The house at 28 Barnegat Road in New Canaan is an interesting and distinct modern. On the one hand, it's a stretch up along Route 124, almost to the New York border, but it's also a quick, direct drive into town and the extensive plot of property is set on a pleasant hillside section of land, with lots of room to establish one's habitat.

This interesting design is, at second look, a clear exercise in symmetry and thoughtful architecture. Down the sloping driveway, there is a view of the house before it concludes at the attached two-car garage.

Up the wide, worn slate walkway, the facade -- an angular, almost Far Eastern cut -- is near perfectly balanced with a small, bushy tree growing right out of the center of a large front deck.

To the left is a table area, with a sliding door that leads inside. To the right is the front door, with an equal amount of deck space leading up -- a clever touch to connect the indoors and outdoors.

In the wide-open foyer with a tile floor is an inviting view into the roomy living room, featuring sliding glass doors that look out to a deck in the back.

The room is also a remarkable central space, for half of it opens up three stories, topped by a skylight and ceiling fan some 30 feet up.

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About this house
ADDRESS: 28 Barnegat Road, New Canaan
PRICE: $1,325,000
STYLE: Modern
ACRES: 3.81
FEATURES: Two-car attached garage, spiral stairs, skylight, patio, terrace, security system, central vacuum, ceiling fans
SCHOOLS: West Elementary, Saxe Middle, New Canaan High
ASSESSMENT: $1,319,430
TAXES: $19,245

The space rises over a fireplace, with a long built-in brick sitting area that constitutes the hearth.

The fireplace itself is flat against the wide brick face, which becomes a white wall at 8 feet and then stretches up to the heights.

A second-story balcony circles above on two of the walls of the vaulted space, where both tract and spot lights cover below, where blonde wood floors cover the room.

An adjacent space offers a wall of built-in bookshelves. Another adjacent space -- like a wide-open, large pocket compartment -- can serve as a dining room with a large window to the front.

Downstairs features a half-finished basement, with two rooms-worth of usable space, along with a whole section of equal size that's available for multi-use as well as a ton of storage.

Upstairs, where a staircase is well-lit with two tall windows, is another wide-open hall area. Straight ahead one looks down over the living room.

Right is an office of bedroom space. Left is a full bathroom with both a shower and tub. To the left is another bedroom with its own shower.

The hall leads west past another bedroom, then up to the master suite.

The room is especially noteworthy for a grand redone bathroom with its own balcony facing southwest. There's a double sink, tub and shower. The bedroom itself is bright, with a high ceiling.

Outside this bedroom, a quaint and cute spiral staircase descends to a whole new downstairs space on the south side, where there is a large multi-use room with its own fireplace and two sets of sliding doors out to the rear patio, which wraps around the south side of the building. The blonde wood flooring blend with more tract lighting, and the curve behind the spiral stairs makes the space more unique.

Across from this is a kitchen and eat-in area, split by a length of counter and, higher above it, smoked glass cabinets. There's a five-burner gas stove and sub-zero fridge, accenting the white cabinetry and counters.

For more information or to make an appointment to see the house, contact Dawn Sterner of Halstead Property at 203-722-7098 or

Jarret Liotta is a freelance writer.