Peter PanIt’s not every day that the estate of Peter Pan (or at least someone who played Peter Pan) hits the market, but when we saw this Norwalk, Connecticut listing from Holly Giordano, we knew we had to share.

In her Peter Pan, Nellie Forbush, Annie Oakley heyday, it’s not hard to imagine that Broadway legend (and Weatherford, Texas native, and mother to JR Ewing himself, Larry Hagman) Mary Martin needing a quiet place to kick back.

And this incredible three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath, 3,160 square foot home sitting on more than two acres of rolling, lush grass would certainly do the trick.

But the home has a bit more history than just Martin — it was built not long after the U.S. won its independence from England. And its current owner has taken pains to marry the historical with the entertaining spaces Martin undoubtedly appreciated, along with the modern touches homeowners nowadays come to expect.

This ‘wow’ house was originally built in 1790 by Epenetus Kellogg then brought today’s high standards by recent home owner Helen Barr of Barr and Barr Bags,” said Giordano, who is with William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty.


Life was sure sweet this weekend out at Tejas Ranch, in Anna. This amazing property has “Texas” written all over it, so much it was under consideration as a shooting locaton for the now defunct Fox TV series Lone Star (starring Jon Voight), when the series was shooting last summer. Voight played a modern-day JR Ewing type oil tycoon. I recall the scouts were looking long and hard for a ranch. Small wonder they picked Tejas. Perched on 90 + acres, Tejas Ranch has multiple luxurious living facilities, a 10 acre lake, stocked tanks and, even in these bone-dry times, year-round live water. Talk about ease of access, it’s an hour north of Dallas and you can even jet right in to the ranch on your own 2500 foot private runway.

The main home, built in 2000, underwent about $300,000 of renovations last year. It is about 4000 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, and features three custom- decorated children’s rooms. There are so many extras– granite counters even in the closets, and wide-plank hardwood floors recycled from a barn in Maine. Rugged fireplace mantles were also made from that Maine barn wood. Talk about a party up here 24/7: recreational activities available include swimming, fishing, water-skiing, volleyball, shuffleboard, trap shooting, hunting, and more!  There is a new horse barn, stable and upscale living quarters for a caretaker. The guest house has 1 bedroom, 1 bath but rooms for more in the downstairs cardio room or gym; the barn also has a full bedroom, bath and kitchen efficiency apartment also recently redone. Some might consider this a second home ranch getaway, but most might want to make this a primary home considering the excellent Anna school district. Price for the whole enchilada — the homes, the land — is $4,450,000. The owner, a young couple whose made big bucks in construction, actually wants to move further north in the boonies. They will consider selling off the house and guest home with smaller slices of dirt:

House/Guest House on 10 Acres: $1,900,000
House/Guest House on 20 Acres: $2,300,000

Oh, and this you will love. Taxes on this spread run about $8,000 a year because most of the acreage is ag exempt. What a perfect home for a fiscally shrewd celeb, athlete or gadzillionaire… someone ought to show this to Glenn Beck and Warren Buffet!

recycled wood floors from Maine