Look closer at 148 Old Studio Road. It's a pleasant, well-standing house on a nice piece of property. And while some people would find fault with its location, it will certainly make a fine purchase for someone.
Old Studio Road is a quiet drive that loops onto Old Stamford Road at both ends. The house stands a comfortable one-mile walk to Starbuck's and town, some of which can be made through Mead Memorial Park.
For anyone who knows the New Canaan train line, having a couple cars whiz smoothly past now and again in the adjacent woods is hardly a noticeable issue, if not a quaint novelty. For out-of-towners, it may seem like a potential intrusion.
Either way, the backyard and uniquely shaped pool with waterfall are pleasing. The property is about 1 acre.
Entering the 1994 Colonial is cheery and one is struck by the expansive feel of the foyer. A semi-circular staircase ascends on the left, while the open view into the kitchen and beyond makes the 5,300-square-foot house seem even larger inside.
To the left is a bright living room with dentil molding along the high ceiling's edges, as well as a gas fireplace. Handsome hardwood floors cross to a set of pocket doors at the back, which open into the enormous family room and adjacent kitchen area.
There's a wet bar on the left and a wood fireplace as well. The room is bright with western sun. The view outside the windows is of a big, second-story, slate-floor balcony, which overlooks the pool and its large flagstone patio.
The kitchen is a fully-equipped, functional space, featuring a long, marble-topped stationary island, a solid six-burner gas stove -- the kind real cooks love -- and tons of cabinets and storage. The best part is the shared feel with the family area, as well as the patio, which is perfect for entertaining.
Upstairs, off the kitchen is an au pair suite with a shower. It could also serve as an office suite -- bright, private and roomy. Also, off the kitchen is a mud room and laundry area, which leads out to a two-car garage.
The kitchen circles back through a formal dining room, with a wainscoting and a large chandelier.
There's a hall area at the top of the stairs, including enormous windows. A creative designer could find numerous uses for this space, which is perfect for enjoying ample morning sunlight if nothing else.
To the right is a master bedroom with a ceiling fan, a walk-in closet with lots of shelves, and a smaller storage area. There's a large bathroom with a separate tub and shower, set before large white Italian tiles. Across the hall is another bedroom, while two more share a bathroom down the hall.
Near the top of the stairs is a door and staircase leading up to a huge attic. The space speaks to possible expansion. The partial floor is unfinished, but the area is equipped for significant clean storage use.
The basement provides for potential, beginning with a chance for a complete separate apartment, with fireplace and half-bath. There are several rooms, one of which opens into the back yard, with the upstairs patio providing a section of covered outdoor space.
Other novelties in this house include central vacuum in many of the rooms as well as indoor and outdoor speakers.