This sprawling $14.9 million Connecticut estate was built by William Tubby – Robb Report
The changes this New Caanan estate has seen over the years are nothing short of spectacular.
The Fairfield County Residence was originally built by William B. Tubby in 1929, then added in 2014 by renowned architect Dinyar Wadia. In the meantime, the former mayor of Mexico has taken up residence. Today, the grand estate features 12 bedrooms, 12 full bathrooms, four powder rooms, and spans 25,000 square feet. Now, this massive mansion in a small Connecticut neighborhood has hit the market for $14.9 million and is dubbed the most expensive listing in town.
Tubby is said to have built the Oenoke Ridge house for the Taggart family, known to have ties to the Rockefellers. Orchard’s End, as it became known, would change hands three more times and nearly double its footprint. As for the current owners of the parsonage, Orchard’s End was big, but clearly not big enough. According to the listing, they “felt there was not enough living space for the family to gather comfortably.” So they hired Wadia to make it happen. This being a dramatic $6 million expansion over three years.
Together they decided to keep the architectural integrity of the existing main house and instead increase the square footage by quietly building an additional wing at the back of the house. In this space you will find a kitchen, an outdoor courtyard, a children’s playroom and a large room.
Nowhere is that feel of old and new more on display than this latest, which is said to have been inspired by a Duart Castle in Scotland, which was a filming location for several films, including Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta’s hit- Jones in 1999. Trapping. It was built with 35-foot high ceilings, a giant stone fireplace, heated Tunisian marble floors, a second-floor loft balcony, and custom bronze handrails. The end result perfectly matched the grandeur of the original house.
Wadia has also made way for a brand new four-bedroom guesthouse, resort-style pool and 5,000 square foot wellness center. It includes a yoga studio, two gyms and a sauna. And that’s just the beginning. The owners have also requested that the former stables of the estate be transformed into carriage houses.
Attributing to its perks, the 35-room Orchard’s End has a host of amenities to its name. Of note is an outdoor basketball court, second-floor game room, wine cellar, library, and movie theater. Elsewhere on the 6.5-acre plot are formal gardens and a 1,500-foot-long stone wall that lines the perimeter of the property. The request is said to have come from the former mayor of Mexico City when he owned the property in the 1980s, reported CNBC.
A feature that is surely beyond the price when it comes to privacy.
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