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DRIVE 20 MIN­UTES north from cen­tral Green­wich, Conn.—the stately an­te­room of Wall Street fi­nance—and you’ll find Cony­ers Farm, a bu­colic gated neigh­bor­hood that un­folds over 1,000 acres. This is where Green­wich’s real money lives, and not all of it orig­i­nates in the canyons of lower Man­hat­tan. Sure, the neigh­bor­hood has its share of Wall Street riches, but it’s also home to a (re­tired) NBA star, a depart­ment store ex­ec­u­tive chair­man and an early In­ter­net mogul.

Cony­ers Farm was once a work­ing farm owned by 19th­cen­tury banker Ed­mund C. Con­verse. In 1981 it was bought by Peter M. Brant, long­time CEO of White Birch Pa­per Co. and hus­band of 1980s-era supermodel Stephanie Sey­mour, and his busi­ness part­ner, Joseph Allen. The property was di­vided up and the parcels resold.

To­day Cony­ers Farm man­sions on the mar­ket range from $5.5 mil­lion to $65 mil­lion. The homes, many of them in Ge­or­gian or English manor style, sit tucked amid lush fields and dense woods near the Green­wich Polo Club, home to the White Birch Polo Team, one of the coun­try’s best.

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