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After Decades of Buyer's Remorse, Huguette Clark Lists Estate

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Location: New Canaan, Conn.
Price: $24,000,000
The Skinny: The reclusive old-money millionaire Huguette Clark only rarely deigns to sell one of her many impressive homes. In fact, the ailing, 104-year-old copper heiress has dutifully maintained this 1937 chateau-style home in New Canaan—complete with a live-in caretaker—for 60 years without ever moving in. She added an entirely new wing to the main house, but never moved a stick of furniture into the 22-room manse she dubbed Le Beau Chateau. According to a grand-grand-nephew, Clark purchased the estate as a place to "get away from the horrors" of the Cold War.

The 13,000-square-foot chateau features nine bedrooms, nine bathrooms, 11 fireplaces, a trunk room, an elevator, and a walk-in vault. One of the highlights is the completely untouched '50s kitchen with stainless steel countertops and a perfectly preserved gas range. That Clark never moved in might seem odd to outsiders, but she's also been maintaining, in abstentia, a sprawling seaside estate in Santa Barbara, Calif. In 2008, Clark reportedly turned down an unsolicited $100M offer for that property. And where has she been living while giving these supreme estates the cold shoulder? None other than the single largest apartment on NYC's Fifth Avenue, coveted by Martha Stewart.
· 104 Dans Highway [Realty Guild]
· The Clarks: an American story of wealth, scandal and mystery [MSNBC]
· Let's Talk About Huguette Clark [RealEstalker]
· Clark Estate [edhat]
· Martha Hopes the Ol' Cream Puff Bribe Will Snag Apartment [Curbed National]