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Picture-perfect 1880 estate on 60 acres asks $3.9M

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A porch made for long afternoons and lemonade

Photos by Ren Nickson

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Location: Salisbury, Connecticut

Price: $3,950,000

Originally built in 1880, this six-bedroom, six-bath home is owned by Tom Francoline and Lelee Brandt, the principals of the prominent home building firm Salisbury Country Homes. Known for constructing new homes and also renovating historic ones, the couple turned their skills to their own Salisbury gem over 20 years ago.

Since then, they’ve added land to create a 60-acre parcel and also expanded and improved the 6,037-square-foot main residence. Despite adding new systems and fixtures, original details include crown moldings, antique fireplace mantels, and wide plank flooring. A wide porch offers views out into the property, and the house boasts fluted board and corner block windows and door casings as well as oversized Thermopane windows that provide abundant natural light.

The grounds offer a little bit of everything, including expansive lawns, a formal garden, a vegetable parterre, as well as natural forests and a fishing pond. The listing also has its own equestrian barn, a separate rustic cabin for camping, a four-bay garage, and heated pool.

This Connecticut wonderland located at 168 Taconic Road is on the market for $3,950,000.