CNN anchor Anderson Cooper and his partner, Benjamin Maisani, may be new residents of the state of Connecticut. According to a report by the New York Post Saturday, unnamed sources reported that the couple purchased a 10,127-square-foot stone mansion in Litchfield County. The price of the home was reported to be in the mid-to-high seven figures.
The 18-room mansion, called Rye House, was sold by former Miss Connecticut, Karen Shaw, who is also known for her starring role in the primetime soap, “Dallas,” and the 80s hit “The A Team.” The couple has been renting the house for $1,800 per night because they were busy traveling and wanted others to be able to enjoy their massive home. Apparently Cooper and Maisani will be enjoying the house permanently.
The home, built in 1908, features an Olympic-sized swimming pool and tennis court. The interior of the home is decorated with original chestnut wood paneling, limestone fireplaces and a hand-carved marble staircase. It is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. If Cooper and Maisani did indeed purchase the luxurious home, they will be adding to a collection of properties. They own a firehouse in Greenwich Village and also have two waterfront properties in Quogue.
The CNN host certainly has the money to spend following his $11 million a year contract extension he signed with CNN through 2016. Other big names who has made Litchfield their home include Meryl Streep, playwright Larry Kramer, Henry Kissinger, and Dick Ebersol of NBC Sports. The home also has much space outdoors. It is on 280 acres and is about a mile and a half from Mount Tom Pound. It also features private recreational trails, which makes the house enjoyable indoors and out. Cooper has not confirmed the news of the sale, but the reported price of the mansion ranges between $5 million to $9 million.