Armonk resident, actor, director, and producer Ron Howard has set a new Westchester record by selling his 32-acre property (profiled in our Incredible Westchester Homes feature) for his asking price of $27.5 million.
According to Fred Haymson of residential real estate brokerage Douglas Elliman in Bedford, it is the most expensive single residential property ever sold in the county. The property consists of three parcels with an indoor pool, theater room, observatory, greenhouse, and tennis court.
The buyer, who seeks to remain anonymous, paid in cash without taking a mortgage on the property, according to USA Today. The buyer currently lives outside of the county, and has designers already working to make some changes on the house before he or she moves in.
The Howards purchased the property, which has an Armonk address but falls within Greenwich in some parts, in 1991. The main house was built that year, while other buildings, including a pool house and barn, were added later.
Howard is best known as an actor for his role as Opie Taylor in The Andy Griffith Show and Richie Cunningham in Happy Days. He later became a prominent film director, making films such as Apollo 13 and A Beautiful Mind, which earned him an Academy Award for Best Director.
Closing took place Thursday, although a deed has not yet been recorded with the Westchester County Clerk.