Page Array – William Pitt Sotheby’s Realty https://www.williampitt.com Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:17:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.1 Home Tips: Protecting Your Home from Winter Elements https://www.williampitt.com/home-tips-protecting-home-winter-elements/ https://www.williampitt.com/home-tips-protecting-home-winter-elements/#respond Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:17:35 +0000 https://www.williampitt.com/?p=49235 By Tyler R. Morrissey The calendar may still say fall, but if you …

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The calendar may still say fall, but if you take a walk outside for more than five minutes, you’ll know that winter weather is here and won’t be leaving any time soon. While many of us see wintertime as the opportunity to hunker down, there’s a lot you can do in and around the house during the course of the season. The weather is too unpredictable to take on most home renovations, but you don’t want to ignore your most valuable asset until spring flowers bloom. Below are some tips to get you started on protecting your property from “Old Man Winter.”

Keep Your Steps and Walkway Ice Free

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One of the most important things to do during the winter is keeping your walkway free of ice. Your steps are used by anybody who enters your home. Most homeowners stock up on ice-melt or rock salt, but what happens if you run out or there’s an unexpected storm? The Kitchn recommends using a pantry staple that you most likely have in your kitchen to de-ice your steps or walkway. Because baking soda is a type of salt, it can lower the freezing point for ice, accelerating the melting process. Plus, it’s less alkaline than calcium chloride, the salt commonly used for melting ice that can sometimes damage surfaces. While baking soda might not be as effective as industrial ice-melt, it will do the job in a pinch.

Stay Warm Indoors

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If you have no reason to venture outside there are plenty of tips you should heed to make sure your cozy day or evening inside is a warm one. Keeping your home warm can be as simple as adjusting your curtains or blinds. Patch recommends opening curtains or shades of east, south and west-facing windows on sunny winter days to let the sun help you heat your home. Close these same light blockers at night and be sure to keep draperies closed all day on north-facing windows.

Don’t Forget to Keep the Pipes Warm

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In addition to keeping what you can see in your home’s interior warm, you also want to keep what you can’t see warm as well. Frozen or burst pipes are a very common winter problem that plagues many homeowners nationwide. Since flowing water is harder to freeze, LoHud says that you should consider leaving bathroom and kitchen faucets dripping during a deep freeze. It’s also a good idea to open cabinet doors underneath the sink to allow warm air to get close to the pipes, especially if the sink is attached to an exterior wall. If you’re traveling for the holidays or escaping the cold all together with a tropical vacation, it’s wise to keep your thermostat above 55 in all parts of the home.

Stock Up on Essentials

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Winter storms in the region are a given, which is why you should stock up now rather than when the flakes begin to fall in abundance. The New York Times states that homeowners should order firewood if they haven’t already. Once you have the seasoned wood in a pile, cover it with a plastic tarp. Firewood could be stored in an unheated garage, but do not store more than a week’s supply in the house, as the wood could attract insects. It’s also a good idea to keep wood on hand in the event you lose power during a storm and need to start a fire to stay warm. If you don’t have one already, it’s also a good idea to invest in a portable generator and to double check supplies in emergency kits to make sure they haven’t expired.

Be Vigilant of Ice Dams

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As the winter season continues, ice may build up on the eaves of your roof, creating an ice dam. When this happens your gutters and siding can be damaged and water can leak into your home. The New York Times annual home maintenance checklist explains how to combat this issue. Throughout the winter homeowners should inspect the exterior of their home regularly for signs of an ice dam. Icicles can be the first sign of an ice dam forming, so it’s a good idea to use a roof rake to remove snow from your roof to prevent icicles. Also, take a look in all your gutters to ensure you successfully cleaned out all of the leaves from the fall, so that any melting snow can safely flow away from your house.

 

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Luxurious Gifts for Luxurious Tastes https://www.williampitt.com/luxurious-gifts-luxurious-tastes/ https://www.williampitt.com/luxurious-gifts-luxurious-tastes/#respond Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:21:37 +0000 https://www.williampitt.com/?p=49205 By Tyler R. Morrissey The holiday season ushers in a time where we …

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The holiday season ushers in a time where we give gifts to others and sometimes ourselves. With just 12 shopping days left until Christmas, time is of the essence if you haven’t finished all of your shopping. We’ve compiled this handy gift guide that includes some of the finest luxury gifts of 2017, which will allow you to find something for everyone, even those who are hard to shop for.

