For $3.5M, you can own this entire 18th-century farm set on 17 acres in New Canaan

Posted On Thu, April 22, 2021 By

Posted On Thu, April 22, 2021 By In Connecticut, Cool Listings, Historic Homes

Listing photos courtesy of Houlihan Lawrence

For the price of a not-huge Manhattan apartment, you can own this entire 17.5-acre farm in New Canaan, Connecticut, just one hour from NYC. The Extown Farmhouse was originally constructed circa 1776 in the Georgian vernacular style, and it retains much of its original character including structural timber framing, woodwork, floorboards, and fireplace mantels. Also on the property are a main barn with a silo, a three-bay garage, a restored farmhouse cottage, a wood shed, hobby house, chicken coop, turnkey shed, smoke house, large raised-bed vegetable garden, and a fruit orchard.

The farm was first developed in the 1770s, at the time spanning several hundred acres. In 1852, New Canaan purchased the property to serve as the town’s “poor farm.” These were publicly-funded sites where able-bodied paupers and debtors could stay provided they worked on the farm. A private family then bought the farm in 1929, at which time they transformed the main house with a Neo-Georgian style.

This original two-story farmhouse is filled with historic architectural details such as wide random-width board floors, hand-hewn beams, plank doors, and beautiful fireplaces with antique mantels. But it’s also been updated with modern-day conveniences.

A three-bay garage has a gym and an upper apartment that comes complete with a kitchen and a full bathroom, all overlooking a sweeping meadow.

The main barn was built in the mid-19th century, and today is an example of a substantially well-preserved timber-frame structure.

As the listing states, the antique side barn “is a fun party barn or for added storage.”

Built in the 1930s, the beautifully restored saltbox cottage has numerous architectural awards, including the 2012 Alice Washburn Award. It has a lovely front sitting porch, a great room with clerestory windows, fireplace, chef’s kitchen, and two light-filled bedrooms. It spans a total of 1,400 square feet.

As Houlihan Lawrence explains:

In 1998, the owners of Extown Farm donated perpetual conservation and preservation restrictions to Historic New England, which serves to protect the open space, context, and historically important features of the property. Forever protected under this deed of conservation, this listing is particularly unique in that some features must be preserved, while others can be adapted to meet requirements of modern living.

[Listing: 485 Laurel Road by Laura Edmonds of Houlihan Lawrence]

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