Wilton farmhouse owned by film and TV screenwriter listed for $1.8M

Connecticut has been the home of many famous names throughout the years. More than 100 years ago, Redding was the town author Mark Twain called home, and up until recently, Grammy-winning producer Nile Rodgers had a residence on the Connecticut shoreline. Now, a film and television screenwriter and an interior designer are selling their Wilton home.

Listed for $1.825 million, the home on 151 Skunk Lane is being sold by screenwriter Jayson Rothwell, according to town of Wilton property records. Rothwell is the writer behind the Netflix film, “Polar,” starring Vanessa Hudgens and the horror-mystery film, “Silent Night,” starring Malcolm McDowell and Jaime King. Rothwell's "Invaders," a story about a thief "who is forced by a rogue government agent to retrieve a video of the U.S. president having sex with the wife of an Arab sheik," was picked up as a spec script by Warner Bros. Pictures in 2007, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The screenwriter's similarly-named company — Invader Films, Inc. — is registered to the 151 Skunk Lane address, according to the state of Connecticut's business filing records.

Rothwell’s wife, Michelle, is an interior designer who had her own firm in the United Kingdom, according to a Q&A she gave to The British Weekly, which serves the British ex-patriot population in the United States.  

The movie screening room in the home on 151 Skunk Lane in Wilton, Conn. 

The movie screening room in the home on 151 Skunk Lane in Wilton, Conn. 

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A living area in the home on 151 Skunk Lane in Wilton, Conn. 

A living area in the home on 151 Skunk Lane in Wilton, Conn. 

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Inside the home on 151 Skunk Lane in Wilton, Conn. / Realty Plans / Contributed Photos

The five-bedroom, four-bathroom home has 5,143 square feet of living space in a “refurbished farmhouse” style, according to the listing. According to information provided by listing agent Dawn Kaam, the original building on the property predates 1900, and other spaces part of the home were gradually added. A living room, three additional bedrooms, a great room and a full basement were additions to the property, Kaam said in an email, while the “buggy barn” was converted in a guest suite. 

Throughout the home, there are finishes indicative of its age and farmhouse style, such as wide floorboards and exposed wood beams, Kaam noted, as well as large fireplaces and stone patios. Inside, there’s a full butler’s pantry equipped with a wall oven, dishwasher, bar, refrigerator and warming oven, as well as a gym, game room and movie screening room, according to the listing. 

Wilton is one of many towns and cities in Connecticut to have seen its home values increase in the past two years. Wilton’s average home value increased by $217,538, marking a 31.14 percent jump between January 2020 and January 2022. According to national real estate brokerage Redfin, the average home sale price in Wilton for March 2022 was $937,000, up more than 18 percent versus the same month last year. Homes in the town also spent less time on the market in March 2022 than they did in March 2021, according to Redfin; in 2022, homes spent an average 58 days on the market, down 81 days in March 2021. 

The 151 Skunk Lane home is presented by William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty and is listed by Dawn Kaam (917-297-6430).