An award-winning custom contemporary enclave, nestled on the private West Road, is seamlessly melded with the natural lakeside landscape surrounding the property.
The gray-green clapboard home at 365 West Road in New Canaan is on 2.6 acres of exquisite landscaping, lush with Renaissance gardens filled with asters, iris, ferns and grasses. An alee of 37 hornbeam trees line the drive, like a guiding star to the private sanctuary, as noted building and landscape architect Richard Bergman imagined it in 1982. A stone path slinks along the right side of the house, meandering through a bed of low-lying boxwoods.
The vanishing-edge swimming pool was custom designed, giving the illusion of water spilling over the rim into the dark, still pond. And, just beyond a serpentine stone wall, on the bank of the lake, a Native American-inspired gathering circle called a "council ring" was crafted out of carefully selected stones to surround a fire pit.
Two heavy, copper-clad double doors open to the dramatic light-filled home.
The formal dining room features Indonesian teak floors laid in a herringbone pattern, enhancing the varying tones of the wood.
A custom hand-blown Murano glass chandelier offers a contemporary and artistic take on a dining room light fixture.
The eat-in kitchen, with granite countertops, a five-burner Dacor cooktop and a double Viking wall oven, offers a walk-through pantry with an additional walk-in closet, as well as a sunny breakfast nook lit by another custom Murano glass chandelier.
The kitchen opens into a mid-story-level family room featuring a cathedral ceiling, four skylights and a floor-to-ceiling flagstone fireplace.
Sliding doors open to an expansive deck overlooking the private lake, with a built-in Lynx grill and a spiral staircase leading to a lower stone patio.
A study with an Indonesian-inspired wall partition overlooks the family room, and through contemporary French doors, there is a media room featuring an entire wall of built-ins with further Asian-inspired accents.
At the heart of the home is an oversized great room with three walls of windows and sliding doors accessing the private balconies. The room is warmed by a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace and features a wood-paneled cathedral ceiling and skylights.
The first-floor master suite includes a private balcony, a large walk-in closet and a beautiful master bathroom, which has been featured in magazines for its use of light and glass.
With frosted glass sinks and partitions to the mirrored glass and porcelain glass-tiled floors, the bathroom is a carnival of light and color. Bergman designed the contemporary chromatic bath with dichroic glass panels angled to allow the light to come through and cast ever-changing colors throughout the space.
Upstairs, there are two en suite bedrooms and a third guest bedroom, which uses a full hall bath. The bedrooms each feature skylights and the baths are each uniquely infused with light and artistically designed with varying types of glass.
The lower level has a game room with sliders leading out to the pool area with two attached changing rooms, a sauna and a full bath.
An extension of the game room includes a wood-burning fireplace, a wet bar and a built-in hot tub.
The entire lower level has panoramic views of the romantic landscaping and the private pond.
For more information or to make an appointment to see the house, contact Lauren Napoli of Halstead Property at 203-966-7800 or email@example.com.
Makayla Silva is a freelance writer.