Following his death in 2013, many of the properties once owned by Seagram Whiskey tycoon Edgar Bronfman, Sr. sold immediately. His palatial estate in Westport, CT, however, remained in his family until it, too, was listed recently.
The property includes a 9,000 square feet main house on the Aspertuck River with seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms, and a bevy of public rooms, including a great room, family room, game room, and formal dining room. Ideal for entertaining guests, the home also includes a chef’s kitchen, pantry, and staff quarters so you can house live-in assistants such as an au pair, chef, and butler.
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Its outdoor spaces also lend themselves to entertaining, including the formal gardens, swimming pool, spa, and an artist’s studio. The three-car garage provides ample space for family cars.
The home’s interior features rock walls, knotty hardwoods, rustic ceiling beams, and airy windows that allow plenty of natural light. Its seven fireplaces provide cozy comfort and add to its quaint atmosphere.
High ceilings feature recessed lighting and spotlights on key features such as the added light above the pool table and the ping pong table in the game room. Similar lighting brightens the adjacent home gym with its glass wall overlooking the game room.
The kitchen combines kitsch and utility. While it offers all modern appliances, the enterprising chef can also enjoy old-fashioned cooking methods using its red brick wood-burning oven. The kitchen’s marble-topped center island provides an extra sink, ideal for washing vegetables during food prep.
Leaving the kitchen leads you to the formal dining room and living room with its interior balcony adding to the entertainment space. Built-in bookcases of knotty hardwoods complement the stone fireplaces in each room. Display family photos or books on these ample shelves to add to the rustic ambiance.
While its exteriors evoke the glamour of classic-era film, its interiors speak of family gatherings in cozy quarters. Much of what went into the design of Bronfman’s estate attributes to his care of his own family. Its sprawling landscape, waterfront property, and many play areas provide the ideal setting for a summer house or the main family home, especially for a power couple who mostly work from home. Even commuters would find the home amenable since it lies a mere 52 miles northeast of New York City.
The town of Westport mixes nearness to The Big Apple with a small-town atmosphere. Its total population of less than 27,000 provides a rural setting on the Connecticut Gold Coast. The town’s public beaches include Penfield Beach, Jennings Beach, and Calf Pasture Beach. It also hosts numerous museums, including Stepping Stones Museum, Sono Switch Tower Museum, Center for Contemporary Printmaking, and Fairfield Museum and Historic Center.
Sotheby’s International Realty represents the home. The listing agent is William Pitt. It carries an asking price of $7.995 million.