(Page 3 of 7)
Here, a look behind the gates at some of Connecticut's top properties.
Conyers Farm, Greenwich
Connecticut's most expensive gated community, Conyers Farms consumes some 1,500 acres in backcountry Greenwich, boasting polo grounds, equestrian farms, a round-the-clock security patrol and approximately 100 estates, which have been called home by the likes of Ron Howard, Mel Gibson and Rosie O'Donnell. Most "Farm" houses are hidden from the rest of the world (as well as each other) and this 13,000-square-foot, ivy-covered stone manor is no exception. It sits on over four landscaped acres, which feature a pool, tennis court and a heated swimming pool, plus a par-three golf hole with two sand traps. Inside, the circa-1990 home offers six bedrooms, seven full bathrooms, six fireplaces and plenty of grand spaces for entertaining. It's listed with Elizabeth Douthit of Round Hill Partners in Greenwich (203-861-0050).
Old Round Hill Lane, Greenwich
Old Round Hill Lane is a private association for people who wouldn't have necessarily envisioned themselves living in a gated community. There are just six homes on spacious lots, with the shared amenities that include the gated entry and the landscaping and upkeep of the pretty, private cul-de-sac. One of the Lane's listings is a stately 15,645-square-foot Georgian built on 2.5 acres by architect Alex Kaali-Nagy. Interior designer Charlotte Barnes was hired to give the large and impressively detailed rooms their fabulously retro-glam decor: a dramatic, double-height foyer features a roaring fireplace, elegant chandelier and zebra-print rug on black-and-white tiles. The oak-paneled library walls and ceilings are stained a glossy ebony and even the pool house is a knockout with its white columns, cupola and swank lounge, complete with a fireplace. The home also offers seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms (plus two half-bathrooms) and a fitness center, tennis court and wine cellar.