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New Milford, Conn. | $1.295 Million
A circa 1760 clapboard house with four bedrooms, four full bathrooms, four half bathrooms, a guesthouse, a barn and a swimming pool
Known as the Buckingham Estate, this vintage Colonial and its outbuildings were originally owned by the family of a 17th-century settler in what is now Litchfield County, Conn. The property occupies the top of Second Hill, the site of a Revolutionary War camp. In 1968, it became the weekend refuge of the pianist Vladimir Horowitz and his wife, Wanda Toscanini Horowitz, who sold it to the current owners in 1978. The home is three miles east of the town center and about 70 miles from Upper Manhattan.
Size: 3,773 square feet
Price per square foot: $343
Indoors: Passing under a neoclassical archway, one enters a foyer with chestnut floorboards and a graciously curving staircase. To the right is the living room, which has a green marble fireplace and walls variously covered in picture moldings, paisley paper and built-in bookshelves with lower cabinets.
The dining room that follows has a bay window and a brass fireplace. In the kitchen, there are terra-cotta tile floors and original beams, as well as industrial stainless steel counters and restaurant-grade appliances. A family room off the kitchen has a wood-burning stove and a beehive oven.
On the second floor is the master suite, with a tiled fireplace that has cabinets over the mantel. The Italian-style marble en suite bathroom has built-in floor-to-ceiling storage, a makeup vanity, a soaking tub and a glass-walled shower decorated with mosaic tile.
Also upstairs are three guest bedrooms, one with an en suite bathroom and another with wood paneling and trim, currently used as a library.
On the lower level, with its exposed stone foundation, the owners created a wine grotto that has a copper sink and a wood-burning stove.
The stone-faced two-story guesthouse has hand-hewed beams, a combined living-and-dining room, an upstairs bedroom, two bathrooms (one on each floor), a greenhouse and tandem parking for two cars. The barn, with its cupola and chestnut beams, dates to the late 18th century and could be used as a garage.
Outdoor space: The seven-acre landscaped property is next to 200 acres of protected land and has stone walls, rail fences, lawns and gardens. The dining room walks out to a stone porch. The heated pool has a patio with an outdoor kitchen.
Taxes: $12,667 (2018)