If you’ve never been to Woodstock, Vermont, it’s one of those beautiful New England villages that is a big tourist spot because it is widely-heralded as “quintessential” New England. It has an old town green with lots of classical-revival houses surrounding it. There are ordinances to protect nice views of the village and its surroundings. The Rockefellers helped preserve the town in the early 20th-century, and further enhanced its growing reputation as a place for well-to-do people to own 2nd homes. Even the Budweiser Clydesdales have been filmed clomping around town for nostalgic beer commercials. In 1997, Woodstock was bestowed with the honor of being the “Prettiest Small Town in America.” So it’s definitely a unique and historic place.
Personally, I couldn’t afford to buy even a parking space in Woodstock, let alone a house. But . . . Michael J. Fox certainly could. And he did.
In fact, Michael J. Fox and his wife, Tracy Pollan, owned a stately Federal-style house (above) and farm in Woodstock during the 1990s. Now, his former property is being offered for sale. Fox is no longer the owner of the place — the deeds indicate that he sold it back in 1997 (and notably, the deeds also show the owner as “Michael A. Fox,” which made me think someone falsely assumed it was the celebrity, until I discovered that “Michael J. Fox” was actually born Michael A. Fox. You didn’t know about that one, did you?).
Anyway, Fox’s former property, “Lottery Hill Farm,” was built in 1817 by a guy who had won the lottery in Louisiana (yes, they had lotteries even back in 1817, though not the kind that make you wait impatiently behind people in lines at gas stations). The guy who built the house back in the 1800s, Salmon Hoisington, really went all-out, since he knew that one day Michael J. Fox would want to live there. And now, you — yes, you — can live there for just $2.75 million (marked down from twice that, originally).
The price seems reasonable when you consider the great location, site, acreage, a celebrity connection, and of course, the fine quality of the house itself (as evidenced in the incredible photos above & below).
From the Realtor’s website: “The main house is appointed with nine fireplaces and offers six bedrooms and includes an attached au pair or guest apartment that may be accessed by a back stairway. Four of the home’s bedrooms are en-suite. Period craftsmanship is evident throughout the interior. The first floor formal rooms are elegantly proportioned and have high ceilings, crown molding, raised panel wainscoting and original four panel doors. The front entrance is graced by an intricate fanlight, and the second floor Palladian window boasts a unique portrait of the Morgan horse “Bijou” painted onto the glass in 1876. The chef’s kitchen features a well-planned workspace, an attached butler’s pantry and opens onto a breakfast room looking out onto a large covered porch. The formal dining room features an impressive brick fireplace with beehive oven. Two parlors and a paneled study, wet bar and central entrance foyer with a curving staircase complete the first floor. An elevator is conveniently but unobtrusively located in a corner of the entry foyer and offers additional access to the second floor. The main house also features twelve over twelve windows and a variety of wood flooring throughout.”
The property is “located in the heart of Vermont horse country and sited on 121 acres of exceptionally beautiful land, the property consists of a 16 room brick Federal main house with nine fireplaces and a faithfully reproduced in 1990 Cape guest home with three bedrooms. The estate’s country setting includes immediate access to the Green Mountain Horse Association trail system, fenced pasture, rolling meadows, ponds, a year round stream and mixed northern hardwood forests. A large barn provides ample storage as well as an incorporated one-bedroom apartment with studio. The numerous outbuildings, run in sheds, riding ring and in-ground pool complete the property.”
More pics and the Realtor’s link below:
For more information, check out the website for “Lottery Hill Farm” here.