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Sunset Hall

Ridgefield, CT

Auction Date & Time

Friday May 19, 2017 at 7:00pm EDT

Registered bidders only. Contact Platinum for registration information.

Property Specs

10 BD / 8 BA / 4 Half BA

+/- 11,956 sq. ft. (main residence)
+/- 1,500 sq. ft (guest house)

Built: 1912

Lot Size: +/- 6.99 acres

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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The Property

PREVIOUSLY $5.75 MILLION. NOW SELLING WITHOUT RESERVE! With sweeping views of Long Island Sound and the Catskill Mountains, the Georgian estate known as Sunset Hall has captivated generations of Americans since it was built in 1912. Original owner James Stoker (U.S. Ambassador, banker and active supporter of the YMCA) built the nearly 12,000 sf estate at one of the highest points in Ridgefield, CT; in fact, the skyline of Manhattan–only an hour’s drive away–is visible from the Property. Stoker gave way to a series of well-known owners including the brother of Harry Houdini, Brooklyn multi-millionaire and beer baron Samuel Rubel and famed actor Robert Vaughn; it was even considered as the permanent home of the United Nations in 1946. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1984, the Property has been lovingly maintained, and Phillip Esser of the Ridgefield Historical Society has said the Property is “a magnificent example of a Gilded Age estate.”

Features include a tennis court, 65-ft heated pool, 4,000 sf limestone pool terrace, 9 fireplaces, a marble-floored 50-ft ballroom and 22 rooms ranging from a gourmet kitchen to a beautiful enclosed sunroom.

More information on this elegant luxury auction® offering is coming soon…


FAIRFIELD COUNTY, CT. With just under a million residents, Fairfield County Connecticut is the most populous county in the Constitution State. Established in 1666 by the Connecticut General Court, the county originally included parts of what is now New York State, and the town of Ridgefield was incorporated in 1709. Although often seen as an extension of the New York City metropolitan area, Fairfield County has thriving industries of its own in addition to being an important center for international businesses that prefer to have their headquarters near, as opposed to within, New York City. Clairol, General Electric, Sikorsky Aircraft and many money management firms are currently based in Fairfield County.

Only an hour from Manhattan by car, Fairfield County boasts a very different skyline: the Taconic mountain range. The natural beauty and historic charm of the region is famous, making the homes in the area a perfect weekend getaway from the city. The Property is ideally situated on the New York/Connecticut border within twenty minute’s drive of several Metro-North railroad stations for easy commuting.

The Community

RIDGEFIELD, CT. A small New England town within easy driving distance to all the cultural attractions and amenities of New York City, Ridgefield CT is highly praised by residents, even being rated the 2016 “Safest Town in Connecticut.” With only 25,000 permanent residents, Ridgefield nonetheless has many art galleries and theaters on the mile-long stretch of its Main Street, to entertain the influx of weekend travelers and part-time residents coming from New York City and Boston.

Shopping and dining options abound, and there’s even a semi-private Fazio designed golf course with reasonable memberships and greens fees for residents and non-residents alike. Other popular outdoor pastimes include hiking and bicycling along the miles of country roads and winding trails that run through and around the community.

Part of Ridgefield’s town center is listed as a Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places, and its ambiance and charm has attracted many notable residents over the years including actor and playwright Harvey Fierstein, author Eugene O’Neill, and noted composer Maxim Shostakovich. Its picturesque beauty and alluring architecture has even been featured in two major motion pictures: In Name Only starring Cary Grant and The Lady Eve with Henry Fonda and Barbara Stanwick.

Property listed and offered for sale by William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty (REB.0751698). Listing Agent Laura Freed Ancona (RES.0770587). Platinum Luxury Auctions LLC is performing auction and auction-marketing services as part of this transaction, and is not performing any real estate brokerage services where prohibited. Sotheby’s International Realty, the Sotheby’s International Realty logo and affiliate logos are registered (or unregistered) service marks used with permission. Neither Sotheby’s, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC, nor any of their affiliated companies is providing any product or service in connection with this event other than as required by applicable law.


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