Tommy Hilfiger finds buyer for $47.5M mansion, moves to Palm Beach
Fashion mogul Tommy Hilfiger and his wife Dee Ocleppo Hilfiger have struck a deal to sell their Greenwich, Conn., landmarked mansion “after just four showings, and three great offers,” a source tells Gimme exclusively.
The fashion couple said they are moving to Palm Beach, Fla.
The stunning estate at 30 John St. first went on the market for $47.5 million in September, and the speed of the sale shows how strong the Connecticut market is for wealthy city dwellers searching for space during the pandemic.
The main residence, built in 1939, looks like a castle with French-style turrets and granite covered in ivy. It sits on 22 acres with dream-like landscaping featuring sculptural hedges, a rose garden, a topiary garden and water fountains. The Hilfigers bought the property for $31.4 million in 2010, and then spent more than three years renovating it.
Ocleppo Hilfiger once told Gimme that the Greenwich estate was the perfect spot for family gatherings and entertaining. In addition, Hilfiger told Architectural Digest in 2017: “We feel like we’re in the English countryside, yet the city is so close.”
Tommy added that the renovations and restorations were so intense that “every doorknob” was redone.
The main residence is a sprawling 13,344 square feet and features six bedrooms, six fireplaces, stained-glass panels along with detailed plasterwork and carved millwork. Modern details include a home theater, a wine cellar and a tasting room.
There’s also a guest cottage along with a pool, tennis court and a greenhouse. The gated estate, on the highest point in Greenwich, features a long driveway and views from Long Island Sound to the Manhattan skyline.
The architect, Greville Rickard, created the stately property for real estate mogul Charles Paterno. It was later owned by Joseph Hirshhorn, of the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC. Janet Milligan of Sotheby’s International Realty, has the listing.
The speed of the sale is even more remarkable, considering it took 11 years for the Hilfigers to sell their Plaza Hotel penthouse duplex, which featured four domed cupolas, and a mural hand-painted by Hilary Knight, of “Eloise at the Plaza.” That 5,600-square-foot penthouse, which was on and off the market, once asked $80 million. It sold for $31.25 million in October 2019 to car czar Terry Taylor. The Hilfigers bought it in 2008 for $25.5 million.