Little Bites of Ledyard

Bites of Ledyard

Little Bites of Ledyard is my gathering place for events, news items and even an occasional opinion about anything Ledyard.

Wednesday in Ledyard is my favorite day of the week and this week Munchies will be back!  Here is the link to everything you need to know about this week’s Ledyard Farmers’ Market including a cook book swap! Sign up for your own copy of the market newsletter HERE.

Were the Gypsy Moth Caterpillars this summer a preview of things to come?  State Representative Mike France will be hosting a Gypsy Moth seminar with Dr. Kilby Stafford, Chief Entomologist of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, to share information on the potential for gypsy moth infestation in 2016 in Ledyard and what steps residents can take to minimize the impact. This session will be held this Thursday from 6:00PM - 7:00PM at the Ledyard Senior Center in Gales Ferry.

The Ledyard Republican Town Committee’s Annual Meet the Candidates Steak-Out will be held on August 29th from 4:00PM - 7:00PM at Colonel Ledyard Park on Blonder Park Road.
Besides our Board of Education, Town Council and Mayoral candidate, we have several special guests. 2014 Republican nominee for Lt. Governor and Former Mayor of the Town of Groton Heather Somers will be a speaker. Also attending will be Newly elected Republican State Party Chairman, J.R. Romano and State Representative Mike France. Other local elected officials will be in attendance including the State's youngest representative, 20 year old Aundre Bumgardner who represents Groton and New London.

Have you taken any photos as summer winds down? Share them with The Day! Email your best shots by Aug. 31 totimes@theday.com with "end of summer" in the subject line. The Day also will post a gallery on theday.com!

Just a reminder that THIS week is recycle week and Ledyard’s trash carrier picks up every other week.  It seems that some people haven’t gotten the message quite yet.


New London County Real Estate Report

This report of Single Family Home Sales in New London County is generated by the 10th of each month with information from the previous month.  It includes new listings, pending and closed sales in New London County for the month of July.  What’s up and what's down from a year ago?  The number of closed sales Year to date (YTD)  in New London County are up 8% from a year ago but the number of new pending sales are down 12%.  The median sold price of single family homes is up 3% year to date. Please note that percentages will vary from town to town.

For a complete (and easier to read) New London County Real Estate report including condos and single families click on the photo below.

2015-08-23 New London County Real Estate

Copyright © 2015 RealEstate Business Intelligence, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Data Source: CoreLogic. Statistics calculated August 08, 2015.

About the author:  Linda Davis has been a licensed real estate agent in Ledyard CT for over 35 years. She has a long history of community service and currently serves as Chairman/Deputy Mayor of  the Ledyard Town Council. Linda is the administer of the popular Ledyard Community Forum on Facebook and also teaches and speaks on technology, mostly for beginners. Linda can help with homes for sale in Ledyard as well as homes for sale in Eastern CT including, Groton, Mystic, Stonington, Norwich, Montville, New London, East Lyme, or Waterford.


Just the Housing Facts in Ledyard

Ledyard’s annual median household income in 2013 was $87,518.  It is 31%  more than New London County’ median household income of $66,583, Ledyard’s median household income ranks 58 among CT’s 169 municipalities.

In Ledyard, 6% of the housing stock was built prior to 1939, 42% was built between 1940 and 1969 and the remaining 52% was built after 1970.

Ledyard is one of the 153 Connecticut municipalities projected to see a drop in school-age population between 2015-2025.  Meanwhile the 65+ population for Ledyard is project to increase by 39%.

According to 2009-13 American Community Survey data, only 7% of Ledyard’s rental units have a gross rent under $750.

Building Permits by Year in Ledyard 1990-2014

CT Department of Economic and Community Development

Ledyard New Construction

Information above obtained from Ledyard’s Housing Data Profiles – Partnership for Strong Communities.


Little Bites of Ledyard

Bites of LedyardLittle Bites of Ledyard is my gathering place for events, news items and even an occasional opinion about anything Ledyard.

Wednesday in Ledyard is my favorite day of the week and this week Munchies will be back!  Here is the link to everything you need to know about this week’s Ledyard Farmers’ Market.  Sign up for your own copy of the market newsletter HERE.

Here is what one person learned about living in an old home. Even though the author doesn’t live in Ledyard, I think anyone who lives in an older home in Ledyard can appreciate her views.

In Ledyard in 2013,  tenants lived in 14% of Ledyard’s housing stock, considerably less than Connecticut’s rate of 29%. (Housing Data Profile – Partnership for Strong Communities.)

It would appear that some Ledyard residents have not figured out the recycling is now every other week. I saw several blue recycling bins as I drove through town yesterday and even one or two of the old bins which won't be picked up no matter how long it is left there.

Mark your Calendars:  On September 12th, Merry Cassabria and I along with Putnam Bank will be co-sponsoring a Community Shred Day.  Bring up to 4 boxes FREE between 9-12PM at Putnam Bank at 2 Chapman Lane.

