Come to Downtown Wallingford for the 2nd Annual Restaurant Hop

by Harriman Real Estate on April 22, 2014

If you’ve ever wondered what the food at some of Wallingford’s downtown restaurants is like, now is the time to find out! Wallingford Center, Inc. is sponsoring the second annual Wallingford Restaurant Hop on May 7th from 4pm to 9pm. Bring the whole family and sample the specialties of some of the best eateries Wallingford has to offer, enter the raffles and enjoy some good company, too! Here’s how it works: you purchase an entry “bracelet” for $25 ($10 for kids under 12) which will get you into each of the participating restaurants and allow you to sample selected items off their menu. You also receive a raffle ticket for the Grand Prize, which is a $25 gift card to each of the participating restaurants. Now that’s a LOT of food!

This event serves as a fundraiser for Wallingford Center, Inc in support of other programs, such as Celebrate Wallingford, The Farmer’s Market, and the Holiday Stroll.

Here’s the vital info:Gaetano's Tavern on Main, Wallingford CT

When: May 7, 2014

Hours: 4 PM – 9PM

Where: Downtown Wallingford CT

Tickets: $25,  $10 kids under 12 (only 250 tickets will be sold!)

Who to Contact: Wallingford Center, Inc, (203) 284-1807 or email lizlandow@wallingfordcenterinc.com

Tickets can also be purchased at these local businesses:

  • HUBCAP Wallingford 
  • Wallingford Lamp & Shade
  • Craig Jewelers
  • Yankee Cloth

And here’s a list of participating restaurants:Knucklehead's, Wallingford CT

Speaking from prior experience, I can vouch for the quality of food at all of these establishments, and I’m looking forward to getting out and trying them all again! If you’re looking for a break from the kitchen and you can’t decide where to go, this is a great way to get out of the house, try some food you might not have tried before and support local Wallingford businesses. As a wise man once said, “Good bread, good meat, good God, let’s eat!”.

See you at the Hop!

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Hubbard Park Welcomes 36th Annual Daffodil Festival

by Harriman Real Estate on April 19, 2014

35th Annual Daffodil FestivalOver 600,000 daffodils.

Over 100,000 attendees.

Two days.

One stupendous event!

The 36th Annual Meriden Daffodil Festival in Hubbard Park is almost here and promises to be bigger and better than ever, with over 35 musical acts scheduled to perform this year and plenty of food, games, rides and activities on hand for everyone. The two day event kicks off on Saturday, April 26th and ends on Sunday, April 27th, but the amusement rides and food stations will be open starting at 5:00 PM on Friday, the 26th.

DaffodilsLast year the abnormally warm weather caused the thousands of daffodils in the park to bloom early, but that doesn’t seem to be the case this year, and they should be in full bloom for the festival. The main event kicks off at 10:00 AM on the 26th, followed by the Daffodil Parade at 11:30 AM. The festivities continue throughout the day until a fireworks display at 8:30 PM leads to a 9:00 PM closing, then pick up again Sunday morning at 10:00 AM and run until the festival closes at 5:00 PM. This year’s festival features something for the entire family: plenty of good food and drink in the Silver Fork Food tent; a juried craft fair featuring over 100 of the area’s most talented crafters; musical entertainment featured in 3 venues: The Jeff Crooms Welcome Stage, the Food Tent stage, and the Band Shell stage; and a number of fun activities for the kids, including jugglers, a martial arts show, temporary tattoos, face painting, ice sculpting, a magician, hula hooping, and much more.

The list of musicians who will be playing this year is bigger than ever and sports some of the area’s best known and successful acts, including festival stalwarts River City Slim & The Zydeco Hogs, plus other acts including The Manchurians, Amy Lynn & the Gun Show, The Stray Dogs, Farewood, and The Summer Edeen Band. For a full list of scheduled activities and entertainment, head to the Daffodil Fest web site.

Lots of rides for everybody, young and old!There will be no on-site parking at the event; however, shuttle buses will be in service to transport patrons to and from four designated parking areas: the Westfield Meriden shopping center (JC Penney/Sears deck), Platt High School, Lincoln Middle School, and The Meriden Enterprise Center at 290 Pratt Street. The shuttle service will run from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM on Saturday, and 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Sunday.

