It was a blessing that the bridge construction on Marioni Road detoured cars up Hickok Road en route to Fox Run Road. A driver, passing the big pond in the valley on the left, is dumbstruck by the remarkable view of the white house set on the side of the hill across the still water.

If you're drawn to the style of a Frank Lloyd Wright, you'll find this modern New Canaan gem -- redesigned by architect David Ling -- a brilliant counterpart. Built in 1969, it combines some stark interior design with a refreshing compatibility to the outdoors, both in relation to its placement atop its beautiful hillside lot overlooking Paradise Pond and through its inclusion of generous natural light from many grand windows.

Situated on a rural cul-de-sac, its long, tapering driveway gives additional privacy. From the back, the house is not as spectacular, but still very intriguing, beginning with the smoked glass that covers the two-bay garage door. Inside, however, it feels larger than its 3,920 square feet, and gives the sense of many different, separate spaces in one.

There's a small, hardly noticeable entrance to the left side of the house that leads into one of four bedrooms on a lower level. The main entrance, however, opens into a foyer that offers a variety of options -- to the left, short stacks of almost private stairs lead up and down, a secluded half-bath over in a corner and a dining area before you that opens into a central living space that gives a delightful first impression of this unique house.

By this time, it's difficult to separate the invitingly quirky construction of the house from the somewhat brilliant and intriguing interior design work of its current owner, who has used the mostly plain white insides of the rooms as creative canvas. As one roams through the 10-room house, over three levels, a lost hope is definitely planted that all the unique decorations here will remain in place once ownership has changed hands.

Regardless, the house itself is a work of modern art -- from its myriad secret cabinets that seem to compose entire walls in the kitchen, hallways and bedrooms, to a section of glass walls that separate the master bedroom from other rooms.

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Style: Modern
Address: 174 Fox Run Road, New Canaan
Price: $1,445,000
Year Built: 1969
Total Square Feet: 3,920
Acres: 2
Number of Rooms: 10
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3.5
Features: Central air conditioning, laundry chute, hot tub, generator, lawn sprinkler, pond, cedar closet, two-bay garage, situated on hillside surrounded by woods and overlooking Paradise Pond.
Schools: East Elementary, Saxe Middle, New Canaan High
Assessment: $780,500
Taxes: $10,989

The master bedroom is a two-story wonder, with enormous glass windows that run from the floor to halfway along the ceiling. Automatic shades can cover them, but the majesty of this view across the pond -- and at night of the twinkling stars -- is too spectacular to block out. Next to the windows a spiral staircase ascends to a balcony, which walks along one wall and ends in an upstairs loft area containing the bath tub and enough space to create a comfortable recreation area. Off this, a short hall leads to a bathroom with a breathtaking ocean-blue tile design in the shower, a trough-like sink, and still more storage.

The house is rife with wonderful design elements, such as a circular skylight in the walk-in closet of one downstairs bedroom. Another bedroom features a secret door that leads into a private bathroom. There is a laundry chute to the basement, which contains a cedar closet and a lot of usable storage.

The fourth bedroom, adjacent to the master bedroom, could double as an office space. It shares one glass wall and door with the master suite, but also has a separate entrance into the hall.

Another outdoor spiral staircase leads down to a hot tub, as well as a winding path that twists and turns down to Paradise Pond. A patio area has been groomed at the edge of the water. Back at the house, there is also a covered porch area suitable for all-season cookouts.

The house is on 2 acres of gorgeous woods and hillside. Depending on your definition of usable space, the owner will, in essence, feel as if they command much more in their domain.

Studying the exterior of this house, the possibilities for an addition are quite clear, owing to its cubic design. Yet, as it is -- a kind of surprise package that keeps bringing you out toward large windows facing a southeast view -- there's ample room and grandeur, as well as a special sense of privacy and seclusion, both inside and out.

For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, contact Marilyn Heffers at William Raveis Real Estate at 203-227-4343 or

Jarret Liotta is a freelance writer.