On the market: Blend of old and new
The 100-year-old Federal-style house at 25 Saint John's Place in New Canaan -- a stone's throw from the church on the corner -- is in an enviable location.
To begin at the front, the classic structure has original leaden windows and a big, heavy front door with a vintage knob and keyhole flap.
Inside, the building sustained in 2005 a sizable renovation, which was blended with the original and built upon an addition completed in 2000.
The wood floors in front are long pine panels. The ceilings are high in Victorian style. There's a wide, open hall with a staircase and beautiful bannister.
To the right, an open room is linked by a large archway to a formal dining room. The two round-top doors on either side of the fireplace are remarkable -- while one stores a China closet, the other heads through a modern butler's pantry that opens into the new kitchen.
The room centers on a crystal chandelier and features curved molding and a bright floral paper.
More InformationABOUT THIS HOUSE
ADDRESS: 25 Saint Johns Place, New Canaan
YEAR BUILT: 1904
SQUARE FOOTAGE: 6,487
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 11
FULL BATHROOMS: 5
HALF BATHS: 1
FEATURES: Two-car heated garage, pool, pool spa, whirlpool tub, wet bar, terrace, lawn sprinkler
SCHOOLS: West Elementary, Saxe Middle, New Canaan High
The kitchen has all the sought-after amenities, including a six-burner Viking range, many built-in cabinets, and an island that shares the polished white marble countertop throughout.
There are French doors leading to a patio and a large section of garden.
The backyard resembles a British estate, with several small sections of partitioned garden surrounded by low hedges. They lead to a private pool, which has flagstone and a stone wall around part of it.
The kitchen is joined to a family living area, with built-in shelves, a fireplace and a long window seat.
Off this room is a dark paneled library-study, separated by French doors. The room has a sink, fireplace and a small separate office in the back with sliding pocket doors and bay windows.
A furnished basement has a bathroom and lots of storage, and a main room featuring a fireplace and ample space for recreation.
There's an entrance to an attached two-car garage off the kitchen, where a hallway offers laundry space.
Just west of the kitchen is a sunken sun room, which connects with French doors. The floor is large stone tiles and, owning to one wall of windows, it makes a perfect link to the outdoors.
From here you can either go back into the kitchen or up to the original formal living room, which has a fireplace and a section of bay windows opposite, giving the room a good sense of space.
Upstairs, there's a front bathroom that faces the southern side of the street, making great use of the light through a big curved window.
Three bedrooms in the original part of the house share the soft decorative grid pattern of the ceiling. One bedroom adjoins an office room with more bay sash windows.
Directly above the first-floor sun room is a second-story screen-in porch, which uses the original exterior for two of its walls. It's a fabulous room, with a view out over the gardens and pool.
The master bedroom, which features a fireplace, is reached through a separate room. From the other side is a vanity area bigger than most bathrooms, with lots of built-ins, behind which is an enormous walk-in closet with an 8-foot-long center table and walls of closets. From there, the bathroom, which also opens into the upstairs hall, is a large conglomeration of polished green marble and mirrors.
A third-story in-law apartment is a bit short on ceiling space, but certainly a magical little private playhouse.
For more information or to make an appointment to see the house, contact Christine Saxe of Halstead Property at 203-2731548 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jarret Liotta is a freelance writer.