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Charles Lindbergh S 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.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. 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. 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