There is no admission fee, no parking fee, and no shuttle bus fee. Tickets for all the food vendors and amusements must be purchased at the ticket booths inside Hubbard Park. For more information about scheduled attractions and events, head over to the festival web site at www.daffodilfest.com, call the Daffodil Hotline at (203) 630-4259, or email them at jearnest@meridenct.gov.

Come on out and have some fun!

The 35th Annual Daffodil Festival at Hubbard Park

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Church of the Resurrection Carnival Brings Fun For All!

by Harriman Real Estate on April 18, 2014

Everybody loves it when the carnival comes to town!

Have fun at the Church of the Resurrection Carnival!

Once again, Wallingford’s Church of the Resurrection is sponsoring their annual carnival April 23rd through the 26th in the parking lot adjacent to the church. The weather forecast for the four day event is for good weather on Wednesday and Thursday and rain for Friday and Saturday, but that should not have any effect on the fun, games, rides and great food that always accompanies this much anticipated event. And we all know how fast the weather can change in New England!

Wallingford Church of the Resurrection Carnival April 23-26

The venue will open nightly at 6pm and features a midway with more things to do than you can shake a stick at! Some of the fun to be had includes games of skill, chance and just plain ol’ luck (NOTE: must be 18 years or older to play games of chance), rides for young and old including a Ferris wheel, merry-go-round and roller coaster, and a Fun House.

Let's take a walk through the Fun House!

The first two days are usually themed as Italian Night on Wednesday, and Polish Night on Thursday. Some of the ethnic treats that will be offered are:

Italian Night

  • Porchetta
  • Sausage & Peppers
  • Meatballs
  • Homestyle Cannoli
  • Pasta Fagioli
  • Quandi (Angel Wings)

Polish Night

  • Pierogi
  • Stuffed Cabbage
  • Kielbasa & Kraut

Other foods available will include clam chowder, hot dogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, french fries, fried dough, eggplant parmesan, Philly cheeseteaks, and clams on the half shell. There will be plenty to satisfy your sweet tooth, too, with delights such as dilly bars, ice cream sandwiches, strawberry shortcake and carrot cake to be had. And of course, the obligatory refreshments will also be available in the form of coffee, tea, soda, water, beer, lemonade and hot chocolate.

Church of the Resurrection, 115 Pond Hill Rd, Wallingford CT 06492

There’s always something to do at this fun-filled extravaganza; we’ve gone every year and we never fail to have a great time and we NEVER leave hungry! So if you’re looking for something to do April 23rd – 26th, look no further than the Church of the Resurrection Carnival. There’s plenty of parking and admission is free, so come on down!

Yes, we had fun last year! I won that gorilla with 3 darts!

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Wallingford CT Wing Fest at Villa Capri

by Harriman Real Estate on April 4, 2014

2014 Wallingford Wing FestThis year marks the 50th anniversary of the patriarch of all finger foods, the Buffalo wing. Created in Buffalo, NY in 1964, the spicy treat has been the go-to finger food for every occasion, from bachelor parties to sporting events to just snacking on them while watching TV on a lazy weekend. What better way to celebrate this auspicious occasion than to eat some wings for a good cause?

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When: Thursday, April 10th

Time: 5:30PM – 7:45PM

Where: Villa Capri, Wallingford CT

Cost: $10 per person (pay at the door)

Chowing for Charity

This year’s event is a special one, as a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Wallingford Adopt-a-Wish, an organization affiliated with Make-A-Wish CT whose goal is to raise the necessary funds to adopt a wish for a Wallingford wish child.

Enjoy some fantastic wings at the Villa Capri!Some of the participants in this year’s wing contest will be familiar to most of us; here’s a list of the current entrants (will be updated if more places enter):

  1. Knucklehead’s
  2. Cafe 181
  3. Sliders
  4. Tata’s
  5. 99 Restaurant
  6. Bobby Spur’s

Judging will be done by the public and winners will be decided for the Best Original Wing, Best Specialty Wing, Hottest Wing and Best Overall. Plus, guest judges will also award the Best Overall Wing to one lucky wingmaster!

