The late great jazz pianist Dave Brubeck’s midcentury dream home has sold for $2.5 million, down from its original $2.75 million asking price in October.
He built the secluded estate at 221 Millstone Road in Wilton, Conn., in 1963.
The eight-bedroom, 5½-bath home has a time-capsule feel to it, and sits on 7½ acres and sports an indoor pool.
It was designed by Brubeck’s friend, the architect Beverly David Thorne, to fit into the landscape, overlooking the point where Spectacle and East Branch Comstock brooks meet.
The buyer is Smokey Hormel, a gifted guitarist who has worked with Johnny Cash, Neil Diamond, Justin Timberlake, Josh Groban, Norah Jones and Adele. Hormel also bought several other lots from the Brubeck estate. In total, he paid $4.12 million for 25 acres, including 221 Millstone Road. (The other addresses he bought are 67 Millstone Road; Lot 1B Millstone Road; 69, 73, 85 and 87 Hickory Hill Road.)
The main residence on Millstone Road features Asian influences, following Brubeck’s trips to Japan. (He had traveled the world for the US State Department as a Cold War-era “Jazz ambassador.”)
The retro home features Japanese details like a moon gate and a formal living room with shoji sliding doors that lead to a wrap terrace and solarium.
There is also a music studio, which features 20-foot ceilings and custom built-ins, still features his pianos and an organ; and the home is filled with earth-toned stone and wood — including a curved-stone staircase.
There are also Japanese-style gardens, a fountain, brooks and a red bridge. The listing broker, who also repped the buyer, was Douglas Elliman’s Monica Webster.