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In the photography world, vintage cameras are making a comeback. Many photo enthusiasts are longing for the cameras their parents used, without sacrificing the quality and craftsmanship of modern digital cameras. Harpers Bazzar put together their gift guide, which included this high-end camera from the British company Leica. The Leica M, silver chrome camera will run you about $7,400 and features groundbreaking technological advancements. The camera includes a newly developed, high-resolution, CMOS sensor that, in combination with its high-performance processor, delivers outstanding imaging results.

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If you’re tired of making that daily run to Starbucks or to the local coffee shop but still want the finest coffee experience that’s fit for a movie star you may want to check out this coffee maker. The caffeine will not be the only buzz from this “coffee center” that made it to CNBC’s roundup of luxury gifts. Williams-Sonoma sells the Giga X7, which can brew as many as 28 beverages including lattes, cappuccinos and macchiatos. The $9,000 machine can also brew a whole pot of coffee in less than two and a half minutes.

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Also making CNBC’s gift guide this season is what looks to be a simple product from one of the world’s most famous high-end retailers. We all know that Tiffany and Co. sells some of the most glamorous jewelry on the market, but have you ever considered buying yarn from Tiffany’s? Priced at $9,000, this handspun ball of yarn contains individual strands of sterling silver. To make this particular item even rarer, only five were crafted in New York for sale to the general public. If anybody on your shopping list is a sewing aficionado or appreciates fashion, this might be the perfect gift for them.

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Many gifts for men revolve around golf products, ties or a pair of socks, and sometimes these gifts simply won’t do. Men’s Health gives you some alternatives for the man on your list in the form of the finest luxury watches. The timepieces featured in the article range in price from $3,200 to nearly $12,000. Some of the highlights include an elegant watch from Piaget that’s ideal for the weekend warrior and a bold, refined watch from Bvlgari that looks bigger than life, but is just three millimeters thick.

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The holidays are a time for crafting cocktails and enjoying the company of family and friends at home. BestProducts.com tabbed this $4,995 mixology box set from Ralph Lauren to their list of top notch gifts for 2017. The box design is inspired by Ralph Lauren’s personal collection of rare Bugattis (plural or possessive?), and is made from carbon fiber, burl wood and leather. Inside you’ll find everything you need to make the classiest of drinks including a decanter, cocktail shaker, bar spoon and rocks glasses.

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Maybe you’ve seen commercials for the home décor and home goods online retailer Houzz. They’ve put together a holiday gift guide with items at various price points including products for those that have a luxury taste. Foosball tables are not just for the game room or arcade anymore. For just over $8,000, you can own a foosball table that can accent just about any living space. The rules, the game and the fun remain the same, only you’re now playing on a strikingly modern work of art. From the top, its shape refers to modern soccer stadiums, and its use of wooden elements expands on the Scandinavian design tradition of simplicity.

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Residential Roundup: New Year, New You https://www.williampitt.com/residential-roundup-new-year-new/ https://www.williampitt.com/residential-roundup-new-year-new/#comments Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:08:27 +0000 https://www.williampitt.com/?p=49126 By Tyler R. Morrissey The holiday season is notoriously known for over indulgence …

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The holiday season is notoriously known for over indulgence on all the wonderful food, beverages and treats that accompany this time of year. However, the holidays will end on January 1, and many will declare a New Year’s Resolution to focus on their health and shed some excess weight. We all have a busy schedule with commitments both at work and at home, which means getting to the gym is not the easiest of tasks. What better way to kick start your new year and fitness goals than by working out in the comfort of your own home. The following properties will help ensure 2018 is your best year yet.

