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October 2007


REAL ESTATE

Deeds & Don'ts

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When the controversy hit the national media and news-crew helicopters started buzzing over the exclusive gated community, Jacobs withdrew those plans and now, apparently, is getting out of Conyers Farm altogether. But the piece of real estate that has Greenwich talking is Dunellen Hall, the Round Hill estate owned by the late Leona Helmsley, one of the largest homes in town. The self-appointed queen of the hotel industry—who served 18 months in jail for tax evasion relating to the 26-acre property—died in August at the age of 87. Helmsley's will states that proceeds from the sale of Dunellen will go to her charitable trust—not to her beloved Maltese, Trouble, who will have to find other accommodations. But according to the New York Post, that shouldn't prove too difficult, even in Greenwich, since Helmsley earmarked $12 million for the care of the pooch.

Also in Round Hill and new to the market is a Georgian manor on four acres that once belonged to Tommy Hilfiger. Listed for $14 million, the home is unabashedly luxe, starting with a striking, back-to-front marble foyer including a wraparound upper gallery. There's a black-walnut library, a banquet-size dining room opening onto a bluestone pool terrace and seven family bedrooms, each with an en suite Christopher Peacock bathroom. And should all seven of the bedrooms' inhabitants have a car, generous parking space is provided: the garage accommodates seven vehicles. Lauren Muse of Greenwich Fine Properties has the listing (203-983-7449).

Amenity of the Month:
The Heart-of-the-Home Kitchen

"Gourmet" used to be the qualifier of choice for kitchens, a catch-all adjective that signified the presence of high-end appointments—a six-burner stove, marble countertops and the like. These days, the kitchen has evolved from an enclave for appliances to the very heart of the home. It's the default gathering place for the family, meaning it should flow from the family entry point (the mudroom) and include an island big enough for dining, a breakfast area, an entertainment center with space for lounging and, in the best of all worlds, a butler's pantry that connects to the dining room, reserved for more formal meals.

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