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On the market: Tree house-like living

Updated 10:04 am, Friday, March 21, 2014

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  • A Mediterranean-style mountainside villa at 269 Dans Highway in New Canaan is on the market for $3,000,000. Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed / New Canaan News Contributed
    A Mediterranean-style mountainside villa at 269 Dans Highway in New Canaan is on the market for $3,000,000. Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed

 

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About this house
ADDRESS: 269 Dans Highway, New Canaan
PRICE: $3,000,000
STYLE: Modern
YEAR BUILT: 1988
SQUARE FOOTAGE: 7,846
ACRES: 4.01
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 10
BEDROOMS: 4
FULL BATHROOMS: 3
HALF BATHS: 1
FEATURES: Security system, skylights, balcony, deck, patio, porch, terrace, detached entertainment space, fireplace, swimming pool
SCHOOLS: West Elementary, Saxe Middle, New Canaan High
ASSESSMENT: $1,899,000
TAXES: $27,706
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The contemporary house at 269 Dans Highway in New Canaan, on a pine-studded drive lined with traditional New England stone walls and wooded hills, may come as surprise.

This stunning modern home stands out against the backdrop of quintessential Connecticut landscape.

Perched atop a hill situated on 4 acres, the home, built in 1988, offers four stories of congruent indoor and outdoor spaces.

Designed by a Greek architect who modeled the home after his childhood Mediterranean mountainside villa, the house has exterior doors from almost every room, at every level, providing access to beautiful stone terraces and private gardens outside.

"It really represents the feeling of being on a villa in Italy," Susan Engel, a real estate agent with Barbara Cleary's Realty Guild, of New Canaan, said.

Each of the rooms has connecting exterior features like the herb and perennial gardens, vineyard, vine-wrapped pergolas, fountains, pool, grass court and evergreen park.

Life inside the home must feel like living in a large atrium where the inside and outside are nailed together, complementing each other in seamless transition throughout the entire four levels.

The dining room features cathedral ceilings with recessed lighting and wall-to-wall windows offering panoramic views of the tree-covered hills.

"It feels like you're living in a tree house," Engel said.

Off the dining room is a large kitchen with a window-lined breakfast nook on one side and a wet bar area on the other.

The open and expansive living areas comprise most of the 7,500 square feet of entertaining space with nearly every inch capitalizing on the seemingly endless windows that both frame the views of the outside forest and allow light to pour into the home.

The great room has a cathedral ceiling and a massive stone floor-to-ceiling hearth that creates a sense of coziness in such a capacious space.

Off the living area is a library with floor-to-ceiling built-in shelving on either side and a reading alcove.

Down a flight of stairs there are four bedrooms and three bathrooms with additional living areas.

The spacious, Frank Lloyd Wright-esque home uses modern, clean lines to maintain a sense of flow and cohesiveness throughout the multi-level home.

Because this home serves as an outstanding setting for entertaining, there is a large adjacent field for parking the cars of 100 guests.

In addition to the main house, there is a detached two-story building that features a living space on the first floor that could be used for a home office or additional entertaining space with a spiral staircase leading down to a second floor that serves as an entertainment room complete with stadium-style seating and an impressive home movie theater.

For more information or to make an appointment to see the house, contact John Engel of Barbara Cleary's Reality Guild at 203-966-7772 or john@realty-guild.com.

Makayla Silva is a freelance writer.