3 Read Court – Rye, N.Y.

This home appropriately resides on Read Court, a highly desirable cul-de-sac in a prime location. Built in 2017 by accomplished Westchester/Greenwich builder Kenneth Lawrence, the house has been exquisitely crafted to the highest standards. If your fitness goals include playing a pickup game of basketball with friends or family, then you are in luck, as this home includes an indoor basketball court. After a friendly game of hoops, relax in light-filled rooms that feature high ceilings and top of the line finishes. If you’re looking to add some extra steps to your daily routine, this property is also conveniently located close to downtown Rye and the Metro North station.

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For more information: Lisa Sangster, 914.474.4342, lisa.sangster@juliabfee.com.

6 Cob Drive – Westport, Conn.

Completely renovated in 2008, this home is unique in design, displaying sophistication like no other. The main level has a spectacular entry hall ending at a delightful sitting area. There’s a superb formal dining room and living room with an updated study/home office off of the living room. The upper level includes a beautiful master bedroom with fireplace and his and hers baths, plus four additional bedrooms and bathrooms. The lower level is beautifully finished with an exercise room and a contemporary wine cellar with storage for 1,432 bottles. This wine cellar also opens up to the pool and patio, making for great outdoor wine tastings or entertaining.

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For more information: Jill Bregy, 203.984.7777, jbregy@williampitt.com.

3 Skytop Drive – Norwalk, Conn.

Set high up on a cul-de-sac, with more than three acres and distant water views from almost every room, this distinctive property is aptly named “Sky Top.” It also has some exceptional amenities for those looking to improve their overall wellness. There is a complete home gym with room for cardio equipment as well as free weights and benches. If swimming is the preferred method of working out, the property includes an indoor pool, as well as an outdoor pool for the warm weather months. Simultaneously rustic and sophisticated, this Adirondack-style home is a weekend, summer, winter or year-round retreat. This incredible property is located in East Norwalk, on the Westport border, with easy access to all of Westport’s amenities, restaurants, shops, stores, beaches and South Norwalk’s nightlife. The home was designed by Peter Cadoux, a celebrated, highly sought-after architect, who has been recognized nationally and internationally in The Wall Street Journal and British Homes & Gardens. The home’s current owner spent almost $500,000 on upgrades and maintenance, including new appliances, the contemplative water fountain and a wine closet.

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For more information: Ryan Cornell, 203.200.0203, rcornell@williampitt.com.

1 Katsura Drive – Purchase, N.Y.

This home has over 10,000 square feet of living space and features the best of what life in the exclusive Purchase Estates has to offer. Completely redone inside and out, this grand Colonial masterpiece has every imaginable amenity and recreational opportunity, including a true outdoor oasis with new pool, hot tub and an incredible outdoor kitchen. There’s a spacious home gym that features glass mirrored walls and room for a mounted flat screen television to help you make the most of your minutes on the treadmill or elliptical. When you’re not working up a sweat, venture downstairs to the newly finished lower level, which includes a playroom, media room, wine cellar and pool cabana.

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For more information: Louis Katsoris, 914.319.3275, louis.katsoris@juliabfee.com.

65 Peaceable Street – Ridgefield, Conn.

Over $5.5 million was invested to transform this notable historic property into a magnificent new country estate. Built in 1906, the house resides on 3.35 private acres adjacent to 7.6 acres of bucolic open space. Thoughtful preservation meets state of the art adaptation with 9,000 square feet of living space, with wide plank floors, period details and exquisite kitchen and bathrooms in the main home. The renovation of this property also included auxiliary buildings, which were originally the carriage barn, stables and staff quarters to the historic Wiggin estate. In one of these auxiliary buildings you will find a state of the art home gym, meaning your daily trip to the gym will be just footsteps from your own front door.

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For more information: Laura Freed Ancona, 203.733.7053, lfreed@williampitt.com, Deborah Durkee, 203.417.4983, ddurkee@williampitt.com.

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Hot Property: In the Middle of it All https://www.williampitt.com/hot-property-middle/ https://www.williampitt.com/hot-property-middle/#respond Fri, 08 Dec 2017 14:31:19 +0000 https://www.williampitt.com/?p=49093 By Tyler R. Morrissey When choosing your next home, the look and feel …

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When choosing your next home, the look and feel of a neighborhood can make or break a deal. To say this new construction home at 549 Oenoke Ridge in New Canaan is in good company would be an understatement. On one side of this 2016-built house lies the Alice House by Philip Johnson, acclaimed Harvard Five architect of the famous “Glass House.” On the other side lies the Celanese house by Edward Durell Stone, famed modern architect behind Radio City Music Hall and the Museum of Modern Art. Flanked by two such iconic neighbors, this new home was specifically designed to reflect elements from each.

