Our Annual List of Gift-Worthy Homes, Including one of the Most Expensive Listings in CT

While good things come in small packages—diamonds, French bulldogs, the new Alfa Romeo Giulia—we decided to go big for our annual list of gift-worthy homes. Not only are these listings large in scale, but they also offer a massive range of unusual amenities, from bocce courts to an indoor swimming pool designed to resemble the piscine at the Ritz in Paris. Not surprisingly, their asking prices are similarly supersized—with one listed for $35 million. But that’s OK: You’ve been so very, very good this year.

This Greenwich compound has a swimming pool designed to resembled the one at the Ritz Paris.For Europhiles
One of the most expensive listings in the state, this nearly 17,000-square-foot Greenwich manse is also one of the market’s most fully loaded, seemingly designed with French aristocracy in mind. It greets guests with the drama of a double-height rotunda that houses a sexily curved staircase and a heated limestone floor. The party then moves to a grand living room with two fireplaces and a dining hall with ornately carved woodwork. More fun’s found on the lower level in the loggia that accommodates a home theater and an indoor pool—a copy of the one found in the Ritz Paris. And on the 5.34-acre grounds, there’s a palatial pool house with a domed top that offers two ensuite bedrooms. It lists for $35 million with Lyn Stevens of Douglas Elliman.

This Mediterranean-style villa in Greenwich is listed for $21.5 million with Douglas Elliman Real Estate.If you’re in more of a Mediterranean mood, check out this red-tile-roofed beauty listed for $21.5 million. Resembling a Spanish villa with its white stucco façade, wrought-iron railings and gracious porticos, the Greenwich home was designed by architect Boris Baranovich in 2005—but with antique elements including reclaimed millwork and salvaged stone floors. Its long list of amenities includes an elevator, an indoor basketball court, a billiards room and a wine cellar with computerized inventory control. The 4.44-acre grounds feature gardens designed by Edmund Hollander, an expansive pool with a mini-me pool house and tennis and bocce courts. Lyn Stevens with Douglas Elliman has the listing.

This Greenwich mansion offers unusual amenities such as an ice cream parlor and a golf simulator.For Traditionalists
This 9,750-square-foot Greenwich home is a house party waiting to happen. The kitchen, for example, offers a 10-foot-long island and an adjoining billiards room with a bar, lounge and fireplace. The entire lower level is given over to recreation, including an old-fashioned ice cream parlor, a golf simulator, a media room and a 2,500-bottle wine cellar. A sumptuous master suite is designed with a spacious sitting area, featuring a fireplace with an onyx surround, and an onyx-clad bathroom and dressing room. The pool is also a knockout, boasting a spa-like pavilion that features a one-bedroom suite and a shaded dining terrace. Brian Milton of Houlihan Lawrence has the $7,850,000 listing.

Ridgefield's High Ridge Hall offers a billards room, home theater and wine-storage room.Fans of Georgian architecture will swoon over a Ridgefield listing that offers the privacy of a family compound but the walk-to-shops convenience of an in-town home. The 8,585-square-foot High Ridge Hall was designed in 2005 to accommodate all the other items you might have on your wish list: a main-floor walk-in wine storage room accommodating 200 bottles; a built-in Miele espresso bar in the butler’s pantry; a first-floor master suite with a dressing room, a marble soaking tub and laundry facilities; and, on the lower level, a home theater, a billiards room with a bar, and a golf-simulator room. Throughout the house, luxe fixtures and materials were sourced from around the world, including an eight-foot-high mahogany entry door and an antique bronze chandelier from the Prince of Wales Hotel in Rio de Janeiro. Karla Murtaugh, of Neumann Real Estate, has the $4.6 million listing.

This Arts & Crafts style manor in New Canaan has been beautifully restored.For Arts & Crafts Enthusiasts
Another swoon-worthy, close-to-town manor sits high on nearly three acres along Ponus Ridge Road in New Canaan. Built in 1910, the home was beautifully renovated in 2005 by Louise Brooks, who restored the iconic woodwork embellishing the Arts & Crafts-style stonework, gables and porches. The 7,886-square-foot interiors also got a thorough polish, now offering a paneled library with a wet bar, a formal living room with a stone hearth, an open-plan chef’s kitchen and a master suite with a fireplace, along with an additional five bedrooms. It lists for $3,575,000 with Sherri Kielland of Houlihan Lawrence.

A version of this article appeared in the December 2015 issue of Connecticut Cottages & Gardens with the headline: Best. Gift. Ever.