William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty Lists Former Home of Silent Movie Pioneer Carlyle Blackwell


William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty Lists Former Home of Silent Movie Pioneer Carlyle Blackwell

Antique Colonial blends timeless design with modern features and amenities

Brookfield, Conn. – October 26, 2015 – William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty announced today that the firm has listed a historic Colonial home, where renowned American silent film actor, director and producer Carlyle Blackwell once lived. The residence, which is located in the town of Brookfield, Conn., is represented by Northern Fairfield County agent Kellie Martone, and offered at $879,000.

Carlyle Blackwell made his film debut in a 1910 production of the American classic Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Known primarily for his work in silent films, Blackwell appeared in more than 180 productions throughout his career. Interestingly, Blackwell was the last silent actor to play Sherlock Holmes at the head of an international cast in a 1929 German production of “The Hound of the Baskervilles,” a film adaptation of the famed Conan Doyle novel. In addition to acting, he also served as a producer and writer for numerous films, eventually turning to live theatre. Blackwell has a star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame to honor his contribution to the motion picture industry. He and his wife moved to 34 Obtuse Road North, also known as the historic Dumbarton Farm, in 1934.

Relocated from its original roadside site during Blackwell’s occupancy, the meticulously maintained antique house, which was built in the year 1800, now rests on a 4.51-acre plot that is set back and surrounded by majestic trees, rock walls, terraced plantings and 120 acres of protected land. Along with being moved to a new location, the home was also expanded, blending its timeless quality with various modern luxuries. The residential grounds were additionally further developed, and an impressive barn boasting full stables and high quality materials was built across the road.

The estate includes a 13-room Colonial with a total of five bedrooms, four full baths and two half baths, as well as a separate guest cottage with two bedrooms, a kitchen, living room and full bath. The main house contains a versatile floor plan that features original chestnut beams, built ins, four fireplaces, two staircases and a formal living room and dining room. Additional spaces include a den, fully updated kitchen with a butler’s pantry and breakfast nook, a family room, sunroom, study, as well as both laundry and mud rooms. Upstairs, the master suite offers an additional studio, as well as a spacious his and hers bathroom and dressing room. The guest suite contains another family room and full bath.

“Everything about this home is truly exquisite,” said Martone. “With roots that date all the way back to the early 1800s, it’s amazing how flawlessly its authentic historic qualities meet contemporary, luxurious living—a timeless residence with an interesting past and promising future.”

New stone patios, a bocce court, a heated three-car garage and greenhouse complete the property.

For more information on the property, located at 34 Obtuse Road North, please visit the firm’s website here.

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 29 brokerages spanning Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Westchester County, New York. William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty is the largest Sotheby’s International Realty(R) affiliate globally and the 28th-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 approximately 17,000 sales associates located in approximately 800 offices throughout 61 countries and territories.

William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty Contact:

Kellie Martone

Real Estate Agent




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