Address: 21 Vista Dr.
Square feet: 19,786
Sunsets and sunrises are equally gorgeous at this grand estate, which boasts 750 feet of shoreline and 5.8 acres of waterfront. “It is very unusual,” says real estate agent Robert Johnson of Brown Harris Stevens in Greenwich, CT of the Indian Harbor home property and all its attributes—size of the lot, predominately flat grounds, expansive water access and a dock that can accommodate a sizeable boat throughout the tide cycle, all on two separate lots flexible for development.
With almost a century of history, the house has had numerous upgrades over the years by previous owners, including an indoor lap pool for year-round swimming. The double height grand living room and guest room and extensive staff housing on the second floor provide the setting for elegant living and there are large formal entertaining spaces inside and out.
“The most well-known previous owner is Donald Trump and his ex-wife Ivana,” says Johnson. “Whether you love him or not, Donald Trump has an excellent track record for picking superb locations. Also, how many ex-president houses are on the market?”
The estate is made for entertaining. A grand foyer with double staircase makes for a striking welcome for guests. Easily flow through the cozy wood paneled sitting room with French doors opening to the waterfront, bright and airy garden room with its wall of windows, expansive dining room that seats at least 16, or the cozy family room with fireplace. Outdoor patio space, an outdoor pool, extensive grounds, a home theater, a billiards room and tennis court provide ample entertainment. There is plenty of room for guests, too, with 11 bedrooms and 18 baths in almost 20,000 square feet of space.
For Johnson, the view from the back terrace says it all: “Osprey nest on the left, boats out front and an expansive lawn in front of you!” he says.
But even if you decide to tear it all down and start over, “this property will appeal to the buyer who understands that this type of property is very scarce and is available at land value,” says Johnson. “The flexibility of options for the future are broad and affluent buyers looking for this amount of acreage may be waiting for a long time for another option like this to go on the market.”
Real Estate Agent Brown Harris Stevens, Greenwich, CT