Musician Paul Simon has just listed his New Canaan, CT countryside estate for $13.9 million–16 percent less than he paid for it (h/t Wall Street Journal). The 32-acre property that Simon and his wife, singer-songwriter Edie Brickell and their three children, have called home since 2002 includes a 8,500-square-foot main house and a private recording studio, formal walled gardens and a courtyard, landscaped grounds with a brook, meadows, woodlands, a great lawn, a pond, waterfalls and a three-car garage.
In a statement, Simon recalled that “The first thing we thought when we moved from Manhattan was ‘Wow! We have our own park.’ It took half an hour to walk a loop of the property with the dogs.” He recorded his last four albums in the studio, which he called a “peaceful space.”
Located on a quiet cul-de-sac close to the center of New Canaan, the sprawling whitewashed brick Colonial-style main residence, designed by Harold Reeve Sleeper, was built in the 1930s. An oval entry opens to a living room and sunroom with expansive views. In addition to a living and dining area, there are several library/sitting rooms and six bedrooms.
A stone wall with a gated entry heralds a driveway surrounded by brick walls. The house sits above the property overlooking a pond surrounded by meadows, with sweeping vistas of the great lawn.
Formal gardens and courtyards join a terraced pool on the grounds surrounding the main house.
The recording studio occupies a separate two-bedroom cottage on the property. The 2,400-square-foot cottage would also make a great guest house or writer’s studio.
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