Let’s say you have $40 million to spend on a new home. A French Normandy-style estate on 27 acres beside a pristine lake in Greenwich, Connecticut would certainly fill the bill.
Situated atop a hill to take advantage of the south-facing meadow and lake views, the house named Topping Hill is set back 600 feet from the street for ultimate privacy. From the house there are no neighboring homes in view.
The home was crafted from hand-honed granite and completed in 2020, blending Old World quality and design with the latest smart home technology.
For inspiration, the architect and homeowner traveled to see some of the great architectural treasures in America, such as the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House.
“We realized what set those houses apart is the sense of timelessness and quality,” says the homeowner. “They were beautiful 100 years ago, and they’ll be beautiful 100 years from now. We created Topping Hill with that same timelessness and enduring quality.”
Highlights of the estate include an indoor swimming pool, a professional tennis court and pavilion, elevated gazebo, boathouse and dock, and extensive walking paths that directly access the Greenwich horseback-riding trail system. The grounds feature rose, vegetable, herb and fruit gardens, along with rolling meadows, verdant woods, mature trees and extensive landscape lighting.
There are endless opportunities for outdoor activities with the estate’s professional tennis court and pavilion, a boathouse in stone and slate, an elevated new gazebo and dock, extensive walking paths on the property and direct access to the Greenwich horseback-riding trail system.
“We knew we wanted to create something unique,” says the owner. “Not another random mansion, not another big generic house. We would never build unless we could build something timeless and special for our family.”
The homeowners furnished the house last June and moved in. However, over the last year, during the pandemic, like many families, they began to re-evaluate their life. They were spending more and more time out West and realized their heart really was in the mountains. They plan to create a new home in the mountains and get a smaller estate in Greenwich.