The family that buys together stays together

“You hear stories of kids fleeing the pandemic to be with their parents, and the opposite has happened to me,” said Jose Madrigal Jr. “And, honestly, it feels good.” Note: His parents are less likely than former tenants to complain about his stereo sound system.

“I don’t think he ever thought he would live with his celebrating student,” Bianca Colasuonno, a Compass agent who has known the family for years, said of Mr. Madrigal, but they were faced with a complicated problem. decision.

After losing their Astoria tenants, the couple tried for a few months to sell the property, but were not happy with the offers. Moving into Astoria’s house meant forgoing additional rental income, and the couple are unlikely to sell their Manhattan apartment anytime soon, as the market there has been slower to recover and less robust than in the past. other parts of town.

But the couple feel more comfortable in Queens, where their two-family home sits on a residential street with two outdoor spaces. Getting to nearby Flushing to see their eldest son, wife and granddaughter also just got easier. “We are closer now than we have probably ever been,” said senior Mr. Madrigal.

For the Craftse, who joined three households to buy a sprawling resort in Weston, Connecticut, their unusual needs meant they faced less competition for their property, at least compared to the strong demand in the home market. single-family homes.

“It was one of those properties that didn’t work for everyone,” said Kristi Law, an agent for William Pitt Sotheby’s Realty, who helped them buy the house. While many local listings sold out within days or weeks, this compound, which had been on the market for a few months, was larger than many buyers were looking for. However, there was urgency to the purchase: sensing other bidders, the Craftses made an offer, invisible, after their first video tour in February; they closed in May.

They were well suited to the property. Original owner Alice DeLamar, a philanthropist, built the estate in 1931 as an artists’ retreat. The new owners are all creative in their own right: Ms. Scherer Crafts and Mr. Crafts are media producers, who recently completed “Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street,” a documentary on the children’s show; Mrs. Scherer Crafts’ mother, Jackie, is an artist and former owner of a craft store; and Mr. Crafts’ parents, are professional singers and voice teachers. Although none of them had lived in Connecticut, they all grew up on the East Coast, where much of the Craftse work is now located.

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