On the Market / Renovated 6 bedroom Victorian sits on in-town street
NEW CANAAN — Masterpiece on PBS found success after Downton Abbey with another highly rated series, Victoria, a drama about the teenaged monarch whose lengthy reign of 64 years was recently eclipsed by her great-great granddaughter Elizabeth, who celebrated her 65th Jubilee in 2015.
Queen Victoria was crowned in 1837 and reigned until her death in 1901. A year before her passing a house built in a style that bears her name was built on an in-town property of almost half an acre at 29 Church St. in New Canaan. This regal, 12-room residence is within walking distance to the Metro North train station and the town center with its shops and restaurants. It is also close to local schools, the YMCA, and Waveny Park.
It is as welcoming inside as the covered wrap-around porch is on the front exterior of the white clapboard house. A patterned red brick path lined in Belgium block leads from the sidewalk to the porch, which features a swing and two doors, the formal front entrance and a side entrance into the sizable foyer. The large glass pane in the front door is beveled and the door knob is cut glass.
The renovated house is deceptive in its size, containing 4,064 square feet of living space on four finished floors, including six bedrooms. It doesn’t appear that large at first glance. During its renovation this house was given an open concept floor plan with the foyer flowing into the formal living room and the living room flowing into the formal dining room. The home’s only fireplace, which has a marble surround, is found in the living room. The dining room has chair railing, picture frame paneling on the lower walls, and a built-in corner china cabinet.
A long hall leads to the back of the house and into the spacious gourmet kitchen, where there is a center island, a long built-in window seat, and a separate eat-in area. Kitchen features include granite counters, large pantry, two stainless sinks and a third prep sink in the island, which is topped in marble. One counter area includes glass-front cabinetry, a built-in wine rack, and a beverage refrigerator. High-end appliances include an imported Beko refrigerator, a Viking Professional six-burner range with griddle, and a Thermador warming oven.
Off the kitchen is a mudroom with a built-in bench, storage, and a door to the covered back porch and yard, which is large enough to accommodate an in-ground swimming pool. This part of the house also has a half bath and a pocket door into the laundry room. On the first floor there is also an office that could double as a homework station. It has a long built-in counter area on two walls and built-in bookshelves, and can accommodate three chairs and work stations.
Among this home’s many recent improvements are the new baths, including the marble master bath with a radiant heat floor, large steam shower, bidet, double vanity, and a marble floor arranged in a large scale herringbone pattern. Three of the bedrooms are on the second floor and three are on the third floor. There are custom shutters in the bedrooms. The master suite has a sitting area, two walk-in closets, and a door to a private balcony.
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In the full finished basement there is a large play room with chair railing and wall-to-wall carpeting. There is also an exercise area and a half bath.
For more information or to make an appointment to see the house contact Marsha Charles of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage at 201-904-4663 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
ADDRESS: 29 Church St.
FEATURES: 0.46-acre level and partially fenced property, in-town location, walking distance to Metro North train station and town center shops and restaurants, proximity to local schools and Waveny Park, covered wrap-around porch, many recent improvements, generator, thermal storm windows, one fireplace, balcony, rear stairs, wet bar, lawn sprinkler, skylights, full finished basement, new Bilco doors, new side flagstone walkway, new fencing, detached two-car garage, walk-up attic, room for an in-ground swimming pool, six bedrooms, four full and two half baths
SCHOOLS: South Elementary, Saxe Middle, New Canaan High School
MILL RATE: 16.16 mills