Designer Tommy Hilfiger and his wife have put up for sale at $47.5 million the French Normandy-style estate that they own in backcountry Greenwich, ranking it as the most-expensive residential real estate listing in town.

The Hilfigers paid approximately $31 million in 2010 for the 22-acre property at 30 John St., according to property records. Sitting at the top of Round Hill — the highest point in Greenwich — the six-bedroom home was restored by the Hilfigers, who have renovated and sold a number of other houses in Greenwich through the years.

Known internationally for his clothing brand of the same name, Hilfiger told The Wall Street Journal that he and his wife, Dee Ocleppo Hilfiger, were moving to Palm Beach, Fla., a long-planned relocation that was sped up because of the impact of COVID-19. He also said that he had been told by friends in real estate that the market was “very strong.”

Janet Milligan, of Sotheby’s International Realty’s Greenwich brokerage, is the listing agent for the property.

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The renovations made on the property under the Hilfigers’ ownership were extensive, including the mechanics for the 13,300-square-foot home and a new roof that took three years to build with handmade tiles. They also restored the ceilings, moldings and floors and put in a new chef’s kitchen and new baths.

Accompanying the more formal rooms in the mansion are a theater room, family-game room and lower-level wine cellar and tasting room.

A guest house also located on the property contains a living room, kitchen, two bedrooms, two baths and a two-bay garage.

The Hilfigers also refurbished the outbuildings, installed a new pool and restored the tennis court.

The grounds feature a fountained rose garden, boxwood knot garden, water garden with fountained koi pond and topiary garden.

In addition, the backcountry property includes a detached four-bay garage, greenhouse and “tea house” that has been converted into a security pavilion.

Vistas from the property encompass Long Island Sound and the Manhattan skyline, according to the listing.

Designed by architect Greville Rickard and built in 1939 for real estate magnate Charles Paterno, the estate later became the home of financier and art patron Joseph Hirshhorn, who displayed his art collection and sculpture garden there before donating it to the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C.

While the Hilfigers are planning to move to Florida, Greenwich and southwestern Connecticut have seen a striking rise in interest, as New York City residents and others relocate to suburban homes as they seek more space in response to the coronavirus crisis.

Earlier this year, a home in Greenwich’s waterfront Belle Haven neighborhood sold for about $17 million. It ranked as the largest residential transaction in Connecticut so far in 2020.

In the first quarter of this year, there were 102 home sale closings in Greenwich, up 38 percent year over year.

pschott@stamfordadvocate.com; twitter: @paulschott

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