These celebrities bought and sold real estate in CT in 2022

While the housing market cooled down from a hectic 2021 real estate year, home prices throughout Connecticut are still up with affordability dropping in the Nutmeg State and nationwide. Hearst Connecticut previously reported that median sale price for a home in Connecticut was $349,000 in 2022, up 7.4 percent from 2021, as calculated by Berkshire Hathaway. 

From the return of Donald Trump's former Greenwich home to the listing of "Bat out of Hell" composer Jim Steinman’s Ridgefield home, these are the celebrity homes in Connecticut that were on the market in 2022. 

Nov. 22 - Still for sale
Old Lyme home designed by architect in Yale Scroll and Key Society listed for $4M

The home on 4 Lieutenant River Lane in Old Lyme, Conn. has six bedrooms, three full bathrooms and a carriage house. The home was designed by Yale-educated architect James Gamble Rogers.

The home on 4 Lieutenant River Lane in Old Lyme, Conn. has six bedrooms, three full bathrooms and a carriage house. The home was designed by Yale-educated architect James Gamble Rogers.

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An Old Lyme home with ties to a secret Yale society is currently listed on the market for $4 million.

The home on 4 Lieutenant River Lane in Old Lyme holds true to its street address with its views of the Lieutenant River. Nicknamed “Westwind,” the home was built as a “Neoclassic Revival” by Yale-educated architect James Gamble Rogers, according to the listing. Rogers enrolled at Yale in fall 1885, according to his biography, and at the end of his junior year at the school, he was “selected as one of sixteen students to be inducted into the secret elite Yale Scroll and Key Society.”

The six-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath property is full of Roger's trademark galleries of french doors, hand hewn beams, curved walls and other architectural details. 

 

Oct. 2022 - Sold
TikTok's D'Amelio family purchased Norwalk condo for $1.2M

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 06: (L-R) Marc D'Amelio, Heidi D'Amelio, Charli D'Amelio, and Dixie D'Amelio attend the 10th Annual LACMA ART+FILM GALA honoring Amy Sherald, Kehinde Wiley, and Steven Spielberg presented by Gucci at Los Angeles County Museum of Art on November 06, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for LACMA)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 06: (L-R) Marc D'Amelio, Heidi D'Amelio, Charli D'Amelio, and Dixie D'Amelio attend the 10th Annual LACMA ART+FILM GALA honoring Amy Sherald, Kehinde Wiley, and Steven Spielberg presented by Gucci at Los Angeles County Museum of Art on November 06, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for LACMA)

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In a profile by UConn Magazine, Marc D'Amelio — father to TikTok-famous Charli and Dixie and husband to Heidi — revealed that the famous family recently purchased property in Norwalk. 

The social-media-famous family originally had roots in Norwalk, but moved to Los Angeles to follow the two daughters' fame. Now, the D'Amelios have property back East, with Norwalk city records showing that the family purchased a $1.2 million condo in the city. 

Marc also has a new project out of UConn called "D’Amelio Huskies Collective," an attempt to help UConn athletes with sponsorships and advertising deals in the wake of new rules for how NCAA athletes are allowed to profit from their "name, image and likeness."

Oct. 2022 - Sold
Shonda Rhimes bought a Westport mansion for nearly $16M

Shonda Rhimes attends the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 24, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. 

Shonda Rhimes attends the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 24, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. 

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In October 2022, creator of “Grey’s Anatomy” Shonda Rhimes purchased a Westport mansion previously owned by Melissa & Doug toy company founders, Melissa and Doug Berstein. The Wall Street Journal reported on Oct. 11 that they toy company founders sold the home for $15.75 million, and the New York Post reported three days later that Rhimes was the one who bought the property in a private sale.

Compass real estate agent Karen Scott worked on the seller's side and noted on Instagram that the property’s sale marked “the highest non-waterfront property transfer in Westport’s history.”

Done in a New England Colonial style, Mansion Global reports that the property has eight fireplaces, a kitchen with a pizza oven, bowling alleys, a basketball court and an arcade, as well as a home theater with a concession stand, a playroom and a billiards room. The 7.5-acre property features a pool, a tennis court, an outdoor kitchen and a playground

 

Oct. 2022 - Still for sale
'Bat Out of Hell' composer Jim Steinman’s Ridgefield home listed for $5.5M

The studio inside the home on 22 Ketcham Road in Ridgefield, Conn., which was owned by composer Jim Steinman. 

The studio inside the home on 22 Ketcham Road in Ridgefield, Conn., which was owned by composer Jim Steinman. 

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Jim Steinman, the mind behind songs like rock legend Meat Loaf’s “Bat Out of Hell,” Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart” and Céline Dion’s “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now,” has listed his Ridgefield home for $5.5M. 

The home on 22 Ketcham Road in Ridgefield was where Steinman lived for nearly 30 years until his death in 2021, according to the listing. Steinman was the primary composer for Meat Loaf’s 1977 debut album, “Bat Out of Hell,” which went on to become one of the top-selling albums of all time.

