1. A Formidable $10 Million House
Late actor Paul Newman's magnificent Westport, Connecticut home hit the market for nearly $10 million. The pristine 10.46-acre estate boasts five buildings - the main house, the former grist and later cotton mill, a carriage house, and two barns. With a 250-plus-year history, the enchanting property is really a centerpiece of history.
2. A Historic Home To Influential Figures
Located at 277 and 275 North Avenue in the Coleytown of Westport, an area particularly rich in history, the charming colonial house was owned by the Coley family for almost 200 years from the early 1700s until 1920. It was also once home to influential artists like anti-war activist Kerr Eby, sculptor James Earle Fraser, and illustrator Oscar Howard.
3. A Well-preserved Colonial Saltbox
The original part of the main house, known as the Ebenezer Coley House, is an antique Colonial Saltbox built in 1763. Revered Hamptons architect Kirby Grimes designed the addition, which echoes the original structure and brings the total square footage to over 6,400. The transitional space linking the old house to the addition boasts seven sets of French doors to the rear patio and wisteria-entwined pergola.
4. The Family Room
Paul Newman, his second wife Joanne Woodward, and their daughters lived in the main residence for over 40 years. Close your eyes and imagine the love and the laughter the Newmans shared in this spacious living room.
5. The Kitchen
In the early 18th century, the area was known as Fairfield and featured a mill, shoemaker, blacksmith, yarn manufacturer, stables, small village green, and one-room schoolhouse. Those have all since been transformed into this Colonial residence. The kitchen maintains the styles of the period while maintaining modern conveniences.
6. The Dining Room
This is the dining room in the older part of the main residence. It boasts stone floors, a brick fireplace, exposed wooden beams, as well as a wooden table and chairs.
7. The Wine Cellar
The historic house also has a pristine wine cellar as well as a tasting room. Almost everything in the cellar is made of wood - the wooden shingle roof, wooden shelves, wooden stools, and a wooden table dotted with wooden artwork.
8. A Bedroom
The 6,400 sq. ft main house is composed of 6 bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms in total. This is the master bedroom on the first floor. Though it's decorated simply with only a few framed pictures lined on the wall, the room makes you feel comfortable and relaxed.
9. Another Bedroom
Also simply designed, this bedroom gives out a vigorous vibe, with fresh greenery plus floral curtains and bedspread.
10. Another Living Room
This living room is also equipped with a large green cabinet. On the patterned carpet, three soft sofas surround a round wooden table. You can spend a quiet moment here after a long busy day.
11. A Cozy Spot
Adjacent to the living room mentioned before, there is a cozy space for reading and entertainment. When tired of reading books stored on the two shelves, you can turn to the piano for some entertainment.
12. A Barn
There are two barns on the estate. One is 200 years old, and the other has been converted into a studio space, which contains a bedroom and a bathroom, an approved 2-acre building lot for a five-bedroom house and pool with its own driveway, plus ample road frontage to North Avenue.
13. The Backyard
On the back wall of the main house, there are doors that lead directly to the open backyard. Newman's children must have had a lot of fun here.
14. The Manicured Grounds
The backyard features well manicured lawns surrounded by mature trees. There are also vintage stone walls, formal and informal gardens, and a heated Gunite swimming pool.
15. The Second House
The former-mill-transformed second house sits along Coleytown Road on a stretch of the Aspetuck River. Dating back to 1790, the 3.12-acre parcel has 2,100 square feet of living space, two fireplaces, and a sunroom that provides a picture-perfect river view. Paul Newman's mother-in-law - Joanne Woodward's mom - once lived here.
16. A Footbridge
The entire estate has 680 feet of water frontage on to the Aspetuck River, and a footbridge crosses the river by a waterfall. You can envision people strolling along the Aspetuck River that winds its way through the property.
17. The Third House
The third house on the property is a 1,600-square-foot carriage house. Built in 1900, the building has three bedrooms and two bathrooms. All the sections are within walking distance of the Newman-Poses Nature Preserve.
18. Fond Memories
Melissa Newman, daughter of the late actor and philanthropist, had fond memories of life in this home, including sledding down the hill with her siblings atop their father's back. Now the entire package can be bought as a whole for $9,898,000 or in two parts for $7,499,000 for the main house and $2,399,000 for the secondary house.