The neighborhood has consistently ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S.. Past and current residents of Conyers Farm include celebrities such asTom Cruise, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, former Knick Allan Houston, former CNN anchor Paula Zahn, real-estate developer Richard Baker and President Reagan’s former budget director, David Stockman.
Conyers Farm is also home to the renowned Greenwich Polo Club, which recently hosted Britain’s Prince Harry for the 2013 Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup in May. Other noteworthy visits to the club include the Duke and Duchess of York, Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson back in 1987.
The lakefront estate is made up of 32 acres of land straddling the Connecticut and New York border. In addition to a working farm, the property includes a more than 17,200-square-foot main residence, a guesthouse, an indoor sports complex, an observatory, riding trails and woods..
The property itself leaves most visitors without any desire to leave, thanks to its generous inclusion of outdoor recreation areas, a working farm, a guest house, indoor sports complex, observatory, organic gardens, an indoor pool, barns, greenhouse, game rooms and a theatre. In fact, its owners say the estate has been the site of two weddings, numerous parties, family reunions and fundraisers. Howard recalls his favorite moments of the house: “Whether we’re watching films in our theatre, walking the trails throughout our property, star gazing in our observatory, or just relaxing with friends and loved ones by the lake, Cheryl and I feel we’ve accomplished the goals we set when we began work on this place.”
The main home features six bedrooms, five full baths and four half baths, a private two-story library and office, a 14-seat theatre, indoor saltwater pool, gym and yoga studio. The home also offers an au pair suite with two bedrooms and a bath. Also on the property, is a 2,500 square foot guest house with two bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths, an indoor sports complex with a regulation size tennis court and basketball half court, and an observatory with a professional grade Meade telescope. The grounds offer nature trails, extensive perennial gardens, a formal English garden, Koi pond with waterfall and pergola, a greenhouse and an organic raised bed vegetable garden. Livestock and horse barns, along with paddocks and a riding ring, offer conveniences for equestrian pursuits.
Why would the Howards want to part with such an extraordinary home?
“Our children are grown, so it’s time to move on,” reveals Howard, before adding, almost wistfully: “But the memories of this very special place will never leave us.”
Ron Howard has been working since he was 18 months old.