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Location: Westport, Conn.
The Skinny: A musician by training and husband to George and Ira Gershwin's sister, Leopold Godowsky, Jr. might have been an unlikely person to come up with Kodachrome, the first practical process for color photography, but it was that invention that helped him build his fortune. That fortune, in turn, built this picturesque family compound in the tony Connecticut suburb of Westport. Today, almost 30 years after Godowsky's death, the 2.75-acre property, with a 13-room main house, two-bed guest cottage, and expansive entertaining pavilion, is listed for almost $6M. The "park-like" grounds live up the moniker for once, with twisting stone walls, mature plantings, a tennis court, and a private lake, while a billiards room and indoor pool offer winter diversions. According to the broker, the compound was once rented by Tarzan star Maureen O'Sullivan, who was said to have hosted Mia Farrow and Frank Sinatra during her tenure.
· River Run [KMS Partners]