Real estate: Upgrades enhance cozy Shady Knoll home
A lovely west side Colonial on Shady Knoll Lane in New Canaan offers more than 4,500 square feet of living space with many recent updates.
Built in 1956, the five-bedroom home was renovated in 2005 by previous owners, focusing on hardwood floors, detailed moldings and a beautiful new kitchen by Deane.
With just more than one level acre, including an inviting stone terrace with an outdoor fireplace and a playscape, the home has plenty to offer, particularly for young families with children, both inside and out.
Inside the portico-covered entry, a formal living room features a wood-burning fireplace and two sets of built-ins for displaying photographs or collections.
A formal dining room wrapped in traditional paneling opens into an open-concept style kitchen featuring white inset cabinetry, polished nickel hardware and two industrial style pendant lights that hang over a granite center island adding modern touches to the space.
Stainless appliances include a six-burner Viking range, a Viking wall oven and Viking warming drawer.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
ADDRESS: 72 Shady Knoll Lane
FULL BATH: 4
HALF BATH: 2
NOTABLE FEATURES: 1-acre level property, stone terrace, outdoor fireplace, French doors, mudroom, Kitchen by Deane, five bedrooms, four full bathrooms, two half bathrooms,
SCHOOLS: West Elementary, Sax Middle School, New Canaan High School
The eat-in breakfast area is equipped with a butler’s service station with glass cabinetry for displaying stemware, a built-in wine rack and a GE Monogram wine refrigerator.
Steps down from the kitchen and breakfast room is a cozy family room with a wood-burning fireplace, detailed crown moldings and a built-in media center coated in contemporary gray hue.
Two sets of French doors lead to a covered porch framed with three columns and a bead board ceiling, offering a wonderful entertaining space in warmer months.
A wainscoted mudroom features built-ins cubbies and slate floors and accesses the first-floor powder room.
The first floor also includes a carpeted sunny office space with crown molding and a sun room with vaulted ceilings and three walls of windows.
The second floor of the home includes two oversized family bedrooms that were likely four separate guest bedrooms but converted by previous owners to create more generously sized rooms.
The guest rooms function nicely as children’s rooms, each with their own attached play spaces, but could also work well as guest suites with their own sitting room.
One of the guest bedrooms is en suite and the second uses a wainscoted hall bath.
A spacious master suite features six windows, allowing for plenty of natural light, a gas fireplace and a large walk-in closet.
The master bath includes a dual cherry vanity with a marble top, a large sunken tub and a frameless glass steam shower.
The laundry room is also on the second floor.
The home includes two separate lower levels, one used as a storage, and one that lends itself as a family space, alternative guest room or exercise room with a wood-burning fireplace and a full bath.