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Town to Enter Negotiations to Buy 60-Acre Shoreline Estate, Now on Market for $100 Million

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Darien’s town government will enter negotiations to buy the 60-acre shoreline estate on Long Neck Point peninsula, one of the largest pieces of private land in lower Fairfield County, the Board of Selectmen unanimously decided Monday night. The Great Island estate, owned for more than a century by the Ziegler family and now the Steinkraus family, went on sale in 2016, with an asking price of $175 million, now reduced to $100 million. The Board of Selectmen, after meeting in executive session for about an hour, authorized First Selectman Monica McNally to enter into negotiations for the property. McNally said the board has discussed the value of the land and potential uses the town might have for it. McNally described the tract as “the last and best property of its kind that is available on the East Coast of the United States.”