Blog :: 10-2016

Conyers Farm, some quick stats

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“Conyers Farm is perfect for the polo playing businessman.” Geoffrey Kent

  • 1015 acres in Greenwich, and 453 acres in New York. Includes 103-acre converse lake, a back-up water supply for the town
  • Converse was recreating an earlier age in Britain, here in Greenwich (knights armor, etc.)
  • Buildings on the estate included a $100,000 dairy barn, a $25,000 hennery, a $10,000 piggery and the showpiece of the property, a $300,000 fieldstone English manor house. (4 stories, 52 rooms, view to the sound)
  • Manor house included a reception area for 200 guests, walls covered with Moroccan leather, a white marble floor, and a bowling alley
  • Self sufficient farm included 6 acres of asparagus, 10 of corn, 50 rye and oats, 500 hay, 10 of fruit, and 110 of fruit trees- great benefit to the community, yields enough for an army
  • 1936 Rosenstiel owned land and tried to downsize 83 acres from 4 acre to ½ acre to make smaller lots available

Memories of Growing Up on Conyers Manor Farm William Brooks Drew

  • “The most striking feature of the farm when one entered was the imposing house of many rooms, made of natural granite, with a pool in front, gardens, large greenhouse area...”
  • Father had particular interest in horticulture; pear, peach, and apple orchards were extensive
  • To handle marketing of the fruit, there was a cold storage not far from North Street which was used to sell fruit. Several tons of ice were harvested each year from the big lake on the property. Each day the ice was chopped up with rock salt to refrigerate the room
  • Barns- 12-15 teams of Percheron horses, (principal locomotion for farm work was by draft animals), Guernsey cows, large chicken ranges (White Leg Orange and Rhode Island Reds)
  • Milk was especially rich because it came from Guernsey cattle
  • Converse Lake extends into Westchester Country NY, has some of the most excellent Bass fishing
  • Pump house with a large Fairbanks-Morris engine pumped water from the big lake to various water towers
  • Blacksmith shop, service garage, and fire engine
  • A regular service delivery was provided for various items, as well as garbage pick-up and delivery
  • A one room school was built over the top of the poultry headquarters. A teacher was hired by the superintendent but paid for by the farm (Greenwich was 6-8 miles away and schools in Banksville were not particularly good)
  • Influenza of 1918
  • Drew and his brothers collected chestnuts and sold them for $5 a bushel in the market in Greenwich
  • Great deal of vandalism occurred after a man from NY named Mr. Sansome purchased the farm in 1927 and could not maintain the property
  • The private association comes with 24-hour security, polo grounds—and plenty of peace and quiet. There are only 60 private properties...
  • The exclusive neighborhood has attracted celebrities along with the uber-wealthy. Ron Howard and Mel Gibson are among its elite residents.

Meet Fieldstone Group

Douglas Elliman's highest producing team in Connecticut, The Fieldstone Group is ready to work on any real estate transactions north of New York City.  Partnering with Douglas Elliman Real Estate, the most renowned global luxury real estate brand, provides The Fieldstone Group access to unparalleled expertise and resources. From backcountry compounds to beachside cottages, our local knowledge of every neighborhood and community in Fairfield County allows us to offer an exceptional real estate experience that is tailor-made to every client's individual needs. 

Founded by top realtors Scott Elwell (the highest producing agent in Greenwich under 40) and Beverley Toepke, both focusing on Greenwich, CT, together, this team has received many industry awards and accolades, including top placement in the prestigious Wall Street Journal's REAL Trends, Inc. our first year out!

Through a continued trend in buyers looking at more than one town and sellers wanting more exposure in New York City, The Fieldstone Group has expanded its team to cover all of Fairfield County. We now consist of agents that live and breathe specific local communities in Connecticut.  We do not feel one agent can cover a large territory properly, but understand the value in working with one group under one umbrella.  Whether working with Beverley Toepke in Greenwich, or John Bainton in Darien, or Tuck Keating in Westport, we have locals that understand the ins and outs of each corner, street and community.

Scott Elwell

The highest producing agent under 40 in Greenwich CT, Scott Elwell was born and raised in Greenwich, attending Greenwich Country Day School. Scott not only knows Greenwich real estate intimately, he also has extraordinary knowledge of search engine optimization and online marketing, two of the most critical factors in today's real estate environment.  With degrees in both Economics and Computer Science form Trinity College, and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (concentration in Real Estate), Scott offers an educational background and perspective shared by few in the field.

Beverley Toepke

Originally from London, England, Beverley Toepke has ranked consistently among the top 5% of Greenwich real estate agents. With 20 years of experience in the Greenwich real estate industry, she has developed a broad-based and loyal clientele. Known for her extensive market knowledge, analytical abilities, ties to the community, and strong professional network, Beverley is exceptional at matching buyers and sellers. Additionally, she is an accomplished negotiator who is lauded for her tenacity and scrupulous attention to detail. Because Beverley has lived on three different continents including the U.S., she understands the complexities of local and long distance relocation.

John Bainton

Fairfield County native and currently living in Darien, John Bainton has owned and managed his own real estate investment properties for over a decade. Before entering the real estate industry, John worked as a consultant helping distressed and insolvent businesses and as a Senior Risk Analyst in the re-insurance business. You may have spotted him on HGTV's "House Hunters Renovation" TV show where he renovated one of his homes. John is passionate about real estate and assists clients through all of their residential real estate needs. Whether you are buying, selling or renting a property, John can help you.

Tuck Keating

Tuck Keating is a Greenwich native and active community member who joined Douglas Elliman following an 18 year career with The Royal Bank ofScotland. There he worked as an analyst in the Mortgage Finance group and was responsible for tracking positions in the secondary market, providing research to customers, and maintaining an internal document management system.  A transition to residential real estate perhaps was inevitable given that Tuck's strong suit has always been his people skills. He learned acute attention to detail, unparalleled customer service, and a results-oriented mindset out of college while employed with The Four Seasons Hotel - Boston but it's his endearing nature and adherence to The Golden Rule that leave a lasting impression.

Michele Ferguson

Michele Ferguson Nichols has been a Realtor in Fairfield County since 2003, specializing in Wilton, Weston, Ridgefield and Redding. Through Michele's extensive involvement in the Wilton community, where she and her husband David have raised their 3 children for over a decade, she has built a network of local resources to help clients through all stages of the listing, buying, and settling-in process. Michele came to The Fieldstone Group after more than 10 years at the top-producing realty group in Wilton, where she quickly established herself as a strong performer. A former New York City resident, she has a particular ability to connect with people moving in to Fairfield County from outside the area. A graduate of UNH, Michele honed her marketing and communications skills in a former career in Marketing/PR for the insurance industry.