Secluded 52-acre Garden Estate in New Canaan, Connecticut, Offered at $24 Million

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The magnificent 52-acre Le Beau Château to be presented by Barbara Cleary's Realty Guild, the Christie's Great Estates exclusive affiliate in New Canaan, Connecticut.

Christie's Great Estates and Barbara Cleary's Realty Guild announce that they are presenting for sale Le Beau Château, one of Fairfield County's last great estate properties. Barbara Cleary's Realty Guild, an exclusive affiliate of Christie's Great Estates, is offering the property for $24 million. Christie's Great Estates will provide premier international marketing services.

Serenely nestled in the southwestern corner of Connecticut rests Le Beau Château, an extraordinarily rare offering of 52 sprawling acres complete with 10 estate lots and a grand French-style manor house. Boasting lush, pristine landscape with open meadows, wetlands, gentle streams, and babbling brooks, this magnificent property is less than a 60-minute drive from New York City and only six minutes from downtown New Canaan. Hidden behind gates and pine forests for more than 70 years, this secret garden hideaway affords the utmost in seclusion and serenity.

At the center of the grounds stands Le Beau Château, a spectacular French château-style residence, reminiscent of the mansions in the Loire Valley. Constructed in 1937 by noted New York architectural firm Voorhees, Gmelin and Walker--designers of the art deco-styled Times Square Building and One Wall Street--this nine-bedroom, six full and three half bath residence has been remarkably preserved. The 12,766-square-foot manor offers a beautiful blend of rich textures and opulent features that recall the romance and grandeur of a bygone era.

A commanding two-story grand foyer featuring a curved staircase introduces the interior of this graceful 22-room mansion. The original ornate architecture boasts generously proportioned rooms with delicate marble and herringbone floors, soaring 13-foot ceilings and elegant French doors throughout. Gracefully blending historic luxury and superior craftsmanship, the residence features
a baronial ballroom, 11 fireplaces, a wine cellar, a full basement, a walk-up attic, an elevator, a terrace, and a service courtyard for parking cars. Further highlights of the property include two identical well-appointed single-story brick caretaker and guest houses, each providing two bedrooms.

"The ability to purchase 52 acres in the prime estate area of New Canaan, Connecticut, within an hour of New York City, is a rare opportunity," says Barbara Cleary of Barbara Cleary's Realty Guild, who adds that the recent subdivision of the property into 10 building sites provides tremendous added value. "The architecture of Le Beau Château is of a scale and splendor that recalls a lifestyle of an earlier era. There's a sense of stepping back in time, when the pace of life was slower and filled with peace and privacy. One can only imagine the social customs of the gentry of that era, of the grand entertaining, the ballrooms and music rooms that were the heritage of that time period."

"Set amid a private sanctuary of spacious, mature gardens, Le Beau Château offers peace, privacy, and a beguiling tranquil lifestyle," says Kathleen Coumou, Christie's Great Estates Vice President for the Northeast Region. "The atmosphere of graceful opulence that permeates through the residence epitomizes 'l'art de vivre,' luxurious French living."

An ideal family town offering a wealth of top-quality schools, New Canaan, Connecticut, offers
residents tree-lined streets, superb restaurants, and a selection of high-end boutique shops. Among the many historic residences in the 200-year-old town is the modernist masterpiece 'Glass House' built by noted architect Philip Johnson, who was a resident of New Canaan until his death in 2005. One of the most affluent communities in the United States, New Canaan was recently ranked first in the nation by CNN Money as the town with the highest median family income.

-- Le Beau Château -- http://www.christiesgreatestates.com/properties/view_63745/

About Christie's Great Estates
Christie's Great Estates is the largest international network of real estate companies dedicated to the sale and marketing of luxury homes and is a subsidiary of Christie's, the world's leading art business. Christie's clients who buy and sell works of art often request real estate services. To satisfy this demand, Great Estates, founded by Kay Coughlin in 1987, was acquired by Christie's in 1995. Today, the Christie's Great Estates global network spans more than 40 countries with 850 offices and approximately 35,000 brokers. Committed to the auction house's two-century-old tradition of exceptional customer service and expertise in high-value marketing, the network achieved total combined sales in excess of $125 billion.

Admittance to the Christie's Great Estates network is offered by invitation only to those real estate companies with proven records of success in high-value home sales and who exemplify Christie's
traditional value of service. Once awarded affiliate status, brokers may then display the coveted Christie's brand and use the proprietary marketing services of Christie's Great Estates, which has
successfully marketed high-value real estate around the globe for more than 20 years. Exceptionally skilled local real estate specialists, a client-focused approach, and strategic global marketing to a qualified audience of proven luxury consumers are the hallmarks of Christie's Great Estates.

About Barbara Cleary's Realty Guild
For over two decades, Barbara Cleary's Realty Guild has heralded the beauty and appealing lifestyle of the town of New Canaan. The company was founded in 1986 by owner/broker Barbara Cleary, who has proven to have a keen appreciation for the elegance and grandeur of quality homes, and a unique talent for cutting-edge marketing. Her boutique company continues to thrive, and she leads a group of highly talented and discreet professionals who set the highest standards of care and service for their clients. Barbara Cleary's Realty Guild is highly attuned to the changes and vagaries of the marketplace and continues to grow and expand its reputation as a leading company for the area's finest homes.

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