NEW CANAAN — Perfection is something people can only aspire to achieve whether personally or in the things that they create. The newer colonial house at 15 Richmond Hill Road is probably as close to perfection as any residence can be, not just because of its numerous amenities but also because of its location.

This house has a classic colonial appearance on the outside and a modern, open floor plan on the inside. There’s no question this house, built in 2013, is thoroughly modern. It has geo-thermal heating and blown-in closed-cell insulation, which has substantially reduced the utility bills even though there is nearly 7,000 square feet of living space to heat and cool; 5,642 square feet on the main living levels and another 1,200 in the finished walk-out lower level.

Yet even though it is designed for a 21st century lifestyle, this house is also a throw-back to a simpler time when life was lived at a slower pace and people had more leisure time to enjoy. The long, covered front porch of this house will invite its occupants to sit, relax, read, and converse with neighbors and other passers-by. It sits on a property of almost a quarter of an acre in downtown New Canaan, only two blocks from the Metro North train station. Starbucks and Mead Memorial Park are also only steps away as are local restaurants and shops. Schools are only about a mile away although children can take the bus.

Unlike many recently and newly built houses there are some features that were deliberately eliminated from the architectural design of this house. There is no formal front entry into a foyer. There is no breakfast room, and there is no rear set of stairs. Instead, the space is streamlined to create an open floor plan ideal for daily life and entertaining. The square footage and layout make this a great entertainment house and there is a municipal lot next to the house than can be used by visitors on weekends, according to the realtors.

In place of a foyer there are two large rooms at the front of the house, both with walls of built-in bookshelves, coffered ceilings, and antique Paris street lamp globe lights. One side, called the library, has a marble fireplace. The other is the music room. Between the two rooms is a section of cerused oak hardwood flooring in a herringbone pattern. These rooms can be separated from the rest of the house by pocket doors.

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The spacious, well-equipped gourmet kitchen has a nine-foot long center island topped in Carrera marble with a prep sink. The other counters comprise Absolute Black leathered granite counters. Other features include a large stainless steel farm sink, appliance garage, double dishwashers, and a Wolf six-burner range with griddle. The kitchen is open to the formal dining room. This area of the house is separated from the family room by pocket doors. Between the two is a wet bar with counter space, glass-front cabinetry and a beverage refrigerator.

In the family room there is a wood-burning fireplace bookended by two sets of French doors to a walled garden, flagstone and brick patio, and an outdoor fireplace. Off the kitchen there is a mudroom with built-in storage cubbies, coat closet, and a half bath. Off the dining room is a small office or home command center.

On the second floor there are four bedrooms, all en suite. The master suite has a marble bath with heated floor in a basket weave pattern, soaking tub, double vanity, and frameless glass double shower. The third floor contains the fifth en suite bedroom and a large play room with lower bookshelves.

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STYLE: Colonial

ADDRESS: 15 Richmond Hill Road

PRICE: $2,450,000


FEATURES: blocks from downtown New Canaan, steps from the train station and Mead Memorial Park, 0.22-acre level property, flagstone and brick patio, wet bar, sound system, programmable Nest house system, three fireplaces (two inside and one exterior fireplace), 60-plus lighted bookshelves, thermal windows, long covered front porch, invisible pet fencing, lawn sprinkler, full finished walk-out lower level, walk-up attic, two-car detached garage, ample parking, five bedrooms, six full and one half baths

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

ASSESSMENT: $1,344,700

MILL RATE: 16.312 mills

TAXES: $22,720

Downstairs there is a large entertainment space including a game room, media room with a projector, and a full bath. Play pool or watch movies on the 10-foot screen in 7.1 surround sound.

The detached two-car garage has loft space and is plumbed and wired for a home office.

For more information contact John Engel or Susan Engel of Halstead Property, John at 203-247-4700 or, and Susan at 203-247-5999 or