William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty Lists 1940s Home Constructed and Once Owned by New York Shipbuilder

Previous owners also include New York Times Bestselling Children’s Author Squire Rushnell

Sherman, Conn. (May 8, 2014) — A stone country home constructed in 1943 by New York City shipbuilder Arthur Tickle as his personal residence, and later owned by The New York Times bestselling children’s author Squire Rushnell, is the exclusive listing of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty, the firm has announced. Kent agent Irit Granger has the listing, which is offered at $1,225,000.

Tickle utilized rare woods in crafting the home including silver or “fiddleback” maple in the upper and main-level halls and in the great room, pegged oak floors and solid black walnut paneling in the guest quarters. Rushnell commissioned an independent appraisal of the home’s historic woodwork, which cited rare features including hand-carved bulwark figureheads at the front entrance and windows made with two different species of wood.

“Tickle’s craftsmanship remains an enduring presence, both through his use of very fine woods and his mastery over them,” said Granger. “Every aspect and every crevice of this beautiful home, both inside and out, remain a testament to Tickle’s vision and artistry.”

The current homeowners, Judith and Michael Monsarrat, have lived in the residence for ten years. “We knew we were home from the second we drove through the gates,” they said, recalling their first introduction to the property. “It has a very special atmosphere, and we were immediately captivated.”

Comprised of 2,537 square feet with three bedrooms and three full and two half baths, the residence includes a combination great room/dining room, library, wet bar, home gym, sauna, wine cellar, pool, guest house/cabana and two-car heated garage.

The Monsarrats have undertaken a complete renovation of the 3.88-acre grounds, mechanical systems, kitchen and baths. They also complemented the fine woodwork with hand-painted murals and faux paint treatments, working with interior design artist Marta Fohn of GB Décor. In addition, they have honored Tickle’s known legacy as a grand-scale entertainer by adding accents to the pool and cabana/guest house while installing a stone and mahogany loggia and patio, stone firepit and barbeque.

“The result of Tickle, Monsarrat and Fohn’s combined bi-century vision is an aesthetic and level of charm and beauty that are as inspiring as the surrounding setting of unspoiled mountains and beautifully maintained gardens and grounds,” said Granger.

Located at 13 Big Trail in Sherman, Conn., the home is situated in the community of Timber Trails, which consists of 1,400 acres with lakes, streams, ravines and virgin forest.


About William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty

Founded in 1949, William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty manages a $3.3-billion-plus portfolio with more than 1,000 sales associates in 26 brokerages spanning Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Westchester County, New York. William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty, combined with partner firm Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty, is the largest Sotheby’s International Realty(R) affiliate globally, the third-fastest-growing real estate company nationally, and the 23rd-largest real estate company by sales volume in the United States. A full-service real estate firm headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty provides ancillary services including commercial services through its affiliation with Building and Land Technology, a second-generation development company based in Stamford, Connecticut; William Pitt Insurance Services; and an award-winning global relocation division.  For more information, visit the website at williampitt.com.

Sotheby’s International Realty’s worldwide network includes more than 14,000 sales associates located in 700 offices throughout the United States and 50 other countries and territories.


William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty Contact:

Irit Granger


(203) 803-3748

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