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Conyers Farm, Greenwich, Connecticut

When Conyers Farm was developed as an exclusive residential enclave of luxury homes in the early 1980s on some 1,500 rural acres, it was considered a rarity so close to an East Coast urban center. About one hour from New York City, the community, mostly in Greenwich and some in N.Y., boasts pristine woods, private roads, a large private lake, leafy trails, and riding paths, said Helene Barre, a realtor with Sotheby’s International Realty in Greenwich. “Polo is held here every June, July and September on its exclusive polo field.”

Lots are a minimum of 10 acres, but many are 15 to 20 acres. The land that was once a working farm, with livestock, apple and pear orchards, owned by Edmund C. Converse, one of the founders of U.S. Steel and president of the Bankers Trust Company. Around the turn of the century, the farm supplied the nearby residents with milk, butter and eggs.

In addition to the compound's unique beauty, it offers exceptional privacy and security, said Barre. The lush vegetation provides a natural screen. “You don’t see other houses, and most have their own private gates,” she said. Prices “are usually in the double digits” she said, but range from about $6.5 million to $19 million and up.

(Credit: Sotheby's International Realty)

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