Hemlock Castle, Once Home to a Memorable Boston Red Sox Owner, Lists for $11.8M in Greenwich

Castles and palaces available as personal homes are hardly a common find on the market, even when looking internationally. But, one is now seeking a new owner in Connecticut. Hemlock Castle, the largest castle in Greenwich, has hit the market for $11.8 million.

The structure has a special history in more ways than one. Originally designed by architect James C. Green and Israel Putman, the estate built in 1902 was first dubbed Freestone Castle. Baseball fans may especially take interest in it considering Harry H. Frazee, the Boston Red Sox owner who traded legendary baseball player Babe Ruth to the Yankees for $100,000 in 1919, is the home’s most notable past owner.

Whether you’re a Yankees fan or Red Sox fan, the property has a classic appeal with its rich stone exterior perhaps more fitting of England than New England. Despite castles being known for dark interiors and dungeons, spaces are light and bright while staying grounded in majestic details.

Eight fireplaces, beautiful stonework, and wood paneling enhance the home’s character, flowing throughout the many entertaining areas. Beyond the main manor’s 13,500 square feet, which includes 14 bedrooms and 17 bathrooms, the property also holds a separate carriage house and staff quarters, adding 7,000 square feet to the interior offerings.

Situated upon over four acres, it’s no surprise the home’s grounds are perfectly clipped and trimmed. The estate also features perks like a tennis court and 10,000-bottle wine cellar. But, what else would one expect from a castle?

While $11.8 million is a substantial sum to spend, it’s a deal for someone looking for something just like this. Listing agent Stephanie Bo Li of Douglas Elliman shared with the NY Post that a recent insurance valuation found the estate would cost around $15 million to rebuild today.