On the Market / Custom tailored stone and shingle Georgian sports elegant entertaining spaces
Published 12:00 am, Friday, March 23, 2018
NEW CANAAN — Stone pillars topped with contemporary lanterns mark the entrance to the 2.43-acre property that holds a custom Georgian colonial house at 1671 Ponus Ridge Road.
The stone pillars and the lanterns are a harbinger of what the viewer will see when they climb the long driveway lined in Belgium block, park in the forecourt, and enter this special house. Its design seamlessly marries tradition with modernity. The co-listing agents call it “chic and unique,” and the choice of those words is appropriate.
This 9,596-square-foot stone and shingle house with black shutters was built in 2001 and features many unique elements that add to its visual appeal and function. It also has a wealth of amenities inside and out to accommodate elegant and casual entertaining on an intimate and a grand scale, including a wine cellar, wet bar, expansive bluestone patio with a fire pit, in-ground swimming pool, heated path to the hot tub, a built-in barbecue, and eight-zone Crestron Sonos audio system.
In the two-story entrance foyer there is paneling on the lower walls. The sophisticated millwork includes a keystone over the interior part of the front door, and Osborne and Little wallpaper. The hardwood floor is arranged in a herringbone pattern. Throughout the house there are high-end custom finishes and more than $1.5 million in enhancements.
Custom bronze sliding pocket doors separate the foyer from the spacious formal living room. The door’s cut-outs give it a sculptural quality, making it look more like a piece of art than a functional portal. The living room features a marble fireplace and Venetian waxed walls and ceiling with art lights. The room is so large that it contains a sitting area as well as a billiard area with an Arteriors light fixture above the pool table.
The formal dining room has paneling on the lower walls, a wood veneer wall covering on the upper walls, and a waxed and lacquered ceiling. It is adjacent is a game room with a custom wood-paneled bar containing a black and gold marble bar top, black granite counters, and ice-maker. The room has a black limestone radiant heat floor, limestone walls, and two sets of bronze French doors to the patio. Between the dining room and hall to the gourmet kitchen there is a butler’s pantry with glass-front cabinetry, a Marvel wine refrigerator, Bosch dishwasher, and a sink.
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In the eat-in kitchen there is a two-tiered center island, brushed black granite counters, instant hot water, a large walk-in pantry, a marble backsplash with pewter tile inserts and stacked stone over the Viking six-burner cooktop with grill and griddle. Other high-end appliances include double Thermador ovens, a warming drawer, Sub-Zero refrigerator, and a second Bosch dishwasher. The breakfast room has a grass cloth wall covering and paneled ceiling.
The family room, which is open to the kitchen, has a stacked stone fireplace and French doors to the patio. The mudroom and powder room at the side entrance has slate flooring. Also on the first floor, off the foyer, is a paneled library or study with a fireplace, coffered ceiling, and built-in bookshelves.
On the second floor there are five of the home’s six bedrooms, all of which are en suite. The luxurious master suite features a fireplace, Phillip Jefferies wallpaper, a door to a private covered balcony, a tray ceiling, and a spa-like marble master bath. The bath has a Carrara marble floor, steam shower, jetted tub, two separate vanities, make-up table, and a door to the same balcony. There is a large bonus room on this floor with a door to a large deck. The sixth bedroom is on the finished third floor.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
STYLE: Georgian colonial
ADDRESS: 1671 Ponus Ridge Road
FEATURES: 2.43-acre level and sloping property, full house generator, wine cellar, wet bar, in-ground swimming pool, bluestone patio with fire pit, heated path to hot tub, built-in barbecue, exterior lighting, gardens, specimen trees, irrigation system with drip line to water planters, eight-zone Crestron Sonos audio system, art lighting, instant hot water, central vacuum system, covered balcony, five fireplaces with gas inserts, thermal windows, rear stairs, driveway sensor, exercise room, shed, attached three-car garage, private well, zoned heating and central air conditioning, full partially finished walk-out basement, wood shingle roof, walk-up attic, six bedrooms, seven full and two half baths
SCHOOLS: West Elementary, Saxe Middle, New Canaan High School
MILL RATE: 16.669 mills
Outside, there is mature landscaping, stone sitting walls around the patio, and rear entry gate.
For information, or to make an appointment to see the house, contact Jaime Sneddon and Kendall Sneddon of the Sneddon Team/William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty at 203-219-3769 or firstname.lastname@example.org.