Monday, June 23, 2014

Anderson Cooper Buys 1908 Tudor Revival Home in Bantam, CT.


Anderson Cooper Shells Out for a 1908 Tudor Revival

The New York Post reports that scoop-chasing silver fox Anderson Cooper just dropped anywhere between $5M and $9M on a 10,127-square-foot Tudor revival in Bantam, Conn. The addition of the Rye House, built in 1908 and designed by Wilson Eyre, an architect and founder of House & Garden magazine, means that the CNN anchor has three tony East Coast getaways within summering distance of the converted Greenwich Village firehouse he calls home, although he's still trying to unload one of his pair of neighboring Hamptons abodes for $2.699M. It's probably safe to say that the amount Cooper shelled out for his new Litchfield County digs is at the lower end of the Post's estimate, unless he went in for a neighboring parcel as well; when the 18-room mansion was listed back in 2011 for $6.95M, it was slashed down to $5.995M without finding a buyer. The last owners, a former Miss Connecticut named Karen Shaw who starred on "Dallas" and "The A Team," and her husband, Marc, were seeking $5.3M as of this February. (per Realty Today the last asking price was $2.595M See the link to that article below.)

What the listing refers to as a "stunning stone and stucco English Country manor house" was originally the home of heiress Isabella Douglas Curtis. The Shaws acquired it back in 2001 for $2.05M and restored it, bringing the nationally registered mansion's original chestnut paneling, limestone fireplaces, and a hand-carved marble staircase up to a level that had them renting it out for $1,800 a night. The Post has it sitting on a 280-acre grounds with "Japanese pagoda trees, wisteria, magnolias, a walkway with stone pillars and a grape arbor"; the listing for the home only has it with 48.9 acres, so if Cooper bought more land along with it, that could explain reports of a buy as high as $9M. In any event, tour the traditionally appointed halls of his new getaway below:






To read the full article with full photo gallery, please click here Curbed .

The sale has been reported on several sites with varying details.  If you are interested here are a few of the articles we found:
Page Six
Realty Today
The Hollywood Reporter
Huffington Post
Daily Mail


AC360 Transcript
AC360 Podcast


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22 comments:

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful home! The house is grand and stunning, and the grounds are really lovely. FYI, the original NY Post article that broke the story identified both Anderson and Ben as the owners, not just Anderson.

aries moon said...

Ah, to be rich. Lovely and secluded. A perfect home with beautiful grounds and more (but hopefully they'll do an extreme makeover on some of the decor). Four million is a steal for such a large home.

Anonymous said...

My dear anonymous, To most people's knowledge Ben doesn't have millions to buy a share of this estate. Since he isn't legally married to Anderson we will assume the name on the deed will be Cooper's and that the NY Post was just sensationalizing per usual.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know or think what Ben is worth on his own? Is he a millionaire? Does he have siblings? I don't know anything about his family like parents etc? Do you think Anderson would have him sign a prenup if they got married?

Anonymous said...

Kind of suprised Anderson bought this house because how often will he really be there. I didn't know he went to CT that often. Unless he bought it to rent it out. Like one of those Hamptons (I think it was) he was renting out for the summer. I think he has two Hamptons houses next door to each other and now wants to sell one. I mean he's really at the firehouse the majority of the time.

Jaanza said...

I love the yard but agree with Aries Moon that some of the decor needs to be changed. Personally I love the bookshelves in the living room but not the yellow chairs. And the curtains and chandelier in the bedroom need to be replaced by simpler, less frou-frou curtains and light fixture.

The only thing I know about Ben is that he owns a bar in Manhattan.

Anonymous said...

