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.