A reader asked about the enormous house going up at this address (foundation shown here). It’s, so far as I can tell, a custom house for a Mr. John R. Frank, of whom I know nothing, on a 22 acre parcel once belonging to the late Charlotte Hencken of whom I also know nothing (although Google turns up some very valuable antique silver auctioned by an Albert Hencken of Greenwich).
This was a Brad Hvolbeck listing back in 2003 or so and the estate had received subdivision approval in this R-2 zone for four building lots of approximately 4.5 acres each plus a conservation set aside. Mr. Frank bought all four lots in March, 2005 paying about $4.1 million each, or $16 million and change for the whole package. I think that was a great deal for the neighbors, if not for Mr. Frank, because, in most neighbors’ eyes, one huge house is still better than four very large houses.
The house itself seems to be nearing completion and while it isn’t my cup of tea, it looks pretty swell. It certainly doesn’t fall into the “there goes the neighborhood” category as my own arrival would, so lucky neighbors. And fortunate Mr. Frank to be able to afford such a fine piece of property.