Inside Stories Behind Connecticut Real Estate Deals

This month we cover homes that satisfy the need to nest, from romantic fireplaces and kitchens made for Sunday-night suppers to sumptuous master suites. Check them out.

 

In the summer, “cozy” never tops the list of must-have attributes when buyers shop for new homes. But as the days cool and shorten—and our nesting instincts kick in—creature comforts are what we crave. In keeping with the theme of this issue, we’re focusing on features that satisfy the need to nest, from romantic fireplaces and kitchens made for Sunday-night suppers to sumptuous master suites. And because nests come in all sizes, we’ve chosen listings at all price points, from a movie mogul’s manse to a charming coastal cottage.


Coastal Cachet The Greenwich coastline offers million-dollar views, such as this one off of Tod's Point. Photographs by jay robinson photography (above); Featureflash/Shutterstock.com (Weinstein)

Less than $50 million
Movie Mogul’s Mansion
Greenwich

Producer Bob Weinstein owns a $32 million property sited along the Greenwich shoreline some 20 miles down the coast—as the crow flies—from brother/business partner Harvey’s seaside home in Westport. Records show that Bob bought the circa-1916, 12,788-square-foot manse with his now ex-wife for around $16 million in the year 2000. As nests go, this one is “museum quality,” or so boasts its online listing, and includes a gourmet kitchen, spacious dining room, six bedrooms, six full and two half bathrooms. Every inch capitalizes on the stunning water views. The amenities offered across its 3.28-acre grounds are also impressive, from the rolling lawns and the 440 feet of private waterfront to the sandy beach, stone pier and deep-water mooring. Tamar Lurie of Coldwell Banker in Greenwich has the listing. 203-536-6953.


Fun House This East Lyme estate has it all: barn and pastures, pool and pool house, tennis and basketball courts, and, inside the 12,000-square-foot main house, media and fitness rooms. It’s listed for $3,595,000 with Colette Harron of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty in Essex. 860-767-7488.

Less than $5 million
Equestrian Estate
East Lyme

This hilltop nest is feathered for the sportiest of birds. The 40 bucolic acres include a capacious horse barn, pastures, a tennis court, a basketball court, a pool and pool house with a kitchen, and a carriage house. There are more fun and games in and around the 12,000-square-foot main house with its media room, game room, fitness center and expansive terraces, one of which features an outdoor fireplace. But the best nesting place is its master suite, featuring a private balcony with expansive views and spa-like, marble bath. Colette Harron of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty in Essex has the $3,595,000 listing. 860-767-7488.


Lodge Living One of Lake Waramaug’s classic lodges—updated in 2010—just hit the market for $3,495,000, listed with Peter Klemm of Klemm Real Estate in Washington Depot. The 1.25-acre property also offers a boathouse with a dock and balcony. 860-868-7313.

Less than $4 million
Lake House
Washington

Sited along Lake Waramaug in the Litchfield County town of Washington, this circa-1890 Queen Anne lodge-style home is the perfect nest for country birds, updated in 2010 from a summer-only to a year-round getaway. Its coziest spot may be around the fieldstone fireplace in the gourmet kitchen. There’s also a fire pit down at the boathouse, which offers a dock, balcony and outdoor shower as well. Inside the 4,049-square-foot main house find five bedrooms and three full bathrooms (plus two half bathrooms); all around it is a wide and welcoming wraparound porch. Peter Klemm of Klemm Real Estate in Washington Depot lists the 1.25-acre property for $3,495,000. 860-868-7313.

Sticker Shock
At press time, Greenwich was posting the most expensive for-sale home in America, a Mead Point mansion priced at $190 million (no, that zero is not a typo). Called Copper Beech Farm, the compound was built in 1904 for Harriet Lauder Greenway, a daughter of a U.S. Steel founder, who lived there for more than 75 years before selling it to timber baron John Rudey around 1980. While the elegant main house impresses, the money’s in its 50 acres, comprised of both waterfront and woodlands. The spread also offers a carriage house with a clock tower; two conjoined, seven-sided pools; and a grass tennis court worthy of Wimbledon. David Ogilvy & Associates has the listing. 203-869-9866.


Modern Family On four landscaped Wilton acres, this 6,300-square-foot Colonial comes fully loaded with five bedrooms and six bathrooms, a pool with a spa and a waterfall and a Har-Tru tennis court. It’s listed for $2,999,000 with Gail Murphy of the Higgins Group in Wilton and Westport. 203-216-3879.

Less than $3 million
Family Home
Wilton

This circa-2003 Colonial nurtures nesting instincts throughout its 6,300-square-foot interiors, which accommodate all the features and fixtures today’s luxury buyers crave. There’s an open-plan kitchen, for instance, that flows into a dining space for family dinners and to a comfortable great room with a floor-to-ceiling stone hearth and French doors that lead to terraces and gardens. But there’s also a more formal dining room with a coffered ceiling and a lovely living room with another fireplace. More to love: five bedrooms, six bathrooms, a media room and a home gym and office. And on the four-acre grounds: a pool with a waterfall and a Har-Tru tennis court. It’s listed for $2,999,000 with Gail Murphy of the Higgins Group in Wilton and Westport. 203-216-3879.


Sound Views This circa-1820 Colonial (second from left) has dramatic views over Long Island Sound and the Branford coastline. The property offers a quarter-acre lot with a private dock. It’s listed for $960,000 with Joe Piscitelli with Coldwell Banker in Milford. 203-878-7424.

less than $1 million
Branford Waterfront

The Branford coastline is among the more dramatic in our state with its rocky outcroppings, bustling marinas and vistas onto the Thimble Islands. And this circa-1820 Colonial offers a whole lot of drama for its price point—starting with a prime, quarter-acre lot sited directly on the waterfront with private lawns, a seawall and dock. Every room within the 1,700-square-foot interiors is designed to take advantage of the sunrise- and sunset-views over Long Island Sound, including its three bedrooms and two bathrooms (plus one half bathroom), as well as an ample screen porch and a wide balcony on the second floor. It’s listed for $960,000 with Joe Piscitelli with Coldwell Banker in Milford. 203-878-7424.