Tommy Hilfiger’s Enchanting 22-Acre Greenwich Estate Sells for $45M

When a property hits the market for almost $50 million, it often isn’t expected to sell fast. After all, it takes a very particular and affluent buyer to make such a jaw-dropping offer. However, the Connecticut real estate market is hotter than it has been for years. Tommy Hilfiger hardly had to wait for someone to buy his dreamy (and pricey) Greenwich estate. Listed in September for $47.5 million, it went into contract in November and just closed last week for a slightly less $45 million. Records show the Hilfigers originally acquired it for $31.375 million.

Architect Greville Rickard designed the French Normandy-style manse for real estate magnate Charles V. Paterno in 1939. Many decades later in 2010, it fell into good hands with Hilfiger and his wife, Dee. The couple has left it more grand and enchanting than they found it, executing a meticulous renovation of the historic beauty. Every inch of the 13,334-square-foot home drips with traditional sophistication, from the ornate stairwells to the coffered ceilings. Reminding of the home’s beginning, a stained glass window even remains with the architect’s portrait etched.

Though the mansion’s vast living areas, cozy corners, and six bedrooms mesmerize, the gardens hold at least half of the property’s magic. Impeccably landscaped, there are orderly hedges, ponds, and stunning spots for dining al fresco. Luxuries like a pool, tennis court, and two-bedroom guest house exist elegantly, while inside amenities like a theater, gym, and wine cellar keep the fun going.

No doubt, this is one of the most expensive and high-profile Connecticut sales in a while. The seller was represented by Janet Milligan of Sotheby’s International Realty Greenwich Brokerage while Sally Slater of Douglas Elliman brought the buyer.