A home that has reached incredible heights is now for sale on the highly desirable High Ridge Avenue in Ridgefield, CT. Once owned by Gerard P. Herrick, the creator of the HV-2A Vertaplane, an aircraft that operated with both conventional airplane and helicopter capabilities, this 1900s Colonial estate undoubtedly soars to the top of the list for homes with a notable historic past. Wilton agent JoAnne Fisher represents the one-of-a-kind listing, which is offered at $3,150,000.
Gerard P. Herrick was originally a lawyer who enjoyed tinkering with engineering, ultimately leading him to successfully create one of the earliest convertible aircrafts, best known as the “Convertiplane.” This pioneering flying invention operated with both conventional airplane and helicopter modes, allowing for vertical take-off and landing—a truly remarkable feat for the time. In 1936, the HV-2A had fully successful flying capabilities, and was able to cruise at 100 mph with only 60 feet of runway to take off. Although other models did exist, the HV-2A aircraft served as the main model for all future Convertiplanes. In recognition of this preeminent achievement, Herrick is remembered by many as the “dean of convertible aircraft designers.” 77 High Ridge Avenue served as Herrick’s summer retreat and eventual permanent place of residency, where he lived with his wife, Lois, until his death in 1955. Lois remained at their beloved home until her death in 1980. A large HV-2A propeller later found in the residence’s garage was sent to the Smithsonian Institution. It remains here preserved and proudly on display as a testament to Herrick’s great impact on the world of aircraft.
Originally constructed in 1900, the historic Ridgefield Colonial estate boasts 3.16 acres of land, with numerous updates made to both its main structure and surrounding property. During alterations to the lawns and driveway, a British cannon ball was unearthed, which, according to town records, was fired on April 27, 1777 during the Battle of Ridgefield on Main Street. In addition to its clearly historic location and past homeownership, the property’s Colonial-style main house is also quite the time piece, with preserved, old-world architectural details and an overall 1900s charm. The impressive seven-bedroom, six-full and three half-bath, 8,128 square-foot residence features wraparound porches, a two-story pool house and mosaic-tiled pool, a tennis court, as well as a detached garage with a full gym and separate caretaker, rental or home office cottage with its own private entrance. Formal public rooms, family rooms, luxurious amenities, as well as various updated features throughout complete the country manor home.
“The estate offers exquisite character both inside and out,” said Fisher. “Any lucky future homeowner is sure to love the luxury and charming private setting of this stunning country manor, which conveniently resides within walking distance of Ridgefield’s village center.”
For more information on the property, located at 77 High Ridge Avenue, please visit our website here, or contact Wilton agent JoAnne Fisher by phone at 203.858.0749, or by email at Jfisher@williampitt.com.