WSJ: For more than 20 years, the Oscar-winning director and his wife, Cheryl, have made this roughly 32-acre lakefront estate their home base, building over the years a compound that includes a “sports barn,” facilities for horses and an observatory. Now they’re putting the estate, which sits on the shores of Converse Lake an hour outside New York City, on the market for $27.5 million.
The property is on three lots in a gated community called Conyers Farm, which straddles the border of Greenwich, Conn. and Armonk, NY. The main house, which was designed to take advantage of the lake views, is more than 17,000 square feet and has six bedrooms, five full and four half baths. A two-bedroom, 2,500-square-foot guesthouse also overlooks the lake, and the sports barn contains a full-size tennis court, a half basketball court and a hot tub.
The property also has a greenhouse, flower and vegetable gardens, livestock and horse barns, paddocks and riding rings, and hiking trails. The Howards also have a menagerie of animals on the property: miniature horses, donkeys, sheep, alpacas, chickens, ducks, five dogs, some 13 rescue cats, fish, a bird named Rover and a big 15-year-old tortoise named Ralph. (Some of the animals may be available for adoption by the new owner.)
This will be Greenwich’s loss – Shopkeepers on Greenwich Avenue – back when there were shop keepers, always told me what an extremely pleasant, down-to-earth guy he was, and half of Greenwich seems to have something nice to say about his wife, Cheryl. The Journal reports that, with their children grown and their own constant travel, the Howards no longer need the house. That certainly makes sense but as I said, the town will miss them (even if, technically, they’re New York residents).