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Rare Stick-Style Victorian Asks $6.5M on the Conn. Coast

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Certain types of Victorian architecture tend toward the creepy, but not so for this iteration in Branford, Conn. Designed by Henry Austin, a prominent Connecticut architect who contributed buildings in a wide range of styles, and built in 1879, the four-bedroom home looks more like a hobbyist's detailed miniature than anything inhabitable, as if every arch and railing were secured in place by a set of tweezers and some glue. Rather correctly, the broker's blog calls the place "an architectural gem," and then breaks down the details: 3,100 square feet, a finished attic, a 2.72-acre lot, a "majestic hill overlooking its gorgeous, sloping oceanfront grounds and gardens," views of the Thimble Islands, and a 90-minute commune to Manhattan. The W. J. Clark House is listed for $6.5M.

· 32 Prospect Hill Road, Branford, Conn. [William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty]
· An Architectural Gem in Branford, Connecticut [William Pitt blog]