On the Market / Majestically sited and masterfully constructed in New Canaan
NEW CANAAN — No one would guess that the elegant, timeless, well-appointed gray shingle and stone colonial at 79 Devonwood Lane was built as a “spec” house. Few houses built on speculation have the number of amenities and level of detail that this 8,003-square-foot, 14-room residence does.
When it was built in 2006 this house was given generously proportioned spaces for living and entertaining, an English pub-like bar with a kegerator, wine cellar, gym and training rooms, heated in-ground swimming pool and spa, an outdoor fireplace, and fully equipped outdoor kitchen. It is also wired for both Crestron and SONOS audio systems, and it has decorative moldings and millwork.
The majestic house sits on a majestic two-acre level property half way down a quiet cul-de-sac providing it immense privacy and yet it is only about three minutes from the center of town and the Metro North train station. The front of the property is bordered by a stone wall and the entrance to the long driveway is marked by two stone pillars topped with lanterns. The front yard contains a large open lawn, landscaped shrubbery, a pond, a stream, a footbridge, and a stone well.
From the circular driveway lined in Belgium block there is a bluestone path to the covered front entrance, which features four columns, decorative glass and wood sidelights and an arched transom. The door opens to the two-story foyer, which has a marble floor, a gracefully curved staircase, paneling on the lower walls, and fluted pilasters flanking the front door.
Off the foyer is the formal dining room in one direction and the formal living room on the other. Both rooms have wainscoting on the lower walls, wood-burning fireplaces with ornate mantels, and crown molding depicting an egg and dart pattern. The living room fireplace contains Ionic rounded and fluted columns. Its firebox of red brick is arranged in a herringbone pattern, as are the dark hardwood floors in the living and dining rooms, both of which have a light wood inlaid border.
Step down into the sunken family room, which has four Doric columns, a coffered ceiling, a stone fireplace, bead board on the lower walls, and French doors to the expansive patio and backyard. There are French doors into a cherry paneled office, which features Corinthian columns, built-in bookshelves, and a window seat. On the other side of the family room step up into the breakfast room, which is open to the large gourmet country kitchen.
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In the kitchen features include a center island with a beveled wood counter and prep sink, a farm sink, two butler’s pantries, built-in desk area, built-in Miele espresso maker, and a pot-filler above the Viking Professional six-burner range. There are side by side ovens in the range and two additional wall ovens. The perimeter counters are granite with beveled edges. The mudroom is large and includes a full bath, a changing room, and French doors to a covered bluestone patio and pool area. The terraced patio has a flat screen hook-up, dining area, and outdoor kitchen.
On the second floor the master bedroom suite has a tall tray ceiling, a decorative carved marble fireplace, sitting room, large double walk-in closets, dressing room, built-in vanity area with three beveled mirrors, and a spa-like marble master bath with a jetted tub and large shower. There are three more bedrooms on this level, all en suite, and there is one more bedroom suite on the third floor with a large walk-in closet. Back on the second floor there is a large playroom with a large built-in playhouse complete with shutters and scalloped wood roof. There is also a den or television room.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
ADDRESS: 79 Devonwood Lane
FEATURES: 2.1-acre level property, heated in-ground swimming pool and spa, wine cellar, English pub-like bar, wet bar, bluestone terraced patios, outdoor kitchen, three fireplaces (one outdoors), pond, stream, billiards room, gym and training rooms, aquarium, generator, lawn sprinkler, playroom with custom playhouse, changing room with full bath, porch, front and rear stairs, six-zoned heating system, storm windows, well water, wood roof, full finished walk-out basement, attached three-car garage, only one mile to train station, house wired for both Crestron and SONOS audio systems, six bedrooms (all en suite), seven full and one half baths
SCHOOLS: East Elementary, Saxe Middle, New Canaan High School
MILL RATE: 16.312 mills
The finished lower level has several rooms including a billiard room with a beamed ceiling, paneling on the lower walls, a stone fireplace and door to the yard. The English pub is also on this level, as is the gym, which has a rubberized floor and mirrored wall. In one wall there is a large built-in aquarium. This level also has the sixth bedroom.
For more information or to make an appointment to see the house contact Christine Saxe of Halstead Property at 203-273-1548 or firstname.lastname@example.org.