HOUSE FOR SALE: Alexander Julian is getting ready for a permanent move down South. The designer, best known for his colorful men’s wear collections, is trying to sell his 30-acre estate in Ridgefield, Conn., for $12 million. Julian’s home, which boasts a custom-built Arts and Crafts-style estate with five bedrooms, 4 1/2 baths and over 9,000 square feet of living space was featured on “Open House NYC” earlier this month. The NBC program showcases special homes for sale in the New York City area.
Julian himself hosted a video tour of the property, which has 11-foot ceilings in the main house, two ponds, a tennis court, in-ground pool, a greenhouse and two summer guest bungalows. Julian converted the original 3,000-square-foot clapboard house on the property into his design studio. The “peaceful and colorful haven,” he said, has no curtains on the windows because John Marsh Davis, the architect with whom the Julians worked to build the house in 1992, “has a gift for bringing the outdoors inside.”
Julian said the home was put on the market a little over a year ago — a listing on the Internet from January 2012 had it priced at $14 million — and he and his wife Meagan still live and work there. “We love this house,” he said. “We designed it and built it, but our kids are grown and the youngest two are a freshman and sophomore at Chapel Hill, and it’s too big for just the two of us.”
Julian divides his time between Connecticut and Chapel Hill, N.C., his hometown, where he runs the family’s apparel store, Julian’s, a haberdashery that is now in its 71st year. When the Ridgefield home sells, Julian will move his business headquarters to North Carolina, he said, and also spend time in Sausalito, Calif., where his wife’s family is from.
Julian bought the property in 1988 for $1.65 million and has invested “millions and millions into redoing the property,” he said. “I won’t be making a lot of money on it, but this industry has been very good to me. I can’t complain.”