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The couple also restored the pool and pool house, building a pretty pergola on the grounds, which also include a koi pond (asking $2.6 million and offered by Michelle & Company at William Raveis in Westport, 203-454-HOME).
Finally, a gorgeous barn home in Wilton just came on the market for $4.97 million. On nearly five acres, the 4,000-square-foot, three-bedroom house also offers two cottages, a hot tub and sauna, all with views over a bucolic river. It's a majestic-looking place, painted barn red with lots of glass and stone and a fabulous cupola on its roof. It's listed with Marjorie Basilli of Country Living Associates (203-221-0666).
The "Deeds & Don'ts" columns that run in our sister publications, Hamptons Cottages & Gardens and Palm Beach Cottages & Gardens, have bold-faced names to burn in their reports of real estate dealings among the rich and the famous. Here in Connecticut we have more of the former than the latter, with CEOs outnumbering movie stars by approximately a thousand to one. (Dear reader, we tire of hearing about Don Imus buying and selling homes, too, but some months he's all we hear about.)
But this spring, semi-celebs seemed to be selling off in droves, starting with ex-GE honcho Jack Welch, who took four years and four brokers to unload his Georgian manse in Southport. Buyers blew off Welch's "Windswept" because its interiors were "weird" and "dated" and the initial ask of $13 million was "insane," brokers tell us—apparently so, as it closed at a little more than half that amount, an unconfirmed $6.9 million.