Real estate: A storybook home, complete with cottage
Updated 1:14 pm, Monday, October 5, 2015
Sited on a picturesque 2.3-acre lot, an 1800 antique Colonial offers plenty of vintage charm with an expanded, open floor plan.
Tucked in a storybook setting on New Canaan’s Hickory Drive, the 19th century home offers nearly 5,000 square feet of living space with four bedrooms, three family rooms and a one-bedroom guest cottage.
Inside the original entry, a small foyer with terra-cotta tiled floors opens into a cozy living room.
Original to the home, the living room includes antique pine built-in bookcases and paneling, six-over-six windows and a wide wood-burning fireplace featuring a custom ivy ironwork screen. Designed by former homeowner John Cripton, the fireplace screen is one of several custom ironworks throughout the property.
Like the formal living room, the formal dining room is an original part of the home, featuring 1800s windows and a polished nickel chandelier.
Though modest in size, the kitchen features a timeless design, with white cabinetry, polished nickel hardware and Carrara marble counters. A school house-style pendant light and stainless hood over the six-burner Viking range add an industrial touch, while a step-down breakfast nook offers a warm and inviting space for everyday dining, with grasscloth wallpaper and stone floors that extend into a sun porch.
TYPE: Antique Colonial
ADDRESS: 40 Hickory Drive
SQUARE FOOTAGE: 4,890
YEAR BUILT: 1800
YEAR RENOVATED: 2007
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 12
FULL BATH: 4
HALF BATH: 1
NOTABLE FEATURES: Three fireplaces, granite terrace, granite heated pool, first-floor master suite, three family rooms, mudroom with separate entrance, detached four-car garage, detached one-bedroom one-bathroom studio, gazebo, footbridge, balcony, deck
SCHOOLS: East Elementary, Saxe Middle, New Canaan High schools
Steps up from the kitchen is a family room added in 2007 with cathedral ceilings, grasscloth wallpaper and two sets of French doors that lead to the backyard on one side and a balcony on the other.
A second family room, just off the formal living room, offers space for entertaining, featuring built-ins and offering plenty of natural light and views of the custom-designed heated pool, surrounding granite terrace and perennial gardens. Hydrangeas, sedum and wild salvia surround the terrace, creating a tranquil setting and feeling of privacy.
A first-floor guest bedroom is wrapped in gray grasscloth wallpaper and includes an en suite bath with an antique vanity and built-in corner hutch, creating a French provincial feel.
The master suite wing features original windows, a brick fireplace with an Iris ironworks screen and French doors leading to a quiet sitting room or office space.
The master includes his and hers walk-in closets with custom organizational storage and a renovated master bath with a vaulted ceiling, sunken Jacuzzi whirlpool tub with a polished nickel hand shower and a frameless glass step-in shower.
The master also includes French doors leading to a private terrace offering easy access to the pool area.
The second floor of the home features two generously sized family bedrooms that share a full hall bath with a dual vanity and a convenient second-floor laundry room.
A lower level that was part of the 2007 addition features a well-organized mudroom with built-in cubbies and a bench and an additional family room or playroom with a wood-burning fireplace with a stone surround.
A detached stone guest cottage, accessed by walking over a footbridge and past a gazebo, offers another bedroom with hardwood floors, skylights and a full bath. Previous owners have used the cottage as a home gym, but the space could easily be used as a home office, writing or artist’s studio or playhouse.
A detached four-car, three bay with a lift garage features an upstairs loft offering further finishable space.
For more information or to see the property, contact Christine Williams of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty at 203-856-7559 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org