Connecticut manors, the large homes that anchor property estates, are a fixture of the local real estate market.
This June, more than a dozen houses for sale in Fairfield County were described as manors, according to realtor.com. Whether Georgian, Greek or Tudor style, they are synonymous with wealth and ostentation.
Georgian revival was all the craze in the early 19th century, and became popular again with wealthy homeowners in the late 1990s. As the architectural style of choice of New England's wealthiest settlers, mansion-sized manors have distinctive traits from stone masonry to adorned roofs, to high towers and turrets. In 1934, to decorate the interior of Sasco Hill Manor in Fairfield, builders imported limestone from England and Carrara Marble. Today, the home is on the market with an asking price of $6.9 million.
"It was more of a trend in the nineties to build grander, larger houses," said Robert Johnson, a realtor for Halstead Property, who is currently selling two manor houses near Round Hill road in Greenwich.
In Fairfield County, no town embraces Georgian architecture more than Greenwich. 15 Reynwood Manor, a 5-bedroom home with rounded arch windows and doors, emulates the style. Entering the Greenwich property feels like stepping back in time three centuries ago.
"It was built in the 1930s with over 100 artisans and craftsman working on the home for three years," said realtor Robin Kencel of Douglas Elliman. "It features English gardens and indoor pool, and has incredible architectural details."
One of the oldest manors on the market in Greenwich is Sabine Farm, a 12,200 square-feet fieldstone manor, built in 1910. It features a turret, 11 fireplaces, and more than 8 bedrooms. George Soros' former partner Stanley Druckenmiller, who owns property in New York and the Hamptons, is selling the manor for $31.5 million, the Wall Street Journal reported in March. The billionaire told the Journal he hasn't been able to use it as much as he'd like.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017