NEW CANAAN — A fieldstone wall with an ivy-covered stone arch and a decorative medieval iron gate opens to an enchanting garden on the 2.07-acre property at 98 Indian Waters Drive, a private road.

The Belgium block-bordered circular driveway is equally enchanting with its row of ornamental pear trees, as is the 17-room, buttercream yellow clapboard colonial house with green shutters, which includes an attached guest house. Adding to this attractive, magical, and serene setting is the Noroton River that wends its way through one side of the property and a wisteria-covered pergola that creates a port cochere as the driveway leads to an attached three-car tandem garage.

Stone steps travel up to the covered front entrance, its door framed by sidelights and a transom. Inside, large scale dentil molding frames the two-story entrance foyer, which features a gracefully curved staircase and a beige marble tile floor with inserts of small green marble tiles. The rooms of the 9,170-square-foot house are generous and yet they offer an intimate feeling. There is also a formal yet flexible floor plan. The rooms have high ceilings and attractive millwork and moldings.

Columns mark the entrance into the formal living room, which has a fireplace with a decorative mantel and Vermont Verde green marble surround, and a deep coffered ceiling. The same two prominent features are found in the formal dining room on the opposite side of the foyer. Both rooms also have deep dentil crown molding and a dark double inlaid wood border in the hardwood floors. An office or study has a separate entrance by the port cochere.

In the chef’s kitchen there is a center island/breakfast bar topped in granite, as are the perimeter counters. The backsplash comprises white ceramic subway tiles. Look closely enough and notice that the dentil molding is repeated above the hood of the Viking Professional eight-burner range, and again in the custom cabinetry of the adjoining breakfast room and butler’s pantry, which also features glass doors and a built-in wine rack. An arched entryway marked by two columns separates the breakfast and family rooms, the latter of which has a floor-to-ceiling fieldstone fireplace and sliding doors to the bluestone patio and a free-form in-ground swimming pool and spa with a natural stone surround.

Step down into the mudroom off the family room. Usually the mudroom is a secondary space more for function than form but thought went into the design of this space, which was given visually appealing angles when this house was built in 1998.

On the second floor there are French doors topped with a fanlight transom that leads from the landing to a balcony over the front entrance. There are four bedrooms in the main house and two more in the guest house. Open another set of French doors into the master suite, which is in a separate wing and features a marble fireplace, sitting room, dressing room, six closets, and a bath with a Travertine and green marble floor and double vanity.

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Off the master there is a wide landing that creates a large enough space to serve as an office or homework station or a reading nook.

The guest house is not just accommodations for visitors. It is really a second full house with a living room, dining room, kitchen, family room, the two bedrooms, a walk-up attic, and a finished lower level with an exercise room. This creates a great opportunity for a multi-generational family or a family that requires live-in care. It could also be a generous au pair suite.

The living room in the guest house features a floor-to-ceiling stacked slate fireplace and an arched picture window that looks upon the beautiful level and gently sloping property. The kitchen is large enough to have an eat-in area and it also features a built-in red brick barbecue. The family room has built-in corner cabinets. In this part of the house open the windows for the best chance to hear the gurgling of the river as it trips over large rocks creating miniature waterfalls. Residents of this house are welcome to fish in the river if they are so inclined. Or, just sit, relax and be lulled by the sound of the water, or be intoxicated by the landscaping and perennial plantings, which were designed to include color all year round.

The full, finished lower level of the main house has plenty of room for recreation, entertaining, and storage. Its flexible space includes a media room with a projector, a bar area with a beverage refrigerator, and a play or game room area.

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STYLE: Colonial

ADDRESS: 98 Indian Waters Drive

PRICE: $2,695,000


FEATURES: 2.07-acre level and sloping lot, attached guest house, located on a cul-de-sac, river, water views, heated in-ground swimming pool, wood deck, terrace, formal yet flexible floor plan, circular drive, five fireplaces, proximity to downtown New Canaan and two Metro North train stations, close to schools and shops, community association, thermal windows, five heating zones, attached three-car tandem garage, well water, full finished basement, walk-up attic, six bedrooms, five full and three half baths

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

ASSESSMENT: $1,886,850

MILL RATE: 16.669 mills

TAXES: $31,454

HOA FEE: $500 (annual)

For more information or to make an appointment to see the house contact Carol Pelzner of Halstead Property at 203-858-0931 or