NEW CANAAN — New Canaan has an abundance of singular houses designed by renowned architects, most notably Frank Lloyd Wright and the Harvard Five. Not every local residence can boast that its blueprints sprung from the drafting table of an iconic architect but even lacking a famous pedigree there are plenty of houses with a combination of form and function that elevate them to noteworthy stature.

Such is the shingle style colonial house at 301 Old Norwalk Road. This home is an architectural gem. The 13-room stunner sits on a hill at the end of this private lane, a spur off Old Norwalk Road, on a 2.39-acre level and sloping property. The beauty of its exterior cannot be fully appreciated from the street at the end of the cul-de-sac because the view of the house is partially obscured by a scrim of tall trees. All the more reason to travel up the rhododendron and mountain laurel-lined driveway for a closer look.

If the viewers can tear themselves away from the beautifully landscaped grounds, which include a heated in-ground swimming pool, waterfall, pond, and tranquil perennial gardens, they will find that the interior is equally worth seeing. French doors open into the sizable entrance hall, which has a black and white marble floor and another set of French doors on the rear wall that access the wood deck, patio, pool and backyard.

This house was originally constructed in 1966 but was completely re-designed and built in 2004. The custom design and renovation gave this house 7,232 square feet of living space on three finished floors and a unique floor plan. It also imbued it with elegant formal rooms and comfortable informal spaces. The house has tall ceilings and walls of glass that encourage an appreciation for this private woodland setting while also bringing lots of natural light inside. The visual appeal of the exterior was enhanced with the orientation and the angles of the house, and by the addition of a sizable octagonal turret that houses the formal living room on the first floor and the master bedroom suite above it.

From the foyer there are steps down into the cavernous living room, which features a coffered ceiling, Brazilian cherry floor, and stone fireplace that has a heart-shaped stone right in the center. In another wing of the house the formal dining room has a red brick fireplace and a mantel with dentil molding, and a wide-board pegged hardwood floor. There is a first floor en suite bedroom and an office or library with two walls of floor-to-ceiling built-in shelving.

The country kitchen features butcher block counters, an iridescent mosaic tile backsplash, glass-front cabinetry, two walk-in pantries, and high-end appliances including a Viking Professional six-burner range with a grill and decorative tin tiles on the wall behind it. There is also a greenhouse-style window above the sink. The kitchen is open to a sitting room and a breakfast room. The sitting room has a fireplace with a decorative surround and a Dutch door that accesses a screened porch. The octagonal-shaped breakfast room has a tall vaulted ceiling, walls of floor-to-ceiling windows and cove lighting.

Stairs lead from the sitting room to a family room with a wood-burning stove above the two-car attached garage. A separate staircase in the entrance hall leads to the second floor where there are four bedrooms. The cavernous yet comfortable master suite is in a separate wing. It features a dramatic vaulted ceiling, dressing room, walk-in closet, and a fireplace with an elaborate white ceramic tile surround and ornate wood mantel with Corinthian columns. French doors provide access to a private balcony/deck. The master bath features bead board on the lower walls, two sinks, and a jetted tub.

One of the en suite bedrooms has a decorative transom above the entrance into its marble bath.

The sizable walk-out lower level has several rooms including a game or billiard room with a coffered ceiling, bead board on the lower walls and French doors to the front yard. Another room has a wet bar. There is also a carpeted exercise room.

Outside, the landscaping includes numerous perennials, among them roses, climbing hydrangeas, peonies, and holly bushes. The property is bordered by protected land trust acreage. This secluded property is only minutes from schools, town shops and restaurants, the train, and the Merritt Parkway.

For more information or to make an appointment to see the house contact Elizabeth Rowley of New Canaan Homes & Estates at 203-979-3440 or elizabethrowley@optonline.net.

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ABOUT THIS HOUSE

STYLE: Colonial

ADDRESS: 301 Old Norwalk Road

PRICE: $1,599,000

ROOMS: 13

FEATURES: 2.39-acre level and sloping property, heated in-ground swimming pool, waterfall, wood deck, bluestone patio, pergola, whole house generator, close to downtown and Metro North train station, pond, wine cellar, wet bar, four fireplaces, wood stove, thermal storm windows, exercise room, porch, shed, stone walls, split rail fence, attached two-car garage, well water, six heating zones, pull-down attic stairs, full basement, five bedrooms, three full and two half baths

SCHOOLS: South Elementary, Saxe Middle, New Canaan High School

ASSESSMENT: $1,495,130

MILL RATE: 16.312 mills

TAXES: $24,922