WORTHINGTON — Aaron Lewis found fame as the lead singer and founding member of the alternative rock band Staind. But, the Longmeadow High School graduate is exploring a different musical genre, and to pursue that passion, he has decided to leave Western Massachusetts.
In order to do so, Lewis has put his massive 14,240-square-foot home on Cudworth Road on the market. The property is listed at $3.5 million by Sotheby's International Realty of Great Barrington. The listing has been on the market since Aug. 2.
"He started off and made his name in hard rock, and that group still is together," said listing agent George Cain, referring to Staind, which formed in 1995 in Springfield. "But, he's also developed an interest in country, so he's going to be living in Nashville."
Lewis, 48, who originally is from Rutland, Vt., has released seven studio albums with Staind, and three country albums, with the latest coming out in 2019.
According to Cain, Lewis bought the 12.1-acre property in 2001 from one of the co-creators of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He then spent a couple of years building his residence — "I'm sure he's put close to $5 million into it," Cain said — partly by piecing together elements that already were on the property. One of them is an indoor Olympic-size saltwater swimming pool.
"That was preexisting when he bought the property," Cain said. "There were five buildings on the property, and one of them was the Olympic pool. But, it was a stand-alone indoor pool. On the other end was a three-car garage with an in-law apartment above it, and in the middle was a smaller house than is there now.
"Aaron reconstructed the house using a lot of the post-and-beam style that was existing, then connected on one side to the garage and the other side to the pool," Cain said.
The main house has four bedrooms and six-and-a-half bathrooms. The property also contains a storage barn with a stable in the basement and a three-bedroom apartment above it. There is an eight-car garage with radiant heat that Lewis added. The garage contains all open space "so you can pull in and not see all these posts from one side to the other," Cain said.
The property's former owner also installed a walk-in fireproof safe with a 6-inch steel door in the storage barn.
"It really is a unique property," Cain said.
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