On the Market / Be come part of a vibrant New Canaan neighborhood
NEW CANAAN — A modest ranch had stood at 15 Orchard Drive until the current owners tore it down several years ago and in 2015 built in its place a 6,300-square-foot custom colonial house.
The putty-colored shingle house has a turret and because of that feature some of the neighborhood children call it a castle. This house does have a regal presence, and yet it is also warm and inviting.
“We designed each room with our main focus to be planned around family,” said Kerri Heffernan-Curtin, the listing agent and one of the owners. Curtin said this house was always bustling with activity, not just with her family but with neighbors and their kids as well. They played kickball and flashlight tag in the large, level backyard. The property is just under a half an acre, which is unusually large in this section of town only a mile from downtown shops, restaurants, and the train station. They also hosted numerous backyard barbecues with help from the built-in grill on the bluestone patio, which also has a stone sitting wall. And they viewed movies on the large covered patio, which has an outdoor fireplace where they roasted marshmallows and popped “enough popcorn to feed an army.”
“Within these walls live the memories of the happiness we knew here. The laughter of family and friends is etched into the beams,” Curtin said.
Within these walls there are also 10 rooms of unique architectural details, decorative molding and millwork, and arts and crafts-style windows. The house is well designed with some unusual features. Rather than stepping into an entrance foyer from the front door there is a spacious reception hall with a tray ceiling. The foyer is found behind the reception hall in the center of the residence and it houses the dramatic curved staircase to the second floor.
Those family and friends who come from farther away have ample room to park in the wide crushed stone driveway lined in Belgium block. A stone path leads to the covered entrance. Inside, the turret is incorporated into the formal living room creating a music alcove that could accommodate a grand piano. There is also a fireplace with a marble surround, yellow brick firebox, and decorative mantel. A wide arched and paneled entryway provides access into the formal dining room, which has wainscoting on the lower walls.
Another arched and paneled entryway leads into the interior foyer, where there is an alcove for displays of artwork with special art lighting. The office or library has cherry paneling on the lower walls and on the coffered ceiling, and a wall of built-in bookshelves and lower cabinets.
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In the chef’s kitchen there are granite counters, cherry cabinetry, self-closing drawers, a large center island, refrigerator drawers, an eat-in area, and a pot-filler above the Wolf six-burner range. The butler’s pantry has a beverage refrigerator, limestone backsplash, granite counters, glass-front cabinetry, and a large walk-in pantry. Off the kitchen is a good size mudroom with a half bath, built-in bench and cabinetry, a closet for sporting equipment, and a door to the casual “front” entrance. The family room has a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace flanked by doors to the covered part of the patio with the outdoor fireplace.
On the second floor there are five bedrooms, all en suite and all with walk-in closets. The master suite features a large walk-in closet with organizers and a center island topped in marble. The spacious spa-like marble master bath has steps up to the soaking tub, a large walk-in shower, two separate vanities, a make-up table, and water closet. One bedroom has a long window seat framed by built-in bookshelves on the side and shelving over the three double-hung windows for displays of statuary or collectibles.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
ADDRESS: 15 Orchard Drive
FEATURES: 0.47-acre level and partially fenced property, bluestone patio, built-in outdoor grill, wet bar, walking distance to local schools and Waveny Park, only one mile to town and Metro North train station, three fireplaces (two interior and one outdoors), central vacuuming system, invisible pet fencing, sprinkler system, stone walls, extra insulation, Thermopane windows, gas heat, ridge vents, attic, full unfinished walk-out basement, attached two-car garage, room for a swimming pool, six bedrooms (five of them en suite), five full and two half baths
SCHOOLS: South Elementary, Saxe Middle, New Canaan High School
MILL RATE: 16.16 mills
The finished third floor has the sixth bedroom, a half bath and a recreation or play room. This could serve as an au pair suite. There is an additional 2,400-square feet of unfinished space in the basement, which has a nine-foot ceiling and a circular flow from one space to the other. There is plenty of room for a home theater and a wine cellar.
This is a tight-knit community where children can ride their bikes, walk to school and Waveny Park, and neighbors host block parties.
There will be an Open House on Sunday (Aug. 20), 1 to 4 p.m.
For more information or to make an appointment to see the house contact Kerri Heffernan-Curtin of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties at 203-219-1123 or firstname.lastname@example.org.