More Fun Stuff

There will also be a cash bar, a 50/50 raffle, a hot wing eating contest, and DJ Rico Entertainment has graciously donated his talents to keep your feet tapping while you eat. All in all, it should be a great time for everyone, and you’ll be helping make a child’s wish come true. I know we’re looking forward to it, and we hope to see you there!

For more info, contact Dee Babkirk at (860) 919-9087 or email her at idee.networks@gmail.com.

Buffalo Wing Trivia

  • Buffalo wings were first made in 1964 at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, NY by Teressa Bellissimo
  • Residents of Buffalo, NY generally call them wings, or chicken wings, not Buffalo wings
  • In 1977, July 29th was proclaimed Chicken Wing Day in Buffalo
  • The Super Bowl helped kick this dish into superstardom when the Bills were in it four years in a row.
  • Buffalo wings are traditionally served with celery sticks and bleu cheese or ranch dressing to counteract the spiciness of the sauce.
  • You can buy the original Anchor Bar Buffalo Wing sauce here.
  • And here is the original Anchor Bar recipe for making their wings.

Villa Capri, Wallingford CT

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New Listing: 289 Highland Ave, Wallingford CT 06492

by Harriman Real Estate on April 4, 2014

Beautiful 4 bedroom home for sale in Wallingford, CT!

New Listing

Christine Zygmont-Ross

Harriman Real Estate LLC

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Licensed In:
CT

289 HIGHLAND AVE

Wallingford, CT 06492

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms : 2 ( 2 full )

List Price: $300,000

Living Area Approx :
1599

Split level, 4 bedrooms, 2 remodeled baths, huge family room with fireplace, cathedral ceiling, French doors to slate patio. Dining room with built-in hutch. Formal living room with bay window. Two car garage, level lot with invisible fence. Partially finished shed, walk out basement. See deer in the yard and play Bocci too!

Feature List:

MLS#: N347220

Property Type: residential

Property Subtype: Single Family Detached

Lot Size: 0 acres

Appliances: Dishwasher, Microwave, Oven, Refrigerator

Architecture Style: Split Level

Has Basement: true

Cooling Systems: None

Heating Systems: Baseboard

New Construction: No

 

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Just Listed: 16 Jodi Dr, Meriden CT 06450

by Harriman Real Estate on April 3, 2014

Beautiful 3 bedroom home for sale in Meriden, CT!

Just Listed

Christine Zygmont-Ross

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203-672-4499

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16 JODI DR

Meriden, CT 06450

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms : 2 ( 2 full )

List Price: $219,900

Living Area Approx :
1224

Cape with dormers, plenty of closets. Hardwood on 1st floor. Formal dining room, living room with picture window. Eat in kitchen with ceramic tile. 1st floor bedroom. 2 full baths. 2nd floor has two nice sized bedrooms. Great closet space. 2 zone heat. Roof & windows approximately 7 years old.

Feature List:

MLS#: N347286

Property Type: residential

Property Subtype: Single Family Detached

Lot Size: 0 acres

Appliances: Dryer, Oven, Refrigerator, Washer

Architecture Style: Cape Cod

Has Basement: true

Cooling Systems: None

Heating Systems: Baseboard

New Construction: No

 

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Meriden CT Market Snapshot for February 2014

by Harriman Real Estate on March 31, 2014

Here’s whats happening in the Meriden CT housing market as of February 28, 2014:There are currently 221 single family homes for sale in Meriden:

Low list price: $19,900
High list price: $359,000
Average list price: $180,967
Median list price: $174,900
Average Days on Market:64
Homes sold on average for 93.1% of list price

There are 85 homes currently under contract, priced between $40,000 and $449,000. Based on the number of homes sold in February (18), it would take approximately 12 months to sell the current inventory.

