Listing of the Day
Location: Ridgefield, Connecticut
Price: $6.75 million
This sprawling and beautifully kept equestrian property straddles the New York-Connecticut state line, with 11 acres in the affluent town of Ridgefield, Connecticut, and two acres in the hamlet of South Salem in Westchester County, New York.
“The property includes every last thing you would need for a home and horses,” said listing agent Joanna Rizoulis.
The owners have done so much to improve the 1937 property, which is known as Orchard Hill Farm, she said. When they bought it in 2005, “it was just the house and the old stone cottage.”
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Along with updates to the house and a major kitchen addition in 2015, the owners have added extensive equestrian facilities as well as a pool, organic gardens, and a putting green with five holes.
“The owners were really sensitive to making sure that the renovation feels seamless with the old home,” Ms. Rizoulis said.
“The grounds are magnificent,” she added. “You can take long walks around the whole property.”
The property was built by George Doubleday, the second and longest-serving president of the Ingersoll-Rand road machinery company, which was purchased in 2007 by Volvo for $1.3 billion. It was a wedding gift for his son, according to town records.
Interestingly, according to town records, one of the building crew members was Harold “Pinky” Gillum, who went on to develop his famous bamboo fly-rod that is still considered among the highest quality fishing rods ever made.
The house was built in the middle of the property, ensuring lots of privacy both in 1937 and today.
The main floor has a formal foyer with high ceilings and custom millwork throughout.
The kitchen addition was designed by the New Canaan, Connecticut-based architect Dinyar Wadia and features a family room, breakfast nook, butler’s and food pantries, and state-of-the-art appliances.
A glass conservatory that was added in 2012 opens to a bluestone patio with sweeping views.
Most of the views are of the property itself, Ms. Rizoulis said. From the back patio, “all you see is greenery—you see the paddocks, you see the beautiful gardens the owners have planted. It’s really private.”
The 7,500-square-foot house has six bedrooms, six full bathrooms and one partial bathroom. It sits on a 13-acre plot. There is also a two-story guest cottage with three bedrooms and a full bath.
The property has a rich array of appealing amenities, including a stone guest cottage, organic gardens, a 39-by-22-foot saltwater pool and spa, outdoor kitchen with grill, burner, sink and refrigerator drawers, six-car heated garage, putting green and apple orchard.
Equestrian amenities include a nine-stall barn with hayloft, wash stall, heated lounge, tack room, five paddocks and a Lawton Adams riding ring.
It’s a seven-minute drive to downtown Ridgefield, which is known for its vibrant small-town charm, Ms. Rizoulis said. Its signature mile-long and broad Main Street has lots of restaurants and shops.
Agents: Joanna Rizoulis and Amy Smith-Sroka, William Pitt/Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty
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