On the Market: New Canaan’s “Bing Crosby Christmas home” is for sale
NEW CANAAN — Hallmark television channel’s Christmas Keepsake Week begins on Friday, July 14, and continues through July 23, airing between four and seven Christmas-themed films each day, including “12 Gifts of Christmas,” “A Heavenly Christmas” and “Just in Time for Christmas.”
Prospective homebuyers can act now to make sure they are living in the gray Cape Cod-style house with black shutters at 497 Lost District Drive just in time for Christmas this December, when they can celebrate their own heavenly holiday season. The current owners have done so for the last nine years and, according to the listing agent, their house is “ablaze with Christmas lights” every December. Not surprisingly, they refer to this house as “a rambling Bing Crosby Christmas in Connecticut home.”
So, as Hallmark celebrates Christmas in July, those who are looking for a special place to call home at Christmas or year-round should put this understatedly elegant house on their viewing list. The house sits high on its four-acre land in the northwestern part of New Canaan, about three miles from the center of town and the Metro-North train station. It was built in 1969 and has since been reimagined for today’s homebuyer. The house has 6,273 square feet of living space. The lower level was reconfigured. Major rooms are well proportioned for daily life or entertaining groups of eight or 80, and even the entrance foyer is sizable.
In the formal living room there is a fireplace, a wall with two large windows and French doors to close it off from the foyer. The formal dining room has wainscoting on the lower walls, a corner china cabinet and French doors that separate it from the foyer. The den has pocket doors from the foyer and French doors that lead onto the screened porch, which has a ceiling fan, and looks down into the backyard, where there is a large heated in-ground swimming pool that was made to look like a pond or a lake. In the library there are built-ins and a fireplace.
The eat-in kitchen has a center island with a breakfast bar and cook top, granite counters, breakfast nook, cherry cabinetry, and hardwood floor. The kitchen is open to the family room, which has French doors to a terrace.
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The enormous master bedroom suite is on the first floor. It has a vaulted ceiling, sitting area, dressing room, three large closets and a large bath with a large soaking tub, two separate marble vanities and a hardwood floor. There are three other bedrooms in this house. The guest suite is above the attached two-car garage, providing a separate, private wing. On the second floor there are two bedrooms and a full bath.
In the lower level there is a media room with a tray ceiling, recessed lighting and wall-to-wall carpeting. The game room also has carpeting, as well as chair railing and French doors to a patio. The gym has a mirrored wall and rubberized floor. Another room has flexible use as a computer room or another bedroom, if necessary. There is a bath that can be accessed from this room and the hall. On this level there is also a great deal of storage space with built-in wood cabinets.
The landscape includes azaleas and other shrubbery and mature trees.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
STYLE: Cape Cod
ADDRESS: 497 Lost District Drive
FEATURES: 4.3-acre level and gently sloping property, heated in-ground swimming pool, generator, terrace, screened porch, exercise room, circular driveway, workshop, shed, attic, attic fan, thermal windows, well water, full partially finished walk-out basement, central vacuuming system, five-zoned gas heat, wood shingle roof, only about three miles to downtown and Metro-North train station, stone walls, stone paths, mudroom, attached two-car garage, four bedrooms, three full and two half baths
SCHOOLS: West Elementary, Saxe Middle, New Canaan High
MILL RATE: 16.669 mills