The home, originally built in 1920, is a two bedroom, two bathroom property, according to the listing, and contains a home studio where he “collaborated with world acclaimed musicians and artists,” and composed music on a piano that is included in the home’s sale. The listing notes that Steinman’s former property, his “curated collections” and other elements of his former estate will be sold with the intention to “transfer this tangible body of work to the next custodian who will be delighted to find that Jim’s home and art will impassion, elevate and transform.”

 

Aug. 2022 - Still for sale
Donald Trump’s former Greenwich property on market again

The entrance area of the home that was once owned by Donald Trump at 21 Vista Drive, Greenwich, as it appeared in 2015 when it was on the market with an asking price of $54 million.

The entrance area of the home that was once owned by Donald Trump at 21 Vista Drive, Greenwich, as it appeared in 2015 when it was on the market with an asking price of $54 million.

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 A property once owned by former President Donald Trump entered the market again in 2022, this time with an all-time-low asking price of just under $30 million.

The owners, financier Robert Steinberg and his wife, Suzanne, now want $29.9 million for the 5.8-acre waterfront estate at 21 Vista Drive on a peninsula in Greenwich, the Wall Street Journal reported Aug. 22, 2022. It was listed for $50 million in 2009, $54 million in 2014 and $32 million most recently, according to the Journal.

The home contains 24 rooms, including 11 bedrooms, 15.5 bathrooms and eight wood-burning fireplaces. It sits among more than 750 feet of shoreline with views of the Long Island Sound, according to the listing from Brown Harris Stevens.

 

May 2022 - Sold
Richard Gere sells Westchester estate just over CT border

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 9: Richard Gere attends IFC Films With The Cinema Society And Monkey 47 Host A Special Screening Of "Three Christs" at Regal Essex Crossing on January 9, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Bruinooge/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 9: Richard Gere attends IFC Films With The Cinema Society And Monkey 47 Host A Special Screening Of "Three Christs" at Regal Essex Crossing on January 9, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Bruinooge/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

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Listed in October 2021 for $28 million, the 81 Lyndel Road estate of “Pretty Woman” actor Richard Gere has been sold and went into contract on May 5, 2022, according to real estate publication Mansion Global. The final sale price of the home was $24,150,000, according to public records.

Gere purchased the eight-bedroom, nine-and-a-half bathroom estate in January 1986 for $1.5 million, according to Realtor.com records. The Lyndel Road home has 11,658 square feet of living space, which Mansion Global notes includes stables, a private lake, a pool and a soccer field. The home sits on almost 50 acres of land that contains five structures, according to the listing, and is 4,300 acres of protected land. 

April 2022 - Sold
Westport home crafted by designer of Gershwin Theatre sold for $1.5M

The home on 7 Bayberry Ridge Road in Westport designed by architect Ralph Alswang sold for $1.5 million in April 2022. Alswang was a Broadway scenic designer for productions such as “The Rainmaker,” “Peter Pan,” and “A Raisin in the Sun,” according to the New York Times, before switching careers to design whole theaters instead of just sets. 

Alswang created Theater Planning Associates, the Times noted, under which he designed Broadway’s Uris Theatre. According to Broadway website Playbill.com, the theater was designed in an “Art Noveau” style and opened in 1972 before it was renamed in 1983 after composer George Gershwin. 

The home, which was sold in April 2022 for $1.5 million, has additional ties to pieces of American culture. Melson said in an email that the Bayberry Ridge Road home was custom-built by Alswang for the Knopf publishing family. The family created the Alfred A. Knopf publishing house in 1915, according to the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group website, and has published works from authors including Toni Morrison, John Updike and Julia Child. Town of Westport property records indicate the home was originally owned by Alfred Knopf, Jr. and sold only once in 1999. 

 

Mar. 2022 - Still for sale
Westport home of Grammy winner Nile Rodgers listed for $5.25M

The home on 9 Covlee Drive in Westport, Conn. is owned by Grammy-winning composer Nile Rodgers. 

The home on 9 Covlee Drive in Westport, Conn. is owned by Grammy-winning composer Nile Rodgers. 

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Grammy winner Nile Rodgers is selling his Westport home at  9 Covlee Drive in Westport for $5.5 million. Rodgers is a guitarist, composer and producer who has worked with musicians like David Bowie, Diana Ross and Madonna to sell “over 500 million albums and 75 million singles,” according to his website.

The five-bedroom, four-and-a-half bathroom waterfront property has two balconies, the listing notes, along with a deck and a lawn that extends from the back of the house to the water. Direct access to the coastline makes the Covlee Drive home all the more rare, according to listing agent Chris Gugelmann. Additionally, the home has a gym, an indoor exercise pool and a family room loft. The home’s lower level includes 1,500 square feet of space that can be finished for added living space.

