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Now the Sharon retreat that Cohler built for himself is on the market, offered fully (and exquisitely) furnished.
In the big picture, it satisfies every basic need, and then some. There's a gorgeous new kitchen (Viking appliances, two dishwashers); a total of four bedrooms and four bathrooms, including a master suite with a fireplace and Jacuzzi; a wisteria-laden pergola connecting to the carriage house guest suite (with its own fireplace and gym); and a library with a cathedral ceiling and floor-to-ceiling shelves accessible by a rolling ladder.
But of course, there's more. Just as doctors make the worst patients, architects tend to be their own most demanding clients, and here it's clear Cohler fussed over every detail, right down to the uniquely carved balustrades marching up the staircase. There's a Holly Hunt chandelier in the living room; wallpaper backing the inside of the kitchen cabinets; antique mantels for all five fireplaces; built-in flat-screen TVs and speakers and "smart" technology that allows heat and utilities to be adjusted remotely. The house and its 8.5-acre property is listed for $3 million, with an additional cost to be negotiated for furnishings. Contact Stacey Matthews with Klemm Real Estate in Washington Depot (860-868-9066).
Real Estate's Three R's: Rescue, Repurpose, Rebuild
The best use for a decrepit structure is often not the purpose for which it was originally built. To borrow the old Apple Computer slogan, urban planners have to "think different" to identify new uses for old building stock. Motivated by our strong Yankee preservationist bent and even stronger property values, Connecticut has been lauded for doing just that.