After nine years in the market, the legendary 52-acre estate of Huguette Clark in New Canaan may finally have a new owner, realtor Barbara Cleary said Tuesday.
The property, which was listed at $15.9 million, was purchased by an LLC, so it is unclear who the buyer is. The sale is pending.
Also known as Le Beau Chateau, the property is owned by the estate of the late reclusive copper heiress Huguette Clark.
Cleary said she could not disclose the name of the company until the transaction is finalized, which could take about two months.
"But I can say that the buyers have a keen appreciation for the rarity and unique history of this beautiful estate," Cleary said.
The property had been on the market since 2005. Its original list price was $34 million.
The 22-room estate has been vacant for more than 60 years. Clark, the daughter of turn-of-the-century copper tycoon and U.S. Sen. William Clark, purchased the property in 1951, but never spent a night in the mansion.
Cleary said the final purchase price would be known once the transaction is complete. Although she didn't share specifics, she said the transaction went pending in the last few days, which means both parties have agreed and signed a contract "that will close," she said.
The realtor also said the buyers intend to restore and renovate both the house and the property. She also said the buyers are "creative" and they intend to live there.
"It's good for us to know that this incredible and historical estate will remain intact as of one of the area's crown jewels," Cleary said.
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