NEW CANAAN — The level of detail suffused into the gray colonial house at 35 Charter Oak Lane is visible from the moment the property comes into view, and the owners had much to do with it although they are not in the construction or interior design professions.

They did their homework and their choices demonstrate a particular level of sophistication from the double covered front entrance to the types of woods selected to cover the floors to the finishing details of paneling and crown molding even in second floor spaces.

Incorporated into the house are subtle unifying features like the leaded bubble glass of the front door sidelights and transom, which is repeated in the glass doors of the kitchen cabinetry; the wrought iron railings on staircases in several parts of the house and in the decorative door of the wine cellar; and the dark granite of the wet bar, which is repeated in one of the kitchen counters.

And while it may seem contradictory, the sophisticated elegance of some living spaces is balanced with a casual sophistication of informal spaces like the outdoor “living room” off the family room and eat-in section of the kitchen. It has a stone fireplace, wood ceiling, and bluestone floor.

This 9,724-square-foot house has several disability/accessibility features including an elevator that goes to all four finished levels, wide halls, wider-than-usual doorways, and the three-car heated garage has a ramp into the house.

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The clapboard, stone, and wood house was built in 2006 on a 2.08-acre level and sloping property located near the end of a cul-de-sac in a convenient area of New Canaan less than a mile from the Merritt Parkway and Waveny Park, and within an easy commutable distance to the Talmadge Hill Metro North train station.

Stone pillars mark the entrance to this gated and professionally landscaped property. The entrance to the house is marked by two covered areas with multiple sets of three columns. The front door resembles the type of door that would be found on a castle and it opens to the two-story foyer with curved walls and a curved solid oak staircase. The oak flooring is arranged in a herringbone pattern.

The door to the library has multiple panes of beveled glass. The floor and walls are cherry. The fireplace has a granite surround and is flanked by built-in bookshelves. In the living room there is a limestone fireplace and detailed molding topped with a keystone, which is repeated elsewhere.

Between the kitchen and the formal dining room is a wet bar with a hammered nickel sink, glass front cabinets, and beverage refrigerator.

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STYLE: Colonial

ADDRESS: 35 Charter Oak Lane

PRICE: $5,895,000


FEATURES: elevator, wine cellar, gated property, 2.08-acre level and sloping parcel, partially fenced property, located on a cul-de-sac, au-pair/in-law suite, sports room with turf flooring, exercise room, Gunite heated in-ground swimming pool, spa, pool house, five fireplaces, front and rear stairs, wood shingle roof, exterior lighting, patio, sprinkler system, attic, attached three-car garage, full finished walk-out basement, six bedrooms, seven full and two half baths

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

MILL RATE: 16.312 mills

TAXES: $46,069

The kitchen is cavernous yet warm and has many gourmet meal prep and entertaining features including two dishwashers, an eight-burner Wolf range, pot filler, farm sink, a stone backsplash with decorative tile inserts, and two built-in china cabinets.

The family room has a two-story cathedral ceiling, wide plank wood floor, and floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace. Off the kitchen is a small office with a pocket door that makes a perfect home command center. The mudroom has built-in cubbies, a door to the front yard, another door to the backyard, and a half bath.

On the second floor there is a balcony that looks down into the family room and five bedrooms, all en suite. A small room that sits in the turret along the front façade is ideal for yoga or meditation. There is also a television room.

French doors separate the master suite from the rest of the second floor. This suite features a marble fireplace, dressing room, walk-in closet, and cove lighting in the tray ceiling. The bath has a patterned stone radiant heated floor, jetted tub, double granite vanities, and walk-in shower. On the third floor there is an au pair suite with a full bath, sitting room, and bedroom.

In the walk-out lower level there are bluestone floors in the wine cellar and tasting room. Other parts of this cavernous space have wall-to-wall carpeting. The media room has a floor-to-ceiling fireplace with a hand-hewn beam mantel. This level also has a kitchen, game room, good size gym with two mirrored walls, a full bath, and a sports room that has indoor-outdoor turf flooring and special lights that cannot be damaged by sports play.

For more information or to make an appointment to see the house contact Kelly DeFrancesco of William Raveis Real Estate at 203-667-4074 or