Connecticut Estate With Giant Sports Barn Lists for $15 Million
The roughly 10,000-square-foot structure includes a bowling alley, golf simulator and a dance room
THE WALL SHEET JOURNAL. September 4, 2015
Got children? This Connecticut estate listed for $15 million has a sports-and-entertainment complex bigger than the house itself.
Located on roughly 6½ acres on Laurel Road in the affluent town of New Canaan, the property’s “barn” measures around 10,000 square feet, said listing agent Mark Pires of Coldwell Banker Previews International. Prior owner Rodney A. Hawes Jr., the retired chairman and CEO of the reinsurance company Life Re Corp., said he built the structure for his more than 20 grandchildren before relocating to Idaho. “We needed a place for them to play,” he said.
Three levels with an elevator, the structure has a half basketball court, a bowling alley, a dance room with a ballet barre and a movie theater that seats about 30. The space also has a stage with professional-quality lighting and sound, a kitchen and a full-swing golf simulator. For epic sleepover parties, the upper level has two bunk rooms plus a bedroom for “whichever parents drew the short straw,” Mr. Hawes said with a laugh.
The seven-bedroom main house measures about 9,200 square feet. The property also has a swimming pool and a pond stocked with trout, although “the grandchildren did more feeding the fish than fishing,” Mr. Hawes said. Next to the pond is a cabana with an outdoor kitchen, Mr. Pires said. There is also a one-bedroom guesthouse.
Euro Properties, a Hong Kong-based real-estate investor and developer, purchased the estate from Mr. Hawes last year for $10.8 million, according to public records. Euro Properties CEO Neo Que Yau said in an email that the company has spent “several million” to “bring the property up-to-date,” making changes such as redesigning the landscaping.
The home is one of the priciest on the market in New Canaan, Mr. Pires said.