Mark Twain’s former Tuscan-inspired mansion in Connecticut asks $4.2M

Posted On Mon, July 12, 2021 By

Posted On Mon, July 12, 2021 By In Celebrities, Connecticut, Cool Listings

Photos by Bernadette Queenan for William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty, unless otherwise noted

The Connecticut mansion once owned by the author Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain, is on the market for $4,200,000. Located in the Fairfield County town of Redding, the yellow home, built in the style of a Tuscan villa, sits on nearly 29 private acres and contains four bedrooms. Twain, who lived at the property from 1908 until his death in 1910, called the home “Stormfield” after his own short story titled “Captain Stormfield’s Visit to Heaven.”


Photo of Stormfield in 1914 via Wikimedia

The property on the market is not Twain’s original home, which had burned down in 1923 in a fire. However, two years later, the new owner built a new, but smaller, replica of the property based on the original floorplans.

According to the listing, the recreated estate has the same foundation, original terraces, stone walls, stone pillars, and formal gardens. Twain sought a Tuscan-style home, inspired by his stays in Italy.

When asked in a 1909 interview by the New York Times if he liked living at Stormfield, Twain responded: “Yes, it is the most out of the world and peaceful and tranquil and in every way satisfactory home I have had experience of in my life.”


Aerial photos courtesy of Aerial 360 Solutions for William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty


Aerial photos courtesy of Aerial 360 Solutions for William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty

The main residence measures 6,300 square feet and features four bedrooms and five and a half baths. There’s also a detached carriage house and a three-car garage.

The listing describes “grand formal rooms,” with many of them overlooking the expansive lawns and surrounding landscape.

Unique design elements include a hand-painted coffered ceiling in the living room and arched ceilings in the foyer. Next to the living area is a library, decked out with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves.

The home has a number of stone terraces, including one on the second level and one on the ground level facing the rolling hills. The backyard also is home to a heated gunite pool.

Not only does the home boast over 28 acres of stunning landscape, but it also sits next to 161 acres of protected nature preserve. A trip to Midtown Manhattan takes less than 90 minutes.

[Listing details: 30 Mark Twain Lane by Laura Freed Ancona for Sotheby’s International Realty]

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Photos by Bernadette Queenan for William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty; Aerial photos courtesy of Aerial 360 Solutions for William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty

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