Showings Now Available at David Wildenstein’s Ultra-Private Connecticut Eco-Estate
One of Connecticut’s most stunning and discreet equestrian estates is now available for private viewings for the first time.
The sprawling 152-acre country escape comes courtesy of David Wildenstein – whose family controls the Wildenstein Institute, the world’s foremost art organization – and Lucrezia Buccellati – the scion and co-creative director of the renowned Buccellati jewelry brand.
A marriage of rustic American tranquility and Italian luxury, the property is located just 80 minutes from Manhattan at 1 Glenn Brook Farm Road in the quiet town of Sherman in Fairfield County — where neighbors include bold faced names such as Diane Von Furstenberg, Bob Iger, Jeffrey Toobin and Rob Zombie.
“Wildenstein and Buccellati–these names are associated with fine art and the most exquisite jewelries, things that are beautiful, ultra-luxurious and chic” says lifestyle and realty expert, Loy Carlos cofounder and Creative Director of Classiques Modernes. “David and Lucrezia are also true nature lovers who wanted to create a forward-looking agricultural estate for the production of eco-friendly, renewable crops like hemp and medicinal plants. It’s a different kind of luxury lifestyle that is both mindful and principled, and very much aligned with who they are.”
“Lucrezia and I wanted to build a home where we could enjoy the serenity of the woods, a return to quiet nature,” says Wildenstein. “She loves horses and I enjoy farming. We were growing hemp, for example, to explore its use as a viable alternative for wood to use in construction, to help combat global warming. We are very much into organic farming as well. Sherman feels like a countryside within five minutes of suburban amenities and recreational facilities that are also essential to a growing family like ours.”
The estate is one of just five properties in the area boasting more than 50 acres. Built with easy expansion in mind, the 7,000-square-foot, open loft-style mansion features vaulted cathedral ceilings, six bedrooms and seven marble baths. Indoor amenities include a recreation room, home theater, double height living room, gourmet kitchen with custom walnut millwork, Miele appliances and a Grand Terrace, which overlooks the bucolic grounds. For the owners, the terrace was a very important consideration. “Lucrezia very much wanted the house to feel open and the outdoors to be a part of our everyday living. It is something we enjoy whenever we are in Italy and the type of lifestyle she is accustomed to,” explains Wildenstein.
“You really see the melding of the owners’ sophisticated tastes carried through into the design,” says Kenneth J. Moore, President of Classiques Modernes International Realty that represents the listing. “Walking through the house, you get a sense that each part was carefully crafted. Each window perfectly frames the mountain views, trees and fields, like living portraits.” Moore notes that the owners have plans for an indoor and outdoor pool too which are available to prospective purchasers. Carlos concludes, “Rustic materials like wood, stone and steel plus gigantic pivoting glass doors that open onto the upper and lower terraces result in a successful melding of the great American country lodge with a clean, modern European aesthetic.”
Surrounded by land trusts on three sides, the land is comprised of 25 acres of fields and 127 acres of woods, an 11-horse barn, as well as two scenic ponds and staff quarters. Because there are no conservation easements, the estate is ideal for agricultural and equine use, or even as a serene corporate retreat. Better still, it is subject to Public Act 490, meaning that real estate taxes are just $22,000 per year.
“This is the first time prospective buyers have been able to actually come and walk through this stunning country getaway,” says Moore. “It’s a one of a kind property, which can no longer be found in other luxury markets, offered at a truly unbeatable price.”
For more information contact Kenneth J. Moore at 646-580-4243 or email firstname.lastname@example.org/properties.