 NICHOLAS CT $419,900 COL,  4 Bedroom 2.5 Bath 01/08/2008

7 BRONSON RD,  $449,900 CONT 4 Bedroom 2.5 Bath 01/03/2008

53 HERITAGE DRIVE,  499,900 COL,  4 Bedroom 3.5 Bath 01/26/2008

It was a pretty active January Here in the Prospect, Ct 06712 Real Estate Market. Hopefully a sign of a promising Spring Market.

Dave Jones, e-PRO, REALTOR

Smedes REALTY LLC

Prospect Ct

203-758-0264

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Search every Connecticut Home listing from our new MLS Site.

Posted by Dave Jones Realty on January 17, 2008

FREE No Obligation Access to ALL Connecticut MLS Listings (Multiple Listing Service)

www.SearchAllCTListings.com

One Stop Home search Solution

search the CT MLs

Whether you are looking for a small starter home, upsizing to the home of your dreams, or even a small over 55+ community to retire in, you can search all our listings for what is currently available.

Search by Town
Home Size
Number of Bedrooms and bathrooms
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or even by Map

www.SearchAllCTListings.com

You can even setup instant alerts to notify you when a new home that meets your criteria hits the market.

Dave and Lori Jones

David Jones, REALTOR®,e-Pro®
Smedes Realty
37 Waterbury Rd.
Prospect,Ct 06712
www.DaveJonesRealtor.com
203-758-0264 Office
203-910-2638 Cell

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Family fun in Connecticut.

Posted by Dave Jones Realty on January 15, 2008

Family Activities and things to do in Connecticut (edit/delete)

With Spring right around the corner I thought I would take a minute and post a detailed response to a question I get from many of my Real Estate clients relocating to Connecticut. 

“What is there fun for kids to do in Connecticut.”  There are actually quite a few BIG attractions as well as some smaller, often over looked one.

Beardsley Zoo LogoBeardsley Zoo- http://www.beardsleyzoo.org/ A great local zoo with many different attractions throughout.  Located in Bridgeport Ct. Adults are $9 to get in, children under 3 are free.  One good idea is to check at your local library for FREE passes.  I know the Prospect, Cheshire and Waterbury library all carry passes.  I’m sure other towns do as well.

Connecticut Dinosaur Park- http://www.dinosaurstatepark.org/ The largest collection of Dinosaur tracks in North America. It is located in Rocky Hill, Ct.  it has several interactive displays and is always a hit with the young Dino Fans.

  Keeping with the Dinosaur Theme is Dinosaur Crossing http://www.dinosaurcrossing.com/ There is a 50 acre Dino park with over 1 1/2 miles of walking trails.  Here they have very realistic looking Life-sized dinosaurs.  There is also a small water area for the kids to cool off called the splash pad.  Inside there is a huge gift shop and some indoor activities.  These indoor activities are separate, and get very expensive. 

essex steam train

Another must see is the Essex Steam Train http://www.essexsteamtrain.com/steam.html  Here you can embark on a hour long train ride through scenic Connecticut River Valley.  They also stop off at the Essex steam boat for an optional cruise down he Connecticut river. You can by a family pass for 2 adults and up to 6 children on the Train for $50.

A great place for children to go and get hands on interactive learning is the Connecticut Children’s Museum in West Hartford.  http://www.thechildrensmuseumct.org/index.asp There are several interactive displays, a play area for smaller children, and even a theater that plays movies on the ceiling called the “Dome”.  This is another attraction that free passes or discount passes can be found at your local library.  They even have some small animals like bobcats, snakes and owls. children's museum

There are two amusement parks in Ct.  the first and largest is Lake Compounce in Bristol.  http://www.lakecompounce.com/  This park has everything from roller coasters to log flumes, and bumper cars to a water park. The season pass is $69.99 and will pay for itself in a little over 2 visits Since admission is $33.95. per person, per day.  The park is known for its famous wooden Roller Coaster.  In recent years they have really spent a lot of money upgrading their water park and it is really a place you can spend a day in itself.  There is also a private beach on the lake where you can bask in the sun.

This is part one, I will post part 2 early next week!

David Jones, REALTOR®,e-Pro®
Smedes Realty
37 Waterbury Rd.
Prospect,Ct 06712
http://www.davejonesrealtor.com/
203-758-0264 Office
203-910-2638 Cell

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Newsday article “Mold Problem found that wasnt disclaimed.”

Posted by Dave Jones Realty on November 5, 2007

S.C. Couple Find Secret Moldy RoomBy Associated Press 5:36 PM EDT, November 2, 2007 GREENVILLE, S.C.Kerri and Jason Brown discovered a secret room behind a bookcase containing a homeowner’s worst nightmare — mold. Also in the room was a handwritten note: “You found it!” What the Browns found was a mold problem so serious the previous owner was forced to move, according to the note.

Fearing their young daughter’s health, the Browns hired an environmental engineer who detected high levels of several types of mold, including a black mold fungus called Stachybotrys.

“It terrified me,” Kerri Brown told WYFF-TV in Greenville. “I had heard reports of what it does for children, and I was terrified.”

The Browns said a home inspection done before they bought it did not include a mold test.

The Browns filed a lawsuit claiming Century 21 Flynn & Youngblood, real estate agent Sue Bakx and Fannie Mae knew about the mold.

Fannie Mae, the Federal National Mortgage Association, bought the Brown’s home for $75,000 and will be dropped from the lawsuit. The family plans to continue the suit against Century 21 Flynn & Youngblood and real estate agent Sue Bakx.

Both the company and the agent told the television station they didn’t know anything about the mold. A telephone call to Century 21 was referred to Bakx, who did not immediately return a telephone message Friday

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