From the Editor
Photograph by Bob Capazzo
We all have that friend’s house where we practically lived as kids. The place where your mother could always find you. Mine was Amanda Carnell’s house in Lucas Point. There was always something going on there. And while at times there may have been a little too much going on, it was the house next door that was a bit of a mystery—with its bizarrely enclosed indoor pool that looked like a huge greenhouse and the lore of the legendary parties hosted by the owner’s daughter.
Never would I have guessed that someday I’d be scouting that house as the editor of GREENWICH Magazine. And yet last December there I was, having coffee with owners Donna and Michael Bass in the kitchen of their majorly renovated home.
When the couple purchased the house in 2005 they bought a piece of Greenwich history. The home, dating back to the 1890s, was built by Henry J. Lucas not as a residence but as the Greenwich Cove Casino—a place for golfers to socialize before or after a game on J. Kennedy Tod’s nine-hole course. Over the years, a series of mishmash renovations would spoil much of its original charm. But Michael and Donna were determined to restore its historic architectural integrity.
A daunting task to say the least. Yet two years after closing, the Bass family moved in to their dream home.
This being our annual Real Estate issue, we thought it was a great time to showcase a home that has real roots in our town—a home that was a focal point of what is now one of our hottest neighborhoods (“A Shore Thing,” page 74). We also take a close look at exactly what’s going on in the housing market these days (“Signs of Hope and Change,” page 67). And yes, we’re happy to report that things are indeed looking up.
Amanda’s house is still my home away from home. When she comes back from Chicago to visit her parents, although she now has a husband and two children in tow, it’s like we’re sixteen again. In fact, the only thing that’s really changed is the view of the house next door.