March 2022 - Sold
Stamford log cabin owned by Mt. Rushmore sculptor sold for $965K

The busts of U.S. presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln tower over the Black Hills at Mount Rushmore. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The busts of U.S. presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln tower over the Black Hills at Mount Rushmore. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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The log cabin on 400 Wire Mill Road in Stamford that was previously owned by Gutzon Borglum, one of the sculptors of Mount Rushmore, sold in March 2022 for $965,000. Borglum owned most of the land surrounding what is now Wire Mill Road in the early 1900s. According to the National Parks Service, Borglum had a primary house and a studio in the area with his second wife, Mary Montgomery Borglum. Borglum was in the design stages of Mount Rushmore while working from his Stamford studio in the early 1930s, and just off Wire Mill Road is a street named after the sculptor and designer. 

The property sold for under listing price in March. The 2,000 square-foot cabin came with a two-story great room with a stone fireplace, the listing notes, which is the original part of the home. The logs on the exterior of this part of the home were restored by hand by one of the previous owners, who also added insulation to the walls, Sheftell noted. Other features included a remodeled kitchen with cathedral ceilings and a “heated commode” that Sheftell said is a $12,000 toilet. 

 

Feb. 2022 - Sold
Bigelow ‘tea chest’ inventor’s former CT estate and car lounge sold for $1.6M

Some of the Bigelow Tea Company in Fairfield's classic products.

Some of the Bigelow Tea Company in Fairfield's classic products.

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Nicknamed “La Dolce Vita,” or “the sweet life,” the Mediterranean-style “trophy estate” on 30 Crosssbow Lane in Easton sold for $1.6 million in Feburary 2022 . The property was previously owned by Arnold D’Angelo, the late entrepreneur who once worked for Bigelow tea’s food service division. In his time with Bigelow, D’Angelo was a "big driver of the Bigelow tea chest," the tea company confirmed, which is often found in hotels and restaurants. D’Angelo also went on to found his own marketing and distributing firm called IMS, according to Candy Industry, which also worked with co-branded Land O’Lakes and Arizona Iced Tea products. 

D’Angelo’s custom-built home has six bedrooms and five full bathrooms. According to listing agent Carol Langeland, D'Angelo was a car collector, and he included additional living space in the garage, which has space for five cars and a “crew pit lounge” that’s outfitted with a television and a seating area. 

 

April 2021 - Still for sale
Tennis legend’s CT home listed for nearly $15M

OTB Open Tennis Tournament, Schenectady, New York - Ivan Lendl stretches for the big forehand return of serve against Tommy Enqvist. August 27, Undated (James Goolsby/Times Union Archive)
OTB Open Tennis Tournament, Schenectady, New York - Ivan Lendl stretches for the big forehand return of serve against Tommy Enqvist. August 27, Undated (James Goolsby/Times Union Archive)
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This Georgian Federal-style estate at 400 5 ½ Mile Road owned by Czech-American tennis player Ivan Lendl is still on the market for just under $15 million. The property not only has a tennis court, but also a full-sized gymnasium and basketball court, according to the listing. Allan Greenberg, the architectural firm behind the Embassy of Luxembourg and the Supreme Court Historical Society in Washington, D.C., designed the home for Lendl, which was completed in 1992. 

The home was originally listed for $16.45 million in 2021 and is now on the market for $14.99 million

The grounds feature horse paddocks and a barn, and the listing notes that the main house offers 18,000 square feet of living space with 10 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms and three half bathrooms. The home has a library, living room, family room and formal dining room, as well as a “trophy room” and “eat-in chef’s kitchen with state-of-the-art appliances and butler’s pantry.” 

 

April 2021 - Still for sale
Estate of ‘Happy Days’ producers listed in CT $15.7M

The home at 57 Mt. Tom Road in Simsbury, Conn., the former estate of television producers Thomas Miller and Robert Boyett. 

The home at 57 Mt. Tom Road in Simsbury, Conn., the former estate of television producers Thomas Miller and Robert Boyett. 

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The Salisbury home of the two of the minds behind "Happy Days" and other hits like "Full House" and "Family Matters" was listed for sale in 2021 and is still on the market today for $15.7M.

Located at 57 Mt. Tom Road, the former estate of producers Thomas Miller, who died in April 2020, and his partner, Robert Boyett, was listed in April 2021 for $17,950,000 and has dropped in price to its current listing of $15,750,000. The 22,282 square-foot country home features nine bedrooms, 10 full bathrooms and four partial bathrooms, all situated on 474 acres of land. Built in 2002, the home was constructed by Acheson Doyle Partners Architects, which also completed St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, the penthouse residence of the Plaza Hotel and the Liberty Island Pavilion near the Statue of Liberty in New York. 

The entry to the home features a grand staircase and opens up to a “dramatic 39-foot-long formal dining space with a soaring 32-foot-tall (3 story) glass atrium ceiling,” the listing notes. The interior of the home is completed by a great room, according to the listing, as well as a library, a movie viewing room a “chef's kitchen with a large butler's pantry.”