Dave Brubeck’s midcentury dream home sells for $2.5M

Dave Brubeck’s midcentury dream home sells for $2.5M

The
late
great
jazz
pianist
Dave
Brubeck’s
midcentury
dream
home

has
sold
for
$2.5
million
,
down
from
its
original
$2.75
million
asking
price
in
October.

He
built
the
secluded
estate
at
221
Millstone
Road
in
Wilton,
Conn.,
in
1963.

The
eight-bedroom,
5½-bath
home
has
a
time-capsule
feel
to
it,
and
sits
on

acres
and
sports
an
indoor
pool.

It
was
designed
by
Brubeck’s
friend,
the
architect
Beverly
David
Thorne,
to
fit
into
the
landscape,
overlooking
the
point
where
Spectacle
and
East
Branch
Comstock
brooks
meet.

The
buyer
is
Smokey
Hormel,
a
gifted
guitarist
who
has
worked
with
Johnny
Cash,
Neil
Diamond,
Justin
Timberlake,
Josh
Groban,
Norah
Jones
and
Adele.
Hormel
also
bought
several
other
lots
from
the
Brubeck
estate.
In
total,
he
paid
$4.12
million
for
25
acres,
including
221
Millstone
Road.
(The
other
addresses
he
bought
are
67
Millstone
Road;
Lot
1B
Millstone
Road;
69,
73,
85
and
87
Hickory
Hill
Road.)

The
main
residence
on
Millstone
Road
features
Asian
influences,
following
Brubeck’s
trips
to
Japan.
(He
had
traveled
the
world
for
the
US
State
Department
as
a
Cold
War-era
“Jazz
ambassador.”)

The
retro
home
features
Japanese
details
like
a
moon
gate
and
a
formal
living
room
with

shoji

sliding
doors
that
lead
to
a
wrap
terrace
and
solarium.

There
is
also
a
music
studio,
which
features
20-foot
ceilings
and
custom
built-ins,
still
features
his
pianos
and
an
organ;
and
the
home
is
filled
with
earth-toned
stone
and
wood

including
a
curved-stone
staircase.

There
are
also
Japanese-style
gardens,
a
fountain,
brooks
and
a
red
bridge.
The
listing
broker,
who
also
repped
the
buyer,
was
Douglas
Elliman’s
Monica
Webster.

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