Conn. estate of late songwriter Lee Pockriss lists for $3M


The Bridgewater, Connecticut, estate of the late ’50s and ’60s hit songwriter Lee Pockriss — of “Catch a Falling Star,” “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini” and “Johnny Angel” fame — has hit the market for $3 million.

The charming property at 137 Skyline Bridge Road spans 10 acres surrounded by woods — and it includes a pool.

At 2,873 square feet, the three-bedroom, 3½-bathroom home, built in 1940, features a large formal living room that flows into a dining space, a sunroom, a sunken home office and a large den.

The main bedroom also comes with a balcony overlooking the pool and the surrounding rolling lawn. 

The estate begins with a gated drive that leads to two separate paths — one goes to the front of the house and the other leads to a detached three-car garage.

Pockriss passed away in 2011. His widow, Sonja, is selling the estate.

The widow of Pockriss has listed the spread for sale.
The widow of Pockriss has listed the spread for sale.
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It's located in the town of Bridgewater.
It’s located in the town of Bridgewater.
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Touches include wood details, such as in this beamed vaulted ceiling.
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A cozy living area.
A cozy living area.
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There's aptly enough space for a grand piano.
There’s aptly enough space for a grand piano.
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The charming wood touches extend into this dining space.
The charming wood touches extend into this dining space.
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Large windows let in copious light.
Large windows let in copious light.
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Make a splash in the property's serene pool.
Make a splash in the property’s serene pool.
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The late musician wasn’t the only creative inspired by these surroundings. The property was formerly owned by animal portraitist and children’s book illustrator Marguerite Kirmse. Before that, by sculptor and actress Jenifer Heyward, daughter of Dorothy and DuBose Heyward, the couple behind “Porgy and Bess” — the book and play with music by the Gershwin brothers including classic songs like “Rhapsody in Blue.”

The listing broker is Michael Caporizzo, of William Pitt Julia B Fee Sotheby’s International Realty. 



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