NORWALK — Eva Landegger only lives four months out of the year in Norwalk. Even so, she’s managed to make a few friends, particularly of the winged variety.
“The swans, they don’t have very good eyesight,” Landegger said. “They come when I clap, and I feed them bread. Since they can’t see I put the bread out of my mouth and my hands behind my back and lean forward and they take the bread from me just like that.”
Her friendship with the wildlife is just one of the many things Landegger said she’ll miss about her Rowayton home as she prepares to sell the property at 133 Rowayton Ave. Listed for $5 million through Halstead Property listing agents Betina Hegel, Susan O’Rourke and Nancy Dauk, the home is one of four custom condominiums on Five Mile River in the Barclay’s Landing Association designed by award-winning Norwalk architect Bruce Beinfield in 2003.
Because Landegger is the property’s first owner, parts of the home are customized despite being part of a condominium association. Custom glass cabinets in the kitchen, a Christopher Peacock dressing room in the master bedroom and the addition of subtle accents throughout the home’s interior set it apart from the other three properties in the association, and all the perks of living in an association — like outdoor maintenance — are included.
“We’re selling a lifestyle here,” Dauk said. “It’s right on the water, in an association so you don’t have to take care of anything and it’s walking distance to everything in the village … The energy here is just phenomenal. It’s such a happy home. It’s not just a house or a condo.”
The home’s crowning glory, though, is outside. The private deep water dock off the backyard, associated boat slip and custom 27-foot mahogany boat are included in the $5 million price tag, a rare amenity in real estate.
Dauk said most owners don’t leave custom boats behind so finding a home that includes one is a rarity. Landegger said she spends so little time in Connecticut — splitting eight months out of the year between her home in Paris and her service work in Uganda — that her home and boat in Norwalk are rarely taken advantage of. Landegger commissioned the 10-seat custom boat with an inboard motor from the Netherlands. The name De Kapiteinssloep means “The Boat Captain” in dutch. The private dock can accommodate up to a 42-foot boat.
“I feel to have this gem and not use it is a crime,” Landegger said. “I want someone else to have that joy.”
Landegger said giving up the home is difficult because, after 12 years she’s made great memories with her grandchildren there. But, she said, the time is right to move on.
“The boat sits in the water and the house is empty most of the year,” Landegger said. “It has to be lived in. This chapter is closed for me.”
Although the home as only been on the market a few days, O’Rourke said an open house proved there is already substantial interest in the property and she predicts it will sell well in the current market.
“It would make a great scale down for someone, or a young couple or small family,” O’Rourke said. “The fact that it’s maintenance free is also a wonderful aspect and would make it a great place for a weekend or part-time person.”
Saturday, June 04, 2016