The longtime Connecticut home of prolific producer, songwriter and lyricist Jim Steinman has hit the market with all the furniture. The author of Celine Dion’s 1996 track “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” died last year at the age of 73. The 6,183-square-foot two-bedroom apartment where he lived until his death is currently listed for $5.55 million with Laura Ancona of Sotheby’s William Pitt International Real Estate.
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“When Jim Steinman passed away in April 2021, he left behind not only his incomparable collection of musical and theatrical works, but also his beloved home in Ridgefield… where he lived for almost 30 years,” the listing, where the property is titled Complete eclipse of the heart”, the writer’s personal retreat.
The 1.56-acre site originally contained only a country cottage built in 1920, but Steinman turned it into a home and studio worthy of collaborating with some of the world’s most famous performers. “Jim was very proud of every item you see in his house that served as a backdrop to his life and work,” the list continues. He spent over $6 million on construction alone, developing a space that is now filled with artifacts from a life spent writing singles for stars.
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In an effort to preserve the property as Steinman oversaw it, the house is being sold as is, including all of its contents.
From the outside, it looks like a relatively ordinary, albeit rather spacious, white country house. Inside, though, there’s an eclectic array of movie-set-like furniture, framed awards, statues galore, and the very same piano Steinman used to compose.
“Most people don’t like extremes,” Steinman once said. The New York Times reported.. “Extremes scare them. I start with ‘extreme’ and go from there.”