Our Favorite Listing: A Private Peninsula

Residing at the end of the Shippan Point peninsula, the city’s southernmost property is said to have been used as a lookout guarding Stamford and New York Harbors during the two World Wars, hosting a canon on site. The home was built in 1914 by Richard Howland Hunt and Joseph Howland Hunt—the architect brothers behind Beacon Towers in Sands Point, Long Island, once owned by William Randolph Hearst and the inspiration for the Great Gatsby. The listing is currently listed at $11,950,000

 Photos courtesy of Sothebys International

Photos courtesy of Sothebys International

Hunt & Hunt built this home, known as “Saddle Rock House,” for the inventor Thomas Robins, best known for creating the rubber conveyor belt while working for his friend Thomas Edison. Based on the invention he launched the Robins Conveying Belt Company, which later became known as the Hewitt-Robins company.

Crafted with ashlar quarried stone and a Belgian slate roof, and designed with definitive circular arches framing doorways and windows, the residence is built in the Richardsonian Romanesque style and has views of the water from every room. Updates include a new kitchen with custom cabinets and granite counters, smart home technology, custom tilt-and-turn windows, and a renovated cellar with a vintage, temperature-controlled wine cellar.

Outside, there’s a heated saltwater pool with large covered stone grotto, pool deck with cabana, boat launch, specimen gardens and fountains, lighted tennis court, stone guest cottage and a Bonsai tree at the peninsula’s tip, all with Sound views extending from the Stamford Harbor Lighthouse to the Manhattan skyline. Locals will recognize the large bear statue that introduces the home at its gated entry; they’ve been referring to the property as the “Bear House” for years.

Robert Blosio & Larry Palma of Sothebys International is the listing agent. For more information click here

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