POUND RIDGE A piece of movieland history is on the real estate block for $1.4 million.
The house on Salem Road is owned by Jim Hart, whose writing and producing credits include Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” as well as “Hook,” Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” and “Tuck Everlasting.”
It is more than a just a pretty house on a nice property, though.
On the 5.36 acres is a four-bedroom 3,300-square-foot home, an in-ground-pool incorporating natural rock outcroppings, and a barn with two bedrooms and large stone fireplace.
It is in this barn that Hart has his own office. Before him the house was owned by writer Evan Hunter, who collaborated with Alfred Hitchcock on “The Birds” in this same barn’s comfortable office.
Listing agent, Douglas Elliman’s Sally Slater, told Lohud.com that Hart never knew about the Hitchcock connection to the property until a recent open house was held that attracted Hunter’s grown children.
“They told Jim the story that their parents had offered the use of the barn to Hitchcock and he accepted staying for months,” said listing agent Sally Slater of Douglas Elliman.
“It is such a cool thing and makes this special house even more special,” she adds.
Evan Hunter is recognized as the writer for The Blackboard Jungle and lots more. He has also written under the names Ed McBain and early in his career as Hunt Collins.
But there is more.
The house has some noteworthy local history.
It was one of a group of homes in Pound Ridge that industrialist Hiram Halle adopted in the 1940s and renovated making him a hero by refurbishing local properties.
Read more about this Hart-Hunter-Hitchcock home and the connections in an upcoming story in The Journal News/Lohud.com