William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty Lists Grand Victorian with Matching Carriage House in Kent

Once a successful chocolate shop business, this restored property offers both residential and commercial possibilities

Kent, Conn. – January 2, 2014 – William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realtyannounced today that the firm is offering for sale a restored Grand Victorian with matching carriage house, which was once home to the successful chocolate shop known as Belgique Chocolatier, located in the center of Kent, Conn.  Kent agents Sharon Hartwick and Ira Goldspiel have the listing, which is offered at $649,000.

The renovated landmark buildings, which were constructed in 1898, are situated on .44 acres of pristine land and gardens.  The three-story main house is approximately 3,600 square feet, and boasts a basement complete with a 2,500-bottle wine cellar.  Additional features include intricate oak moldings and hardwood floors throughout, period radiators, pocket doors, as well as many other well-maintained original details.  While still displaying its historic value, the residence is fully up-to-date with all new electrics and mechanicals including central air on the first floor.  The home’s third level offers space and amenities suitable for a large live-in apartment. 

The property’s 19th-century carriage house, which was completely redone in 2000, offers 1,500 square feet of space with two floors, propane heat, central air and a half bath.  The main floor has French doors and large windows, in addition to tiled walls, cobblestone floors and a parking space for 15 cars.

Belgique Chocolatier was a highly rated chocolate shop run by Belgian business owners, was featured in The New York Times as well as The Boston Globe, and was best known for its artisan Belgian chocolates, authentic Belgian hot chocolate with fresh whipped cream, Madeleine cakes, and handmade ice cream.

“After seeing the success of Belgique Chocolatier, it’s quite clear that this property has nothing but great potential,” said Hartwick. “From its charming character and commercial-friendly space to its ideal location in the heart of Kent, this unique residence offers countless opportunities for multi-use income, all while in a beautiful lifestyle setting.”

“We are honored to be representing a property that has left such an impact on the Kent community,” said Goldspiel.  “Its atmosphere is ideal for a bed and breakfast, retail or office space, restaurant, or even just a family home.  I can’t wait to see what the future holds for this incredible residential and commercial property.”

For more information on the property, located at 1 Bridge Street, 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 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 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 more than 15,000 sales associates located in 720 offices throughout the United States and 52 other countries and territories.

William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty Contact:

Sharon Hartwick

Real Estate Agent




­Ira Goldspiel

Real Estate Agent



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