The 14,240-square-foot, 12.1-acre spread in Worthington— a town with barely 1,100 souls between Route 9 and the Mass. Pike — is on the market for $3,500,000, listed by George Cain of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty.
The estate at 184 Cudworth Road comes with quite a few bells and whistles. These include a barn with an apartment and a fireproof vault — where Lewis stored his guitars, naturally — and an indoor Olympic-size saltwater pool. There are also four bedrooms and five full bathrooms, as well as three half baths, a game room, and a home office.
The spread also comes with an indoor/outdoor intercom, security and humidification systems, flooring with radiant heat, and a commercial-grade generator. The landscaped grounds include a fishing pond, too.
Lewis bought the site in 2001 for $475,000 — a previous owner apparently included a creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, according to William Pitt Sotheby’s International. There were five structures on the land then, according to Cain: that barn with the apartment, the pool, the house, a detached three-car garage with another apartment above it, and a storage building. Lewis renovated the house, connecting it to the pool on one side and to the garage on the other. He also added an eight-car garage with radiant heat and an office above it toward the rear of the house.
The estate hit the market around Aug. 1, and appears to be by far the most expensive home listing in Hampshire County. The next priciest home for sale is a 5,187-square-foot house in Westhampton listed for $2,899,000, according to Estately.
A Zillow analysis pegs Hampshire County’s median home value at $288,405, which represents a 3.1 percent year-over-year increase — suggesting that for all of the pandemic’s tumult its effects haven’t permeated housing prices in this bucolic slice of Massachusetts.
Lewis cofounded Staind in Springfield in 1995, and the band’s first album, Dysfunction, sold particularly well, gaining the group comparisons to other grunge and alternative acts of the period such as Pearl Jam and Korn. Staind went on to release several other records between then and 2011, when members delved into other interests.
Lewis hinted in a June interview with Loudwire that Staind was working on its first new release since 2011, and the group continues to perform, albeit sporadically. They toured in 2014 and 2019 and have dates scheduled for next summer. That’s because the 48-year-old, Rutland, Vt.-born Lewis has shifted his artistic focus in recent years, which helps explain why his Worthington estate is on the block.
“Lewis is selling now because he has been refocusing on country music (vs. rock), so he spends most of his time in Nashville,” Cain said via e-mail.
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