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On the market: Privacy abounds

Updated 11:56 am, Friday, February 14, 2014

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  • The 12-room Colonial at 1024 Smith Ridge Road in New Canaan sits on more than 4 acres and is surrounded by a buffer of trees. It is on the market for $4,500,000. Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed / New Canaan News Contributed
    The 12-room Colonial at 1024 Smith Ridge Road in New Canaan sits on more than 4 acres and is surrounded by a buffer of trees. It is on the market for $4,500,000. Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed

 

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About this house
ADDRESS: 1024 Smith Ridge Road, New Canaan
PRICE: $4,500,000
STYLE: Colonial
YEAR BUILT: 1939
SQUARE FOOTAGE: 6,207
ACRES: 4.2
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 12
BEDROOMS: 5
FULL BATHROOMS: 5
HALF BATHS: 2
FEATURES: Three-car attached garage, heated pool, lawn sprinkler, security system, cedar closets, automatic gate, generator
SCHOOLS: East Elementary, Saxe Middle, New Canaan High
ASSESSMENT: $2,387,210
TAXES: $34,820
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In a private location behind an automatic gate, 1024 Smith Ridge Road in New Canaan is a charming house with an inviting vintage feel.

Despite the convenience of being directly on Route 123, it's situated far off on the 4-acre lot, with a substantial buffer of space and trees dividing the road.

The property is pleasantly groomed, including an enormous white birch at the entrance and a great collection of conifers that enhance the estate feel.

Once in the driveway, to the right is access to three unique attractive glass bay doors of the attached garage. Inside, the garage is an exquisite, warm room as clean and comfortable as the house.

The driveway to the left leads to the front facade -- a dappled brick, quite in keeping with the original 1939 construction. Half moon-shaped steps gradually reach up to a door in a recessed entrance. Immediately inside, the house is a combination of original design and solid tasteful updated touches.

To the left opens into a sunken living room area. It's quite light from both the solid white design and the substantial windows.

Off this room is a sunroom with a tile floor. Three walls are covered with nine sets of French doors -- three consecutive sets on each of the walls. On the south end of the house, it's a veritable wealth of light and sunshine. The attractive ceiling is, like so many rooms throughout the downstairs, well-equipped with tract lights.

The downstairs of the house is sprawling. To the right is the fully equipped kitchen, with a six-burner Viking stove.

Farther to the right is a wide open den featuring tract lighting, built-in shelves and the most subtle small fireplace. Two opposing walls are bright with windows, and French doors lead back to the driveway and to the rear garden.

The back garden features a mini maze of hedges and a flat lawn surrounded by large hemlocks, which provide lots of privacy. The pool is surrounded by a stone patio.

Upstairs are two bedrooms on the north side of the building. Each is en suite. One is a carefully constructed work of wood paneling, a high tapered ceiling and recessed windows with built-in cabinets. The other room is similar in structure, but features a juxtaposition of white walls and a built-in drawers.

There are two other bedrooms as well

An upstairs laundry room is opposite the stairs on the north side.

The master suite devotes space and style to two exceptional bathrooms.

For more information or to make an appointment to see the house, contact Mary Higgins of Halstead Property at 203-247-1625 or mhiggins@halstead.com.

Jarret Liotta is a freelance writer.