Star Meadow Ranch in Stamford listed for sale at $20M

The entrance to Star Meadow Farm on Erskine Road in Stamford, Conn., which was listed for sale in May 2021 for $20 million.

The entrance to Star Meadow Farm on Erskine Road in Stamford, Conn., which was listed for sale in May 2021 for $20 million.

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Months after Conair’s former owners sold the Stamford company to New York investors, a member of the Rizzuto family appears to be looking to do the same with his “ranch” on the city’s wooded northern border — owned once by a heavyweight boxing champion during the 1920s.

The property — known as Star Meadow Ranch — was listed for sale over the weekend for $20 million, amid an ongoing stampede by New York buyers for homes and land in Connecticut.

The Erskine Road property in north Stamford is now among the dozen most expensive currently on the market in Connecticut. Totaling just over 100 acres, it is the third priciest listed as vacant land after lots in Greenwich and East Lyme, though the Stamford property includes a “guest house” totaling 7,500 square feet.

Stamford’s most expensive listing had been a waterfront compound on Wallacks Drive looking out onto Cove Harbor, with multiple houses and beachfront priced at nearly $10 million. A Greenwich estate fronting Long Island Sound is the priciest in Connecticut currently at $55 million, with another selling last week for nearly $28 million.

The 100-square-mile Texas ranch of the late T. Boone Pickens the most expensive listing in the country at $220 million.

Star Meadow Ranch (also referenced as Star Meadow Farm) is one of two large tracts of cleared land flanking the Mianus River Gorge that crosses into Westchester, along side the Lionshare Farm equestrian center in Greenwich, which was put on the market in 2017 for $39 million.

The property was long owned by world champion boxer Gene Tunney and spouse Paula Lauder Tunney, whose father was a partner in U.S. Steel alongside Andrew Carnegie. Conair executive Lee Rizzuto Jr. purchased Star Meadow Ranch in 2010, according to city records.

Rizzuto would quickly come to loggerheads with the city of Stamford, which cited him for altering and demolishing structures on the property without obtaining permits for the work. The city ended up levying $35,000 in fines.

In March, the Rizutto family sold off a controlling interest in Stamford-based Conair and its Cuisinart brand to New York City-based American Securities. The company was founded in 1959 by Leandro P. Rizzuto, who died in 2017.

Includes prior reporting by Paul Schott.

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