Few things are as exciting as following a long, private driveway to discover a new house. Add to this the discovery of a locked gate, and you know you're in for something interesting.
The grand-sized half-stone colonial at 388 Wahackme Road in New Canaan is a handsome house in an excellent location. The front facade is a picture of Georgian style, with three gables marking a high third floor.
Up the slate walkway, between two sets of Doric pillars, one enters into a grand spacious two-story hall. The sweeping design of the parquet floor rolls around a twisting bannister and staircase that ascends to a wrap-around balcony.
To the right is a dining room with a high ceiling, which is recessed at its center and spun with dentil molding. There's a fireplace, and access to a butler's pantry and the kitchen.
To the left of the main entry is a deep, wide archway to a living room. The space is open and, using the tones of the floor, it has space separating the rooms. This living room, which also has the same fireplace to make it a twin to the dining room, has long, high sash windows, which let in the morning light. The high ceilings have a panel design, broken only by subtle built-in speakers for the sound system. Waist-high wainscoting decorates this and many other rooms in the house.
Off the living room is the library, with yet another fireplace. The room is all mahogany wood -- walls and ceiling -- with a wall of bookshelves and crank windows.
Straight through from the entry is a central sunken family room space, around a stone fireplace, with French doors that open to a large flagstone patio and in-ground pool.
A TV room is south of there, with built-in shelves, high windows and another set of French doors.
The kitchen is equipped with a six-burner Wolf stove, along with a central island with its own sink. A section of bay windows at the back allow room for a breakfast area. Counters are polished black marble, and the refrigerator and other amenities are built into the cabinets.
There are 12 rooms, but it seems like even more. To the right, a staircase leads down to a large wine closet with elegant lighting and design. This leads into an entertainment room, or potential screening room, with tract lighting that accentuates a tasteful mix of wood beams and paint.
The basement is like its own house. There's a good-sized gym, a large playroom, a separate bedroom and bath, and a multi-use room on the south side that has a stone-hearth fireplace and sliding glass-paneled doors that lead out to a separate patio visually cut off from the pool.
The upstairs features a master bedroom with a bathroom centering on a spa tub and two walk-in closets.
Each upstairs bedroom is unique, owing to the particular curves of the house, but they're all roomy.
Going up to the third floor -- the entrance of which has a built-in gate, as do all the staircases -- is a suitable in-law apartment that enjoys a private bedroom and separate utility room.
For more information or to make an appointment to see the house, contact Patti Fieber of Halstead Property at 203-979-8320 or email@example.com.
Jarret Liotta is a freelance writer.