Deeds and Dont’s

Inside stories behind area real estate deals

The best way to characterize 2011’s real estate market? Let’s just say that it was as changeable as the year’s weather, blowing hot and cold at unpredictable times (Halloween blizzard, anyone?) until it became all too predictable, grinding to a halt with the approach of the holidays. And while many market indicators remained flat, a few huge deals had some Realtors cheering. Greenwich, for instance, reported the sale of a spec home built on an estate once owned by the actor George C. Scott: Listed for $36,500,000, it closed at $32,500,000. In Litchfield County, Klemm Real Estate rang up the six highest-priced properties this year, topped by a $7,750,000 home in Roxbury. More good news: We’ve got some gorgeous—and giftable—homes that we’re hoping make it on to your wish list. Happy holidays to all!

Armonk Contemporary
$7 million
Westchester County

Danish designer Jens Quistgaard was best known for Dansk, the 
company he cofounded that brought cool Danish styling to American tabletops. But Quistgaard also designed this contemporary home, built in 1961 along the private 10-acre Cobamong Lake that’s part of this 20-acre estate. This is an outside-in kind of house with exposed beams, soaring ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows that bring in natural light and 
views onto the water—and no worries of onlookers, thanks to its secluded setting. The 7,138-square-foot interiors offer a main-level master suite, along with four additional bedrooms and five bathrooms (plus one half bathroom). Fran Klingenstein of Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty in Rye has the listing. 914-772-4203.

Katonah Estate
Westchester County

This nearly seven-acre property is owned by Westchester County 
politician and Emmy Award-winning producer Peter Michaelis, 
according to The Wall Street Journal, which called the listing the House of the Day when it popped onto the market this fall. The heart of the 12,000-square-foot home is a truly great great room with its double-height and vaulted ceilings, massive exposed beams and two fireplaces. 
It also features a much-in-vogue first-floor master suite with his-and-her dressing rooms. And it seems purpose-built for R&R with a wine cellar, billiards room, media room and, on the landscaped property, a saltwater pool and spa. Muffin Dowdle of Ginnel Real Estate in 
Bedford has the listing. 914-234-9234, ext. 101.

Greens Farm Home
Westport, CT

Maple Avenue South stretches from the Post Road to Beachside Avenue, which means it offers both convenient shopping and easy beach going. Throw in the two-minute drive to the tucked-away Greens Farm train station with its hour-long ride into Manhattan and you’ve got a highly desirable address. And although prestigious builder Heike Hein, together with Vicente-Burin Architects, just finished building this 7,300-square-foot home, it manages to fit right in. They call it a “contemporary farmhouse” with classic lines and a two-plus-acre setting. Inside, it’s all luxury on every level with 10-foot ceilings, a vaulted-ceilinged family room, five fireplaces and a fabulous master suite, as well as five additional bedrooms, and a library/office space. Sue Lieberman of the Riverside Realty Group in Westport has the listing. 203-221-9876.

Round Hill Home
Greenwich, CT

There’s a lot to love about this estate, but the way it is sited on the spectacular two-acre grounds impressed us the most. The property is landscaped to take advantage of a private pond, island and waterfall, as well as a free-form pool and spa. Other awesome outdoor features include stone terraces and an outdoor kitchen and fireplace. Built in 1935 and thoroughly renovated, the nearly 9,000-square-foot, stone-and-shingle home offers three floors of handsomely appointed rooms. There are two family rooms, a beamed 
gourmet kitchen, a formal dining room with French doors onto a terrace and seven bedrooms, including the luxe master suite with a private sitting room. Where you’d be most likely to find us: the library with honey-combed patterned coffered ceilings, an ornate fireplace and multi-paned, floor-to-ceiling windows. BK Bates of Sotheby’s International Realty in Greenwich has the listing. 203-618-3126.

Waterfront Estate
Rowayton, CT

A house in Rowayton has a permanent spot on our wish list and nearly any one will do. You can’t go wrong in this little town, with its bustling harbor, cute shops and restaurants, and sandy beaches. But this newly constructed home is especially appealing: Built on a 19th-century homestead, the property features a private beach and unobstructed sunset views over Long Island Sound from nearly every window. We imagine that Charles DeKlyn, the original owner of Nykled Terrace (his name spelled backward; don’t ask us why) would approve of this handsome home, now offering 5,848 square feet, including four bedrooms and five bathrooms (plus one half bathroom). It’s listed with Joanne T. Shakley of Halstead Property in Rowayton. 203-656-6559.

1830 Colonial
Southport, CT

Brand new to the market, this circa-1830 Colonial sits on one of Southport Village’s best little streets—at 14 Willow, amid other lovely “captain’s” homes within walking distance to the train station, the library, the yacht club and everyone’s favorite lunch spot, the Spic & Span. Thanks to a $500,000 renovation, there’s now a gorgeous new kitchen that flows into the family room and dining room. The rest of the nearly 4,000-square-foot house is also family friendly with five bedrooms, four bathrooms and pretty porches and patio spaces. Andrew Whitely of Fite Shavell & Associates has the listing. 203-258-1595. —Diane di Costanzo