When it comes to high-end homes, there is absolutely none higher than Greenwich, Connecticut's Copper Beech Farm.


How high-end are we talking? Well, let’s just say that while some upscale properties might come with their own island, Copper beech comes with two. When the 50-acre property went up for sale last year, the asking price was an astonishing $190 ‒‒ so high that even Forbes Magazine took notice. By the time it sold in April, after a mere 11 months on the market, Copper Beech went for 61 percent of its asking price, $120 million, and still became the most expensive single-family home ever sold in the United States. The closing price tops the $117 million sale of Silicon Valley’s Woodside, which held the record since 2012. Some may consider the $132.5 million sale of Montana's Broken O Ranch in 2012 to be the most expensive home sale ever, but Broken O is considered a working ranch, not a single-family home.

Copper Beech, once home to the Lauder Greenway family and named for the copper beech trees that line the estate, sold to the Conservation institute, an LLC, according to Christies, which oversaw the sale.

So what does one get for $120 million these days? Besides the pair of islands and the sumptuous views of Long Island Sound, the estate comes with a 12-bedroom, 13,519-square-foot Victorian mansion with seven full baths, two half-baths, library, a solarium, and a wine cellar. There’s also a three-story-high, wood-paneled foyer, fireplaces in most rooms, and sleeping porches. And if you’re wondering whether a property sitting out over the occasionally temperamental Long Island Sound could be prone to flooding, the mansion’s front door is 40 feet above the water level.

When Copper Beech went on the market in 2013, it was the first time in almost 110 years that the property was listed on the open market. Copper Beech Farm was built in 1896 and purchased on the public market in 1904 by Harriet Lauder Greenway, whose father, George Lauder, helped Andrew Carnegie build U.S. Steel. In 1989 John Rudey, a timber magnate, bought the home in an off-market deal.

The property owns another record, by the way. It is the largest waterfront estate on the between Greenwich and New York City.

According to Forbes, which quoted Christie’s broker David Ogilvy, the buyers intend to leave the estate in tact and not tear it down or gut it for renovation. Posted by Richard Soto on
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