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November 2006


REAL ESTATE

Deeds & Don'ts

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The (literally speaking) storybook home was featured in Country Living magazine, with photos of its massive fieldstone hearth, exposed-beamed ceilings and pretty gardens. Because it's not a huge house—three bedrooms and two-and-a-half-baths—the couple added a 1,400-square-foot artist's studio that overlooks the pond. But now they've decided to move yet again, this time to the Roxbury house formerly owned by composer Charles Strouse (Annie, Bye Bye Birdie). The Smith home is listed for $1.4 million with Gael Hammer of Klemm Real Estate (860-868-7313).

What's New in Four Corners?
Ask that question on any other day of any other year and the answer is going to be, well, "Not much." The housing stock is especially "not new" in this quiet, affluent Easton neighborhood, famous for its horse farms, historic estates and the Olde Bluebird Inn, an awesome place for Saturday morning pancakes. But one day in October, we noticed a crew installing a street sign that read "Reservation Road," a prop for the movie of the same name, which is based on a novel about a father who kills another man's son in a hit-and-run accident.

When we heard that Joaquin Phoenix (last starring in the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line) and Jennifer Connelly were scheduled to be on location that very evening, we returned with teenaged daughter in tow. Spotlights bathed the swath of road. Movie-star trailers were in place. But officious young men wearing headsets, encouraging the throng of onlookers to "move along," obscured the action. Being polite people from Connecticut, we apologized and drove home.

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