New Canaan 2016 4th Quarter Real Estate Market Report

For most of 2016, local markets in Darien and New Canaan were driven by a nagging oversupply of inventory and a resulting lack of urgency on the part of homebuyers. As such, the picture painted by the typical year-end statistics is not particularly pretty for sellers: The number of homes sold in Darien and New Canaan during 2016 was down 10.3% and 24.3%, respectively, compared to the 2015 totals.

That said, a careful look at the fourth quarter (particularly the post-election period) reveals some compelling reasons for optimism. Consider the following:

New Canaan year-end pending sales are higher. In New Canaan, the number of transactions pending on December 31, 2016 was 28, compared to only 13 pending transactions on that date in 2015; this marks a year-over-year increase of 115.4% in pending sales activity. For more detailed information..

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2016 New Canaan 4th Quarter Market Report.

Performing Arts – Acting – Music – Dance

Do you dance in the privacy of your home or sing loudly in the shower? Does your little one invade your closet and dress up to stage her own performances? Is there a frustrated rocker in your house? There are great opportunities in New Canaan to feed the inner thespian/artist. Who knows?..you could be the next guest at the Actor’s Studio.

 

Performing Arts Conservatory 203-966-6177

performingartsconservatory.com

The Conservatory is a teaching institution that offers a professional multi-disciplined performing arts program to New Canaan and surrounding communities. Our goal is to awaken, nurture and train each student’s creative potential and confidence by offering professional training, workshops and performance opportunities. The Conservatory will provide the techniques and skills needed to learn and grow in the field of the performing arts through Private and group classes in musical theater, acting, voice, theater dance (jazz & tap) fairy tale theater and audition prep.

The Studio 203-966-7056- www.thestudioperformingarts.com

The Studio provides an artistic outlet for all ages. In a fun, encouraging and challenging environment, our instructors provide valuable information and insight into what is needed to succeed in the performing arts. We specialize in small, interactive classes to maximize the personal attention available to each participant. Instruction areas include musical theatre classesacting classesvoice classesdance classes, and private voice, piano, guitar, dance, and acting lessons in New Canaan, CT.

Summer Theatre of New Canaan 203.966.4634 – www.stonc.org

Waveny Park plays host every summer to a summer-long program of outdoor theater and events presented by the Summer Theatre of New Canaan, Fairfield County’s acclaimed professional summer theater company. They provide local communities with a professionally produced theatre experience, providing exciting performances for multigenerational audiences as well as learning opportunities for many of the region’s talented performers and technicians who work along side professional performers and production staff. Performances are in a state-of-the-art open-air tent theater and feature four popular shows. Recent productions include the Tony award-winning Broadway musicals “Carousel” and “Legally Blonde” along with “The wizard of Oz” and “Charlotte’s Web” for young audiences. In addition to the main stage productions, special events are presented throughout the summer to complete a full festival season.

The Powerhouse Performing Arts Center (203) 966-7371

 Home to the Town Players of New Canaan. In the early 1980’s, the Town Players renovated the power plant and called it The Powerhouse. See The Town Players of New Canaan, below.

The Town Players of New Canaan 203.966.7084 – http://www.tpnc.org

Community theatre in New Canaan has an extensive history, with productions dating back as far as 1880. The Town Players of New Canaan have been performing for over 60+ years and was formed in 1946 with broad support in the town and with the financial backing of the Lion’s Club. For 38 years, auditions and most rehearsals were held at Town Hall, and performances were given in churches and schools all over town. In the early 1980s, the Town Players renovated the power plant in Waveny Park and called it The Powerhouse. With five shows a year this group of actresses and actors continue the tradition of community theatre and promote mentorship and instruction to aspiring thespians.

For over 33 years the Town Players of New Canaan has sponsored a full theatre program for young people at the Powerhouse Performing Arts Center in Waveny Park. Workshops include pantomime, improvisation, theatre games and scene work, with a staged performance for friends and family at the end of each session. All activities are on the stage of our 115-seat working theatre.

New Canaan School of Rock 203-594-7870 http://newcanaan.schoolofrock.com

We believe the best way to learn music is to play music. We take students from the lesson room to the stage, developing both their confidence and musicianship with programs designed for all skill levels. School of Rock teaches guitar, bass, vocals, keyboards, drums and combines weekly private music lessons and group band rehearsals to prepare students to take the stage in front of live audiences in an authentic concert setting.

Dance

Whether you hope to pursue a professional dance career or simply wish to learn a few new moves there are classes in a variety of disciplines. From ballroom to hip-hop, Broadway to classical; New Canaan offers wonderfully diverse opportunities for all ages.

New Canaan Dance Academy (203) 972-9174 – www.ncdacademy.com

The New Canaan Dance Academy, founded in 2001 by Elaine Young, offers training in multiple dance styles to students of all ages ranging from 3 years old to Adult. Elaine grew up in London, England, where she studied Classical Ballet, Jazz and Tap dancing. The Academy’s goal is to create a safe and nurturing environment in which students can realize their full artistic and physical potential under the guidance of teachers who have been formally trained in classical dance techniques. Teachers constantly monitor the progress in a student’s core body strength and body alignment to ensure the optimal foundation for technical development.

