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August 2006


REAL ESTATE

Deeds & Don'ts
by Lily Oliver and Stacy Small

INSIDE STORIES BEHIND AREA REAL ESTATE DEALS

Mods on the Move
Were you sipping cocktails in New London on the evening of July 6, gazing upon the Long Island Sound, when you thought you spied a handsome Newport-style estate bobbing across the waters? Have you been questioning your sanity and/or tolerance for Tanqueray and tonic? If so, you'll be comforted to learn that Wilton architect Douglas Cutler was simply moving a customized, factory-built modular home across the Sound on a barge for a client who had purchased a private island. We say "simply," but Cutler gets kudos for engineering an "off-the-grid" home that will produce all its own energy (the island is unelectrified) and withstand the inevitable hurricanes. The owners should be able to move in this month.

Connecticut Waterfront Round-Up
Sound, river, pool, pond? Whichever sort of watering hole you prefer, we have a house for you.

The Moorings, Westport
The most expensive house on Connecticut's MLS, this almost $38 million Beachside Avenue estate sits on 6.65 waterfront acres, including 600 feet of private coastline. The Moorings includes a grand, 10,500-square-foot mansion, a pool and pool house sited right alongside the seawall fronting the Long Island Sound. The current owners bought the house next door to use as a guesthouse, so the listing also includes a 5,000-square-foot contemporary that has its own pool.

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