Connecticut estate sells for $120 million, a U.S. record

A Greenwich, Conn., estate called Copper Beech Farm has sold for $120 million, making it the most expensive recorded home sale in the U.S.

Priced as high as $190 million, the 50.5-acre estate centers on an 1890s French Renaissance-style home of 13,519 square feet that sits on 4,000 feet of waterfront.

The price surpasses private-equity chief Tully Friedman's $117.5-million sale last year of a nearly 9,000-square-foot home in Woodside, Calif.

Named for copper beech trees on the site, the estate in Greenwich was sold by timber tycoon John Rudey.

Reached by way of a 1,800-foot-long driveway, the main house features a three-story paneled entry, a solarium, sleeping porches and an additional 7,000 square feet of attic and basement space.  

A tennis court, a carriage house, two greenhouses, a swimming pool and a pool house are among amenities.

Listing agent David Ogilvy of David Ogilvy & Associates, an affiliate of Christie's International Real Estate, did not return a call for comment.

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