A well-polished antique home
Updated 8:24 pm, Friday, August 7, 2015
A classic antique saltbox tucked just outside the historic Silvermine district of New Canaan offers more than 5,000 square feet of meticulously restored living space.
Originally called the Matthew Fitch House, it was built in 1737.
Previous owners were careful to preserve the original character of their antique home when expanding in 2000 using Moisan Architects, a firm known for restoration.
The property sits against the road behind a white picket fence and stone knee wall surrounded by climbing hydrangeas. A peastone drive leads to a portico-covered entry with two built-in benches.
Inside, a small foyer offers a warm welcome with another built-in bench and brass wall sconces.
ADDRESS: 296 Carter St., New Canaan
PRICE: $ 2,395,000
MILES TO STATION: 1.5
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 11
FULL BATH: 4
NOTABLE FEATURES: Three-car attached garage, 40 foot in-ground pool, stone terrace, screened porch, wine cellar.
SCHOOLS: East Elementary, Sax Middle School, New Canaan High School
The original parlor features the first of six wood-burning fireplaces and opens into a spacious formal living room with random width hardwood floors and a second fireplace.
A cozy dining room with a third fireplace and classic chair rail opens through a swing door to a quaint kitchen with beautiful views of the property’s perennial gardens, and particularly its hydrangeas.
The kitchen, though modest in size, is fully equipped with a six-burner Viking cooktop, a Sub-Zero refrigerator, granite countertops and a sunny breakfast area.
A step-down family room, featuring a wet bar with a wine refrigerator, was added in the 2000 expansion as a seamless addition to the home.
Two sets of French doors off the family room lead to a covered stone terrace lined with hydrangea bushes.
A library features three walls of built-in bookcases, desk area and wood burning fireplace with a black marble surround.
The second floor opens to a spacious recreational room with a reclaimed-barn wood ceiling sourced from an original barn on the property. The recreational or family room opens to an en suite guest bedroom offering a private space for guests to stay.
With a vaulted ceiling, two sets of French doors leading to a private deck and a wood-burning fireplace, the master suite meets the criteria of a 2015 retreat while keeping the charming details of a historic property. The master bath features a dual vanity, sunken whirlpool tub and frameless glass steam shower.
A second en suite guest bedroom features original wide plank hardwood floors and a full bath with a dual vanity.
Two original guest bedrooms featuring varying degrees of reclaimed barn wood accents share a full wainscoted bath with a hextile floor and rustic wood vanity.
A lower level offers a playroom, wine cellar and workshop.
Outside, the property includes a 40-foot inground pool and spa with professionally landscaped perennial gardens and extensive exterior lighting.
For more information or to see the property please contact Marsha Charles of Coldwell Banker Previews International at 203-904-4663 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org