This magnificent historic estate has an abundance of star power all its own. Not only did famed actor, director, and producer Mel Gibson call it his Connecticut home for 15 years, its more than 75 landscaped acres is deemed to be the largest and most opulent landholding in Greenwich.

From a nature perspective, the grounds are a breathtaking fusion of orchards, flower gardens, lush lawns, a boxwood maze, and miles of trails as well as a spring-fed lake and dock. The English Park setting is further enhanced by sprawling flagstone terraces leading to a sparkling 60-feet swimming pool, lighted tennis court, stone pavilion, and outdoor chess set.

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The world has changed significantly since contractors put the first board in place on this historic lakefront Connecticut home in 1940. In addition to changing styles, trends, and innovations, the pace of society has accelerated dramatically as well, so the need to retreat from hustle and bustle stress has never been greater.

But this modernized log main house and guest cabin contain everything right outside the door to put you in rest and relaxation mode, including beautiful lake views, a large dock, private beach, two decks, and three-quarters of an acre lot with old growth trees, natural greenery, a lush lawn and plenty of room for entertaining and parking.

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Harriet Beecher Stowe

You can own the birthplace of Harriet Beecher Stowe – provided you don’t mind putting it back together. (Photos courtesy Art Pappas)

Today’s historical shelter should be a museum, but for $400,000, the birthplace of Harriet Beecher Stowe could be yours – with a caveat.

It’s kind of a giant, DIY puzzle. The Hartford, Conn., home was carefully dismantled with an eye toward moving it and turning it into a museum about the early life of the author of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” (more…)

weather watch farm

Photo: E.J. Murphy Realty

These days we tend to think of second homes as being located as a plane flight or at least a several-hour car ride from the primary residence, but it wasn’t always this way. In the days before cars, a smaller distance might provide all the respite necessary.

weather watch farm

Photo: E.J. Murphy Realty

Case in point: Weather Watch Farm, a country estate in Litchfield, Connecticut. The 28-acre estate offers rolling green vistas and tranquil meadows just as it has for centuries. The estate includes a colonial farmhouse that dates back to the 1800s and was once home to the Howe family among other residents. Ernest Howe (1872-1915), was a Yale-educated geologist who spent his winters in New Haven but his summers at the farm.

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