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In fact, Hathaway's glorious gilding of this property transformed a warren of hotel bedrooms into an in-town estate filled to the rafters with antiques, oil paintings and curiosities ranging from vintage hunting trophies to works by contemporary artists and artisans. Best of all, it has been open for all to enjoy: Hathaway uses it as both his home and his antiques store, called Ragamont House. "Everything has tags," Hathaway said in one of his press clippings. "But they're hidden, so I don't have to look at them while I'm having a dinner party."
Offered at $3.8 million, this is a special property, suitable for a family in need of a compound or someone looking for an antiques business. There are five en suite bedrooms and baths (including an awesome vaulted-ceiling master suite) within its 10,000 square feet, all embellished by fixtures and fittings too numerous to list here. The front door opens onto a generous foyer with checkerboard marble floors, Federal-style moldings, a fireplace with a circa-1700s mantle and circa-1780 pine doors from the South of France that open onto the living room. Best to see it with listing agent Elyse Harney of Elyse Harney Real Estate in Salisbury (860-435-2200).
Amenity Of The Month? Look Out The Window
Features such as tennis courts and billiards rooms appeal to players only, and swimming pools can be looked on as either must-haves or money pits. But windows that frame spectacular views strike a chord with everyone. Here are a few listings that caught our eye.
Canfield Island, Norwalk
Travel a few minutes from I-95 and the East Norwalk train station and suddenly the views out your window shift from strip malls to the sprawling greens of the Shorehaven Golf Club and the Long Island Sound.