Hirsch estate sells for $14 million at auction

The 11-bedroom home at 144 Huckleberry Hill Road that sat on just under  153 acres and was owned by Leon Hirsch, the former chairman of U.S. Surgical Corp., has been sold at auction.

The date of the auction was Saturday, Aug. 12, and it required $1.5 million just to walk in the door, take a seat and place bids.

The 8,621-square-foot mansion with guest house, caretaker house and horse stable sold for $14 million, according to legal paperwork on file at the town clerk’s office as of Sept. 29. The buyer was listed as TD Bank, through whose auspices the property was in foreclosure.

The property is known as Quiet Lane. It straddles both Wilton and New Canaan. It was on the market for $42 million in August of 2013, and helped to drive the average listing price of homes in Wilton to nearly $1.5 million at the time, the highest in seven years.

The Bulletin reported on the estate in 2013, which 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 high profile foreclosure is not indicative of a trend, said economist Steven Glazer of Norwalk Community College.

“One foreclosure should not have much of an impact,” Glazer said during the summer, before the auction. “If there were a series of them, then that would be cause for concern.”