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After the Times broke the story and reporters starting camping out around the heavily fortified Conyers Farm gates, Jacobs, who describes himself as a "perfectly decent, menschy guy," withdrew his application and appears to be moving into a second Conyers Farm property he bought in February, equipped with a mere 11,000-square-foot house. The irony is that if you drive around the Conyers Farm area, it appears to be largely unpopulated; each house sits on so much land that the dwellings are invisible from the road and from each other, except for the odd turret poking skyward. And, browsers beware, you'll find no "For Sale" signs, either. Greenwich doesn't allow them. If this sounds like your kind of place, here's one of our favorite listings on the Conyers Farm market:
The drive to this castle-like home winds around its 12 landscaped acres, so it's truly a world unto itself—someone could be building a Costco next door and you'd never be the wiser. The tasteful interiors feature an especially great great room, with soaring, three-story cathedral ceilings and fireplaces at either end. The amenities easily double what's typically featured in a luxury home, even in Greenwich. For instance, the master bedroom wing, with its own tower portion, has two dressing-and-bathroom suites. There are two family rooms, a wine-tasting room stocked with 6,000 bottles, garaging for seven cars, a staff suite and grounds featuring a swimming pool and tennis court. For those who love to entertain, we hasten to mention the great room's minstrel gallery—a balcony for musicians overlooking the space. It's all yours for $19 million, offered by David Ogilvy & Associates in Greenwich (203-869-9866).