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Better still, she's done it in her signature Dovecote style, with cool hardware, lighting fixtures and wallpaper. (The lofty pool cabana, for instance, is papered in a groovy zebra print.) The 1.5-acre property is graced with gardens featuring "thousands of peonies and lilacs," says Kaplan, along with specimen trees, a bower of hydrangea and lavender beds lining the gunite pool. Priced at $1.4 million, Stone Hill is listed with Bonnie Paige of William Raveis Realty in Southport (203-255-6841).
A Sound Investment
Easily one of the most dramatic listings we've ever seen, this circa-1926 Mediterranean-style manse is sited on its own island in the Long Island Sound, located off Mead Point in Greenwich. Called Nipowin Island, the 1.5-acre property was the longtime home of the distinguished Emil Mosbacher, who served as the chief of protocol during the Nixon Administration, a commodore of the New York Yacht Club and a victorious skipper in two America's Cup races. On the market for the first time in over 30 years, the Mosbacher estate is the ultimate seaside sanctuary, featuring a private causeway, 360-degree water views, a deepwater stone pier and a gorgeous pool and gardens. The 7,400-square-foot home—featuring a paneled library with a marble fireplace, a grand formal dining room and an office currently used as a trophy room (bring your own hardware)—was designed to take full advantage of its setting with doors opening onto terraces and a solarium. The house also has four bedrooms and four bathrooms (plus one half bath) in the main house, with an additional three bedrooms, two bathrooms and kitchen in a two-story guesthouse, called the Tea House. It's listed with Shelly Tretter and Steve Archino of Sotheby's International Realty in Greenwich (203-618-3103 or 203-869-4343).