Anderson Cooper Splashes Out on Connecticut Home
Anderson Cooper, famous anchor of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," has reportedly purchased a plush home called the "Rye House" with his partner Benjamin Maisani in Litchfield County, Conn., for an undisclosed amount.
The New York Post is reporting that Cooper shelled out an amount north of seven digits for the castle. Locals told the publication that he bought it for something between $5 million to $9 million.
Karen Shaw, a former Miss Connecticut, who also starred on "Dallas" and "The A Team," was the seller. Shaw and her husband purchased the property a decade and a half ago and restored the 1908 -built house. It was designed by Wilson Eyre, one of the founders of House & Garden magazine.
Locals also informed The Post that the home was on the rental market for $1,800 a night before it finally sold to Cooper.
Property records show that the home was listed for sale several times before and it last asked $2.59 million.
The residence is a 10,127-square-foot, single-family home comprised of ten bedrooms, seven full and two half bathrooms. Interiors feature hardwood flooring, high ceilings and French doors and windows.
Living spaces include formal drawing and dining areas, a sitting room, a family room, an updated kitchen with a butler's pantry and mid-rise island. The master suite has an en-suite bathroom and adjoining dressing rooms.
Outside, the house has an Olympic swimming pool, rolling greens and ample parking area. There is a separate servant quarters as well.
Check out the photos of the home here.
Last year, Cooper caught real estate headlines after he put his Hamptons home up for rent just in time for memorial weekend through Labor Day. That residence came up on the open listing for-sale market in April this year and is now asking $2.69 million, down for the $2.99 million it was initially listed for.
Cooper lives in a renovated firehouse in Greenwich Village with his boyfriend Benjamin Maisani. Cooper bought the house in September 2009 for $4.3 million, reports Daily Mail.