You Can Live in a Piece of Gilded Age History Designed by Stanford White

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Photo credit: Douglas Elliman Real Estate
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For fans of HBO’s Wharton-esque escapade or devoted followers of popular Instagram account @mansionsoftheguildedage, this might be your chance to summer like a Vanderbilt: A gorgeous Gilded Age manor has just hit the market in Connecticut.

Built in 1903, the now-landmarked Stoneleigh Manor sits atop the coastal waterline in New Canaan—positioned for stunning views of Long Island Sound. At 8,673-square-feet, the property totals just under 3 acres of land, and makes the most of the space with a sprawling front porch and back veranda ideal for hosting soirees of all sizes.

Stoneleigh was designed by legendary American architect Stanford White as a summer escape from the heat of Manhattan. White also designed Fifth Avenue mansions for the Astors, the Vanderbilts, and other high society families of the nineteenth century, not to mention a handful of New York’s landmark structures such as Madison Square Garden and the Washington Square Arch.

The home's crown jewel is the outdoor space: a massive, sweeping back porch that expands the full length of the home. The manor has hosted several legendary soirees over its 118-year history: in June 1909, the New Canaan Garden Club held its first Flower Show on the veranda. The current homeowners purchased the estate in 2015, bringing on Lisa Hilderbrand of Hilderbrand Interiors to inject a modern sensibility to the landmarked home.

The listing is on the market with John and Melissa Engel, co-founders of The Engel Team. Originally listed for $5,500,000, it has since been reduced to $5,199,000.

Tour the home below.

Photo credit: Douglas Elliman Real Estate
Photo credit: Douglas Elliman Real Estate

The kitchen was recently renovated with cater-ready appliances, opening into a dining room overlooking the sprawling backyard.

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Photo credit: Douglas Elliman Real Estate
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The master bedroom suite, with a sitting room overlooking the Long Island Sound.

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Photo credit: Douglas Elliman Real Estate
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Photo credit: Douglas Elliman Real Estate

Third floor doubles as a bunk-and-play room, with panoramic views of the gardens and rolling lawns leading up to the Sound.

A wood-paneled study channels “Montana hunting lodge vibes.”

Photo credit: Douglas Elliman Real Estate
Photo credit: Douglas Elliman Real Estate
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Photo credit: Douglas Elliman Real Estate

The carriage house hosts out-of-towners, and gives guests a separate suite away from the main house. The owners recently renovated the space to include a second-floor office, the ideal respite for private working hours.

Photo credit: Douglas Elliman Real Estate
Photo credit: Douglas Elliman Real Estate
Photo credit: Douglas Elliman Real Estate
Photo credit: Douglas Elliman Real Estate

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