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In Litchfield County is the $12 million Lake Hill Farm, owned by Amex ex-CEO James Robinson III. Overlooking Lake Waramaug in the town of Warren, the rambling 5,500-square-foot, circa-1930s manor home sits on 28 landscaped acres, which also include a horse barn and riding rings for horse lovers. It's listed with Carolyn Klemm of Klemm Real Estate in Washington Depot (860-868-7313).
Connecticut's Other Gold Coast
Fairfield County is lauded for its luxury Long Island Sound estates with other coastline counties garnering much less press, even while offering seaside homes at a fraction of the price. The string of towns just north of New Haven constitute our state's other Gold Coast, with a more laid-back, life's-a-beach attitude than, say, Darien. Madison has a thriving arts community, including everyone's favorite independent bookstore, R.J. Julia. Guilford has a craggy, Maine-like coastline with views over the Thimble Islands. And Branford is a series of peninsulas with old homes notched into surf-pounded rocks. Here are a couple of our favorites now on the block.
On one of those rocky ledges on Johnson's Point in Branford is a charming, cypress-shingled home built in 1919 by a naval officer who favored the nautical sense of economy of space: He used every inch of its 2,700-square-foot expanse to its full potential, taking advantage of its unobstructed views of the Sound. There are four bedrooms, three baths and lots of period details, but the most dazzling feature is its rocky site, into which was carved an ingenious terrace, fire pit and outdoor shower.