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$14.9 million palatial estate priced to break a local record in CT

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Hidden behind 1,500 feet of stone walls in one of Connecticut’s wealthiest neighborhoods is a palatial mansion with stunning rooms inspired by Scottish castles. Built in 1929, the brick and limestone dwelling is New Canaan’s most expensive home for sale with a $14.9 million price tag.

Prices in the affluent neighborhood about 40 miles northeast of New York City are rising steadily, according to analysis by Jonathan Miller, president of real estate appraisal and consulting firm Miller Samuel. The property price tag is more than seven times the New Canaan average sales price of $1.9 million in the second quarter.

A driveway leads to lush landscaping and a fountain at the front door of the house.

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The tatami room of the main house.

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Danielle Malloy, Listing Agent, NestSeekers InternationalShe told CNBC that the area has attracted high-ranking officials and she believes the property’s sales price will break local records. This was set in 2014 when his 14,000-square-foot mansion on 52 acres sold for his $14.3 million, according to public records.

“This is a New Canaan gem built with the highest quality materials you can’t find these days,” Malloy said.

The Gallery Hall is surrounded by iron-framed windows with limestone walls and floors made of Tunisian marble.

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Orchard’s End is on a smaller lot than the current record-setting mansion, but offers more living space. The meticulously landscaped property spans over 6.2 acres and includes 25,000 square feet across three structures. The residence has 35 rooms, 12 bedrooms, 16 baths, a resort-sized pool, and an outdoor basketball court.

Backyard lawn and pool area.

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Malloy told CNBC that the property has changed over the decades, with past owners making significant upgrades and dramatic expansions. The main building, designed by noted architect William Tubby, has more than doubled in size and he now spans 18,000 square feet.

The Great Room is inspired by Scottish castles.

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The house also includes stunning rooms inspired by Duart’s Castle, located on the Isle of Mull in Scotland and featured in the 1999 film The Entrapment starring Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

View from the mezzanine balcony of the Great Room.

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The space features exposed beams criss-crossing 35-foot-high ceilings, heated Tunisian marble floors, steel-framed windows, and a mezzanine balcony.

Part of the estate’s 7-foot stone wall that spans 1,500 feet.

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“The mayor of Mexico City bought this land in the 80’s and built one of the largest walls without mortar.”

Malloy said the mayor built a 7-foot-tall, 1,500-foot-long stone wall around the site to further increase privacy and security.

A circular staircase leads to the top of the windowed turret of the house.

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Most recently, the estate’s current owners spent three years and $6 million to add living space, including a four-bedroom guest house, and convert the estate’s old stables into a 5,000-square-foot carriage house.

The exterior of an old stable has recently been transformed into a 5,000 square foot wellness area.

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This newly renovated area contains what Malloy said is the female version of the male cave, which the owner calls “her hut”.

The lounge and bar area inside the so called She Shed.

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The so-called hut is a wellness-themed lounge area with a seven-seat tea and juice bar.

The old stables are now a sprawling yoga studio.

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The hut connects to a huge yoga studio, weight training gym, and sauna.

An additional round by the latest owners also provided a newly constructed kitchen, an even larger primary bedroom suite and closets.

Master bedroom

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Ensuite bath in master bedroom.

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The third floor is also kid-friendly, with a large game room, another gym, and a sleepover bunk room that sleeps six.

Game room on the second floor of the main building.

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Courtyard and dining area seen from above.

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According to Miller, the region’s average price per square foot reached $546 in the second quarter, up almost 22% from a year ago. The Orchard’s End list price is just under $600 per square foot.

Property taxes for a property first marketed at $16.9 million in early 2022 will be about $86,000 a year, Malloy said.

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