Connecticut

Connecticut, Recent Sales

Photo credit is Halstead Connecticut LLC

Halstead Real Estate reports that their Greenwich, Connecticut-based agent Christopher Finlay just represented the state’s highest-priced sale of this year. The incredible waterfront estate was originally listed for $21 million and closed this week for $17.1 million. Located within the prestigious Belle Haven neighborhood, the impeccably renovated 1915 Georgian Colonial sits on nearly four acres that come complete with rolling lawns overlooking the Long Island Sound, a large swimming pool, a gorgeous flower garden, and a contoured golf practice green with bunkers.

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Connecticut, Policy

Photo of West Hartford by Ragesoss on Wikimedia

Connecticut restaurants, offices, hair salons, museums, and retail stores can open next week as part of the state’s first reopening phase–but expect things to look a little different. To be able to open on May 20, eligible businesses must follow strict rules, which include outdoor only service for restaurants and museums, capacity limits, facemask requirements, and restriction of social gatherings to five people. Connecticut’s decision comes as New Jersey will start to open on Monday and some upstate regions of New York get ready to reopen this weekend.

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Connecticut, Cool Listings

Photos courtesy of Houlihan Lawrence

Francophiles will fall head over heels with this stunning mansion in Stamford, Connecticut. Recently listed for $4,495,000, the French chateau-style home has a whopping nine bedrooms, eight bathrooms, and nearly 1.7 acres of beautifully manicured grounds that include a huge circular driveway and a pool. As first reported by the Post, Marion Castle, as it’s known, was built in 1912 by architects Hunt & Hunt, sons of the famous architect Richard Morris Hunt. It was constructed for Hollywood production pioneer Frank Marion.

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Connecticut, Cool Listings, Historic Homes

Photo credit: Pete’s Precision Photo

For the price of a one-bedroom apartment in Manhattan, you can own an entire converted church in Connecticut. Located in the town of Essex, about a two-hour drive northwest of New York City, this 1849 building has been listed publicly for the first time in over 50 years. Asking $1,295,000, the 8,543-square-foot structure was converted into a three-bedroom home with soaring sanctuary ceilings, a large outdoor deck, and a solarium/roof patio in the former steeple.

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Connecticut, Cool Listings

Listing photos courtesy of Houlihan Lawrence

Here’s an English manor right in Connecticut (h/t CIRCA). Listed for $15,900,000 (down from the original ask of $22,000,000), the 1891 home is located on the Belle Haven peninsula in Greenwich, an exclusive enclave that was built in the late 19th century as a residential park. Known as the Fairholme Estate, it features perfectly preserved interiors, a wrap-around porch, coachman’s cottage, in-ground pool, and incredibly manicured gardens with maze-like hedges and climbing vines.

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Connecticut, Cool Listings

Photo of Belden Island (top left) by Dan Milstein, photo of Jepson Island (top right) by Planomatic, and photo of Wheelers Island (bottom) by Dan Milstein

Take social distancing to its full extent by living on a private island (or three). A trio of private islands off the coast of Connecticut has hit the market for a total of $5.3 million. The properties, part of the Thimble Islands and located in the Long Island Sound, was last for sale in 2016 as part of a $78 million eight-island package.

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Connecticut, Cool Listings, Quirky Homes

112 Norfolk Road, Litchfield CT, A-frame house

All photos by Michael Bowman Photography

The great thing about this house in Litchfield, Connecticut is that it can satisfy two ends of the design spectrum (h/t Curbed). For mid-century-modern lovers, its six-part A-frame design and geometric interiors check the boxes, while its country setting and wood-filled rooms will please a more rustic sensibility. Listed for $835,000, the four-bedroom home sits on 15 acres and boasts three stone fireplaces, multiple outdoor decks, and exposed redwood beams throughout that frame incredible double-height views.

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Celebrities, Connecticut, Cool Listings

56 North Stanwich Road, greenwich, regis philbin, celebrities, cool listings, connecticut, pools

Photo credit: Steve Rossi Photography for Sotheby’s International Realty.

88-year-old veteran television talk show host Regis Philbin (“Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee/Kelly,” “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” “America’s Got Talent”) and his wife, Joy, have put their Greenwich, Connecticut home on the market for $4.595 million (h/t WSJ). The ask is a significant drop from the home’s purchase price a decade ago when the couple moved in. The 13,661-square-foot residence was built in the style of an English Manor, complete with a pool, tennis court, and a garage that holds five cars. The Philbins are selling in order to spend more time with family in California; Ms. Philbin said in a statement that “this house will always be our favorite…There was always room for everyone.”

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Connecticut, Cool Listings

367 Newtown Turnpike, cool listings, log cabins, Connecticut

Photo credit: Weston Photos, courtesy of Compass.

Located in Weston, Connecticut, this unique home was built of log and stone in 1920 and has been completely restored by its current owners to offer the same cabin-in-the-woods charm it undoubtedly had back then. Asking $998,000, the house has the necessary modern amenities plus bonus additions like a detached garage with a studio/in-law space above it–and a picture perfect country setting complete with a pond and stream. The house doesn’t just look cabin-like: There’s an actual heated cabin on the property, with a campsite and a fire pit.

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Connecticut, Cool Listings, Quirky Homes

469 Riversville Road, Greenwich, Connecticut, cool listings, cottages

On three magical acres landscaped with weeping willow trees and enchanting gardens, this Cotswold-style cottage isn’t set in the rolling hills of rural England but in Greenwich, CT, less than an hour from New York City. Cotswold cottages are famous for their stone-clad beauty, and this one on Connecticut’s gold coast, asking $1.195 million, is no exception.

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