For those who dream of lacing up their ice skates at any hour of the day or night, this house in Stamford, CT, would be a perfect 10.
The home designed for lovers of skate-based sports is on the market for $5.9 million, and comes complete with its own indoor ice rink. It would be hard to find a comparable residence. The home was initially listed last summer with a price tag of $7.69 million.
“It has been a journey of discovery for us. I mean we’ve never had a listing that had an indoor, heated, amazing hockey rink,” says the co-listing agent, Rita Kirby, who is listing the home, along with Janet Jorgensen.
The rink isn’t quite NHL-regulation sized, but it’s plenty large enough for hockey or for figure skaters to hone their craft.
The perks extend beyond the gleaming surface of ice. There are also heated team benches, a viewing lounge, a sound system, a lighted scoreboard, a Zamboni—and immaculate locker rooms, without any lingering odors.
“I chuckle because with our children playing hockey growing up, I have been to a lot of rinks, indoor and outdoor, and I never was in one that didn’t have a rank smell,” Kirby says with a laugh. “This one is so spectacular and beautiful.”
The current owner built the private rink in 2004.
“The owner is a passionate skater, and he designed it so that he could fulfill this dream of having ice time when he wanted ice time,” Kirby explains. “Ice time is very limited, and there isn’t a lot available, so he created this estate on 13 acres.”
There was already a house on the land. The owner renovated that home and added the second structure, which houses the rink and living space.
“The rink itself is of such perfection that we’ve had members of skating clubs come in, and they get misty-eyed. It’s like a dream come true. It’s immaculate, beautiful, pristine, and it’s really magical,” Jorgensen says. “The owner has had friends who were NHL players who would come in their spare time to come practice, play, and stay at the guesthouse. It’s really an incredible gem.”
The dwelling attached to the rink was also built in 2004 and offers two bedrooms, two bathrooms, an open-concept floor plan, and facilities for skaters to shower and clean up.
The spacious four-bedroom main house was built in 1970 and has been recently renovated.
For those who like to partake in warm-weather activities, there’s a large pool with plenty of deck space off the main house. And for adventurous types, there’s also a zip line.
Both Kirby and Jorgensen say they initially thought a family would probably buy the property, but their theory is evolving.
“We’ve had an Olympic skating scout look at it for Olympic training. We’ve had private clubs, skating clubs that already have rinks, but they want one that is really designed in terms of size for development of children,” Kirby explains. “What we thought would be the perfect profile has turned out to be a much wider buyer pool.”
Skating families and hockey schools have also looked at the property.
The two listing agents say they are selling much more than just a property.
“I think it’s a lifestyle that speaks to the people who are out there in this incredibly difficult world—and allows them to pursue a passion which brings things to a higher level,” Kirby says. “It’s a lifestyle that is so appealing to so many.”
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