Tucked back in a quiet corner of New Canaan, the Colonial at 75 Soundview Lane is a lovely country retreat.
Down the meandering Laurel Road, through thickly wooded homesteads just outside of the Silvermine section of town, the country compound spans 3.5 acres and nearly 6,000 square feet of living space between the main house and guest house.
"There are so many ways to slice this house," said Barbara Gronseth, a real estate agent with Halstead Property. "It's so unusual to have a house of this caliber in this location with all of the land."
Inside the main house, a gracious two-story foyer is accessed through handsome mahogany double French doors.
Classic black-and-white marble floors, a custom-stained glass window and Swedish "Runtal" radiators add elegant sophistication to the entryway, and custom two-story Marvin windows bring in plenty of light.
A wood-burning fireplace with marble hearth, Bird's Eye maple floors, custom moldings and detailed door casings warms a formal living room.
An extended conservatory offers a sunny sitting area with access to the back deck through classic French doors.
The living room opens to an adjoining formal dining room, also with French doors leading to the back deck.
A family room features solid cherry floors and custom cherry built-ins as well as a fireplace with marble surround and French doors leading to the breakfast room and kitchen.
The eat-in kitchen includes a five-burner GE range, Bosch dishwasher and Sub-Zero refrigerator as well as custom cherry Rutt cabinetry and a Delft tile backsplash.
A rear stairway off the kitchen leads to a bonus room that could lend itself as a great family room. It features a Palladium window, wide-plank cherry floors and French doors leading to its own private balcony overlooking the 3.5 acres. With a full master bathroom, the room also could be used as a private in-law or guest suite if needed.
Outfitted in solid black walnut custom cabinetry, the study features Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired stained-glass windows and a wet bar with a brass sink.
A custom-designed "secret door" provides a hidden entryway to a private first-floor master suite, which features a cherry floor, tray ceiling and French doors leading to a private terrace.
The master bath has black walnut his-and-hers vanities, a marble Jacuzzi plus a step-in marble shower.
Upstairs, an en suite bedroom could serve as an alternate master bedroom, featuring a large walk-in closet, Carrara marble and a full bath with a step-in shower.
With the choice of two master suites, the home could meet the changing needs of a family without them having to move into a new home.
Two additional guest bedrooms share a full hall bath and cedar closet.
Outside, a wide walkway of Brazilian granite and well-kept gardens of peonies, hydrangeas and Japanese maple trees lead to the pool area, which offers a great spot for outdoor entertaining.
The charming pool house features nautical porthole windows and cherry wide-plank floors.
With two bedrooms and one-and-a-half baths, an eat-in kitchen, the guest house offers 1,321 of additional living space.
A large great room with cathedral ceilings features a wood-burning fireplace with a brick surround as well as a built-in bookcase with a library ladder leading to a loft.
For more information or to make an appointment to see the house, contact Barbara Gronseth of Halstead Property at 203-524-0880 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Makayla Silva is a freelance writer.