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Historic New Canaan Home With Presidential Ties Listed For $2.7M

This historic home in New Canaan has been put up for sale.
This historic home in New Canaan has been put up for sale. Photo Credit: Contributed
The home, which was originally built for President Hoover's budget director, James Clawson Roop, contains several impressive amenities including a seven-car, heated garage.
The home, which was originally built for President Hoover's budget director, James Clawson Roop, contains several impressive amenities including a seven-car, heated garage. Photo Credit: Contributed

NEW CANAAN, Conn. -- William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty recently announced that the firm has listed a historic residence on Greenley Road, one of New Canaan's most desirable locations.

The home is represented by New Canaan agent Leslie Razook and offered at $2.7 million. Often referred to as “Cedar Knoll,” this country-style residence was constructed in 1935 for James Clawson Roop, an executive at Pan American Airways, who was also the budget director under President Herbert Hoover.

Acclaimed architect Donald des Granges, most known for his design of the MIT economics building -- an art deco treasure built in conjunction with the architectural firm behind the design of the Empire State Building -- designed the home.

Unique to the property is its seven-car, heated garage, which includes five bays, as well as the potential for top-quality features and amenities to accommodate the ultimate car enthusiast.

In addition to an extensive garage, the 3.6-acre property boasts a large swimming pool and full-stone terrace overlooking walking trails, as well as a neighboring land trust and pond.

Exceptional architectural qualities and period details are present both inside and out, with features such as a slate mansard roof, exposed brick, generously proportioned rooms, exquisite herringbone oak floors and more, highlighting the home’s fine craftsmanship.

A discreet and mindful addition was also made in 1963 by prominent New Canaan modern architect John Black Lee. The expansion includes a unique curved picture window, as well as a generous family room and kitchen area added directly adjacent to a private guest wing.

“This property is ideal for those who want to experience life in a distinctive country home. If in the right hands, it also has great potential for all aficionados,” said Razook. “Anyone who has a passion for country roads and private tracks, as well as an appreciation for beautifully preserved antique structures, will absolutely fall in love with this classic New Canaan residence.”

For more information on the property, located at 360 Greenley Road, visit the firm’s website here.

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