New Canaan Man Part of Historic $120 Million Greenwich Estate Sale



A New Canaan man appears to be designated as an owner/manager of the limited liability company that today purchased a famed $120 million estate in Greenwich.


Copper Beech Farm is a 50-acre waterfront estate, once property of the Lauder Greenway family (Harriet Lauder Greenway was the daughter of George Lauder, a partner in Carnegie Steel).

It was purchased April 11 by Conservation Institute LLC, according to the Greenwich Town Clerk’s office. The seller is Wyoming Corporation, care of Fogarty Cohen Selby & Nemiroff LLC of  Old Greenwich.

New Canaan resident Jon Whitcomb is listed as principal of the LLC, according to records with the Connecticut Secretary of the State. He’s a partner at Stamford-based Diserio Martin O’Connor & Castiglioni LLP. The law firm’s business address is listed as that of the LLC, as well.

Copper Beach Farm made national headlines when it hit the market last year at $190 million, the highest asking price for any single residential real estate property in the United States, experts have said.

Here’s a video on it, from Greenwich-based David Ogilvy & Associates, an affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate:

Whitcomb could not immediately be reached for comment.

Here’s some of what’s said about the property in the Ogilvy YouTube post:

“Enjoyed by the noted Lauder Greenway family from their purchase of it in 1904, this extraordinary Great Estate has no peers in Greenwich, as the second to last one was developed in 1954. There simply are no more in existence. This incomparable estate, 40 feet above mean high water, owns two islands and altogether they have a total of almost a mile of shorefront, amazing views, extraordinary walled gardens, unbelievable privacy, a 75 foot pool with a spa, a beach, a grass tennis court, a superb greenhouse, a stone carriage house and a cottage in a totally convenient and quiet location.

“The 1800 foot driveway with beautiful cobblestone gutters winds through woods and lawns to the entrance. Two remarkable stone towers bracket the front door and the upstairs balcony. The grand paneled entrance room and stairway rises three stories with a fireplace and goes front to back to the wonderful screened or glassed porch with open panoramas of Long Island Sound. The main rooms have 12 foot ceilings, including the living room with a beautiful carved fireplace and French doors to the huge solarium with a coffered ceiling with plaster detailing and three exposures, the paneled library with a fireplace, a huge bow window with curved glass and bookcases, and the dining room with a fireplace, a tracery ceiling and paneling in rich oak with columns. It adjoins the kitchen and a wing with an enormous skylight, as well as the long oval family room with a fireplace and a large bow window.”


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