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Here is life lived as in a Sundance catalog, with all its rugged and weathered (albeit expensive) surfaces: There are massive stone fireplaces, soapstone counters in the kitchen and slate terraces, a spectacular pool and tennis court on the grounds ($3.5 million, listed with Surnow, 860-868-6900).
In nearby Roxbury, another Cady home is on the market for $2 million. Based on an 1809 barn, the 3,884-square-foot house also features exposed and weathered beams, three fireplaces and a truly great great room on the second floor, measuring 25 by 25 feet. The gorgeous gardens include a pool and if you're not in the market to buy, it's also available to rent for the summer ($50,000, listed with Surnow, 860-868-6900).
In Westport, an 1835 horse barn once owned by one of the town's founding families, the Jennings, still sits on its original site but now features loads of luxury amenities. Owners Elizabeth and Ken Close bought the place when it was in foreclosure—and in a barely habitable state—13 years ago. Called Fair Prospect, the home is glorious now, retaining its burnished beams, lofty ceilings, three-story stone fireplace and handsome hayloft, which houses the huge master suite. In total, the 5,800-square-foot home has eight bedrooms, including a private au pair suite with its own bath and private entrance.