Tommy Hilfiger’s estate in Greenwich, Connecticut, has surfaced on the open market, and—regardless of the presence or absence in your bank account of the nearly fifty million dollars it would take to call the place home—you owe it to yourself to take a look at it.
The property represents a six-year labor of love for the fashion designer and his wife, Dee, who acquired the distinguished pile a decade ago. The project was completed in 2017, and the results would certainly put a smile on the face of the home’s architect, Greville Rickard, and original owner, Charles Paterno. It has been titled Round Hill, for its location; the elevation is the highest point in Greenwich, according to the listing details, and offers views all the way to the Sound and city skyline.
The interiors are fascinating. The floating staircase and intricate hand-carved panels—it looks like mahogany was used in both cases—limestone fireplace, stenciled ceiling, wrought iron chandelier and exposed beams of the foyer are worth the price of admission all by themselves. As the home progresses, a seemingly endless litany of remarkable details follow: a Gothic front door, ornate plaster ceilings, French and Tudor fireplaces, a dining room sheathed in hardwood, leaded and stained glass windows, a wet bar which appears to be original, herringbone floors.
Certain elements of the renovation are difficult to spot; you’d have to be an expert to do so, as the Hilfigers had craftspeople recreate plaster moldings, roof tiles, and other components employing the manufacturing techniques and materials of the home’s pre-WWII era. Others are easy to spot, but—of course—tasteful; the media room is designed as something of a Middle Eastern lounge.
The grounds were recreated in kind—22 acres in all, with a languorous drive beyond a gated entrance, romantic gardens, a judicious bit of topiary here and there, and a stone-bordered swimming pool.
If your taste in real estate favors bold decorative statements and warmer climes, Hilfiger happens to be offering his oceanfront Florida home for $24.5 million.