Greenwich address? Check. Tennis court and pool? Check. Walk-in fireplace? Check. Life-sized chess set? Checkmate.
The former estate of famously controversial movie star Mel Gibson is for sale. And it will only cost you some $33 million to live there. But the good news is you could bring along many of your friends to dwell in the spacious, 15,800-plus square-foot Elizabethan-inspired, Tudor-styled mansion.
The landmark home that rests at the end of a long, formal driveway is, as listing agent Joseph Barbieri calls it, “One of the last great estates of Greenwich.” Perched on more than 75 verdant acres of countryside, Old Mill Farm was designed in 1926 by architect Charles Lewis Bowman for the financier George Lewis Ohrstrom.
Befitting such a grand property, the picturesque Old Mill showcases museum-quality details that include 17th century English paneling and a 40-foot cathedral ceiling above the minstrel’s gallery in the Great Hall, where there is also a walk-in fireplace and leaded windows.
Renowned landscape designer James Doyle transformed the grounds with unique, atmospheric formal gardens that include a sculpted maze and a life-sized chess set. Also on the grounds are a terraced pool, tennis court, greenhouse, stable, staff houses, log cabin and a stream-fed pond. If you’re looking for a variety of terrain, Old Mill sports level, as well as rolling and wooded grounds.
Among the more commonplace features (for a multi-million dollar home, that is) are six fireplaces, granite/stone countertops, hardwood flooring, a home theatre, library, security system, a spa/hot tub, a wine cellar and grotto, a guest suite, home office, air conditioning, chef's kitchen, generator, finished basement, in-law apartment, brick and tile flooring and plaster walls. And Old Mill might be old, but it is hi-speed Internet-ready.
So, if you’re in the market for a graceful estate previously owned by a movie star, Old Mill is a fine option. Particularly if life-sized chess is your game. Said Barbieri: "The pieces are heavy enough not to blow over but light enough to move."