William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty Lists Prime Commercial and Residential Property of Muralist Master Thomas L. Rose

Lyme, Conn. – August 11, 2016 – William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty announced today that the firm has listed the residential and commercial property of local muralist Thomas L. Rose, who presently operates an antique business, as well as a personal art gallery and studio on the almost five-acre compound. The Lyme, Conn. property, named “Rattleberry Farm,” is listed with Essex agents Roger Parkman and Donn Holland for $795,000.

With a lifelong interest in the decorative arts, Rose initially used his passion and natural talent to open an interior design shop in Farmington, Conn. After ten successful years running the business, he began to develop a particular appreciation for murals, integrating much of his work into the design plans of his clients, as well as his own shop walls. In order to further pursue his muralist career, Rose decided to expand his working quarters, leading him to this Lyme, Conn. property. The compound, which formerly operated as a lucrative carriage factory, contains two contiguous barns, serving as the space for Rose’s “Black Whale Antiques” shop and attached Tom Rose Art Gallery & Studio. A 2,000 square-foot Colonial home, with painted walls that showcase Rose’s murals, completes the property.

Originally built in 1900, the residence has been carefully updated and maintained by Rose and his partner to meet modern day demand, while retaining its original details and country charm. Between its main residence and outbuildings, the property boasts a total of 7,000 square feet of space, as well as many picturesque patios and professionally landscaped, formal gardens, which connect the main house to all commercial buildings. The home itself features numerous artistic accents including the artist’s expansive murals and custom painted floors. The staircase in the residence was notably designed by the same craftsman who worked on the Gillette Castle in Lyme, Conn., a project commissioned by American actor William Gillette, most known for his theatrical portrayal of Sherlock Holmes. Elegant living and dining rooms provide ideal spaces for entertaining.

“Presently an antique business, this property lends itself to potential use as a country restaurant, wedding venue, conference center or other retail business,” said Parkman. “It is a listing both rich in history and art, offering a very unique and interesting residential opportunity, and endless possibilities on the shoreline of Connecticut.”

For more information on the property, located at 1-5 Town Street, 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 $3.9-billion portfolio with more than 1,000 sales associates in 28 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 18,000 sales associates located in approximately 825 offices throughout 61 countries and territories.

William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty Contact:

Roger Parkman

Real Estate Agent




Donn Holland

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