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Normandy-Style Estate
$14.5 million

Spring for this Normandy estate and you'll save big on decorating: The home is owned by Cindy Rinfret, principal designer of Rinfret Ltd, the firm of choice for the likes of Greenwich residents Tommy Hilfiger and Regis Philbin. As such, it's infused with Rinfret style, from its limestone and oak flooring to its high and peaked beamed ceilings. On 5.24 acres, the beautifully landscaped property features terraces, a bocce court, a Koi pond and fountains. Inside, the 10,156-square-foot home offers gorgeous formal rooms and all the extras: a theater, wine cellar, martini lounge and billiards room. In all, there are six en suite bedrooms, including a first-floor master with an adjoining library. Kathryn Clauss of Coldwell Banker in Greenwich has the listing, (203) 918-3881.

New Canaan Estate

Pull up to this stone-and-shingle Adirondack-style home and you'll swear you're approaching a posh country lodge. Set on more than six private acres adjacent to a reservoir, the exteriors feature a half-moon-shaped covered patio, a luxe pool and spa, and 180-degree water views. The drama continues indoors, with opulent public rooms and six en suite bedrooms, the best of which is the glamorous master suite that features its own private balcony. Lawrence F. Sullivan of Brotherhood and Higley in New Canaan has the listing, (203) 952-3185.

New Canaan Colonial

Although this property's listing broker Lynne Leonard declined to comment, we hear that the seller is conservative political commentator Glenn Beck, perhaps best known for his eponymous radio show and best-selling books, including Arguing with Idiots and An Inconvenient Book. No news as to where Beck and family are going, but various sources report that he's selling at a loss, having paid $4,250,000 for the home in 2005. That's a good thing for the buyer of this traditional Colonial that's set on 2.8 private acres with reservoir views, a pool, stone walls and gardens. At 11,320 square feet, the interiors offer six bedrooms, six full bathrooms and a home gym. Lynne Leonard Realty can be reached at (203) 966-7738.

COMPOUND INTEREST (click photo for larger view)

Compo New Construction

Westport $3,250,000

Lately, when a "sign of the times" is cited it tends to be bad news: high inventories, low sales, impending foreclosures and the like. But Westport broker Elayne Landau reports that a strong surge in sales of new-construction homes in her town has resulted in developers bidding—and building—on lots again. At coveted Compo Beach, there is exactly one such project underway, a handsome stone-and-shingle home that sits high enough on Burnham Hill to ensure water views from its various balconies and porches and especially from the master suite, which has a sitting room built into an octagonal tower. The 6,100-square foot home on four levels offers the beauty of the beach but amenities that are hard to find close to the sand: a three-car garage and a bluestone patio with a built-in grill, an outdoor fieldstone fireplace and room for a pool. Other features include a great room with a fieldstone fireplace, five bedrooms and a walk-out lower level with space for a rec room, media room and wine cellar. It's represented by Landau and Deirdre Andreoli ofWestport Beach and Country Homes, affiliated with Coldwell Banker's Riverside office, (203) 722-3101 and (203) 856-7479, respectively.

Barn Complex
$2.5 million

This compound started life in 1890 as a barn on bucolic Godfrey Road in Weston. Over the years, the now five-bedroom barn evolved into a fabulous family home. The nearly seven-acre property got upgraded, too; the barn now has its own 1,336-square-foot guest house. Across a brook from the barn, there's a three-bedroom home with a pool and its own three-car garage. And while $2.5 million takes the whole thing, the property can be divided in two. Call listing broker Jeri Kelley of William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty to sort out your options and take a tour, (203) 856-0527.