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Fiddledale is one of Easton's most famous properties, so-called because it was owned for decades by Emil Hermann, a dealer and collector of violins and cellos. The structure was built in the 1770s but Hermann made significant additions to it, including architectural details imported from a 17th-century Bavarian villa. Today, the main house spans over 4,900 square feet, including five bedrooms, a formal dining hall and a 20-by-40-foot great room with two fireplaces, cathedral ceilings and exposed beams. Equally impressive are the 13-acre grounds, designed by a protégé of Frederick Law Olmstead, who (with Calvert Vaux) designed Central Park. The rolling acreage boasts two ponds, a waterfall, a pool, a slate patio and a cabana, as well as a gazebo, once the site of outdoor concerts conducted by musical guests whom Hermann hosted on the weekends. And there's more: a guesthouse currently used as a rental property (two bedrooms, one full bathroom, a kitchen and a two-car garage); a four-bay garage accommodating up to 14 cars; a barn and a pond-side cottage. The entire compound is listed for $2.6 million with Denise Walsh of the Higgins Group in Fairfield (203-650-1583).
Mid-Century Modern, Majestically Sited
Here's a house that feels more like Santa Barbara than Fairfield County, terraced into a ridge rising above Compo Beach in Westport with expansive views over the Sound. The approach starts with security gates swinging open onto a landscaped courtyard. Built in 1969, its facade is made of pleasing geometric planes, and the loft-like interior spaces feature window walls overlooking sea and sky. Best of all, perhaps, is the gunite pool and pool patio shaded by a pergola, also with Sound views. In all, the home offers over 5,000 square feet, including four bedrooms and five-and-a-half baths on one acre. It's listed for $3.3 million with Cheryl Scott-Daniels of the Cheryl Scott Daniels Group in Westport, affiliated with ERA Select Homes (203-341-0100).