On a clear day, Manhattan skyline visible from revitalized Colonial
It's hard to picture any kind of a house doing justice to the miraculous view that dominates this five-acre lot in northwest New Canaan. Yet the revitalized 8,250-square-foot, 1952 colonial at 994 Oenoke Ridge Road is a seemingly perfect structure for the site.
While a house of this square footage could feel excessive, the layout and design, which includes a substantial 2003 addition and renovation, make the building more cohesive and warmer than the size might suggest.
The main entrance off the driveway is part of the new addition, which was designed by local architect Louise Brooks. Guests walk in to a barrel-vaulted foyer, which features one of several unique chandeliers in the house. It leads in several directions, on three separate levels, solidifying the cogency of a floor plan aimed to unify the large building.
Six stairs up and to the right, a rustic den boasts a beautiful stone fireplace and an array of built-in quarter-sawn oak bookcases and a wall-length array of built-in drawers and table space.
Exiting the den, the bookshelves on the right are, in fact, a faux front for a guest bathroom. Then, as you cross the entranceway again, you climb a couple more stairs up to the living room, which is also part of the addition.
More InformationABOUT THIS HOUSE
ADDRESS: 994 Oenoke Ridge Road, New Canaan
YEAR BUILT: 1952
TOTAL SQUARE FEET: approximately 8,250
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 18
FULL BATHS: 6
FEATURES: Attached three-car garage; hardwood, marble, mixed and stone floors; central air; well water; in-ground pool; hot tub; lawn sprinkler; generator; shed; terrace; wet bar; wine cellar; workshop; security system
SCHOOLS: West Elementary, Saxe Middle, New Canaan High schools
Here, the first view of the western horizon captures your attention -- and complements the large room, with fireplace and vaulted ceiling. On a clear day -- or night -- the Manhattan skyline is actually visible 70 miles away -- the jagged towers of Metropolis well above the winter tree line, and ultimately silhouetted before the setting sun.
The living room is wide open where it connects with the large dining room, off which is a butler's pantry that features all the amenities of a kitchen -- sink, ice machine, dishwasher -- in a miniature space replete with antique mirrors along the back of the counter, as well as abundant shelf space.
The kitchen is enormous, and accessible from both the pantry and dining room. One wall offers a large fieldstone fireplace, while more views abound along the west side. The large center island is granite, as are the countertops. It offers a veritable dining table itself, but is still dwarfed by the spaciousness of the inviting room.
Passing through the back entry hall, which affords enough usable space for an informal office area, you see a short staircase that features the original retro bannister. This takes you to a northeast wing with three bedrooms, one with its own full bathroom, while the two toward the back have one between them, accessible from both rooms.
The other side of this entry area leads to another bedroom and half bathroom. Then, at the north end of the house, is a roomy master bedroom with a gas fireplace and deck. The design features a clever circular floor plan, so that the bathroom is accessible from each of two walk-in closets -- one of which opens into the bedroom itself, while the other goes directly into the hall just outside the bedroom door, allowing privacy for both partners.
While most of the living space is topside, below are a variety of special features, including a large recreation room and, next to it, an actual mini-dance studio, complete with bar and ceiling-high mirrors. The house also features a large wine cellar, with built-in redwood racks equipped for more than 2,000 bottles.
There are also several utility spaces, including a perfect art studio, as well as another den-guest bedroom. And while the upstairs is mostly hardwood floors, the better part of downstairs features large terrazzo tiles.
Finally, outdoor access to the pool centers on
a fully equipped entryway, complete with private changing room and full bathroom.
The landscape work on the west side is intelligently designed. The owners built a large retaining wall and a series of terraces, which make the property far more usable. At the top sits the in-ground pool and hot tub, complemented by several lilac and magnolia trees. Farther below is a large plot of usable lawn that wraps around from the top of the driveway all across the west side.
All in all, the house -- rooms and hallways alike -- feels spacious and wide open. This is a perfect complement to what may be the best view in New Canaan.
For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, contact Lisa Hawley of Halstead Property at 203-434-0744 or firstname.lastname@example.org.