SHRED IT EVENT

 

 


Is Connecticut Air-Conditioned?

clip_image0013You may be surprised at the answer. 

We are having a few days of warm weather with temperatures predicted in the upper 80's which  isn't typical for the shoreline of Connecticut.  Here is Eastern Connecticut’s dirty little secret which often surprises those relocating here: Central air conditioning isn’t necessarily a given in single family homes. Up until about 15 years ago, most builders did not install central air conditioning. Even today, it is often considered "an extra." So every year in June, most of us drag our window air conditioners out of the basement, stuff them into windows and pray they do what they were intended to do.

Some of the natives say you don’t need air conditioning here on the shoreline because of the ocean breezes.  Unless you like high humidity, I’d plan on ignoring that advice.


Quick shots for Ledyard Real Estate Buyers and Sellers

First time home buyers represented more than half of all home buyers nationwide in July 2015. The statistic specifically for Ledyard is not available but I suspect it is higher due to our modest median sales price of $214,000. 

August2015-Ledyard Real Estate

 The answer to this question to Millennials  “Where did you find the home you most recently purchased? proves again that newspaper advertising is not the best investment in time or money to find a home buyer.

August2015- Ledyard Home Sellers

 Most expert predictions are for mortgage rates to slowly rise through 2016.

August2015-Mortgage Rate Projects

 Good advice if you are a homebuyer trying to decide whether now is the best time to buy.

August2015-Ledyard Home Buyers


Little Bites of Ledyard

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Wednesday in Ledyard is my favorite day of the week.  Here is the link to everything you need to know about this week’s Ledyard Farmers’ Market.  Sign up for your own copy of the market newsletter HERE.

The Ledyard Historical Society celebrated the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War on July 4, 2015, with music, magic, and more, at the Nathan Lester House & Farm Tool Museum. The house was built in 1793. See what you missed by viewing this newly released video of the event.

I had never heard of a “Trunk or Treat” until someone mentioned it on the Ledyard Community Forum two years ago. It makes perfect sense in a rural community with neighborhoods without streetlights and homes with long driveways. The idea is simple. You find a location with good parking and invite people to decorate their cars, open their trunks, and let the Trick or Treater’s fill their bags. This year the event will be held on October 30th at the Ledyard Fair Grounds between 6-8PM.  I participated last year and it is a really fun event!

The “trash talking” has seemed to settle down as people seem to be adjusting to the new schedules and automated pick-up. One of the comments I’ve heard frequently is how nice the people are that answer the phone at Williwaste. I’ve also heard they respond quickly to email. I’m sure it will take a few more weeks to work out the kinks and for people to find a permanent home for their new larger bins.

The Town of Ledyard has a new website with a new look. A new responsive design will make it easier for viewing from your mobile devices.


Ledyard Real Estate Update

July offers some good news, not in the number of sales (17) but in the average price range of homes closed in July. While the average/median price for the year is $213,990/198,000, the 17 homes that closed in July sold for $233,872/$228,000. Although that doesn't come close to Ledyard prices in 2005 - 2008, it appears prices may be finally heading in the right direction. The past 6 month average also shows some improvement at $221,808/209,050. 

As many of my readers know I've been selling real estate for quite awhile. 38 years to be exact. There are a few constants.  One is that the market slows down during August and picks up after Labor Day. That doesn't mean the market stops but so far there have only been 3 pending sales in Ledyard since August 1st. In general, there are fewer buyers in August when vacations and back to school planning seem to take precedence over home shopping.

2015-08-09 Ledyard Real Estate Update

As of  August 9th, the average list price (asking price) of the 120 homes currently on the market is $258,372. There are currently 29 homes pending with an average list price of $227,282. There are an additional 16 homes listed as pending -"show for backup" with an average listed price of $244,744. There were 28 closed sales reported during the month of July. 

History of Ledyard Home Sales

115 home sales have been reported closed so far this year,
with a median sold price of $198,000. 

Ledyard Home Sales Chart

 

Ledyard Real Estate Statistics - Last 180 Days

On August 9th, the Connecticut Multiple Listing Service shows a total of 94 contracts have closed in the last 180 Days with an average sold price of $221,808 (Median of $209,050). TREND IS UP

A total of 53 listings have expired in that same time period. This continues to be a large increase over previous months but sellers who haven't sold often take their homes off the market this time of year and hope for better results in the spring. Listings may expire for many reasons such as being priced too high,having been inadequately marketed, the property was in poor condition, or perhaps the owner had second thoughts about selling at this particular time. At this time of year, sellers often take their homes of the market due to the upcoming holidays.

Listings and sales reported by the members of the CT Multiple Listing Service, Inc and may not represent all sales. Information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. 