New England Academy of Dance (203) 972-3265- http://www.neadance.com/

Established in 1968 the Academy was started by Doris Driver who appeared in Broadway shows and as a Rockette. Their outstanding instructors provide careful training based on the Royal Academy and Vaganova methods, which build strength, flexibility and grace in the dancer. Their program emphasizes proper technical and physical development while instilling a love and appreciation for the art form of dance. They offer a broad range of classes for all ages, including ballet, modern, jazz, tap, hip hop, yoga, pilates, zumba and adult ballet.

Walter Schalk School of Dance (203) 762-7508 – www.walterschalk.com

Walter Schalk performed professionally on a number of variety and television specials started the his School of Dance in 1957. He began with 13 Ballroom students and now, more than 57 years later, the dance school teaches more than 1,200 students each year. Classes are broken down by grade level and students are invited to perform in their Holiday Spectacular and a fantastic Broadway-like dance Revue in which every student has an opportunity to perform in up to three routines. The Dance school is where you learn to dance, have fun, learn social etiquette, build confidence, make new friends, and are taught by a professional staff.

The Studio 203-966-7056 – www.thestudioperformingarts.com

The Studio provides an artistic outlet for all ages. In a fun, encouraging and challenging environment, our instructors provide valuable information and insight into what is needed to succeed in the performing arts. We specialize in small, interactive classes to maximize the personal attention available to each participant. Instruction areas include musical theatre classesacting classesvoice classesdance classes, and private voice, piano, guitar, dance, and acting lessons in New Canaan, CT.

Performing Arts Conservatory 203-966-6177- performingartsconservatory.com

The Conservatory is a teaching institution that offers a professional multi-disciplined performing arts program to New Canaan and surrounding communities. Our goal is to awaken, nurture and train each student’s creative potential and confidence by offering professional training, workshops and performance opportunities. The Conservatory will provide the techniques and skills needed to learn and grow in the field of the performing arts through Private and group classes in musical theater, acting, voice, theater dance (jazz & tap) fairy tale theater and audition prep.

Art Classes

New Canaan has a thriving art community that encourages and supports both professional and emerging artists. From finger painting to advanced fine arts you can find a venue to inspire the artist within.

Silvermine Art Center 203.966.5617 – https://silvermineart.org

In the early 1900’s a colony of artists settled in the Silvermine area, lured by the picturesque countryside. The artists gathered around noted sculptor Solon Borglum, whose barn was the meeting place where these artists, the so-called “Knockers Club” came to socialize, exchange ideas and critique each other’s work. Eventually, the group outgrew the barn and purchased a larger one, on the present site of the Silvermine Guild Arts Center. Founded in 1922, the Guild of Artists was formally incorporated in 1924. Today, Silvermine presents abundant opportunities for individuals of all ages to enjoy and learn about the arts. The Guild of Artists now has over 300 members. The award winning Galleries present over 20 exhibitions each year. The award winning School of Art is the preeminent learning destination for visual arts in Fairfield County, Connecticut. Hundreds of courses and workshops in numerous disciplines are offered through the School of Art. A variety of programs and lectures are presented in the intimate setting of our auditorium.

Carriage Barn Art Center 203.972.1895 – carriagebarn.org

A unique Nineteenth Century stone barn on the grounds of the Lapham estate is home to exceptional exhibition and performance space. The Carriage Barn Arts Center is host to several premier art exhibitions annually, including two major juried events and curated exhibitions of member and invited artists, as well as art classes for adults and children, lectures, and a variety of live musical performances in the NCSA Acoustic Series and the Waveny Chamber Society concerts.

Arts for Healing 203.972.2982 – www.artsforhealing.org/

Arts for Healing is a unique, nurturing community-based center that helps people with learning and developmental disabilities improve the quality of their lives through music and creative arts therapy. A not-for-profit organization, we’ve been working with special needs children, adolescents and adults, and their families for over a decade. By providing safe and enriching artistic experiences, our students emerge to increase communication, attention span, fine and gross motor skills, social skills, and language development. As they progress, their renewed awareness and self-confidence is carried with them into their family relationships, school settings, and community.

New Canaan Monthly Real Estate Report – Market Report March 2015

Despite all of the snow and cold temperatures this winter, first quarter sales in New Canaan kept pace with 2014. We had 34 houses close in Q1 compared with 36 last year. Average price and median price are down a bit versus last year at this time, but it’s too early to place a lot of weight on these figures. Inventory is building quickly now that the weather is warming. For more information and charts please click on.. March 2015 Market Report

 

 

Winter Blues? Maybe not……

winter 2015

Despite record cold and snow drifts that swallowed mid size cars, the real estate market has shaken off the freeze. 90 single family residences, 9 condominiums and 19 land listings came on for sale since January 1, 2015. Some of these properties were taken off the market for the 2014 holiday season and reintroduced with adjusted pricing, but many are new.

Call this the bonus market, which precludes the traditional spring market. With checks in their bank accounts buyers are now more confident about their purchases. They are still looking for value and new or updated continue to be their preference.

Since beginning of the year there have been 22 single family homes sold, 11 others have signed contracts and 19 additional homes have accepted offers awaiting contracts.  4 condominiums have sold with an additional 7 pending and 4 others have accepted offers. Building remains strong with 2 land listings pending and an additional 14+ acre property, that will be sub-divided, with an accepted offer.

Inventory is still low with many homeowners waiting for better weather to show off their properties.