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Charles Lindberghs Onetime Connecticut Cottage Asks 8 75 Million


Known as “Tellina,” the cottage once owned by Charles Lindbergh and his wife, writer Anne Morrow Lindbergh, sits on roughly 3 acres overlooking Scott’s Cove, an offshoot of Long Island Sound.

HALSTEAD CONNECTICUT, LLCA modest cottage on the Connecticut waterfront that was owned for years by aviator Charles Lindbergh is on the market for $8.75 million.

Known as “Tellina,” the four-bedroom, three-bathroom cottage sits on roughly 3 acres overlooking Scott’s Cove, an offshoot of Long Island Sound. Measuring about 1,500 square feet, the house is located in Tokeneke, a private association in Darien. Owner Mark Maybell said he renovated the cottage but kept its appearance largely as it was when it was built, including the 1960s tile in the bathrooms.

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Mr. Lindbergh and his wife, writer Anne Morrow Lindbergh, bought a roughly 4½-acre parcel in Tokeneke in the 1940s. They raised their children in a large house on the site, then in the early 1960s decided to build the cottage and subdivide the property, selling off the larger home. At that point, their children “had grown and gone,” said their daughter Reeve Lindbergh, adding: “my father had always liked smaller houses.”

Mr. Maybell lives in the couple’s first house, and when Tellina became available in the early 2000s after Mrs. Lindbergh’s death, he decided to buy it from the estate, paying about $5.85 million.

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Mr. Lindbergh became famous for his solo trans-Atlantic flight between New York and Paris in 1927, and his son’s kidnapping from the family’s New Jersey home in 1932 made international headlines. He and his wife were drawn to Tokeneke after World War II in part because of the area’s quiet and seclusion, their daughter said. The property “has an out-of-the-way quality to it,” she said, noting that it “felt very safe.” Mr. Lindbergh was “very concerned about security,” said Mr. Maybell, noting that when he bought the cottage, every interior door had a lock on it.

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For the past few years Mr. Maybell, a retired investment banker, rented Tellina out for around $9,000 per month. He said he’s selling the property because his family doesn’t use it. “We’re just looking for a nice neighbor,” Mr. Maybell said.

Becky Munro of Halstead Property,
who has the listing with colleague Julie Bauer and Doug Milne of Houlihan Lawrence, said homes in Tokeneke range from about $2 million up. She said a buyer will likely build a new house on the property on a higher point to take advantage of views of Long Island Sound, and use the existing Tellina as a guest house. “The real value here is the spectacular land,” Ms. Munro said.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017