SANDISFIELD -- A 433-acre lakefront property on 44 Sears Road that contains several buildings and once served as a camp has been sold for $3.5 million, the largest property transaction in the town’s history, according to a local realtor.
It is also the largest property transaction in the Berkshires so far this year, and one of the largest in Berkshire County history, according to Eagle archives.
The property was purchased by Dominic Konstam, an executive of Deutsche Bank Securities in New York City.
"The family bought it for private use," said Chapin Fish, broker/partner of William Brockman Real Estate in Great Barrington, who both listed and sold the property.
The property was being offered for $4 million, and was originally placed on the market last June.
"It previously had been under contract," Fish said. "Then very soon after that fell out it went back on the market and I had it under contract very quickly."
Mirror Lake, once known as Camp Wood Crest, consists of two parcels -- one containing 354 acres -- and four buildings, including a main lodge on the lake that has 9,775 square feet.
The property contains 6,551 square feet of footage on two roadways -- a portion of the property fronts Clark Road -- a barn located on a dam, and several seasonal cottages in various states of functionality that were once used to accommodate the visiting parents of campers. Cotton Pond is also on the site.
The property had been owned by the family of the late Robert K. Green since the early 1970s, and housed at least three summer camps between the 1940s and 1960s. Green, a former investment banker and World War II veteran who fought in the Battle of the Bulge, helped finance the town’s firehouse on Route 57. He died at age 91 in 2012.
Green moved to the state of Florida in the mid-2000s when his health began to fail, but Fish said his son, Richard, continued to maintain the property. Under the Green family’s ownership, the Mirror Lake property expanded from 180 acres to its present size.
Camp Wood Crest occupied the property from 1948 until the late 1960s. It was founded by Al Nathans, a high school science teacher, who wrote the most influential book of his time on camp maintenance. The property was first settled in 1780, and was owned by the Sears family until 1918.
The main lodge served as the former camp’s mess hall. It contains twin fireplaces, six bedrooms, 51Ž2 bathrooms, and a open deck with 1,591 square feet that overlooks Mirror Lake.
The three other buildings -- the Guest Cottage, Directors Cabin, and Caretakers Cottage -- have a combined total of 1,210 square feet. The barn served as the former camp’s recreation hall.
The largest property transaction in Berkshire County history is believed to be the $9.8 million sale of the former Elm Court Estate in Stockbridge in July 2012, according to Eagle files.
In Sandisfield, the highest previous sale was $1.125 million for a house on South Beech Road in March 2008, according to Brockman Real Estate.
Three South County properties were sold for more than $4 million in 2013.
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Some of the largest real estate deals in Berkshire County.
1. Elm Court on Old Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, former property of Robert and Sonya Berle, sold for $9.8 million in July 2012.
2. Southmayd Farm on Glendale Middle Road, Stockbridge, former property of Charles and Carol Shulze, sold for $6.9 million in January 2007.
3. Eastover Resort and Conference Center on East Street, Lenox, former property of Dorothy "Ticki" Winsor and Betsy Kelly, sold for $5 million in March 2010.
4. Baldwin Hill Road, Egremont, 15-acre former property of Jordan Tatelman, sold for $4.6 million in September 2013.
5. Boulder Farm on Ice Glen Road, Stockbridge, former property of Richard and Mica Hadar, sold for $4.5 million in December 2013 (also sold for $3.2 million in December 2006).
6. Mepal Manor on Route 57, New Marlborough, former property of Brad Wagstaff, sold for $4.1 million in September 2013.
7. Rock Ridge Estate on Tyringham Road, Monterey, former property of Robert and Virginia Duffy, sold for $4.05 million in April 2007.
8. Fernside, estate on Jerusalem Road, Tyringham, former property of Barbara Crosby and the late J. Player Crosby, sold for $3.9 million in November 2004.
9. West Sheffield Road, Great Barrington, former property of Robert and Jacqueline Spielman, sold for $3.66 million in November 2004.
10. Mirror Lake on Sears Road, Sandisfield, former property of Robert K. Green, sold for $3.5 million in March 2014; 28 Yale Hill, Stockbridge, former property of Tammis Day, sold for $3.5 million in February 2005.
Source: Berkshire Eagle archives