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Here are two prized properties currently on the market:
Torrington House, Norfolk
The estate built in 1805 for clock-factory tycoon Erastus Hodges is called the Torrington House because it was moved from that town in 1940 to its current 94-acre property in lovely Norfolk. Now owned by summer people who live year round in Switzerland, the 4,900-square-foot main house has a decidedly European feel, with 13-foot ceilings, marble fireplaces and luxurious amenities, including an in-home theatre with airplane seats purchased from the Concorde. (Just for fun, the aisle carts and silverware salvaged from the airline are also included in the sales package.) There are seven bedrooms and six full bathrooms in the main house and an additional four bedrooms in the guesthouse. The grounds also feature a home gym with a ballet barre and a pond and tennis court. It's offered by Seymour Surnow (860-868-6900) and Andrew Gates (860-435-5924) of Sotheby's International Realty.
Lake Waramaug, Warren
Just a few minutes from the lake, this charming, architect-designed home, built in 1988, sits on more than three private acres with views from every window onto rolling hills and meadows. The perfect vacation-home investment, its 2,400 square feet include three bedrooms, each with its own bathroom, and loads of vintage details including exposed beams, antique heart-of-pine floorboards and floor-to-ceiling windows. The deed to the property comes with Warren beach rights, considered the best beach on the lake. It's listed with Scott Field of Elyse Harney Real Estate in Salisbury, (860) 868-4411, ext. 103.