A pricey teardown on Norwalk shore
NORWALK — A classic waterfront home in East Norwalk is slated for demolition following its recent sale of more than $2.8 million.
The nearly 3,800-square-foot colonial at 20 Shorehaven Road was the home of world-renowned sculptor Charles Perry until his death in 2011. It was sold in November 2017 and is now sporting a demolition notice sign.
The home is situated, northeast of Calf Pasture Beach, on 1.3 acres of direct Long Island Sound waterfront property among homes priced at $5 million and above.
The slate-roofed stone and stucco, five-bedroom home was built in 1929 and had a major renovation in 1979, according to city records. It features expansive views of Long Island Sound and Sprite Island.
The property was listed by Amy Curry of Berkshire Hathaway New England Properties at $2,950,000, and sold in 98 days for $2,850,000 with multiple offers.
“This house sold very quickly,” Curry said. “We had four offers at the same time.”
Curry pitched the property as either a renovation project, or for the creation of a new home.
“I marketed it as both a renovation or a teardown,” Curry said. “I think when people looked at the costs of redoing the home, it was very expensive.”
Curry estimates that a new home on the property could be valued at anywhere from $6 million to $8 million.
“It really depends on what is done there,” she said.
According to city records, the annual property tax for the parcel is $51,244. The assessed value of the property is $2,053,060.
Some of Perry’s sculptures, which had been on the property, were removed by the family prior to the sale.
“Those were taken down; the value of those pieces was very high,” Curry said.
According to Perry’s obituary in The New York Times, he was “a sculptor who created dozens of mathematically inspired works for plazas and sculpture gardens throughout the United States and abroad and created “Continuum,” the knotted black Möbius strip that stands in front of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington.”
Perry had works around the country, and in places around the world including Singapore, Tokyo and Australia. He also designed gold and silver jewelry for Tiffany & Company.
Perry died on Feb. 8, 2011 at his home in Norwalk at the age of 81. His wife, Sheila, was listed as the homeowner since 1976.
According to city records, Robert and Karen Mitchell of Weston are listed as the purchasers of the property. They have yet to file an application for a demolition permit, according to Bill Ireland, Norwalk’s chief building official, but a demolition permit is expected.
The demolition sign in front of the home is one of many hurdles the new owners must overcome in the application process. A pre-demolition permit is necessary if the property is 50 or more years old.
According to the city, before a demolition permit is issued, a Notice for Intent to Demolish must be published in the local newspaper. Also, notice must also be made to owners of all adjoining properties, the Norwalk Historical Commission, the executive director of planning and zoning, the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation and any individual or entity that requests copies of such notice.