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January 2008


REAL ESTATE

Deeds & Don'ts

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Saucy represented buyer Daniel Goldring, a partner with hedge fund Perry Capital, who paid $6.3 million for a 21-acre estate called Yale Farm, which includes an approximately 9,000-square-foot, circa-1729 home. Other features include a five-bedroom guest house, grass tennis court, pool, two apple orchards and grape arbors. This sale came at the end of a lucrative 2007 for Mr. Saucy, who also sold the home that previously held the title for highest-priced residence in Litchfield County, at $6 million, earlier in the year.

Saucy is bullish on Kent, one of Litchfield County's southernmost towns, a 100-minute drive from Manhattan (at least for the motivated/caffeinated motorist, of which there seem to be a few too many on most Friday evenings). Kent is crawling with billionaires—albeit the most buttoned-down, blue-chip sort. Of them, Manhattan socialite Anne Bass, ex-wife of oilman and investor Sid Bass, was Kent's most media-watched resident in 2007. Last spring, Bass and her artist boyfriend Julian Lethbridge were the victims of a bizarre break-in at her 1,000-acre cattle farm estate. The perpetrators were a pack of thieving thugs who bound, beat and blindfolded the couple and injected Bass with a blue fluid that they told her was a deadly poison. She refused to give into her captors' demands and was eventually treated and released from a local hospital.

The Bass affair notwithstanding, Kent is a lovely, quiet hamlet of jaw-dropping second homes socked away on hundreds of acres. Henry Kissinger spends his weekends here. So does fashion designer Oscar de la Renta and his wife Annette, on a 200-acre spread. Agnes Gund, a one-time Greenwich girl who is now president emerita of the Museum of Modern Art, owns a 252-acre property known as Iron Mountain Farm.

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