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An Architectural Gem in Branford, Connecticut


One of Connecticut’s most renowned architects of the 19th century, Henry Austin was also one of the state’s most productive, crafting countless residential, commercial and public constructions in a variety of architectural styles over the course of more than fifty years. Though he is perhaps best known for his numerous works in the New Haven area, with notable standouts including his Gothic Revival City Hall and his Egyptian Revival Grove Street Cemetery gate, he occasionally handled projects in other areas of New England as well. The critical consensus indicates that his Victoria Mansion in Portland, Maine, represents Austin at the height of his powers, and in particular his mastery of the Italianate villa design style.

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A later commission in his career, the W.J. Clark house in Branford, Connecticut, was designed by Austin in 1879. Located at 32 Prospect Hill Road, the home makes an imposing and dramatic impression with its magnificent facade, opening a window into another architectural age. Inside, the ten-room Victorian residence features 3,104 square feet of living space throughout its four stories, with gleaming hardwood floors in the main living areas, tile or vinyl flooring in select rooms, ornate ceilings with decorative moldings, granite countertops and two fireplaces. With security and central cooling systems in place, the home offers a total of four bedrooms and three baths, as well as a finished attic and a full unfinished basement with hatchway.

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A look at this striking historic residence by Henry Austin could not be complete without considering the home’s stunning setting. Surrounded by 2.72 secluded and professionally landscaped acres on a cul-de-sac, the home is set on a majestic hill overlooking its gorgeous, sloping oceanfront grounds and gardens. The magical views encompass the beautiful Long Island Sound archipelago known as the Thimble Islands, and a granite pier, dock and two moorings provide access to activities out on the water. In addition to a detached two-car garage, outbuildings include two guest houses, making this estate a rare waterfront compound. Fortunately for the discerning buyer seeking the waterfront lifestyle, this wonderful piece of architectural history has just arrived on the market for $6,500,000, exclusively through William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty. The opportunity has come to enjoy a serene escape into the past, only a short 90 minutes from New York City.


To schedule a private viewing, please contact Tony Nuzzo at +1 203 605-5231.

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