Huge Connecticut Estate Has Ties to Paul Newman, Wife

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties via ZillowThe property encompasses more than 10 acres with multiple residences and is steeped in the area's rich history.
Paul Newman never lived there. But his mother-in-law –- Joanne Woodward's mom -- lived on part of a 10-acre Connecticut estate in Westport that recently hit the high-end market for nearly $10 million.

There's a bit of movie lore attached to the huge property at 277 North Avenue and 275 North Avenue. which has been divided and reassembled during its 250-plus year history. The Newman-Woodwards owned 3.12 acres of the estate for about 20 years beginning in 1966, and Woodward's mother, Eleanor, lived in the property's mill house.

Melissa Newman, daughter of the late actor, told the Westport News about sledding down hills on her father's back. She also had a tag sale in front of the property's barn and made a sale to Sir Laurence Olivier.

However, those are just specks on the long timeline that comes with the Coleytown-section estate that predates the Revolutionary War. "A piece of history? You're buying a village of history," said listing agent Mary Palmieri Gai, who loved digging into the estate's past. "This is the centerpiece of what was once so vital to Westport."

Generations of the Coley family lived on the estate that once hosted a town green, schoolhouse, gristmill, shoemaker and blacksmith. Twentieth century sculptor James Earle Fraser, whose work was immortalized on the Indian Head nickel, also lived on the property, which is rumored to have been a stop on the Underground Railroad to freedom for Southern slaves.

Today, the sale of the estate is notable because it's a rare opportunity to own 10.46 acres in one of the toniest sections of one of the richest suburbs in the country.

The estate is being sold as a whole, or in two parcels.

Parcel #1 (277 North Avenue) on 7.35 acres, sells for $7.499 million and includes:
  • Main house with six bedrooms and 5.5 baths
  • Carriage house
  • 200-year-old barn
  • Heated pool
  • 355 feet of frontage on the Aspetuck River
  • Two pergolas
  • Five working fireplaces
Parcel #2 (275 North Avenue), sells for $2.399 million and includes:
  • Mill house with three bedrooms and 2.5 baths
  • Waterfall (one of only two in town)
  • Barn/guest house
  • Two-acre building site
  • Potting shed
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