SELLERS: Elisabeth and Tim Hasselbeck
LOCATION: Greenwich, CT
SIZE: 7,605 square feet, 7 bedrooms, 7 full and 2 half bathrooms
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: It was the celebrity real estate gossips at Zillow who first caught wind that veteran chat show host Elisabeth Hasselbeck and retired professional quarterback Tim Hasselbeck hoisted their Greenwich, Connecticut estate up for sale with an asking price of $4,795,000.
In 2003 the former “Survivor” contestant — she came in fourth on the long-running hit show’s second season — took over for Lisa Ling as a co-host on the morning gab-fest “The View” where she earned a reputation as a tireless promoter and outspoken defender of traditional/conservative values who regularly and vociferously clashed with her much more liberal-minded co-hosts and guests. All their rampant sniping and not always heartfelt seeming camaraderie earned her and her co-hosts an Emmy in 2009, not to mention half of a dozen additional nominations, and in 2013 Miz Hasselbeck left the show to replace former beauty queen Gretchen Carlson on the highly rated but frequently lampooned morning news program “Fox & Friends.”
Property records show the Hasselbecks purchased their 1.5-acre Greenwich spread out of foreclosure in June 2012 for $4.2 million and current digital marketing materials show the three-story, 15-room Colonial, just minutes from downtown Greenwich, was built in the late 1990s and measures in at 7,605 square feet with seven bedrooms and seven full and two half bathrooms. The colorfully decorated residence features a two-story entrance hall that extends clear through to the back of the house where it opens through French doors to a stone dining terrace and gazebo-shaded lounge. Formal living and dining rooms — the former with a marble-faced fireplace and the latter with glammy silver-leaf wall covering, glitzy crystal chandelier, and billowing white taffeta curtains — are joined by a library/office that not entirely successfully mixes masculine mahogany cabinetry and another marble-faced fireplace with high-camp cheetah print wall-to-wall carpeting. The just about nearly all-white kitchen, sizable and certainly expensively equipped if at the same time remarkably ordinary, incorporates a five-stool snack counter at a double wide center island as well as a roomy informal dining area that opens to the backyard through French doors. The adjoining, high-ceiled family room has a chunky fieldstone fireplace, more French doors to the backyard and hot pink walls that are, quite frankly, like nails on a chalkboard to this sometimes decoratively persnickety property gossip. There are six guest/family/staff bedrooms — five of them en-suite — plus a corner master bedroom on the second floor that’s decked out in dulcet shades of grey and includes a roomy bathroom and dual walk-in closets/dressing rooms. Tucked up on the third floor under the dormered eaves there’s a children’s playroom along with an au pair suite. The verdant grounds include: a gated circular drive and a secondary motor court for access to a three-car garage; broad expanses of lawn ringed by mature gardens and specimen trees; a backyard swimming pool girdled by an understandably necessary but particularly unsightly child safety fence; and a couple of playhouse-style sheds for gardening implements and pool toys.
The Hasselbecks previously owned an 2,349-square-foot apartment with four bedrooms and three bathrooms on the traditionally politically left-leaning Upper West Side of Manhattan that they bought in April 2008 for $3.309 million and sold for $3.1 million — a significant $200,000-plus loss, not counting upkeep, improvements, and real estate fees — in July 2012, shortly after they picked up their Greenwich spread.