On warm mornings, Taylor Gibson-Ullman steps outside her bedroom onto a spacious deck overlooking a glossy 12-acre pond, plops into a chair with a cup of coffee and leaves the world of ringing telephones behind.

For many, it's a morning straight from a memory of a relaxing vacation, but for Gibson-Ullman, it's a lifestyle.

"The lake reflects the light off the sky," said Gibson-Ullman, a retired hedge fund marketer. "Every room in the house has extremely large French doors and windows and the bedrooms have huge porches. Whether it's frozen and it's ice skating that you're looking at or the reflection of the leaves changing color in autumn, the view is always beautiful and its always changing."

Massive windows interrupt the wall space throughout the 1992 home, creating an illusion that whatever is on the other side of the glass -- a goose skating on water, a red leaf dropping from its branch or a rainbow -- seems to be right inside.

"My husband is an avid fly fisherman and when we were engaged, he won a beautiful custom wood canoe at a nature conservancy auction," she said. "We joke that it's the most expensive canoe in the world, because we got this house to go with it."

In March, The Wall Street Journal named the contemporary country manor, which is now on the market for $6.495 million, House of the Week in its online national real estate competition.

Gibson-Ullman -- who shares the 16-room Clearview Lane residence with her husband, a general partner at Charter Oak Equity, their son and Cavalier King Charles spaniel -- said the property has never been on the market before. She and her husband bought the custom home directly from its previous owner, a business partner of her husband who decided to sell in an attempt to achieve a lifestyle change after a divorce. Now, two years after a complete renovation, she said they are selling it, though she describes it as "perfect," to either downsize to a smaller in-town residence in Connecticut or relocate to their property in Sun Valley, Idaho.

"It's the water and the karma," she said. "There's something unbelievably special about the energy of the home. It's very light. It's very happy."

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