752 Town Hill Road New Hartford, Connecticut 06057
Usually, we limit our houses to $3 million and up, but the rich history of this property and the fact that legendary violinist Efrem Zimbalist lived here with his wife, superstar soprano Alma Gluck, we thought we’d make an exception. Dubbed “The Rafters”, this historic mansion in Connecticut was built in the 1800’s by a retired captain in Washington’s army – whose marital portrait survives in the living room.
From the listing: A renovation of the house at the close of World War II saw the arrival of the Olmsted brothers, who conceived and built Central Park in New York, to oversee the landscaping, which soon included a new host of towering oak trees, peonies and roses. Later, the Garden Conservancy, an eminent horticultural society, requested permission for its members to visit the European-style garden that rests between the pool and the upper terrace. They continue to visit annually. Still, wrote Efrem Jr., “my mother’s favorite spot on our property was the ‘gorge,’ where she labored contentedly in her rock garden,” a haven that remains to this day, woodland wildflowers, frogs, and all.
Photo credit: William Pitt, Sotheby’s International Realty