What's the highest price house sale in the Berkshires?
Gulp. $6.9 million. The property is the 80-acre estate on the west bank of the Housatonic River in Stockbridge, adjacent to the Stockbridge Golf Club. It sold in the real-estate boom of 2007. Elm Court in Lenox went for a whopping $9.8 million last July, but that doesn’t count here because it was sold as a business, not a residence, to Colorado-based developer, Front Yard LLC.
Rumor was that New England Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady had interest in the property at 2 Glendale Middle Road. If so, he passed on it. (Get it? Passed.) Instead, Jamie Kiggen and family from New York purchased the property, which includes an 1870s Victorian, a carriage house, barns, a studio, and an outdoor maze. The family filed under the name Southmayd Farm, LLC, using the original name for the estate, built as a summer “cottage” by Charles Southmayd.
A New York lawyer, Southmayd (1824-1911) was a member of the firm of Butler, Evarts, Southmayd, and Choate, which famously fought against a federal income tax before the Supreme Court. (Their success in that case was later superseded in 1913 by the 16th Amendment.) All but Evarts built houses in Stockbridge, says Barbara Allen, curator at the Stockbridge Library. One previous owner of Southmayd was poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, who wrote: “Look not mournfully into the past, it comes not back again. Wisely improve the present, it is thine.” Good advice. The present owners of Southmayd have made significant improvements to their digs.