Any house with a long driveway on Brushy Ridge Road in New Canaan can enjoy a substantial amount of privacy, in particular the stately home at 235 on the south side of the street.
It's a nifty picture of a Federal-style Colonial, the front facade of which is a large Greek picture without the overkill that many new structures present. Large, thick Ionic columns are set in each corner of the building, which features rows of dentil molding spanning the triangular pediment on the front gable.
The landscaping in the circular driveway alone promises a great place. The property, too, is expansive -- more than 4 acres -- and features a collection of special plantings.
Inside, the entrance hall is much larger than it would appear from the outside. The sweeping stairs start from a parquet floor.
A convenient office immediately to the right of the entrance is almost unnoticeable. Straight across is a wide living room that pulls from the space of the big hall. Two sets of French doors look out on a patio that also has the style of a Greek garden, with a long set of wide steps descending into the back. The arrangements of the plantings in the back give a sense of the property having several distinct areas within the great acreage.
The living room has layered molding, which includes a stylish example of decorative painting. To the right of the living room a hall leads into a whole different section that retains the house's design elements -- high ceilings and dentil molding throughout. A three-car heated garage and back entrance are accessible here.
Farther to the right is a library, which has a fireplace with a marble mantel and high ceilings. The all-wood room, which has a glass door entrance, also has built-in shelves.
Downstairs in the finished section of the basement is a move theater, with an adjoining door into a storage area.
Back at the main entrance and to the left, the wide hall steps down into a dining room, which has a fireplace. The sash windows are large and the room has a faux-finish paint job above the wainscoting.
The western corner of the house has a grand kitchen and family area. Surrounded by 7-foot-high doors and windows, the room has exceptional light and views of the property.
The kitchen -- which is centered around an island -- combines the wood cabinetry with light-brown granite counters. One step down is the family area, with a hearth that combines rough and polished granite.
The second floor starts at an interesting balcony centered around the main hall, with an inverted couch built into the wall. Nearby is a walk-up attic with tons of extra space.
It's hard to know where to go first upstairs. To the right, following a laundry room in the hall, is one large bedroom en suite, with stone tiles in the bathroom. Directly off the hall is a master suite with its own fireplace. The bathroom has a spa tub situated by expansive windows, which provide a view of the pool and backyard grounds. There is also a stall shower with built-in seats, and two separate walk-in closets.
The master also features doors out to one flat section of fenced-in roof, creating a kind of cityscape balcony overlooking the back.
As if that weren't enough, there's another complete suite on the south side of the house, featuring a walk-in office area with a large window and built-in desk, along with a small bedroom.
Jarret Liotta is a freelance writer.