While situated on a somewhat main thoroughfare, the arrangement of the custom-built home at 269 Valley Road in New Canaan provides privacy at a nice location. The house is situated below a high brick wall that buttresses the road and gives a welcoming sense of solitude.
Called Riverun, the house has a private vista over the Silvermine River, which rolls along through the valley, and the soothing gurgle of the water tumbling along the large rocks and banks is the dominant sound in the back.
Once inside, the house has an antiquated architectural feel amidst new fixings. The floor in the front foyer is comprised of wide pieces of pine, set with sparse nails adding to the vintage feel. The stairs are wide open and there is a glimpse both up and down to the two adjacent levels.
The house, in fact, is centered on the lower level, which uses a backyard balcony that runs the length of the structure as its anchor.
The kitchen is bright with wall-length windows in a recessed breakfast area. The kitchen, which has polished granite counters and an island, divides tastefully with a half-wall, with glass built-in cabinets, into a family area featuring a large brick fireplace and three separate sets of French doors to the balcony, one end of which has a more sizable grilling or picnic area.
A formal dining room on the other side of the kitchen has doors on each of the four walls to enter.
Opposite the two sets of French doors leading to the balcony is a wet bar constructed atop an open counter into the adjacent hallway.
Off this hall are a bathroom, laundry room and, at the southeast end of the house, a formal living room with a vaulted ceiling, skylights, a fireplace and more doors out to another large patio area that's fed by the sound of the running stream.
On the next floor there's a small office-type room to the right of the entrance, and another door leads out to join a main hallway. The first bedroom is off here, with a generous full wall of windows, which makes the river a living piece of artwork. A second bedroom has similar windows, along with tract lighting and ample closets. A third bedroom on the northeast corner has a room-length built-in desk and cabinets, and plenty of light from the windows.
At the top floor, there is a small waiting area with a window seat. This floor is really its own suite, dominated by the master bedroom, which is an awesome arrangement of space. There's a fireplace, doors out to a balcony overlooking the stream, tract lighting and lots of natural light.
An office off the back leads into another workspace, where there's a separate private staircase leading down to the north side of the building.
The bathroom, which has access to the balcony, is centered around a large spa tub. Walk-in closets and the bathroom are separate.
For more information or to make an appointment to see the house, contact Marsha Charles of Coldwell Banker at 203-904-4663 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jarret Liotta is a freelance writer.