How would you like to visit the site where a famous world explorer once stood? Lars-Eric Lindblad, founder of Lindblad Travel, a renowned company which introduced tourism to some of the most exotic places across the globe, previously lived on the property of this private gated country estate, located in Wilton, Connecticut. Although now completely rebuilt, both the estate’s foundation and bones of its outdoor landscaping and plantings are original to Lindblad’s time here. The new residence, known as “Overlook Retreat,” is currently for sale and represented by New Canaan agent Inger Stringfellow. Offered at $3,750,000, the picturesque, tranquil property surely lives up to its name. With its elegant features, incredible amenities, manicured grounds and surrounding natural views of a neighboring land conservation and reservoir, it doesn’t take much exploring to realize and appreciate the wonders of this extraordinary Connecticut home.
Initially built in 1953, only the original foundation remains of this reconstructed 6,803 square-foot custom-crafted home, which presently boasts a sumptuous, elegant style in a multi-functional, extremely livable environment. A main house, guest house, pool and three-car garage complete the property, which abuts a 17-acre conservation land trust and former reservoir. The home’s outdoor setting is vast and beautiful, offering 30-year-old original landscaping designed by both Lindblad and the director of the Bronx Botanical Garden.
The glorious wonder continues inside the four-bedroom, four-bath main house, where visitors will discover dramatic public rooms and a large gourmet kitchen built by the highly acclaimed Italian firm Boffi. Additional interior features include the extensive use of mahogany throughout, with full-height interior doors complete with mahogany-crafted wood and mouth blown glass panels.
“The meticulous construction and design of this magnificent residence allow residents to constantly enjoy its gorgeous setting among peaceful wildlife and well-manicured gardens,” said Stringfellow. “Large windows grace the home with views of the great outdoors from every angle and an atmosphere of sheer elegance and great style. Luxurious, laid-back comfort and opportunities to explore are endless at this spectacular Wilton estate.”
It’s no wonder the man who led the first tourist expedition to Antarctica in a chartered Argentine navy ship once lived on this brilliant piece of land—an exotic, one-of-a-kind treasure found in the beloved town of Wilton, Connecticut.