A Connecticut Yankee’s court turned up on the open market this summer with a $4.2 million asking price. The land beneath the Mediterranean Revival house comes with a very special provenance: it was at one time hearth and home to Samuel Clemens, pen name Mark Twain. The house itself went up in 1925, about fifteen years after Clemens’ death, and after a fire destroyed the original mansion.
The property was titled Stormfield by Clemens, and it retains that name. It measures 6,300 sq. ft., and is situated on 28.53 acres of grounds in Redding; it begins with a set of iron gates set in ancient stone pilasters. The exterior architecture of the mansion is defined by a dramatic hipped roof, a stucco exterior painted a soft but assertive shade of yellow, and a loggia at one end.
Highlights of the shared spaces include the kitchen and dayroom, a very large space with a tile floor and abundant work area; the room transitions to a sunroom with a hipped ceiling. The upper level, including the bedrooms, features glossy varnished plank hardwood—it appears to be maple—with a staircase in a guest room that climbs to a converted attic. The garage features an in-law apartment.
The grounds are exceedingly lush, and a look at springtime at Stormfield reveals a world of restless green-and-growing, lawns, and forest.
An unusual opportunity.