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Legendary ‘Bat Out of Hell’ songwriter’s Conn. estate lists for $5.55M

It’s all coming back up for sale.

The longtime Connecticut home of the prolific producer, composer and lyricist Jim Steinman has hit the market, all furnishings included. The writer behind Celine Dion’s 1996 track “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” passed away last year, aged 73. The 6,183-square-foot two-bedroom where he lived up until his death is currently listed for $5.55 million with Laura Ancona of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty. 

“When Jim Steinman passed in April of 2021, he left behind not only his incomparable body of musical and theatrical works, but also his beloved home in Ridgefield … where he lived for nearly 30 years,” reads the listing, calling the property the “Total Eclipse of the Heart” writer’s “personal sanctuary.” 

Initially, the 1.56-acre property contained only a country cottage constructed in 1920, but Steinman transformed this into a home and studio worthy of collaborating with some of the world’s most famous acts. “Jim took great pride in every object that you will see in his home, which served as the backdrop to his life and work,” the listing continues. He spent more than $6 million in construction costs alone evolving the space, which is now brimming with artifacts of a life spent writing singles for the stars. 

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The home looks relatively normal from the outside.
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jim steinman ct estate sale
Steinman’s piano will also go to the property buyer.
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jim steinman ct estate sale
Relics of a life lived producing songs for the stars can be found in every corner.
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jim steinman ct estate sale
This is far from your average estate sale, with this kind of eye-catching interior.
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jim steinman ct estate sale
The furniture is eclectic, to say the least.
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The bones include beamed ceilings and, in this photo, a fireplace.
The bones include beamed ceilings and, in this photo, a fireplace.
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jim steinman ct estate sale
The property includes a two-car garage.
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Jim Steinman (left) posed together with singer Meat Loaf in March, 1978.
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Steinman posing for the camera at the Sony Music Studios in 1981.
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In an effort to preserve the property as Steinman had curated it, the house is being sold as is — the entirety of its contents included.

From the outside it appears like a relatively normal, if rather sprawling, white-tone country home. Inside, though, there is an eclectic array of movie set-like furniture, framed awards, statues galore and the very piano Steinman used to compose. 

“Most people don’t like extremes,” Steinman once said, the New York Times reported. “Extremes scare them. I start at ‘extreme’ and go from there.”

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