Anon 1:50 am, Ben has three successful bars and his latest will be opening soon. He is very private, doesn't want the spotlight and won't talk about his relationship with Anderson, so there isn't much information out there on him other than he was born in Corsica, raised in Paris, his parents may be doctors, he has a B.A. in Art History from Hunter College in NYC, worked in a museum before until he became interested in bars and he's into taxidermy. I'd imagine that he made good money before Anderson, but nowhere near the astronomical amount of money Anderson makes. Who knows what AC would do regarding prenups but he does seem to be smart and careful with his money (I'm thinking about some past statements about money that he made on his talk show).

Anonymous said...

When did this become a Benderson blog? There are other places on the Net for this subject, but this is just ludicrous to let an argument about Benderson continue. I thought this was a classy, well written place for Anderfans - until now.

aries moon said...

Just want to state that the subject of AC's partner Ben being discussed here when it's pertinent is fine by me--it's not as if AC has been totally silent himself on the subject--Ben has been mentioned every now and then by AC on his show and when he's co-hosted with Kelly Ripa. As long as it's not inappropriate gossip or rumors and just general information, I don't see a problem with it, but whether it's allowed or not is up to ATA.

Anonymous said...

Aries Moon that is all well and good except when people start to argue about Benderson as if they know them personally.

Anonymous said...

While I don't have a problem of mention of Ben when appropriate and factual, the comments here show how some have a fuzzy definition of fact. The original NY Post article said Anderson purchased the home and he and his partner Ben would be relaxing in it this summer. That's not exactly saying they are both owners. Also the Post is good at blurring lines and got much information wrong based on information from more reputable sites, including price paid and acreage. And Page Six of the NY Post is a gossip site.

As for the poster saying Ben had three successful bars, again a blurry line with the facts. A little research will show that Ben is part owner in three bars. He's one of three partners in his first venture, one of two partners in the second and one of four partners in the third; and the latest venture, again he's one of three partners. I don't pretend to know how financially successful any of the ventures have been, but I do know there are start up costs with any new venture and it takes awhile to recover those costs and then profits have to be split among all partners.

Anderson has mentioned his "partner" on air, but I've never heard him mention Ben's name on air and it's mostly been in passing that he mentioned a partner. He was very coy in his interview with Howard Stern and stated he doesn't like to talk about his relationship. I respect that.

I think the house looks pretty amazing and with a little tweeking of the décor could be really amazing. It's mostly decorated to period so changing a few of the fabric color choices would make a big difference while keeping with the period décor. It reminds me of Downton Abbey on a much smaller scale and we know how much Anderson has talked about Downton Abbey being one of his favorite television programs. Given the huge price drop from the original listing, it sounds like he got a good deal. I hope he has a chance to enjoy the place.

aries moon said...

I think we all respect AC's privacy and are all well aware of how private and guarded Anderson is of his life and his partner and of course no one wants to post comments that are not factual about that aspect of his life, but as I said previously, if Ben comes up in some newsworthy manner that involves AC and is fact-based and not gossip, I don't see any problem with discussing it. I wasn't trying to imply that the floodgates of Ben-talk should be opened simply because AC has mentioned him a few times, but him having done that makes the subject a little less off-limits here than it has been in the past. Anderson did mention Ben by name during the GLAAD awards ceremony and that has been the only time as far as I know.

Anonymous said...

Fully agree with 10:09 AM.
This was a classy site.
It is no longer....it should be called Anderfans.
Whatever happened to the News???

Anonymous said...

"you hope HE has a chance to enjoy the place?"
Folks, this is a tax right off if ever there was one.
He will never live there.

Anonymous said...

I don't think occasionally mentioning Ben when relevant is tantamount to becoming a "Benderson blog", as some are complaining. The original article which broke the story clearly identified both AC and Ben as the two owners, so discussing Ben in this context is relevant. Since Anderson himself has made several public references to Ben being his partner, I don't understand why the mere mention of his name around here is getting some people so worked up. There's no invasion of privacy in this case.

Anonymous said...

@12:07 Contrary to your belief, I'm guessing this is the first time you have commented on this blog. The New York Post Page Six article said Anderson purchased the house, it doesn't state Ben is an owner of the new CT house. If you read a different article in the Post, what is the title of the article to which you are referring?

