Bigelow 'tea chest' inventor's former CT estate and car lounge listed for $1.7M

The home on 30 Crossbow Lane in Easton looks like a piece of Italy landed in Connecticut, but the home’s style isn’t its only noteworthy detail.

Nicknames “La Dolce Vita,” or “the sweet life,” the Mediterranean-style “trophy estate” was previously owned by Arnold D’Angelo, the late entrepreneur who once worked for Bigelow tea’s food service division. In his time with Bigelow, D’Angelo was a "big driver of the Bigelow tea chest," the tea company confirmed, which is often found in hotels and restaurants. D’Angelo also went on to found his own marketing and distributing firm called IMS, according to Candy Industry, which also worked with co-branded Land O’Lakes and Arizona Iced Tea products. 

The home on 30 Crossbow Lane in Easton, Conn. has a five-car garage and "crew pit lounge." 

The home on 30 Crossbow Lane in Easton, Conn. has a five-car garage and "crew pit lounge." 

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D’Angelo’s custom-built home, now on the market for $1.725 million, has six bedrooms and five full bathrooms and is “destined for the next sophisticated travel and car enthusiast,” according to the listing. According to listing agent Carol Langeland, D'Angelo was a car collector, and he included additional living space in the garage, which has space for five cars and a “crew pit lounge” that’s outfitted with a television and a seating area. 

Langeland stated in an email that his collection in the garage includes a "red Ferrari Spider, a 1965 'race green' Morgan that is a replica of the car that won the Le Mans race that same year."

Inside the Easton home's 8,764 square feet, there are hand-painted decorative walls and European antique wood floors throughout its multiple living spaces, according to the listing, as well as an “Italian villa-style kitchen.” 

The listing notes there is also a 500-bottle wine cellar with its own tasting "grotto." Adding to the recreational space is what’s dubbed the Jackson Hole Game Room, which is finished wood and tree timbers, brick and décor that resembles a midwestern lodge.

On the home’s 3-acre property, a pool, patio, spa and outdoor fireplace round out its outdoor living space. Langeland noted that the outdoor area was once home to many of D'Angelo's "summer soirees," which often included "hundreds of guests with elaborate entertainment including cigar rolling stations, full pig roast stations and live music."

 

 

 

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