Ron Howard's Former Home Has One Weird Feature

When you're one of Hollywood's most notable directors, then you can get away with living a little bit more extravagantly than the average person. Ron Howard is best known for directing the multiple Academy Award-winning film "A Beautiful Mind" as well as other blockbusters like "Apollo 13," The Da Vinci Code," and "Frost/Nixon," per IMDb. With an impressive Hollywood career that spans all the way back to 1969 and with more projects on the way, Howard hasn't shown any signs of slowing down. However, in his home life, it shows how much the Hollywood A-lister cherished his downtime when you look back at the estate where he and his family spent a good 20 years.

Located in Greenwich, Connecticut the 32-acre estate is where Howard and his wife raised their children and spent their formative years. The massive property was sold in 2014 for a whopping $27.5 million, according to Sotheby's International Realty, after Howard and his wife felt that they had achieved all they could from their time there. Among the five-bedroom, 4-bathroom home that stretches over 17,000 square feet of living space, is a private movie theatre, full game room, indoor sports area with a tennis court, and a huge indoor pool that is ensconced with big beautiful windows with views of the picturesque wooded landscape. But these features only scratch the surface of the unique amenities of this country estate.

What makes Ron Howard's former home so unique

Ron Howard's country home was a beautiful mix of family country home esthetic and pure elegance, per Sotheby's International Realty. The house itself is surrounded by a thickly wooded forest that is ideal for nature walks and for showcasing the magical changing of the seasons. Huge opulent windows run throughout the home in order to take in as much of that view as possible. But it's what is outside of the property that makes it really stand out.

The estate features a full two-bedroom 2,500-square-foot guest house, according to Insider, which is right near a horse paddock and training area. But the most interesting feature — if you could only pick one — would have to be the extravagant observatory which has a seriously impressive Meade telescope. From there you can gaze out at the huge expanse of space and the surrounding Converse Lake which stretches for 140 acres. Although Howard will be viewing different types of stars now through a more traditional lens, he can surely look back at his time on this magical property with fond memories.