On the Market: Hilltop privacy in New Canaan
Updated 11:36 pm, Monday, March 27, 2017
NEW CANAAN — The stone and white clapboard Georgian colonial house at 1601 Ponus Ridge Road is only blocks from Laurel Reservoir seemly a million miles away from civilization.
In reality, it enjoys the privacy of that remote location while only being three miles from downtown New Canaan and its shops, restaurants and train station. A handful of shops and restaurants in Pound Ridge, New York, just across the border, are only two miles away in the opposite direction.
The house is perfectly sited on a 2.53-acre property in a private hilltop setting on Ponus Ridge and there are two entrances into the property. One driveway is on Ponus Ridge Road and the other is on Tobys Lane. The Ponus Ridge Road driveway accesses the front of the house and the ample parking there. The Tobys Lane driveway accesses the three-car garage and additional parking there. There is a perimeter wall of field stone around the property and stone pillars topped with lanterns at the driveway entrances.
The house was custom built in 2000 by Country Club Homes and contains 7,600 square feet of living space on three levels; great space for both formal and informal living. Although it was constructed at the turn of the 20th into the 21st century it is firmly planted in the new millennium with many new features. It received a new boiler in 2015. That same year a new driveway with Belgian block was installed. The kitchen was redone the year before.
Enter the house from the covered and columned front entrance with sidelights and a decorative fanlight transom into the front-to-back center hall marble foyer. The detailed millwork includes wainscoting on the lower walls and an arched entryway topped with a keystone from the front part of the foyer to the back, where there is a door to the bluestone patio and backyard.
The formal living and dining rooms are large enough for entertaining on a grand scale. The living room has wainscoting on the lower walls and a marble fireplace. Separated from the living room by French doors is a sunroom, which has access to the patio. The wood paneled office or library also has a marble fireplace as well as a built-in desk and bookcases. Between the formal dining room and kitchen is a butler’s pantry with a granite counter, tumbled marble backsplash, glass-front cabinetry, and beverage refrigerator.
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In the spacious gourmet kitchen the counters and top of the center island comprise two-inch thick marble. There is a hardwood floor and white subway tile backsplash. High-end appliances include the Viking Professional six-burner range. The breakfast room has a vaulted ceiling and French doors to the patio, where there is a fieldstone sitting wall and built-in grill area.
Open to the kitchen is the family room, which has a fieldstone fireplace and a milled wood mantel, built-in cabinetry, and French doors to a small patio. The mudroom has a stone floor, built-in bench, bead board on the lower walls, coat closet, and a door to the yard.
On the second floor there are five bedrooms. The large master suite has a marble fireplace, three large walk-in closets, and a door to a private wood deck. The spa-like master bath features two vanities, steam shower and marble countertops and floors.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
ADDRESS: 1601 Ponus Ridge Road
FEATURES: 2.53-acre property, corner lot, Generac generator, wine cellar, wet bar, four fireplaces, all window treatments, patio, sprinkler system, exterior lighting, Thermopane windows, well water, stone walls, invisible pet fencing, ceiling fan, front and rear staircases, three-car attached garage with new doors, full finished walk-out basement, attic, wood roof, new boiler and related equipment in 2015, newly painted interior, pool site, five bedrooms, six full and two half baths
SCHOOLS: West Elementary, Saxe Middle, New Canaan High School
MILL RATE: 16.312 mills
On the finished lower level there is a wine cellar that accommodates at least 800 bottles, a full bath, and three other rooms with flexible use.
For more information or to make an appointment to see the house contact Laura and Chris Sigg of The Sigg Team/William Raveis Real Estate, Laura at 203-8954, Chris at 203-515-8952, or both at the firstname.lastname@example.org.