The Empire State Building’s Builder Also Created This Greenwich Manor Asking $8.3M

Where do you live when you’ve defined the New York City skyline? For Paul Starrett of Starrett Brothers Inc., the builder behind the Empire State Building, the Flatiron Building, and the Plaza, the answer was this expansive English Manor-style estate in Greenwich, Connecticut. A structure he built just for himself. Finished in 1928, just three years before the Empire State became the world’s tallest building, Starrett’s grand spread has just come onto the market asking $8.295 million.

A piece of history produced by Starrett in the prime of his career, not long after he directed the construction of the Lincoln Memorial, 29 Hillside Road exudes timeless magnificence usually reserved for the world-renowned buildings he put up. Sitting on 2.83 pristine and private acres, the 15,710-square-foot stone main house counts 7 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms within its stately floor plan. The pool area outside complements the palatial home with tidy hedges, wrought-iron gates, and an accompanying pool house.

According to the listing agent Julie Church of Houlihan Lawrence, who spoke to the Robb Report about the property, “Many of the walls are two feet thick, and heavily reinforced with steel, just like the Empire State. It’s more like a fortress.”

It’s quite a pretty fortress at that. Surrounded by tall trees and neat gardens, the commanding home could have been set in any period drama, from Downtown Abbey to Sense & Sensibility, and fit in just fine.