Historic Thimble Islands Portfolio Hits the Market in Branford, CT for $50M (PHOTOS)

Historic Thimble Islands Portfolio Hits the Market in Branford, CT for $50M

Branford, Connecticut, United States

A private collection of 8 islands situated in and around scenic Stony Creek Harbour in Branford, Connecticut has hit the market for $50,000,000. The owner had previously listed all of the islands separately, the most expensive being Rogers Island with a price of $35,000,000. They are part of a group of islands off the shores of Branford, CT known as the Thimble Islands. According to The New York Times, Christine Svenningsen has been buying them up for several years now amassing a collection of them. As of 2007 she’s reportedly spent over $30,000,000 on purchasing the islands. Rogers Island provides a magnificent setting with resort-style grounds including three private beaches, French formal gardens, fountains, a Har-Tru tennis court, Nicklaus-designed putting green and heated commercial greenhouse. One of the islands most unique and unusual features is the historic c.1902 manor that according to the listing has been “impeccably restored.” The bright, colourful and extravagantly playful house spans 13,100 square feet with 10 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms, a large formal dining room, gourmet kitchen and billiards room. In addition to the main house there is also a guest cottage with wraparound porch and 4 bedrooms, a private artist’s studio and a 3,700 square foot Victorian home. Other features include a carriage house, caretaker’s cottage, a 150 square foot floating dock and a 35-foot long concrete pier. The island also offers a state of the art pool complex complete with a pool house, cabana and gazebo. If you’re looking for peace and quiet on a unique island then this might be the place for you. Equally appealing, the 7 additional islands have also been updated to the highest standards. From lavish estate living to elegant beach retreats, each island offers its own distinctive character and features a myriad of view-filled residences and amenities to meet every need. Further complementing the offering is an inviting waterfront property on the mainland, complete with a handsome Victorian residence, separate garage and commercial-grade dock, ideal for servicing the islands. Convenient to New Haven and within easy reach of both New York City and Boston, this rare property represents the very best of seaside living in its scope, privacy and amenities. The islands are on the market for $50,000,000 with Douglas Elliman.


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