For Sale: Christopher Plummer's Former Von Trapp-Style Home
In fact, the 1880s-built carriage house has several features in common with "The Sound of Music" movie home, which is a combination of Salzburg, Austria, exteriors and 20th Century Fox soundstage interiors. The six-bedroom Darien house "is reminiscent of the type of home that is portrayed in the movie; it's very Old World and Old School," says listing agent Eileen Hanford with Halstead Property.
Both homes have:
- Water views -- the movie features lakeside scenes of Leopoldskroner Teich, a man-made lake on the southwest of Salzburg; the Darien home overlooks the Long Island Sound.
- Open foyers, though that on the movie soundstage is far grander than the Darien entrance hall.
- Flagstone terraces, which, in the movie, hosted love scenes between Maria, postulate-turned-governess and von Trapp, widowed father of 7.
The Darien home is located on Long Neck Point, an exclusive finger of land that juts into the sound.
"You can get a teardown there for $3 million," says Hanford.
Plummer paid $255,000 for the 2-acre property in 1974, and sold it seven years later for $1 million. He now lives on a farm in Weston, Conn.
"You see a lot of movie stars go from the water to a big farm," Hanford says.
Plummer lived in Darien roughly a decade after "The Sound of Music" made him a star. And even though the 84-year-old actor has portrayed King Lear and Leo Tolstoy, he says playing the anti-Nazi von Trapp was his toughest role.
"Because it was so awful and sentimental and gooey," Plummer told The Hollywood Reporter. "You had to work terribly hard to try and infuse some miniscule bit of humor into it."
Plummer won his first Oscar in 2012 for his supporting role in "Beginners," where he played a man who comes out as gay in his 70s.
Darien, by the way, has a movie history of its own. "Gentleman's Agreement," Laura Z. Hobson's bestselling 1947 novel turned into a film starring Gregory Peck, was set in Darien to spotlight anti-Semitism in America via unwritten covenants -- gentleman's agreements -- that prohibited selling homes to Jews.
That kind of discrimination became illegal, however, long before Plummer lived there.
[CORRECTION, 2:50 p.m.: An earlier version of this article said 209 Long Neck Point has four bedrooms.]