As for condominiums, there are currently 79 condos for sale:

Low list price: $30,000
High list price: $299,900
Average list price: $115,262
Median list price: $109,900
Average Days on Market:62
Condos sold on average for 90.3% of list price

There are currently 24 condos under contract, priced between $20,000 and $180,000. Based on the number of condos sold in February (9), it would take 9 months to sell the current inventory.

Meriden home sales showed an 8% increase in February from the previous month, but it’s still better than February sales in both 2012and 2013. It’s still a far cry from the best performing month of the past 3 years, June of 2012, when 58 homes were sold. Thirty year conventional mortgage rates have bounced between 4.25% and 4.375% for the past 30 days and are now set at 4.375%, while CHFA rates for first time home buyers have been stable for several weeks at the current rate of 3.50 percent.

Inventory levels rose slightly by3.0% in February from the previous month and now stand at their lowest levels since February of 2013.The rise in sales and inventory means that Meriden remains in a normal buyers market with …

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Below are highlight properties for Meriden CT Market Snapshot for February 2014. See more at the full report:
Highlights Maps & Local Schools
Status: Pending
36 BELMONT AVE, Meriden, CT
$274900
3 BEDROOMS
3 BATHROOMS [ 2 FULL, 1 HALF ]
LISTING MLS ID: N341387
Listing Courtesy of: Pat Harriman

Status: Active
73 PARKER RD, Meriden, CT
$259900
4 BEDROOMS
2 BATHROOMS [ 1 FULL, 1 HALF ]
LISTING MLS ID: N344406
Listing Courtesy of: Stacey MacPherson

Status: Active
478 BROWNSTONE RIDGE, Meriden, CT
$344900
3 BEDROOMS
4 BATHROOMS [ 2 FULL, 2 HALF ]
LISTING MLS ID: N346215
Listing Courtesy of: Pat Harriman

Status: Active
15 FAIRVIEW AVE, Meriden, CT
$179500
3 BEDROOMS
1 BATHROOMS [ 1 FULL ]
LISTING MLS ID: N346434
Listing Courtesy of: Kim Vogt

See the Full Meriden CT Market Snapshot for February 2014




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Wallingford CT Market Snapshot for February 2014

by Harriman Real Estate on March 31, 2014

Here’s whats happening in the Wallingford CT housing market as of February 28, 2014:There are currently 165 single family homes for sale in Wallingford:

  • Low list price: $32,900
  • High list price: $1,299,000
  • Average list price: $336,254
  • Median list price: $304,900
  • Average Days on Market: 85
  • Homes sold on average for 95.8% of list price

There are 52 homes currently under contract, priced between $55,000 and $749,000. Based on the number of homes sold in February (11), it would take approximately 15 months to sell the current inventory.

As for condominiums, there are currently 69 condos for sale:

  • Low list price: $64,000
  • High list price: $579,500
  • Average list price: $204,176
  • Median list price: $184,900
  • Average Days on Market: 115
  • Condos sold on average for 92.3% of list price

There are currently 20 condos under contract, priced between $75,000 and $424,000. Based on the number of condos sold in February (6), it would take 12 months to sell the current inventory.

Wallingford home sales tumbled to only 17 units sold in February, the lowest sales level in two years and a trend we’ve seen in many areas recently, probably due in part to the horrible weather we experienced last month. Thirty year conventional mortgage rates yoyo-ed a bit over the past 30 days, starting at 4.25%then going to 4.375% where they’re at now, while CHFA rates for first time home buyers have remained stable at 3.50 percent.

Inventory levels rose by 11.0% in February and are still at their lowest levels in two years. The drop in sales, combined with the rise in available inventory, has put Wallingford into an extreme buyer’s market with just over 13 months of inventory now available, up by more than double from last month. The real estate market is still getting busier as temperatures rise though, so we are still predicting a good year for the Wallingford housing market, and March should see some good improvement. Interest rates were predicted late last year to begin a slow rise into the 5% range, but so far they have remained stable so this should encourage buyers to see what’s on …

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Below are highlight properties for Wallingford CT Market Snapshot for February 2014. See more at the full report:
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Status: Non MLS Listing
26 DUNCAN ST, Wallingford, CT
$249900
4 BEDROOMS
2 BATHROOMS [ 2 FULL ]
LISTING MLS ID: N341128
Listing Courtesy of: Pat Harriman