About the author:  Linda Davis has been a licensed real estate agent in Ledyard CT for over 35 years. She has a long history of community service and currently serves as Chairman/Deputy Mayor of  the Ledyard Town Council. Linda is the administer of the popular Ledyard Community Forum on Facebook and also teaches and speaks on technology, mostly for beginners. Linda can help with homes for sale in Ledyard as well as homes for sale in Eastern CT including, Groton, Mystic, Stonington, Norwich, Montville, New London, East Lyme, or Waterford.


This week at the Ledyard Farmers Market

Good stuff like Pizza, BBQ, Maple Syrup  and plenty of summer vegetables plus much more.  Here is just a peek from the Ledyard Farmer’s Market newsletter.  Sign up for your copy. 

Breads N Cookies
  • Mark’s Woodworks will have a full selection of cutting boards in a variety of sizes this week. Be sure to stop in and check out a preview of some items he's making for a special Market next month.
  • Dragon’s Blood Elixir is bringing this year’s first blackberry sauce- Unique Destiny Blackberry Lime Rickey- great for spicy cocktails.
  • Hidden Brook Gardens will have tables full of beets, summer squashes, lettuce, tomatoes, scallions, cabbage, cukes, garlic, kale, kohlrabi with attitude, tomatoes and other gorgeous veggies!
  • Definitely plan a stop at Oak Leaf Dairy. They’ll have lots of lovely scented goats milk soaps. Buy any four and receive a $1.00 off! Don't forget to pick up any of your favorite flavor chevre! Also plenty of Feta, cheddar, curds & caramel!
  • Lucky Girl Bakery is bringing lots of pies filled with local berries, fresh peaches from our own trees and enough chocolate treats to keep everyone happy!
  • At Flatland Alpacas we spin and dye our yarns with fiber donated by our small herd of 25 alpaca. We offer a variety of hand   crafted items utilizing the fiber grown on our farm: Alpaca & wool dryer balls made with our alpaca fiber and locally sourced sheep wool… they soften clothes, REDUCE static & wrinkles and you can save UP TO 25% drying timeall without chemical laden dryer sheets or liquid fabric softeners, alpaca felt insoles, bird nesting balls, hand knit/woven items, Soap in a Sweater (handmade soap in an alpaca sweater that acts as a scrubby!) and ceramic buttons/necklaces…
  • StandingStone Farm (home of Flatland Alpacas) will have Certified Naturally Grown chevon - ground, stew meat and CNG black walnuts.
  • Sage Hill Farm will have plenty of blueberry & strawberry jam available. Swing by and ask farmer Rachael how to make a delicious berry lemonade using jam!
  • Firefly Farms will have their delicious Rose Veal cuts and our fantastic Red Ranger and Cornish Cross chickens in whole and halves.
  • 18th Century Purity Farm will have peaches, plums, nectarines, early apples, summer squash, zucchini, cucumbers, green beans, yellow beans, H'Aricot Verts, and Red Norland, Bluegold, and fingerling potatoes.
  • Secchiaroli Farm - Offering naturally and sustainably raised pork.  Special this week:  $2 off per pound of breakfast sausage (links, bulk or patties).  Other cuts include smoked bacon, smoked ham steaks, chops, regular ribs, country style ribs, butt roast, ground pork and hot dogs.  We will also be stocked with the following sausage:  Cajun, Chorizo, Jalapeno/Chipotle, Hot Italian, Sweet Italian, and Kielbasa.
  • Uncle D’s Blazin’ BBQ is back! Check out this week’s menu: Our menu for this week:
    • Jerk Pulled Pork Sandwich * Spare Ribs * Chopped BBQ Chicken sandwich * Mac   Attack- scratch made Mac & Cheese topped with Pulled pork OR Chopped chicken with bbq sauce

My Trip to Buttonwood Farms in Griswold

ParkingI decided to wait a week to report on my trip to Buttonwood Farms and the Sunflowers for Wishes fundraiser. I really do love the event and didn’t want to discourage people from going. I planned to meet two friends that day and was really looking forward to the Peppermint Stick Ice Cream. I even brought a cooler along to bring home a pint of Peach, my husband’s favorite.

I knew there was trouble when I saw the cars parked (illegally) along Route 165. The place was absolutely chaos. I finally found a parking place and met my friends but after checking out the 100 people in line we decided ice cream could wait for another day and we took off for the photo opportunities. That turned out to be difficult as well as we dodged people and cars.

In the past, the crowds weren’t nearly as large and the line for ice cream was manageable. I think social media has helped spread the word about the spectacular sight of sunflowers with really good ice cream as a bonus.  My Facebook newsfeed has been filled with sunflowers and ice cream for two weeks. I managed to get a few nice shots including the one below. I will return to Buttonwoods sometime this summer. The sunflowers will be gone but my Peppermint Stick Ice Cream will be there. 

Buttonwoods 2015