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According to architect Michele Rudolph of Riverside Design and Build, who designed the home working with builder and firm co-founder Marc Vandenhoeck, the intent was to “enhance the neighborhood and give something to the town of New Canaan. We are very aware of the impact our house might have, and were trying to create something lasting that someone will love.”

Stone’s Celanese house is surrounded by a square diamond-patterned screen through which one can view the home behind it. Rudolph picked up on the geometry of the screen, subtly incorporating it in the exterior millwork, railing design in the sleeping porch and cabinet work in the main powder room, with other diagonal plays appearing throughout.

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The home’s more traditional exterior is respectful to the style often seen in the surrounding Oenoke Ridge area, but upon entering a very modern vibe begins to unfold. From Johnson’s Alice House with its large glass doors opening to the gardens, they took inspiration from the very strong, direct relationship between the house and the landscape, and the modern idea of indoor/outdoor living, openness and lots of ambient light. For example, in this particular home a two-story curtain wall of glass in the stair looks out to an infinity-edged pool and modern pool house on the axis with the main stair.

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A gated entry with a beautifully crafted field stone wall leads the way to the enchanting six-bedroom home. In addition to this property’s noteworthy exterior features, the inside of the home is also a marvel. In 2014 Rudolph attended the Cottages & Gardens Innovation in Design Awards in New York, where she met kitchen designer Veronica Campbell of Deane Inc. when both won IDA awards. Rudolph thought of Campbell when designing this house and decided to collaborate with her on the kitchen. The double island kitchen with butler’s pantry has a steam oven, mother of pearl backsplash, Gaggenau wine refrigerator and built-in Miele coffee maker.

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Upstairs, the master bedroom features a fireplace, sitting room, as well as two walk-in closets. If you don’t like taking the stairs there’s also an elevator that services all four floors of the home. The house also includes an unfinished basement with over 3,000 square feet of additional space that can serve a variety of purposes.

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For further listing details, please visit our website here. You can also contact Bonnie Sztam at 917.825.8109, or by email at bsztam@williampitt.com.

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Making Headlines: November 2017 https://www.williampitt.com/making-headlines-november-2017/ https://www.williampitt.com/making-headlines-november-2017/#respond Wed, 06 Dec 2017 14:34:30 +0000 https://www.williampitt.com/?p=49082 By Tyler R. Morrissey With stories appearing in high-profile publications from The New York …

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With stories appearing in high-profile publications from The New York Times to The Wall Street Journal to Mansion Global, we’ve had quite a month in the press. Here are some recent standouts.

This Connecticut home comes with an Olympic-sized luge track…The New York Post

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Just in time for the 2018 Winter Olympics, the New York Post featured this home in Ridgefield. The 11,000 square foot home includes five bedrooms and an Olympic-sized luge track that was used by a member of Team USA.

Additional recent press highlights:

The New York Times: What You Get: $650,000 Homes in Missouri, Connecticut and Arizona – Ridgefield, Conn…

The New York Times: On the Market in the New York Region: Three-Bedroom in Redding…

The New York Times: On the Market in the New York Region: Sleepy Hollow Four-Bedroom…

The New York Times: What You Get: $450,000 Home in Massachusetts, Oklahoma and Wisconsin – Great Barrington, Mass….

