The extent and quality of the renovation work at this unique house at 215 Cross Ridge Road in New Canaan is impressive.
Situated at the far north end of town on an amazing spot on a mini ridge overlooking a near-silent road below, this 1957 Colonial defines one-of-a-kind.
From the driveway, the main entrance requires a walk through an exquisitely gardened area, although there is an informal entrance on the right into a mudroom.
It's a long, large house, with more than 6,000 combined square feet situated on 2.2 acres.
Right away when you enter the house, you're taken in by the beautiful antique gumwood floors, which typify the feeling of the place, combining a rustic historic sensibility with modern amenities.
To the right of the main entry is a long living room with a high ceiling and fine molding, along with a fireplace.
Adjacent to this is a magnificent kitchen that features hand-finished butternut cabinets, stone countertops and a premier selection of appliances, including built-in refrigerator, freezer, dishwasher and warming drawer.
Ceiling cross beams add to the antiquated New England impression of the room, which features a clever island with a soapstone top and seating area.
A Dutch door leads into a butler's pantry, with a slate floor and sink. From there, double glass doors take you across the heated floor of the mudroom, which offers a pleasant view of the artificial waterfall in the back.
The back yard is small, but abuts a series of terraces that lead up to distant woods. The retaining wall was built adjacent to a patio. There is also a shed to the side of the house.
Back inside, ascending from the mudroom toward the north end of the house, you walk up to an extra room over the garage. It's a grand space, with a 10-foot-high ceiling, four chandeliers and lots of windows.
A door at the far end leads to the back.
The garage itself is noteworthy, not only for three large bays, but the fact that it's heated and has built-in drains.
South of the kitchen is a living room, which has a half-moon shape, surrounded by windows, and centered around another fireplace.
Touring the bottom floor, one enjoys some of the unique little extras, such as an automatic door closer on the pantry at the far end of the kitchen, as well as well-constructed built-ins throughout.
The house just keeps going out of the living room, where a hall leads to three of the five bedrooms on the first floor, including the master.
Along with having a vaulted ceiling and fan, there's a console that controls the Internet connection in other rooms, for those who might not want their teen up too late.
Also, imagine the treat of a recirculating water line, which means instant hot water as soon as the tap is turned. The master bathroom also has a heated floor.
Upstairs, there are two more bedrooms and an office, with five full bathrooms throughout the house, along with a half-bath.
The basement level is finished and has a huge amount of useful space. There is a cedar closet and a steam humidifier, along with something that's hard to find -- actual bamboo flooring.
All in all, this is a unique house with a plethora of neat extras too long to list here.
Jarret Liotta is a freelance writer