It's a long drive up to the north end of New Canaan, but it's worth it. The large and handsome house at 440 Michigan Road has a perfect private location.
Down a near quarter-mile of driveway, the house defines the word stately, with its pretty Georgian style and grand scheme. The circular driveway ends where the formal entrance starts between large Doric pillars.
The entryway, too, is grand, with an antiquated style wisely built into a 1997 construction. It's rather breathtaking, actually, as the light fixtures and colors -- combined with the design -- really make it feel like a vintage house.
To the left is a study paneled in cherry wood, made private by French doors. The room is lined with shelves and centers around a fireplace, which has a subtle dark green marble hearth.
Farther back, on the east side, is a large square sunroom with three full walls of windows and a high ceiling dotted with tract lights.
South of the study is a small wet bar and a door leading into a large formal dining room. The room also features a nice high ceiling of Edwardian design. French doors lead out -- one of several exits onto a slate patio, which is dotted with Doric pillars and has a southern view.
Passageway through an enormous open arch leads back to the main hall. It's wide open here, and a dining room opposite makes it feel even larger.
Throughout the whole house is an enjoyable sense of roominess, probably due in part to being more than 8,000 square feet on four beautiful acres.
The formal dining room has a fireplace, and enjoys light from large bay windows and southern exposure. Two cabinet consoles are built in on either side of the fireplace. The floor is a parquet design, and there's a swinging door that leads out into the kitchen.
The kitchen, with a light wood design, is centered around a polished granite island and has a six-burner Viking stove and lots of tract lights.
An adjacent family room features a fireplace too with a grand stone mantel. Two sections of built-in window seats are surrounded by cabinets and shelves.
Off the kitchen -- past a separate pantry -- is a bathroom, then a back staircase that leads up to a variety of great rooms.
Over the attached three-car garage is a playroom that's sunken four steps from the wide, roomy hall. There's also a cedar closet upstairs, next to which are two bedrooms, then the main stairs.
At the landing are two opposing sitting areas with large windows on either side.
Off this is a grand master bedroom that features sash windows running throughout and its own fireplace. A walk-in closet with two entrances is attached by a wet bar. The bathroom has a separate shower and spa tub, as well as two sinks.
There are two more bedrooms on the west side, which share a bathroom, and a nearby laundry room that has a sink and lots of space.
A third-floor staircase leads up to an unfinished attic with considerable storage. There's also a large, unfinished basement, also providing storage space.
For more information or to make an appointment to see the house, contact Jaime Sneddon of Halstead Property at 203-219-3769 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jarret Liotta is a freelance writer.