The Wall Street Journal: Tax Overhaul Plans Make New York Home Buyers Think Twice…

Mansion Global: Tax Overhaul Plans Make New York Home Buyers Think Twice…

Curbed: House of the Day: 1950s modernist home by John Black Lee wants $1.35M…

Connecticut Cottages & Gardens:  Deeds & Don’ts: History for Sale…

New England Home: Premier Properties: Georgian Gentility…

The Spaces: 5 Gothic houses on the market right now…

The Journal News: Former NY Ranger selling Port Chester home…

 

 

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The New Affluent: Keeping Tabs on the New Era of Luxury Real Estate https://www.williampitt.com/new-affluent-keeping-tabs-new-era-luxury-real-estate/ https://www.williampitt.com/new-affluent-keeping-tabs-new-era-luxury-real-estate/#comments Mon, 04 Dec 2017 15:11:37 +0000 https://www.williampitt.com/?p=48968 By Tyler R. Morrissey A successful business model is to always keep a …

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A successful business model is to always keep a pulse on the wants, desires and needs of your customer. Recently, the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand announced a new report providing invaluable insights that will help us gain a better understanding of an important new consumer.

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The report, “The New Affluent,” was custom created for the network with information gathered from a comprehensive research study conducted by the Boston Consulting Group. This report examines the changing landscape of the luxury real estate market and how emerging luxury consumers are looking to buy and sell residential real estate.

“The conversation about luxury has evolved,” said Kevin Thompson, Chief Marketing Officer of Sotheby’s International Realty. “Consumers are no longer connecting with consumption and ostentation and instead, are seeking a much more personal take on what’s most meaningful and rewarding – experiences, art, inspiration, family, and relationships. The Sotheby’s International Realty brand has moved beyond the need to define luxury, understanding that true luxury is living the lifestyle you want—it’s about personal expression and experience.”

Below are just a few highlights from the findings in The New Affluent report.

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Around the Region: December 2017 https://www.williampitt.com/around-region-december-2017/ https://www.williampitt.com/around-region-december-2017/#respond Thu, 30 Nov 2017 14:17:39 +0000 https://www.williampitt.com/?p=48957 By Tyler R. Morrissey Each month we will highlight a few events happening …

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Each month we will highlight a few events happening in each of the communities William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty serves.

As the calendar page flips from November to December, there are plenty of holiday themed activities to take part in. Below are just a few events to attend as you celebrate the holiday season with family and friends.

Westchester

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Back for the fourth consecutive season is the Westchester Winter Wonderland at the Kenisco Dam Plaza in Valhalla, N.Y. This year’s family friendly event runs through December 31 and includes a circus tent, annual toboggan ride and a spectacular 36-foot tall Christmas tree. Winter Wonderland will also see the return of a 70 by 90-foot ice skating rink sponsored by the NHL’s New York Rangers. “RangersTown,” as the rink is known, is the same size as the rink at Rockefeller Center in New York City. Other highlights include a holiday movie night on December 27 and pop-up holiday boutique Thursday through Saturday, December 21-23, with holiday gifts and crafts. General admission for Westchester’s Winter Wonderland is $15 per person; ages 3 and under are admitted free. For more information, click here.

The Berkshires

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The Cantilena Chamber Choir will present the World’s Greatest Christmas Carols at Trinity Church in Lenox, Mass. on Sunday, December 3, at 3p.m. The concert will include traditional carols and some new settings of old favorites by American composers. Allyn Burrows, Artistic Director of Shakespeare and Company, will be the featured narrator. Burrows had been an artistic associate at Shakespeare and Company for several years, acting in numerous productions. Concert tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for students or seniors, and free for children 12 years old and under. The price of the ticket also includes a special post-concert reception with a harvest soup made by Clayton Hambrick, former chef of the Church Street Café in Lenox. For more information, click here.

Fairfield County

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From November 30 to December 3, the annual Fairfield Christmas Tree Festival will take place at the historic Burr Homestead in Fairfield. Visitors can enjoy a cup of hot cider as they meander through the newly renovated mansion, and view the rooms designed by local interior decorators and artists. Exquisite trees, wreaths and decorative items throughout are for sale, as well as custom made live wreaths. The Holiday Hip Hop family night portion of the festival will take place on Dec. 1 from 5-7 p.m. Fairfield’s own Double-Up Dance Studio will perform a hip hop routine while guests enjoy dinner and conversation. On Dec. 2 from 2-4 p.m. the event will feature the Nutcracker Sweet Tea with refreshments and a brief vignette from the Nutcracker Suite. For more information, click here.

