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Patti LuPone’s former Kent home offers tranquillity

July 6, 2017

KENT — Nestled among the mountains is the house that Evita built.

Patti LuPone built the modern farmhouse at 23 Kane Mountain Road in 1988, nearly a decade after winning the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Eva Perón on Broadway.

Jeffrey Phillips, one of the listing agents for the property, believes the Broadway star was drawn to the tranquillity of the area. The house sits on 85 acres of pastoral land and is on a half mile driveway off of the road.

“There are so few places left where you really hear the sound of silence and at Kent Mountain you have that,” Phillips said.

LuPone attended Juilliard School and made her professional stage debut in 1972. She’s had dozens of roles on Broadway since then and originated many of them, including Eva Peron in “Evita,” for which she won the Tony Award in 1979.

Jay Pelosky, who has owned the house since 2005, said he was also drawn to the privacy and calmness of the property.

“The property is completely peaceful and serene with virtually no noise, except the occasional car going along Anderson Road or a small plane flying overhead,” Pelosky said. “You can hear the birds, the rush of the wind in the trees, the stream bubbling away.”

The main house is 3,500 square feet and features wide plank oak flooring, beamed ceilings, clean white walls and five stone fireplaces.

The only changes Pelosky made when he moved in were painting the house and other buildings on the property, as well as replacing the roof. The family also removed trees and brush to open the views of Kent Hollow.

Since then, the family has fully renovated the house, enlarging and replacing more than 50 windows throughout the house and adding a skylight on the second floor to allow more light in and enhance the views.

“No matter where you are in the house you can see the wonderful outdoors, either looking out to Kent Hollow or back up to the pool and our wonderful Civil War era cabin/writers retreat,” he said.

The cabin was built in Indiana in 1859 and was purchased by LuPone’s husband, Matt, who dismantled the cabin, tagged the pieces and had them shipped to the Kent house. He then restored it and rebuilt it by the swimming pool.

The property also has a two-stall horse barn and a greenhouse.

Pelosky said the family has enjoyed the house in all seasons, from listening to the birds in the spring, watching fireflies in June and fireworks on the Fourth of July, as well as spending August by the pool. He added the family spends winter burning wood they chop down on their property in their fireplaces, sledding on the driveway and tracking animals in the woods.

“It’s a special, special spot,” he said.

The property is on the market for $2.75 million.

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