Status: Active
10 CHERYL AVE, Wallingford, CT
$179900
3 BEDROOMS
1 BATHROOMS [ 1 FULL ]
LISTING MLS ID: N341873
Listing Courtesy of: Emilia Menna-Erdmann

Status: Active
538 PILGRIM HBR #538, Wallingford, CT
$249900
2 BEDROOMS
3 BATHROOMS [ 2 FULL, 1 HALF ]
LISTING MLS ID: N345824
Listing Courtesy of: CT Property Sisters

Status: Just Listed
289 HIGHLAND AVE, Wallingford, CT
$300000
4 BEDROOMS
2 BATHROOMS [ 2 FULL ]
LISTING MLS ID: N347220
Listing Courtesy of: Christine Zygmont-Ross

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Harriman Real Estate Promotes Wallingford Artists

by Harriman Real Estate on March 25, 2014

As some of you know, back in January we realized a long-running vision of opening a brick-and-mortar office here in Wallingford for our real estate brokerage. After working in “virtual office” mode for many years, both before and after forming our own company, it was both a rewarding and eye-opening experience, to say the least! The response from the community and our clients has been very gratifying, and we’re extremely happy with our decision, even though many brokerages are moving in the opposite direction, from physical offices to virtual ones.

One of the things we wanted to make sure we did with our office was to promote and feature our town, its history and the people that make it such a great place to live. In our conference room we have a couple of reproductions of old maps of the town as it was in 1881 and 1905, and the hallway outside it is lined with pictures of historic places in town, such as the Judd, Potter, and Moses Y. Beach mansions and even one of the building our office is in, giving visitors a rare glimpse back into the history of Wallingford.

Harriman Real Estate's Wallingford Inspires art wall

Another feature of our office, and one we’re most proud of, is our “Wallingford Inspires…” wall of local art. Our plan is to feature one Wallingford artist on the wall for a period of 60 days, and then pass the opportunity on to the next artist for 60 days, and so on. The art is all Wallingford themed and will be in a variety of formats and media. For the first 60 day display we featured local photographer Wendy Kenerson and her beautiful images of Mackenzie Reservoir, Gouveia Vineyards, and more (see above image). Her display will remain up until the end of March, at which time the next art on display will be photo collages of Wallingford barns done by art students at Lyman Hall High School and will run until the end of May.

We have a full year of artists lined up to display their work and they have all been extremely enthusiastic about the opportunity, especially since it can be hard for aspiring artists to get their work in front of the public without contracting with a studio. The majority of the artwork on display is available for purchase, with 100% of the profit going to the artist. So far, the reception to the art wall has been very positive, and we’re so glad to give these local people a venue to expose their work to the public.

We hope that, if you’re in the area, you’ll stop by and see the amazing art that is being created and displayed by our local artists. And if you’re a local artist who would like to display your art on our wall, give us a call at (203) 672-4499 and let’s talk!

 

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Harriman Real Estate Open Houses for March 16 2014

by Harriman Real Estate on March 14, 2014

Harriman Real Estate LLC is holding the following five open houses this weekend. In conjunction with Dave & Michelle Poulin of Prime Lending. we will be giving away an iPad Mini to one lucky attendee! Just fill out an entry form at any of the following open house locations and you might be the winner!

Enter to win an iPad Mini!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meriden:

Open house hosted by Paula Senna Sunday from 1 – 3pm:

OH478Brownstone

Open house hosted by Stacey McPherson Sunday from 1 – 3pm:

OH73Parker

Wallingford:

Open house hosted by Karen Gryga Burdacki Sunday from 12 – 2pm:

OH32APilgrimHarbor

Open house hosted by Karen Patrocinio Sunday from 1 – 3pm:

OH26Duncan

Middletown:

Open house hosted by Heather & Bill Salafia Sunday 1 – 3pm:

OH20Tryon

For more information on these or any of our other fine listings, call us at (203)-672-4499!

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