Litchfield County

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Farmer’s markets are typically held in warm weather months, but the Goshen Farmer’s Market has gone indoors with a “holiday market” on Sunday afternoons from 1-4 p.m. until December 17. This lively and festive market features seasonal produce, grass-fed beef and pork, eggs, honey and syrup. Vendors will also sell breads and sweets, which are perfect for your next holiday gathering, as well as wooden crafts and knitted items. For more information, click here.

The Connecticut Shoreline

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What’s become an annual tradition in Essex is the Essex Steam Train’s “Santa Special,” which is now running through December 23. Enjoy the spirit of the season as you relax with family and friends aboard festive railway cars adorned with vintage decorations. At night, the Essex Steam Train also runs a “North Pole Express,” where every passenger coach becomes a stage for a live musical performance of the classic “The Night before Christmas.” For more information, click here.

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Hot Property: Picture This French-Inspired Home https://www.williampitt.com/hot-property-picture-french-inspired-home/ https://www.williampitt.com/hot-property-picture-french-inspired-home/#respond Tue, 28 Nov 2017 14:54:24 +0000 https://www.williampitt.com/?p=48913 By Tyler R. Morrissey From the red carpets in Hollywood to star studded …

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From the red carpets in Hollywood to star studded events in cities like Paris and Rome, the life of a paparazzi photographer can be glamorous and exciting. In Deep River, Conn. is a magnificent, French-inspired estate built in 1948 by one of the first of the celebrity paparazzi, Jerome Zerbe. The famous photographer and Town & Country society editor was known for traveling the world shooting stars and international society types paparazzi style, including Katharine Hepburn, Greta Garbo, Cary Grant, Howard Hughes and more, many of which stayed at the Connecticut house.

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He’s also known as the inventor of the vodka martini, and remembered as one of high society’s first men to lead an openly gay lifestyle. Zerbe also worked for the famed Rainbow Room in New York City where he set up fashionable dinner parties and photographed the guests. His nightlife work was eventually interrupted by World War II when Zerbe enlisted in the U.S. Navy. During his tour of duty in the Pacific, Zerbe brought along his camera and he became the official photographer for Admiral Chester Nimitz.

After the war Zerbe traveled the world to shoot “café society” as well as estates and country homes in France. Zerbe’s work, a huge body of photos, memos, invitations and more, was purchased by Frederick R. Koch of the Koch family and donated to the Beinecke Rare Book Library at Yale University.

Zerbe was a Francofile and built this property with the French countryside in mind: “Little by little, I turned my untutored patch of Connecticut woodland into a small French park, with allées, and pleasing weatherworn statues to close the vistas.” The current owners kept in this direction with a significant renovation they completed after purchasing the home in 1998. This renovation added a full second story and a deep water dock. Also there were improvements made to the 2,200-square foot, two-bedroom, and one-bathroom carriage house located on the property.

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The home has been remodeled with a French Chateau influence featuring a Versailles style throughout. Some of the notable aspects include: Versailles parquet flooring in the living and dining rooms, Versailles patterned pillowed limestone in the kitchen, an orangerie, black iron railings forming a basket as you might see outside windows in France, French doors and windows throughout, antique brasserie fixtures in the master bedroom, a cobblestone parking area, allee of pear trees leading out to a boar sculpture, balustrades around the porches, limestone terrace with Sphinx sculptures, gardens and much more. Some of the lovely antiques, art and statuary that remain on the property were gifts to Zerbe from the Astors and the Vanderbilts.

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The sprawling estate resides at the end of a private cul-de-sac with 260-feet of elevated frontage along the scenic Connecticut River and is located in an exclusive enclave of Deep River near the charming village of Essex.

The property represents the highest priced listing ever in this town, and according to Tim Boyd, the agent representing this home; the estate has served as inspiration for similar properties. As many as eleven replicas of the home have been built around the world by Zerbe’s friends and admirers.

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For further listing details, please visit our website here. You can also contact Tim Boyd at 860.304.5524, or by email at tboyd@williampitt.com.

