FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. – Danbury-based real estate agent Deborah Pizzo has listed an English-style home designed and once owned by renowned writer Joseph Hayes.
Hayes is best-known for his novel, play and screenplay “The Desperate Hours,” a film that starred Humphrey Bogart. The home in Brookfield at 70 Obtuse Hill Road is listed for $1.25 million by William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty.
Hayes designed the residence in 1966. While living there, he hosted theatrical performances by numerous celebrities, including famed contralto singer and civil rights activist Marian Anderson. Inspired by his penchant for medieval theater, Hayes modeled the residence after a Tudor-style castle in the south of England known as Arundel.
Unique details include a 3-inch-thick iron-studded front door with iron latches and bolts from an Austrian castle, original iron handrails and rare blue-stone flooring in the foyer, a great room fireplace mantel from a castle in Germany, a cathedral ceiling and antique timbers.
With five bedrooms and three full bathrooms and two half-baths, the residence has 4,620 square feet of living area, including a great room with conversation pit, formal dining room and kitchen with fireplace set in brick, original chestnut flooring, granite countertops, six-burner gas stove top, island and sliders leading to outdoor decking. The home has two master suites, one including a gas fireplace and full bath, and the other with walk-in closet, spa-like bath and gas fireplace with mantel of molded marble.
The estate’s professionally manicured nearly 6 acres are surrounded by mature plantings and include two ponds as well as a guest cottage with kitchenette and full bath.
“This serene utopia combines flawless English-style architectural detailing with an exquisite setting, resulting in one of the finest estates in Fairfield County,” said Pizzo. “The home is rich in history and makes for a rare and exciting buying opportunity.”
For more information on the property, visit the Pitt website .