Also, name one time Anderson has mentioned Ben by name on television or radio? One mention of Ben by name on a video on the Internet from the GLAAD awards does not equal several public references to Ben being his partner. Anderson has made no mention of Ben on his Twitter page and hasn't posted any photos of Ben to his Instagram page. He does tweet with and post pictures with friends, but seems to want to keep his relationship private.

The concern by many on this board is that people like you come along and only want to talk about Ben and make no mention of Anderson's professional life/body of work. If you want to gossip about Ben, there are other outlets for that. If you want to discuss Anderson's body of work and make an occasional mention of Ben that's factual and relevant then I don't think anyone has a problem with that.

Anonymous said...

Thank you!

Anonymous said...

@12:25 I didn't read a different article, but I checked the NY Post item again, and while it didn't specifically say that Ben bought the CT property with Anderson (instead the article fuzzily stated this: "Anderson Cooper and his partner, Benjamin Maisani, will be relaxing in historic splendor in Connecticut’s affluent Litchfield County this summer."), it did say that both of them are owners of the firehouse ("Anderson and Maisani already own another unusual property, an 8,240-square-foot Greenwich Village firehouse they bought in 2010 for $4.3 million."). Since Ben is co-owner of the firehouse, discussing the probability of him having invested his own money into this new house in CT (after all, he owns 3 successful bars in Manhattan, is currently opening another one in Brooklyn, and owns his old place in the West Village, which must generate additional income) isn't as far-fetched as you seem to think. In any case, it certainly isn't out of line given the context in which the story broke.

As to the "respect for privacy" argument, Anderson himself has referenced Ben several times this year while on the air and during his Howard Stern interview. Granted, he may not have actually mentioned him by his name since the GLAAD awards speech, but he has publicly discussed the fact that his partner owns several bars in NYC, so I don't think anyone is under the impression at this point that AC has any hang up about talking about his bf. Ben was even featured in the Fashion Finder segment on Kelly Ripa's show when Anderson co-hosted with her a few months ago, so I really don't understand why the mere mention of his name in a context that seems perfectly relevant is ruffling your feathers so much.

Finally, contrary to your assumption this is far from being the first time that I posted on this blog, and I plan on keeping posting here as I'm a big fan of Anderson, his personality and his work, and I have an interest in his personal life (his family, his mother, and yes his partner too) as well. I hope you can respect that.

Anonymous said...

The irony here is that this
post about Anderson's private
life has generated more
comments than the ones
about his work. Wouldn't it be nice if the people who are so concerned about policing what we can and can't say about Anderson on ATA would spend an equal amount of time talking about 360 and join the two or three posters who regularly do.

@Anony 11:00 am, good
post.

Anonymous said...

@Anon 3:30 Good point. Have you and @Anon 11:00 and the other Anons who haven't signed their comments, commented on the last two nights of AC360 or any recent posts on ATA other than this one?

As a long time, but rather sporadic poster, I would love to see more comments on all posts, not just ones discussing Anderson's relationship.

-- Jenn

Anonymous said...

@3:39, thank you for complimenting me on my previous post (I wrote anon 11:00 am). I agree with you that some people around here are way too concerned about policing what can and cannot be discussed around here, and that's rather unfortunate.

@Jenn, as I mentioned in my previous post, I have been a long-time reader of this blog and I occasionally post comments, most of which have nothing to do with Anderson's personal life. However, I really don't see any harm in discussing the topic of the new house in CT, since several articles about this were linked on this very blog.

Anonymous said...

Why does it surprise everyone that idle gossip would bring more comments than actual news?
Yes, making stuff up about Benderson is far more interesting than speaking about politics or watching 360.
Maybe Andy Cohen, AC's friend, can over him a job entitled 'Life With Benderson' and then those commenters who are sooo interested in gossip, wouldn't have to analyze the NYPost!