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September 2006


REAL ESTATE

Deeds & Don'ts

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And although Stoddard always refers to her Stonington home as "the cottage," it's not tiny, by Borough standards. At 2,658 square feet, it has a generously proportioned double living room, four bedrooms and four full baths.

Indeed, many of the Borough's antique homes are sited close together on cobblestone streets that look less like rural Connecticut's open roads and more like Manhattan's Carnegie Hill, where Stoddard has another home. The Borough has long attracted writers and artists, including poet J. D. McClatchy, who lives with graphic designer Chipp Kidd, the late Jaws author Peter Benchley and others. Stoddard's home is listed with Lucia Johnston of Prudential Connecticut Realty in Stonington (860-535-2490).

The Cameron Clark Legacy
More than any other man, the architect Charles Cameron Clark (1887-1957) gets credit for the look we associate with the Greenfield Hill neighborhood of Fairfield: high, rolling meadows graced with stately and sophisticated Colonial Revival homes—most of them mansions. Clark trained in the offices of McKim, Mead & White, the most prestigious of the white-glove architecture firms of his era. And while he kept busy as the consulting architect to Mayor LaGuardia, he still found the time to build dozens of Fairfield and Litchfield County residences, including homes for Helen Keller and the artist John Taylor Arms.

Current Clarks on the market include a circa-1935 manse on almost six acres along Verna Hill Road, which represents the historic heart of the Hill. Verna was the name given to the home of Timothy Dwight, who somehow found the time to be the pastor of Greenfield Hill Congregational Church, founder of the Dwight Academy, the president of Yale and, per the plaque in his honor, the "Poet of Greenfield Hill." The 5,338-square-foot, white-shingle home has five bedrooms, four full bathrooms (and two half-baths) and a swimming pool. It's offered for just under $4 million by Rick Higgins of The Higgins Group in Fairfield (203-254-9000).

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