Charming Country Estate
4 BD / 4 BA / 1 Half BA
+/- 6,000 sq. ft. (main residence)
Built: 1911 / Renovated: 2005
Lot Size: +/- 3.6 acres
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RECENTLY $2.85 MILLION. TERMS TO BE ANNOUNCED… This English-style stone manor in Ridgefield, CT is set on 3.6 acres and offers 4 bedrooms, 4 full and 1 half baths in nearly 6,000 interior sf. Built in 1911 and fully renovated in 2005, this Property is architecturally significant: it was designed by Grosvenor Atterbury, the famed Yale architect who specialized in weekend homes for the wealthy and built homes for clients as illustrious as the Rockefellers. Constructed for Arthur C. Fraser (a prominent New York patent attorney), the tri-level residence was designed to complement the surrounding landscape. A sunken garden with a koi pond, extensive gardens and original plantings lend the home a cool elegance in line with its country setting.
The provenance of the gardens is storied as well: designed by Warren Manning (a well-known landscaper famed for his contributions to the 1893 Chicago World Fair and the Biltmore Estate), they were planted in an 18th-century English romantic style and featured in a Garden Club of America tour in 1927. Many of his historic plantings remain – including a gorgeous pergola covered with white hydrangeas – and since they so fully capture Manning’s “wild garden” style, the gardens were catalogued by the Garden Club of America Collection at the Smithsonian Institution Archives of American Gardens (AAG) in the fall of 2017.
Through the front door, an inviting foyer opens into lovingly restored living and dining areas, while a conservatory leads the way from the dining room to the kitchen. A step down from the foyer, a cheerful family room offers an abundance of natural light from windows and a skylight.
Upstairs, three bedrooms share the second floor, and the final, third-floor bedroom features sweeping views of the grounds that make it an ideal place for guests. The stone walls throughout the home are 18 inches thick, making the residence substantial and comfortably cool even in the summer months. In the winter, the home is warmed by seven fireplaces – one in each of the main level rooms and the balance in the upstairs bedrooms.
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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 coming from New York City and Boston. Indeed, the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum and the Ridgefield Playhouse are two world-class venues that attract visitors—and artists—from across the globe.
Shopping and Zagat-rated 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.
A new public library is a central hub of the community, and residents visit the Prospector Theater for first-run movies in a venue founded to create meaningful jobs for adults with disabilities.
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. Maurice Sendak and Susanne Collins, the author of The Hunger Games, have also called Ridgefield home. Hundreds of years of history have shaped this New England town, and in places like the Keeler Tavern Museum on Main Street it is visible: there is still a British cannonball lodged in a corner post, a reminder of the battle of Ridgefield in 1777. Today, Independence Day (as well as a host of other holidays) are celebrated with parades, fireworks and visiting with neighbors and friends.
FAIRFIELD COUNTY, CT. With just under a million residents, Fairfield County is the most populous county in the Constitution State. Established in 1666 by the Connecticut General Court, the country 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 business who prefer to have their headquarters near, as opposed to in, 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 minutes’ drive of several Metro-North railroad stations for easy commuting, and is within minutes of some of Fairfield County’s most interesting attractions, including the Maritime Aquarium, the Bruce Museum of Arts and Sciences and Two Roads Brewing Company.
Property listed and offered for sale by Al Filippone Associates LLC (REB.0789142) of William Raveis Real Estate (REB.0751800). Listing Agent Andrew S. Whiteley (RES.0770852). Platinum Luxury Auctions LLC is a registered Foreign LLC (ID#1263399) and licensed real estate brokerage within the state of Connecticut (REB.0792292; broker Trayor R. Lesnock: REB.0792226), performing auction and auction-marketing services as part of this transaction.
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