After over three years on and off the market, the Connecticut estate of Paul Simon and Edie Brickell has changed hands. The buyer, according to Dirt, is Richard Gere, who paid the pair $10.8 million for their longtime home. The property had been listed for as much as $13.9 million since first appearing for sale courtesy of its now-former owners in the spring of 2019.
The property represents Gere’s second major East Coast residential real estate acquisition in the past couple of years—in the winter of 2021, he paid $9.8 million for a red brick manor in Westchester County, New York. He’s handed off one or two as well, including a 50-acre slice of Westchester that changed hands at $24.2 million last month.
The Connecticut home now owned by Gere and previously owned by Simon and Brickell is a languid 1938-vintage Georgian farmhouse with a whitewashed red brick exterior that’s been given a pleasing weathered patina by the passage of the seasons. It contains six bedrooms and ten baths, and a host of period details that includes dentil moldings, built-in bookshelves and plank hardwood.
The home’s setting is a 32-acre parcel; a rolling carpet of tree-dotted lawn, with a stream, a pond, stone walls, and a swimming pool scattered about. Among the amenities of the greater estate is the guest house, which has been purposed as a recording studio. Ah, if those walls could only play back what they’ve heard.