Vladimir Horowitz’s house is sold for under $1 million

Vladimir Horowitz’s house is sold for under $1 million

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norman lebrecht

September 05, 2021

The former Connecticut home of pianist Vladimir Horowitz and his wife Wanda Toscanini has been sold for $995,000.

The estate includes an 18th century main residence, antique guest house, and 6-stall chestnut barn — all set on a seven acre plot, next to 200 acres of forever green land trust property.

The Horowitzes bought the estate in September 1968 and occupied it for ten years.

 

Comments

  • Henry williams says:

    The price is cheap compared to UK property prices

    • Minnesota says:

      Also cheap for CT for homes and properties of this size.
      It may need considerable work/redecorating, and a house that old could be quite expensive to maintain.

      • Anthony Sayer says:

        It looks to be in incredible nick. What a snip, if there really is nothing wrong with the house or the area. At only two hours from NYC it seems too good to be true. Is this representative of property prices in that area?

      • Sue Sonata Form says:

        But surely the land is worth something even if the house is a knock-down!!

    • V. Lind says:

      And Canada — you couldn’t get a house and property like that in Toronto for under several million. Unless it a falling to bits and was sold as a fixer-upper. Doesn’t look it.

    • Anthony Sayer says:

      Sorry to be a pedant, but the house is cheap and the price is low.

    • Stuart says:

      New Milford is sort of in the middle of nowhere, away from the coast. The house was on the market for slightly above $1mm and the average home price in New Milford is $370,000. House and a pool and a guest house and a barn on 7 acres – a steal if you want to live in New Milford. It’s now a sellers market so surprised it did not go for more.

  • Why was it sold for so little?

  • Piano fan says:

    When one hears about “Vladimir Horowitz’s house” one usually thinks about 14 East 94th Street in Manhattan, where he resided for some 50 years. He only lived at this Connecticut house for ten years, and then only during the summer. In an estate dating back to the 18th Century, Horowitz’s tenure there seems rather insignificant.

    I find it far more interesting that George Washington and his soldiers encamped there during the Revolutionary War, although I understand why some would not want to mention that.

    • Jeff says:

      Why would anyone not want to me tion that about GW?

      • Sue Sonata Form says:

        Because he’s waaaaaaaaysist.

        • Piano fan says:

          Hardly because of that. The Brits usually don’t want to mention GW because – well, look up the apochyphal but apropos story about Ethan Allen’s repartee with the British about a portrait of GW he found in an outhouse.

    • I wonder what Horowitz paid for it in 1968? And what he sold it for ten years later (or after his death, if he kept it until then)?

    • Minnesota says:

      George Washington is not controversial on this side of the pond.

      Years ago I stayed two nights in a hotel in Charleston, SC. Actually in a separate building on the hotel grounds that had been a horse barn. Turned out that Washington’s horse had stayed in the horse barn while the great man was in the main building for a day or two after being elected president. Even so, I am proud to have stayed where Washington’s horse slept!

  • Sandy says:

    My friend lived in a brownstone next to that of Horowitz’s. If I got lucky, I’d hear him playing when I visited. I’d likely also find him and his wife in my favorite neighborhood restaurant dining on Dover sole—always Dover sole. I usually did, too—unless it was pasta with porcini during the season.

    • Douglas says:

      When Horowitz did his famous return to Moscow and St Petersburg in 1986, I believe that one of the conditions in the contract was that Dover sole would be flown in from Paris every day.

  • Rabengeraun3 says:

    What about “Pinci’s Acres” – the home Wanda bought in that area after he died?

  • Pianoman says:

    This house was in New Milford, Connecticut. Wanda liked being there more than her husband. She liked her animals and antique stores. Other well-known people who live(d) here include Joan Rivers, Diane von Furstenburg, Christopher Meloni…etc. I moved here last November and totally love this area.

    • Gretchen says:

      I believe Isaac Stern lived there as well, and it was the same house where the filmed Mr. Blandings Builds his Dream House with Cary Grant in 1948.

  • Jim C. says:

    Gee. That’s less than the average price of a house in Burbank now.

  • fflambeau says:

    He was gay and his “marriage” was one of convenience. He had a male lover for years by the name of Kenneth Leedom. He also underwent psychiatric treatment to change his sexual orientation. Remember, he lived in an age when such things were pretty much not accepted.

    Also misleading, he mostly lived in a NYC apartment.

    • Glenn says:

      Can you elaborate? This is historically important.

      • fflambeau says:

        Glenn, use Google and find out for yourself.

        The same was true of Handel. I once went to Handel house and saw a puzzled tour leader wonder why the great musician left most of his fortune to his male “servant” who was with him for most of his stay in England. He also noted Handel never married. Clueless.

  • Rob says:

    Wow it looks awful

  • Westfan says:

    Needs a lot of updating, the price reflects that. They will put in at least another million to do it. Maybe more!

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