Fabulous estate ups town's average property prices
While the real estate market in Wilton shows signs of picking up after several lackluster and disappointing — for sellers — years, a casual look at the available inventory might raise some eyebrows.
As of July 1, there were 154 homes on the market with an average listing price of nearly $1.5 million, the highest in seven years according to real estate agent Marion Filley, who reported that fact in her Closing Comments column in the July 18 issue of The Bulletin. She attributed that to the recent listing of a $42-million estate on Quiet Lake Lane.
The estate is the most expensive property in Wilton on the market. At 154 acres, it straddles both Wilton and New Canaan, although about two-thirds of the property is in Wilton.
The property features a Tudor mansion built in 1926, an 11-stall barn, riding trails, two lakes, a pond, streams, waterfalls and two sites suitable to land a helicopter. The land is bordered by 400 acres owned by the Second Taxing District of Norwalk. The estate was rebuilt in 1988.
The detail work in the home, built just before the Great Depression, is outstanding, with large, carved moldings, wainscoting, fireplaces and window seats. Throughout the 10,000 square feet, there are 17 rooms overall, 11 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms on three levels. A sweeping, grand staircase leads from the first floor to the upper levels. There are also a wood-paneled library, living room, dining room and double kitchen. Adjacent to the kitchen are two bedrooms for staff and a “flower-cutting room.” A wine cellar can hold more than 2,000 bottles.
Off the library is a covered patio that leads to a pool and gardens with a magnificent old oak tree.
With an outstanding 11-stall barn, this property is designed for horse lovers. In its own way as splendid as the house, the barn exterior is mahogany and its interior butternut. In addition to fulfilling every equine requirement, the barn also offers a bedroom, five bathrooms, a granite kitchen and an entertainment room with a wall of windows overlooking a waterfall. The barn’s architect, Bartholomew Voorsanger, also designed the National World War II Museum and the Asia Society and Museum.
There is also a riding arena, seven paddocks, and a galloping track measuring one-third of a mile.
Five miles of gravel trails traverse the property passing lakes and ponds, trout-stocked streams, and through open fields and wooded areas.
There are also two 2,000-square-foot guest cottages, each with three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a kitchen. An eight-car garage also includes storage space.