Just an hour outside of NYC in Stamford, Connecticut, a mid-century modern gem is available for sale for the first time in 65+ years, and it’s got some serious celeb history. The Post reports that the late Oscar-winning actress Luise Rainer and her husband, publisher Robert Knittel, bought a 6.64-acre site in 1950, “where they enjoyed weekend getaways in a 600-square-foot cottage.” After just a couple years, though, they sold the property to Lester Rossin, one of the original Madison Avenue “Mad Men” advertising executives. He added a stunning modern home, which was designed to host his “lavish, Hollywood star-lit parties,” according to the listing. Both this main home and Rainer’s cottage have now hit the market for $995,000.
The front door opens to a large foyer that leads to the living and dining rooms, complete with floor-to-ceiling windows and a granite fireplace that divides the two spaces.
A cypress-paneled den with stone floors open to the patio and backyard, which boasts an in-ground pool that’s shaded by “a magnificent, old copper beech tree.”
The sunroom opens to the covered terrace, which leads to the glass-walled guest house.
Also on the first floor are the kitchen, a study, three bedrooms, and two-and-half baths. The second floor is devoted to the master suite.
The cottage is currently configured as a storage shed. The remainder of the property was subdivided into three lots that are also for sale separately.
Photos courtesy of Halstead