The house at 584 West Road in New Canaan is quite a structure -- a large, three-story affair with many modern accoutrements, yet several architectural choices that give it a historic feel -- slate roof, cupola and a small porch set at the inside of the L-shaped footprint.
At the back of the right driveway is a vintage barn, which offers lots of good storage, but better still, is a magnificent beauty that supplements the house and validates its impression of antiquity.
The view from the back of the house is majestic -- a balanced mansion-like conglomeration of pillars and gables, a long second-story balcony, and a large blue flagstone patio that looks over an expansive lawn that faces west.
The front and back doors open in a central path, so the view out the back competes with the first look up a tapering staircase. The main hall is grand, with wainscoting and the oak floor competing with the overall feel of airiness climbing up to the high ceiling, sconces and balustrade.
To the right, a wide hall, which prides a Georgian sensibility, passes an elegant dining room, with low sash windows and a corner fireplace. This leads into a kitchen with a hardwood-covered island and white marble counters. The kitchen is fully equipped and enjoys some great touches in lighting, fixtures and millwork. A dining area toward the back has bay windows looking out on the back and an adjacent desk area.
The adjacent family area -- divided by a long counter of built-in cabinets -- is centered on a large granite stone fireplace. There are additional built-ins here, as well as a lot of light.
The wing off here leads to a mudroom, bathroom, the nearby elevator, and down to an expansive finished basement. Here, there's everything from a fireplace in one large room to a potential bedroom suite down one hall. There is a wealth of storage as well.
Upstairs, over this wing, is a laundry room, billiards room and bedroom suite. The possibilities -- the extent of the space -- seems limitless.
Another bedroom on the north side has its own fireplace, and a 10-foot-high tapered ceiling. Another complete suite is nearby.
The third story is, in essence, its own separate apartment, with noteworthy views out the back and gobs of storage.
On the south side of the second floor is the master suite, like a grand inn, with high ceilings and an abundance of style.
The main room loops around through opposing entrances to the bathroom, which is luxurious and fully equipped with a spa tub, large shower with a built-in bench and more.
Left of the front entrance there's a formal living room with a fireplace and an ample double room to complete the picture. The back rooms, with a fireplace and wood walls, would make an exquisite library or den, with space to spare.
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.