Princeton WannaBe Blog
I'm not a real historian. I didn't grow up in Princeton. I don't have an Ivy League education.
I'm a total Princeton WannaBe.
Still, I gush about loving the heart of Princeton as much as I can!
(Yes, my husband is a good sport about all this ..... in case you're wondering ....)
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This Valentine's I naively picked up several offerings from Simply Nic's .... a local boutique biz with super yummy artisanal shortbreads .....
OMG! MY ENTIRE FAMILY IS ADDICTED TO SIMPLY NIC'S SHORTBREADS.
Who would have thought these wholesome artisanal shortbreads could disrupt my family's daily routine and alter their social networks in only a few days?
THEY ONLY WANT TO HANG OUT WHERE THEY CAN "SCORE SOME NIC'S".
(That's a REAL quote ...... Whole Earth, Cool Vines, Olive's, Princeton Farmers Market and Nassau Street Seafood can hook you up if you need a local fix .... Cherry Valley Farmers Market and Whole Foods if you're zipping outta town!)
Did you know Don Goddard, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, studied at Princeton University?
(Wanna get dually addicted? www.lillipies.com - local dealers at small world, Tico's Eatery and Wild Child Yoga)
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ME: “Steve, did you hear about the AMAZING RESIDENCE at 17 HIBBEN STREET up for LIVE AUCTION?
THE BIDDING STARTS AT ONE DOLLAR!”
STEVE: “I’d hate to sell my house for one dollar.”
ME: “But you’d love to BUY A HOUSE FOR one dollar, right?”
STEVE: (stares at me)
ME: “What? WHO CAN RESIST THE IDEA OF A LIVE AUCTION WHERE THE BIDDING STARTS AT ONE DOLLAR?”
STEVE: (Looks at photo of house and kind of perks up) “I admit it. That’s a nice house. That house is worth A LOT more than one dollar.”
ME: “I KNOW!” This is one of those fancy auctions where I get to wear a black dress with pearls and a HUGE pair of sunglasses while I hold up the little sign to bid. “
STEVE: “Right, and I get to hold a martini glass and wear an ascot like Thurston Howell III.”
ME: (staring at him)
STEVE: “It’s why you love me.”
ME: “It really is.”
YOU MAY BE MORE IN THE MARKET FOR A PRINCETON MANSION THAN YOU THOUGHT. CALL JENNIFER HAYDEN OF ARLINGTON CAPITAL AT 945-7510 TO GET IN ON THE BIDDING!
Here's a paraphase of what smartypants Kevin Kenyan of Arlington Capital tried to explain to me for those sincerely interested in this clever scenario: Interest is building from Europe, several academicians, entrepreneurs, and local professionals...and by the time the auction takes place, it's conceivable that Princeton will see it's first successful residential home sale via this unique service It's a pretty exclusive program. Only registered bidders can attend, not the general public, no neighbors and/or onlookers. There is actually security at every auction to insure that only registered bidders attend. To bid, a client needs to send the auction company 100k+ in escrow prior to the auction, and either Arlington Capital or their bank need to confirm they can close in 30 days for CASH. So while prospects can get a mortgage, they also need to have a fair bit of dough just to be invited to the auction, because they need to be prepared to buy it for cash if the mortgage does not go through in time. The seller typically gets 10 - 20 buyers in one room on one day. The winning bidder has 30 days to settle. (Are you still reading this? I was still listening!) Imagine how having 10 - 20 qualified buyers in one place at one time might impact the sales price rather than the traditional real estate sale, where one seller squares off against one buyer. So while there is an allure of to a no reserve auction, a sophisticated seller is likely to get an excellent price for their home. (Hmmm.....I'm sophisticated ..... sometimes. Anyhoo .....) They will also get the home sold...other folks who have homes listed for 3mm - 4mm are, based on current absorption rates, likely to be waiting many years to sell their home. As long as real estate goes down in value, which is what it has done for the last 3 - 4 years, waiting to sell has a enormous cost: not only a potentially lower sales price, but all the carrying costs waiting for it to sell it.
(He said more but you'll have to call them yourself to get more info. I'm already SOLD!)
If you ask us, the folks at Henderson Sotheby's International Realty were BRILLIANT to partner with Conceirge Auctions and bring this to Princeton!
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My Thanksgiving Was full of Needles, Gambling and, well, I think Steve O Fell in Love with A Man!
(no judgement on that, it's just that we're married!)
If I didn't know better my husband was on a flippin' HONEYMOON with the family turkey! He rubbed her, talked to her ..... even set the alarm clock to cover her in fine ointments THREE TIMES!
okay, that's the needle part - he's injecting the bird with maple syrup in this photo .... I know, LUCKY GIRL!
Here's my famed Reiki Master sister teaching Stosh how to play card games that, for centuries, were illegal in some circles .....
Here, I've caught Steve O during the initial phases of his budding BROMANCE with some dude named Bruno who showed up with some AWESOME side dishes .....
.... I'll let PEOPLE magazine leak the rest of the details but for those of you that eschew that type of rag ...
Let's just say it was ANOTHER great holiday in the world of Stosh-A Roo!
(Who is not photo'd because he was too busy making custom Mii's of the entire family for the "gloves off" Wii competitions!)
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Here's the voice message to me from my hubby this morning:
"Hey babe. Sixteen years ago today, I woke up and knew I had to call you and get you to go on a date with me. It's the best decision I ever made in my entire life."
I remember that phone call. I was a psycho sales type in Atlanta, Georgia. It was tough to get me to focus on anything other than the number. I remember the message from my secretary ... I know, back then we actually had those .... anyhoo .... She said, "Some guy called for you but I can't say his last name .... Steve O-ma-something ..... the affectionate nickname morphed to Steve O.
Why this picture? It's symbolic of the man I married. When I was pregnant, Steve said, "I want to be the kind of husband that always dances with you and the kind of father that always swims with his child."
Just when you thought the tour lady couldn't get luckier right?
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Just When I Thought I Had Made Sense of Steve O Being One/Third Nerd ....
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