Late Tenor Sergio Franchi’s Beloved Stonington, CT Estate Asks $12.6M
Up in picturesque Stonington, Connecticut sits a historic coastal spread, the largest residential property in the area, spanning more than 200 acres. It was owned by famous tenor Sergio Franchi, who also happened to collect antique cars. The story goes that in the late 1970s, he visited this estate in Stonington to view a car and purchased the property instead because the fields, trees, and stone walls reminded him of his native Italy, according to the singer’s widow, Eva Franchi. Sergio passed away in 1990 and now, Eva is selling the estate to move to a house she purchased in Beverly Hills so she can live closer to her siblings.
The classic, red-brick Colonial is just one of five dwellings on the extensive property, a list that includes a former freezer house that Franchi fashioned into a painting studio and a former tool house he turned into a chapel, complete with stained glass windows. Eva shared that Sergio studied architecture before becoming a singer, which perhaps explains why making alterations to the home came naturally to him. For example, the singer also redesigned the primary suite to encompass two rooms.
Unsurprisingly, the couple loved to entertain, and the 6,300-square-foot main house features a music room with a high domed ceiling, a massive kitchen with a walk-in china closet, and a lovely sunroom with an indoor pool.
Singing with traditional style and beautiful architecture, 91 Sergio Franchi Drive is now offered for $12.6 million by Tammy Tinnerello of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty.