An important waterfront estate in Madison, Connecticut, has just come to the market for the first time ever in its storied history. The offering through William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty presents an extraordinarily rare opportunity for a buyer to acquire a property that has been in the same family for generations. Located at 61 Middle Beach Road, the property dates back to 1917, when two large, crescent-shaped twin cottages were constructed by renowned architect Herbert C. Wise of Philadelphia. Wise, who founded House and Garden magazine in 1901 and was noted as a prominent designer of collegiate architecture, including buildings at Wellesley College, Princeton University, the University of Colorado and others, took a unique approach to the two cottages. After drawing his plans for one of the houses, he flipped it over so that the design for the second home was a mirror image of the first. These two cottages, each featuring its own carriage house, still stand as the centerpiece of the property.
The present day compound came together as a single summer retreat in stages. The first twin was bought in 1930, with the second added to the property a few years later in order to accommodate the growing family. When the owners’ four children married and started their own families, the need for still more space became apparent, so a neighboring residence was purchased in 1951. This new acquisition came complete with its own tennis court as well as plenty of space to build yet another home. The owners converted this third residence for year-round living, and while the original two were maintained as summer homes, the next owner will have the option of winterizing them as well.
Today, between the three current homes, the possibility for a fourth, and the two carriage houses, the property offers considerable accommodation for multi-generational or extended families, guests and staff. Each of the two original cottages, one with nine bedrooms and the other with eight, offers 4,500 square feet of living space, while the newer addition has four bedrooms. Over two acres include 500 feet of Long Island Sound frontage, providing uninterrupted views from virtually every room of the three houses. A heated swimming pool completes the picture for idyllic summer living. For over 80 years, this compound has served as a treasured haven for one family. For $10,000,000, a new owner can enjoy it for many more to come.
To schedule a private viewing, please contact Margaret Muir at +1 203 415-9187.