On the market: A gentle house
Published 12:00 pm, Saturday, April 12, 2014
An elegant 1935 house, on a cedar knoll, is rich in history and sophistication. The distinguished brick Georgian home at 360 Greenley Road in New Canaan is situated on 3.6 acres of beautifully preserved landscaping, backed up to land trust property.
Entering into the home is a step back into the mid-1930s. The waxed herringbone floors, leaded windows and high ceilings are a nod to the era when houses were built slowly and with great craftsmanship.
To the left is an elegant formal living room with a wood-burning fireplace flanked by built-in bookshelves and a 9-foot ceiling.
The kitchen wing, added in the 1960s by Harvard Five architect John Black Lee, has been tastefully renovated to blend seamlessly with the pedigree and heritage of the rest of the home.
More InformationABOUT THIS HOUSE
ADDRESS: 360 Greenley Road, New Canaan
YEAR BUILT: 1935
SQUARE FOOTAGE: 7,030
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 15
FULL BATHROOMS: 6
HALF BATHS: 1
FEATURES: Seven-car garage, heated pool, media room, terrace, wet bar, security system, steam shower,
SCHOOLS: West Elementary, Saxe Middle, New Canaan High
A formal living room with a built-in corner hutch, fireplace and French doors opening to a stone terrace offers a glimpse into the lifestyle of a gracious era.
The breakfast area features a beautifully curved picture window framing the Rippowam River and surrounding landscape. It opens into a large family room made cozy by a wood-burning fireplace and two built-in window benches.
The commercial-grade kitchen features a DCS range, 48-inch Sub Zero refrigerator, Marvel wine refrigerator and granite countertops.
There is ample pantry storage off the kitchen for food or linen storage. Also off the kitchen is an oversized walk-through mudroom with built-in organizational storage.
There is a bedroom with a full bath off the kitchen that can be used as an office space or guest room.
To the right of the entryway there is a library with wall-to-wall handcrafted bookshelves and a wet bar with wine storage and additional cabinetry. A covered stairway offers a back entryway from outside.
On the second level there is a guest en suite bedroom and two additional bedrooms that share a bath.
The master suite is located in the southwestern corner of the home and offers views of the river and the pool surrounded by perennial gardens.
It features a dressing room, fireplace and a walk-through closet that was formerly one of the home's original bedrooms.
The master bath features his-and-hers pedestal sinks, Carrera marble floors, a steam shower and the home's original bath tub and towel rods.
The third level is completely carpeted with beautiful dormers that frame curved windows with benches. The room can be a multifunctional space.
A cozy third-floor movie theater is equipped with television lighting and a built-in speaker system all the while keeping the home's beautiful window benches and dormers.
"It's not your typical basement movie theater. It's cozy," Tanner said.
A guest suite over the seven-car garage includes its own kitchen, bath and sitting room and its own separate entrance.
"This is really a gentle house from a gentler era when things were treasured more. Back then, there was a lot of craftsmanship. They are fashioning newer houses after homes like this," Tanner said.
For more information or to make an appointment to see the house, contact Kathryn Tanner of Brotherhood & Higley at 203-972-6875 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Makayla Silva is a freelance writer.