STOCKBRIDGE -- An 11-acre estate on Ice Glen Road, once owned by a high ranking government official during World War II, has been sold for $4.5 million, according to documents on file at the Middle Berkshire Registry of Deeds.
The sale of Boulder Farm is the second-highest residential property transaction in the Berkshires this year, according to the Berkshire County Board of Realtors.
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A 15-acre residential property on Baldwin Hill Road in Egremont sold for $4.6 million in September, the same month an estate in New Marlborough went for $4.1 million. The largest residential property sale in Berkshire County history is believed to be the $9.8 million sale of the historic Elm Court estate in Stockbridge in July 2012.
Richard and Mica Hadar of New York City sold Boulder Farm to Stockbridge Boulder Farm LLC, which is managed by Patricia Weber of Lake Wales, Fla., according to the documents filed at the registry. Weber did not obtain a mortgage.
The new owner plans to utilize the property as a private residence, according to Realtor Chapin Fish of William Brockman Real Estate in Monterey, who brokered the sale. The Hadars, who had owned the property since 2007, had used the estate as a second home.
"It's without a doubt one of the finest properties in the Berkshires," Fish said.
According to the listing, Boulder Farm contains a main house that contains nearly 5,000 square feet of living space, and three barns. The barns house a heated indoor pool, a pool house, a three-bay garage and workshop, and a guest house.
The 3,500-square-foot guest house is located in the east end of the long barn, which was built in 1800 and is believed to be the largest barn in Stockbridge. It contains three bedrooms and five full baths on three levels, along with a state-of-the-art kitchen.
"The former owners actually lifted it up and completely re-did that barn," Fish said.
The property also includes a wine cellar in the main house and more than 700 feet of road footage.
Boulder Farm was once part of a much larger estate known as Boulderwood Farm that in the 1930s contained as many as 414 acres, according to Eagle files. Boulder Farm is adjacent to Beartown State Forest, and the original estate contained 332 acres of woodlands on Beartown Mountain.
The main house was originally a farmhouse that the property's former owner, David Percy "Tick" Morgan, converted into his residence when he bought the parcel from the estate of late Yale University Professor Henry W. Farnam in 1938. Morgan turned the property's original home over to the superintendent of the farm, according to Eagle files. But that structure is no longer part of the property, Fish said.
A native of Lenox, Morgan was a chemical company executive and decorated U.S. Navy pilot in World War I who was appointed director of the Chemicals Bureau of the War Production Board during World War II. The Chemicals Bureau, a section of the National Defense Advisory Board, was dissolved after Morgan left the post in 1945.
Morgan and his wife, Alma, were summer residents of Stockbridge until 1972, when they moved full-time to the Berkshires. Morgan died in 1982.
The son of a railroad magnate and canal builder of the early 19th century, Farnam was an economics professor at Yale, discovered many varieties of trees at Boulderwood Farm, and carefully preserved the woodlands when he owned the land.
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