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November 2006


REAL ESTATE

Deeds & Don'ts

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Listed last winter for $2 million, the property quickly sold above its asking price to single mom and P.R. executive Rachel Florio, who bills herself as a trend expert specializing in stuff designed for A-list parents and their babies: DadGear (metrosexual diaper bags), Homemade Baby ("certified organic food for babies"), chloeinstyle.com ("hot mom" maternity tees). There was one hitch, however: Florio's teenaged daughter objected to the move on the grounds that she would have to switch schools, or so it was reported in a local newspaper. So before moving into the house, Florio put the place back on the market for around $2.2 million. We hear that it sold—again at asking, or close to it—in September.

New Canaan News
For a town that boasts the state's highest per-capita income, New Canaan's housing stock is nicely varied, ranging from modest, in-town frame houses to a $34 million dollar chateau on 52 private acres—and everything in between. Here, a look at two new listings.

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Pemberly Hall, 119 Proprietor's Crossing, $11.5 Million
Built by a Westport-based developer for himself and his family, a change of plans has put this newly constructed manse on the market instead. Here's a home for a Renaissance man (or woman), with rooms to pursue every passion: There's a gorgeous library able to accommodate 5,000 books, a grand music salon, a fantastic kitchen, a wine cellar and tasting room and a home theater with seating for 20, to name just a few of the amenities found in this 22,000-square-foot estate.

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