For Sale: Historic Seaside Estate Owned by Charles Lindbergh

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Charles Lindbergh's private island
Halstead PropertyThe Lindberghs used the 3 acres as an idyllic, beachfront playground secluded from the media circus.
CHARLES A. LINDBERGH
APCharles Lindbergh in 1939
Here's your chance to own a sandy piece of history. The Connecticut Gold Coast property, which Charles Lindbergh bought in the 1940s after the infamous kidnapping and murder of his baby son, is for sale. The three-acre parcel on 53 Contentment Island Road in Darien is priced at a whopping $19.95 million.

The Halstead Property listing includes:
  • Over 800 feet of direct waterfront.
  • Eight acres of the Fish Islands off the waterfront.
  • 34 acres of oyster beds.
  • White sand beach.
The property also contains a three-bedroom, 3½-bathroom house.

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The Lindbergh family, which then included five children born after Charles Jr.'s death, never lived on Contentment Island -- they lived across the cove on another Darien property. They used the 3 acres as an idyllic, beachfront playground secluded from the media circus that erupted after "The Crime of the Century," as the 1932 kidnapping in Hopewell, New Jersey, was called.

Land Morrow Lindbergh, the third child, said the family "loved" the stretch of Long Island Sound coastline.

"It was a wild and rocky place," Lindbergh told The Stanford Advocate, "overgrown with old trees and heavy undergrowth, open to the waters of Long Island Sound and the violent storms that came through on occasion, which is why they loved it."

In 1927, Charles Lindbergh was the first aviator to fly nonstop from New York to Paris, immediately catapulting him to hero status. But five years later, Lindbergh's 20-month-old son and namesake was snatched from his crib as his parents sat downstairs. After worldwide attention and a massive manhunt, the baby's body was found 10 weeks later with his head bludgeoned. Bruno Richard Hauptmann, a carpenter, was convicted of the baby's murder and executed in 1936.

The Contentment Island Road property has another link to history. The land is included in paintings by landscape artist John Frederick Kensett, whose work hangs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. (The land eventually was owned by a curator of the Met.)

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