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William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty Gets In the Spirit of the Season https://www.williampitt.com/william-pitt-sothebys-international-realty-gets-spirit-season/ https://www.williampitt.com/william-pitt-sothebys-international-realty-gets-spirit-season/#respond Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:31:50 +0000 https://www.williampitt.com/?p=48773 By Tyler R. Morrissey Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, which marks the official beginning of …

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By Tyler R. Morrissey

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, which marks the official beginning of the holiday season. The holidays are time to take stock of what’s important and a chance to reconnect with family and friends. It’s also the time to think about those who are less fortunate and those who are in need. William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty is proud to announce that many of our brokerage offices are participating in various toy drives, food drives and other philanthropic efforts this holiday season. Below are a handful of offices in the region that are accepting donations and spreading some holiday cheer.

Our Ridgefield brokerage, in partnership with the Ridgefield Social Services office, recently collected non-perishable foods, gift cards and holiday paper goods for two needy families to provide a Thanksgiving meal.

Members of the Ridgefield office with this year's donations.
Members of the Ridgefield office with this year’s donations.

Our Old Lyme, Essex and Westport offices are participating in “Toys for Tots.” Founded in 1947, Toys for Tots is a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve that distributes toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for Christmas. Old Lyme and Essex will be collecting new, unwrapped toys until December 14th. Westport will be collecting toys Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Don Shannehan, Essex Brokerage

In Danbury, brokerage agent Jean O’Neill is the Chairperson for NFCAR’s Community Involvement Committee, which runs an annual collection of winter clothes. This year the Danbury office served as a drop off location for hats, gloves and socks, collecting over 60 sets of winter apparel. Brokerage agent Kristie Perry, Vice President for Dream Come True of Western Connecticut, also organized a holiday toy drive for Dream Come True. Donations will be distributed to Dream children at their annual holiday breakfast later this year.

Also, our Danbury office created and donated a free tree for the 15th Annual Festival of the Trees. The event took place this past week and featured over 100 trees that were raffled off to benefit Ann’s Place, a charity that supports families living with cancer.

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The theme of this year’s tree was “a beacon of hope,” as the office took up a collection to cover the cost of materials. Patty McManus handmade the lighthouse at the top of the tree, some of the ornaments and the tree skirt, while Lucy Blessey helped organize Danbury’s participation in this year’s event.

Our Guilford-Madison brokerage in partnership with the Shoreline Community Women will be assembling care packages to be shipped to our soldiers overseas during Christmas. Items they are accepting include socks, wet wipes, healthy snacks, razors and more. Donations can be dropped off at the Guilford or Madison office. The office is also accepting checks payable to the Shoreline Community Women to help cover the cost of postage.

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Our Southport office will also be doing its part to spread some holiday cheer. Southport agents Judy Mitchell and Lisa Damp will participate in the annual “Fairfield Holiday Shop and Stroll” by handing out free cups of hot cocoa on the Sherman Green on Thursday, December 7, 2017 from 6 to 9 p.m. The Holiday Shop and Stroll is a festive evening featuring discounts at many of the local shops and restaurants in downtown Fairfield. In addition to giving away hot cocoa, the Judy Mitchell group will hold a free drawing for a $500 Visa Gift Card.

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Residential Roundup: The Office Comes Home https://www.williampitt.com/residential-roundup-office-comes-home/ https://www.williampitt.com/residential-roundup-office-comes-home/#respond Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:55:27 +0000 https://www.williampitt.com/?p=48750 By Tyler R. Morrissey Working from home is an emerging trend for today’s …

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By Tyler R. Morrissey

Working from home is an emerging trend for today’s modern workforce. As technology and communication capabilities become more advanced, many Americans are opting to shorten their commute to a one-minute walk from their bedroom to a home office. In order to maximize productivity having a workspace to call your own within your home is crucial to telecommuters. The following homes include everything you’ll ever need for that nine-to-five and beyond.

11 Birch Lane – Rye Brook, N.Y.

In the sought after Red Roof area of Rye Brook, this well-designed home has a wonderful flow that immediately puts you at ease. Some of the home’s special features are a grand entry foyer, and a living room and dining room that transition beautifully into each other. There’s also a handsome, wood-paneled office with built-ins, making for a comfortable space to pay the bills or work from home. The family room has a wall of doors that open to the magnificent stone patio and lush backyard.

