On the Market / Custom designed 12-room New Canaan house
NEW CANAAN — It’s the best of all worlds at the custom-designed colonial house at 42 Douglas Road. This 12-room house sits on a property of just over a quarter of an acre, an in-town location that is within walking distance of many town amenities.
Kids can almost roll out of bed and walk to the local schools. Waveny Park and the YMCA are just beyond the schools. The walk to town shops and restaurants, the public library, and the train station only takes minutes. During the summer season stop at the nearby farmers’ market and select fresh produce and other foods for dinner.
This newer shingle and stone five bedroom house has thoughtfully designed living spaces on four levels comprising 5,400 square feet. The open-concept floor plan provides for casual living and formal and informal entertaining inside and out. The house was built in 2011 and looks like it was recently constructed with its architectural millwork, fine finishes, oak plank flooring, and paneling.
In front of the house is a semi-circular driveway lined in Belgium block and a bluestone path to the covered front entrance marked by two square columns. The distinctive black lacquered door framed by sidelights opens into the two-story foyer, where the woodwork of the entries into the formal living and dining rooms are capped with modernistic keystones. Both rooms have wainscoting on the lower walls, and the living room has a fireplace with a decorative contemporary mantel.
Off the living room there is an office with a bay/bow wall and a coffered ceiling. The powder room between the living room and office has a marble floor arranged in a basket-weave pattern. All of the bathrooms in this house have marble flooring, each one in a different pattern.
Between the dining room and chef’s kitchen there is a butler’s pantry and dry bar area with Pietro Cardosa counters, a beverage refrigerator, custom glass-front cabinetry, and under-cabinet lighting. The kitchen has a long center island/breakfast bar with a prep sink, Pietro Cardosa counters, Carrera marble backsplash, hand-selected cabinetry, and high-end appliances including two Asko dishwashers, Sub-Zero refrigerator, and a Wolf six-burner range with a griddle. The eat-in or breakfast area with French-style sliding doors to the bluestone patio with a pergola and a stone sitting wall, outdoor fireplace, and private backyard. This yard is fenced and its privacy is further augmented by its strategic landscaping.
The kitchen is open to the family room, which has a coffered ceiling and a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace with a hand-hewn wood mantel. The mudroom has a heated floor and built-in cubbies with storage above and below.
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On the second floor there are four bedrooms, all en suite. The master suite features a fireplace and a marble bath with a basket-weave-patterned floor, water closet, free-standing soaking tub, plantation shutters, and a shower with a marble backsplash. The porcelain sinks have beveled edges. The fifth bedroom is on the third floor. It is also en suite. There is a second room on this floor, and it has a wall of built-in bookshelves. It has flexible use as a media or play room.
The finished lower level has a billiard room, a second family room with an antiqued red brick fireplace, a gym with a rubberized floor and ballet barre, full bath, access to the attached two-car garage, and ample storage.
For more information or to make an appointment to see the house contact Wendy Werneburg or Hannelore Kaplan of Hannelore & Company/William Raveis Real Estate at 203-536-2210 or Werneburg at Wendy.Werneburg@Raveis.com and Kaplan at Hannelore.Kaplan@raveis.com.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
STYLE: Custom Colonial
ADDRESS: 42 Douglas Road
FEATURES: 0.27-acre level and gently sloping property, generator, lawn sprinkler, front and rear stairs, pergola, bluestone terrace, thermal windows, four interior fireplaces and one outdoor fireplace, semi-circular driveway, professionally landscaped property with mature plantings, walking distance to local schools and Waveny Park, only one mile to town and Metro North train station, central vacuuming system, speakers throughout the house, invisible pet fencing, attached two-car heated garage, three-zoned heating system, full partially finished basement, walk-up attic, five bedrooms (all en suite), six full and one half baths
SCHOOLS: South Elementary, Saxe Middle, New Canaan High School
MILL RATE: 16.16 mills