While Los Angeles may have the highest concentration of celebrity real estate, it’s not the only place the rich and famous and well-filmed flock to. The small enclave of Weston, CT, is also a celeb-friendly hangout, having been the stomping grounds for the likes of Bette Davis, Rodney Dangerfield, Keith Richards and Robert Redford.
Talk about East L.A. — by about 2,300 miles!
According to listing information, Redford sold the property in 1998 for $1.35 million, meaning that the current owners are feeling “The Sting” of the sagging real estate market, considering the current list price.
The house is just about a mile or so from where Redford’s pal and former co-star, Paul Newman, lived with his wife, Joanne Woodward. The pair, who became fast and life-long friends from their days on the set of “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” raised their kids nearby and continued a lifelong, prank-filled relationship. Redford lovingly recalled those Connecticut days, including a hilarious tale about a crushed Porsche Redford and Newman “exchanged” via mail.
Designed by architect Michael Greenberg, Redford’s former home was built in 1976. The contemporary has barn siding walls and stone fireplaces, lending to its rustic look. Set back behind a long, gated drive on a little over two-and-a-quarter aces, the 5-bedroom, 3.5-bath home has complete privacy due to mature trees and greenery. Inside, the home has beamed ceilings, built-in bookcases and large windows opening up to the tree-lined vista.
The listing states that the home was “built for entertaining” with multiple decks and patios, as well as winding stone paths, outdoor gazebo, pool and spa and extensive gardens. Like many towns in Fairfield County, Weston is affluent and in 2009, reported a median income of $190,636. Median Weston home values are currently $764,400.
The listing is held by Sheila Keenan of Coldwell Banker.