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For more information: Kori Sassower, 201.693.2770, kori.sassower@juliabfee.com

1220 Hillside Road – Fairfield, Conn.

This extraordinary, classic Colonial has been updated for today’s active lifestyle and for casual entertaining. A major renovation and expansion in 2011 included new bathrooms, a second floor master suite and a second floor laundry room. The renovations also feature custom, energy efficient LePage windows and French doors throughout the entire house. There’s also a large study with large windows off of the living room that can be used as a home office. The master suite is updated with a cathedral ceiling and is easily accessible to the back staircase, making it an ideal space for an in law suite. The gourmet kitchen has granite counters, custom cabinetry, high-end stainless appliances and a center island with a breakfast bar. The sunlit family room with a stone fireplace has three sets of French doors opening to a bluestone terrace, perfect for summer dining.

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For more information: Cathy Mulrenan, 203.331.3612, cmulrenan@williampitt.com

5 Brook View Lane – Rye, N.Y.

Built in 2006 with the highest quality craftsmanship, this incredible home in Rye includes every imaginable amenity. There is over 10,500 square feet of living space with modern, high-end finishes, classic style and a fantastic layout that offers universal appeal. The lush 1.62 acre lot set behind stone pillars has a grand courtyard, level lawns, inviting terraces and deck plus high-end pool and cabana quarters. Back inside there’s a handsome, wood-paneled office making for an excellent work space. Just 35 minutes from New York City, this home also makes for an easy commute to a more traditional office space as well.

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For more information: Louis Katsoris, 914.319.3275, louis.katsoris@juliabfee.com

249 Nod Hill Road – Wilton, Conn.

This quintessential Connecticut home is situated in one of the nicest settings in town on two lush acres of land. The 4,484 square foot house has been updated with careful attention to details, including stunning landscaped gardens and a private pool and spa. Inside, the office area offers a comfortable space to work on the first floor of the home. There’s also a new mudroom entrance, as well as a fabulous butler’s pantry adjacent to the new family room. On the second floor there are four bedrooms with plenty of space for company and a new master suite with a balcony.

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For more information: Carol Hollyday, 203.536.2032, chollyday@williampitt.com

4 Middlebrook Lane – Wilton, Conn.

Majestically sited at the top of Middlebrook Meadow, this magnificent shingle-style home resides on 2.77 acres of the most picturesque property in Fairfield County’s back country. Built by Bear Paw Builders, the home features thoughtful details, superior craftsmanship and timeless architecture. Built in 2016, the 7,465 square foot home has many luxury amenities for today’s lifestyle including a modern office and spacious kitchen with a center island.

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For more information: Todd Gibbons, 203.858.8525, tgibbons@williampitt.com

110 Farmstead Hill Road – Fairfield, Conn.

No expense has been spared in this spectacular five-bedroom new construction home. An oversized wraparound porch welcomes you and leads to a dramatic double height entryway. There’s a well proportioned formal living room and dining room with fireplaces and French doors, as well as an incredible gourmet kitchen. French doors also flow effortlessly to a backyard oasis with an oversized gunite pool, fire pit, stone walls, terraces and a beautifully landscaped lawn. When it comes time to work, there’s not one, but two home offices. On the finished lower level there’s also a bedroom with full bath, a wet bar, mudroom and informal powder rooms.

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For more information: Southport on the Harbor Office, 203.255.9900

6 Cob Drive – Westport, Conn.

Completely renovated in 2008, this home is unique in features and design, displaying sophistication like no other. The main level has a spectacular entry hall ending at a delightful sitting area. There’s a superb formal dining room and living room with an updated study/home office off of the living room. The upper level includes a beautiful master bedroom with fireplace and his and hers baths, plus four additional bedrooms and bathrooms. The lower level is beautifully finished with an exercise room and a contemporary wine cellar with storage for 1,432 bottles. This wine cellar also opens up to the pool and patio, making for great outdoor wine tastings or entertaining.

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For more information: Jill Bregy, 203.984.7777, jbregy@williampitt.com

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