On the Market / Modern house appeals to the senses
Humans navigate their world through the use of the five senses — taste, smell, sight, touch, and hearing. People sometimes refer to a sixth sense: extrasensory perception.
Motorists navigate the streets of New Canaan daily, passing by dozens of architectural masterpieces created by the Harvard Five. Those five architectural geniuses are probably the most well-known in the sea of architectural talent that New Canaan was blessed with in the 20th century. Were there to be a Harvard Six, then perhaps topping the list of candidates would be Alan Goldberg, who in 1982 designed the modern house at 127 Frogtown Road.
Goldberg, a multiple award-winning architect, was a partner and later principal at Eliot Noyes & Associations, the firm of one member of the Harvard Five. He was a visiting design critic at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, a design juror at the Yale University School of Architecture, and curator of New Canaan Architects — a 2017 exhibit at the Carriage Barn that paid homage to 21 modern architects with direct ties to the local community. His work has been featured in more than a dozen publications including House Beautiful and Fine Home Building.
This gated property is accessed via a long driveway lined in Belgium block, the circular portion of which sits in front of the eight-room house. Its dramatic slate forecourt is matched only by its dramatic and expansive foyer and its stunning views of the attractive 2.17-acre property, which includes a tennis court and heated Gunite in-ground swimming pool.
Inside this white vertical board house there are 3,943 square feet of flexible living space. The amount of glass throughout this house brings the outdoors inside and the number of doors extends the living space to the outdoors. All public areas of the house have walk-out access to bluestone terraces looking over the property of wide open lawn occasionally dotted with mature trees, and the master bedroom suite on the second floor has a private balcony.
This house counts on the five senses — taste in the contemporary kitchen, the smell each spring and summer of fresh-cut grass and perennial blossoms, the sound of birdsong. People should also visually appreciate the interior and exterior views, as well as the architectural components inside including the floating staircase to the second floor, the shortened series of hardwood floorboards and the expert blend of wood, stone and glass.
It’s not just the amount of glass that contributes to the open feel of this space. It is also the height of the ceilings starting with the two-story foyer, which also features slate flooring. From there one flight of stairs leads up to the second floor and another staircase travels down into the main living area, where a tall stone, double-sided fireplace separates two rooms.
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The gourmet kitchen features a center island with a wine refrigerator and range top, marble counters, double stainless sinks, and a wet bar area with a pass-through window that can be opened while entertaining to facilitate bar service. The eat-in area features a long built-in table topped with ogee-edged marble. High-end appliances include Viking double wall ovens and large side-by-side Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer. There are also two dishwashers, which will also come in handy when entertaining.
On the second floor, a bridge crosses from the master suite to the wing with three other bedrooms, all of which have the same visually interesting short floorboards of the main level. The master suite has a fieldstone fireplace. A vestibule into the new master bath has two walls of built-in closets and numerous drawers. The bath features two floating vanities, walls of trendy metallic gray tiles, a marble tile floor arranged in a honeycomb pattern, a free-standing soaking tub, shower, and a square commode. Another bath features a vanity topped with Vermont Verde marble.
This house is in a secluded setting and yet it is convenient to downtown New Canaan and two train stations — the one downtown just a mile away and the second at Talmadge Hill only 1.5 miles away.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
ADDRESS: 127 Frogtown Road
FEATURES: 2.17-acre level lot, gated property, tennis court, heated Gunite in-ground swimming pool, bluestone patio, exterior lighting, underground sprinkler, stone wall, generator, thermal windows, circular driveway, pre-wired for cable, balconies, two fieldstone fireplaces, skylights, proximity to downtown New Canaan and two Metro-North train stations, well water, detached two-car garage, three-zoned propane heating system, partial unfinished basement, three bedrooms, three full and one half baths
SCHOOLS: West Elementary, Saxe Middle, New Canaan High School
MILL RATE: 16.96 mills
For more information or to make an appointment to see the house contact Elizabeth W. Rowley of New Canaan Homes & Estates at 203-979-3440 or email@example.com.