At $16M, Lost Acre Farm in Warren is Litchfield County’s most expensive listing

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Overlooking Lake Waramaug in the Litchfield County town of Warren is a nearly 232-acre property owned by the same family for the last 70 years. Now up for sale for $16 million, its listing makes it the highest-priced Litchfield County property currently on the market. 

Its price tag is $250,000 above the next highest listing in the area: the estate of "Happy Days" producers Thomas Miller and Robert Boyett in Salisbury, which is listed for $15.75 million. The price of the Warren property isn’t its only notable detail. According to information provided by William Pitt Sotheby’s International, the estate known as Lost Acre Farm was owned by Oliver Newberry Brooks, the founder of Brooks and Perkins, an industrial company that began in 1943 as a manufacturer of magnesium parts for the defense industry.

His wife, Lisa Shelden Brooks, was “passionate about art and horses,” and she “bred, raised and raced thoroughbred horses under Lost Acre Farm colors including some major competition winners,” according to information provided by Sotheby’s. Famous jockeys like six-time Triple Crown winner Angel Cordero, Jr. and George Velasquez rode horses at the farm, her children noted in information provided by Sotheby's. But those weren’t the only famous faces to grace the property over the years. According to Sotheby’s, Oliver Brooks was a “lifelong friend” of John F. Kennedy and hosted him at the farm “several times.”

The 232-acre Lost Acre Farm in Warren, Conn. was previously owned by Oliver Newberry Brooks, the founder of industrial company, Brooks and Perkins. The property includes two main houses, a guest house and a guest cottage, as well as horse stables and paddocks.

The 232-acre Lost Acre Farm in Warren, Conn. was previously owned by Oliver Newberry Brooks, the founder of industrial company, Brooks and Perkins. The property includes two main houses, a guest house and a guest cottage, as well as horse stables and paddocks.

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The 232-acre Lost Acre Farm in Warren, Conn. was previously owned by Oliver Newberry Brooks, the founder of industrial company, Brooks and Perkins. The property includes two main houses, a guest house and a guest cottage, as well as horse stables and paddocks.

The 232-acre Lost Acre Farm in Warren, Conn. was previously owned by Oliver Newberry Brooks, the founder of industrial company, Brooks and Perkins. The property includes two main houses, a guest house and a guest cottage, as well as horse stables and paddocks.

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The 232-acre Lost Acre Farm in Warren, Conn. was previously owned by Oliver Newberry Brooks, the founder of industrial company, Brooks and Perkins. The property includes two main houses, a guest house and a guest cottage, as well as horse stables and paddocks.

The 232-acre Lost Acre Farm in Warren, Conn. was previously owned by Oliver Newberry Brooks, the founder of industrial company, Brooks and Perkins. The property includes two main houses, a guest house and a guest cottage, as well as horse stables and paddocks.

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The 232-acre Lost Acre Farm in Warren, Conn. was previously owned by Oliver Newberry Brooks, the founder of industrial company, Brooks and Perkins. The property includes two main houses, a guest house and a guest cottage, as well as horse stables and paddocks.

The 232-acre Lost Acre Farm in Warren, Conn. was previously owned by Oliver Newberry Brooks, the founder of industrial company, Brooks and Perkins. The property includes two main houses, a guest house and a guest cottage, as well as horse stables and paddocks.

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Lost Acre Farm in Warren features horse paddocks and stables, a pool and several guest houses, all on 232 acres of land. (Dot Record Media / Contributed Photos)

While the farm has hosted famous jockeys and dignitaries alike, it is also the site of two main houses, as well as a guest house, a guest cottage, a pool and a pool house, according to the listing. There’s also a 12-stall horse stable with attached staff quarters, as well as a carriage barn. There are a total of 10 bedrooms and nine full bathrooms spread throughout 7,528 square feet of living space.

On the home’s more than 200 acres of land, the listing notes there are “miles of footpaths and trails” that lead to natural springs, as well as a seasonal pond and streams. There’s also a “rocky outcropping,” which the listing notes “archaeologists believe was used as a shelter by native settlers.”

Situated between the towns of Kent and Litchfield, the town of Warren was settled in 1737 as a part of Kent, but became its own town by 1786. As of August 2022, national real estate brokerage Redfin reported the median sale prices of houses in Warren's 06777 ZIP code to be $512,500, marking a nearly 33 percent drop in sale price versus the same time last year. Additionally, Redfin reports that 30 percent of homes sold above their list price this past August, a 15.7 percent increase when comparted to August 2021.

Lost Acre Farm is listed by William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty — Washington Depot Brokerage and is presented by Pat Kennedy Lahoud (860-866-7756).