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Stephen Sondheim’s Connecticut Country Home Sells for $3.25 Million

The house, which dates from 1792, was matched with a buyer after just 12 weeks on the market

 

Musical theater legend Stephen Sondheim's generously sized Connecticut home has sold for its asking price of $3.25 million. Located in Roxbury (about two hours north of Manhattan), the house dates from about 1792, and was put on the market in late 2023, following Sondheim's death in 2021.

The house features a paneled library, a formal dining room with a fireplace, a sun-room, a main-level primary suite, and two more bedrooms upstairs, each with a sitting room. Sondheim completed a full restoration of the house and added a music room — as well as another large room with a cathedral ceiling and a stone fireplace.

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Originally a student of piano and organ, Sondheim first studied musical theatre under his family friend, Oscar Hammerstein II, and went on to study at Williams College in Massachusetts. After graduating, he received the Hutchinson Prize for composition and studied further in New York City with composer Milton Babbitt.

Sondheim often collaborated with playwright-director James Lapine. Together they created "Into the Woods" (1987), "Passion" (1994), and "Sunday in the Park with George" (1984) — the latter of which took the 1985 Pulitzer Prize for drama. His additional collaborators included producer and director Hal Prince and orchestrator Jonathan Tunick.

His additional accolades include the 1993 Kennedy Center Honors for Lifetime Achievement, the 2015 Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama, and the Tony Award for lifetime achievement in 2008. Two years later, a Broadway theater on New York's West 43rd Street was renamed in his honor.

"The buyer is someone who knows the area and is stepping up to a larger home here," said listing agent Graham Klemm of Klemm Real Estate. "He was not a rabid Sondheim fan by any stretch. The house just worked best for [the] family."

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