This 152-acre, luxury eco-estate in Connecticut includes a hemp farm
A private Connecticut eco-estate spanning 152 acres has just hit the market and become available for private viewings. It belongs to David Wildenstein of the Wildenstein Institute, an art organization, and Lucrezia Buccellati, co-creative director of the luxury Buccellati jewelry brand. Apart from the onsite mansion consisting of rustic, natural materials, the property also grows eco-friendly, renewable crops like hemp.
Overall, the land here comprises 25 acres of fields, 127 acres of woods, an 11-horse barn and two ponds. It is located 80 minutes from Manhattan in a quiet town called Sherman in Fairfield County, Connecticut. Other homes in the area are owned by celebrities like Diane Von Furstenberg, Bob Iger, Jeffrey Toobin and Rob Zombie.
The mansion combines American and Italian design themes. The 7,000-square-foot home has a loft-style design with vaulted cathedral ceilings, six bedrooms and seven marble bathrooms. Inside, amenities include a recreation room, home theater, double-height living room and a gourmet kitchen. The landscape features views of mountains, trees and fields from the windows, and the home is made of wood, stone and steel with massive, pivoting glass doors opening onto upper and lower terraces.
Behind the aesthetics of this chic property is a profound attachment to nature. According to Loy Carlos, co-founder and creative director of Classiques Modernes, Wildenstein and Buccellati are nature-lovers who wanted to produce eco-friendly crops such as hemp and medicinal plants on their land to create an eco-estate that focuses on the future. It’s a different kind of luxury lifestyle that highlights agriculture, emphasized with sustainable forward-thinking and mindfulness (as well as style).
“Lucrezia and I wanted to build a home where we could enjoy the serenity of the woods, a return to quiet nature,” said David Wildenstein in a press release. “She loves horses and I enjoy farming. We were growing hemp, for example, to explore its use as a viable alternative for wood to use in construction, to help combat global warming. We are very much into organic farming as well. Sherman feels like a countryside within five minutes of suburban amenities and recreational facilities that are also essential to a growing family like ours.”
The family has listed the property for $8.5 million.
Images via Classiques Modernes International Realty / Lawlor Media Group
Written by Katherine Gallagher