New Canaan home offers fairy tale surroundings
Updated 1:09 pm, Friday, April 1, 2011
Driving into 237 Greenley Road seems unassuming at first. When you enter the gated driveway, you barely get a glimpse of the house from the road. Make your way through the long entrance and you see a red brick house tucked away in the middle of 10 acres of land. It is the expansive acreage that somehow manages to make an otherwise very large home look impossibly small nestled between trees and gardens.
"This really is one of my favorite properties in New Canaan," said Mary Higgins, a listing agent for the Halstead Property company. "The vast grounds as well as the fact that it is attached to land trust make it really perfect for maintaining a sense of peace and privacy. The home is ideal for buyers looking for a house with a sense of character that is also updated for today's lifestyle. The renovations and additions have brought the home up-to-date without sacrificing any of the touches that make it special and unique."
The four-bedroom 5,900-square-foot home on 10 acres of land is currently listed at $4,995,000. Still, while the interior of the house is charming and unique, Higgins credits the land itself as the quality that sets this property apart. The acres are filled various gardens and small ponds with waterfalls. Much of the property is also fenced off and is adjacent to 45 acres of land trust, which "assures the ultimate in privacy." The property features private gate access to the land trust, which features walking trails, horse trails and cross country skiing trails.
For a house built 86 years ago, its has managed to keep the old charm while mixing in modern luxury. According to Higgins, older homes such as this one did not feature such large spacious rooms with vaulted ceilings. Thanks to the renovations done to this house in 2009, the family room, kitchen and other areas have become larger and more modern. All the windows have also been redone to add more light throughout the house. All the pipes, heating and cooling systems are all up to date as well. The back of the house features an expansive red brick terrace complete with a small waterfall fountain coming from the frog pond. Walk for one minute deeper into the backyard and you can easily get lost in the greenery. Every house has a backyard, but very few can claim having access to more than 40 acres of gardens, trees, trails and ponds. Finding your way back to the house could be a challenge after disappearing into a the fable-like realm of forests. But once you do get back to the house, you could take a quick dip in the heated pool and rest up in the attached guest house which can double as a pool house.
In terms of the classic feel, the most unique item left in the home is an old fashioned milk receiver, for when milk was actually delivered by the milkman, located in the unusually large mudroom. Even the mudroom could be mistaken for a study. While no one will be delivering milk to the house anytime soon, it is a nice reminder of an era long since forgotten.
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Back inside the house in the second floor, the master bedroom has been redone with windows all around the room, presenting a fantastic view of the forest and land surrounding the house. A quick step away from the master bedroom and you will find yourself in another bedroom. But wait, this is not a bedroom but a dramatically large walk-in closet, one that would make the girls from "Sex and the City" blush. Moving on from there to another bedroom, one that could easily have been mistaken for the master bedroom as well, with an attached rainforest-themed bathroom. Now if you were too lazy to go back downstairs through the stairwell you used coming up, there are two stairwells on both sides of the second floor for your convenience. There is even an unfinished third floor for storage, in case that insanely huge closet was not enough.
All in all, this property is filled with surprises inside and out.