On the Market: Victorian a nod to New Canaan’s past
NEW CANAAN — There are more than 60 species of oak trees that grow in the United States. The Charter Oak is the official tree of Connecticut. The mighty oak tree was designated as the official, national tree of the United States back in 2004, as voted by Americans through the National Arbor Day Foundation, which celebrates trees of all varieties on April 28 this year. The oak is prized as a symbol of strength, but also beauty.
Oak figures prominently in the newer Queen Anne Victorian house near downtown New Canaan. This strong, beautiful and graceful Painted Lady has an address of 83 Oak Street and she has oak flooring throughout most of her 8,100 square footage of living space. Oak is not used exclusively. This house has mahogany front doors and her exterior shingle siding is likely cedar. According to www.architecturalstyles.org the shingle-style Queen Anne Victorian house is “a regional variation that emerged in New England, named for its prominent use of wooden, stained shingles (often cedar).”
This particular architectural style had its period of popularity from 1880 to 1900 in the U.S. but this is not a vintage structure that has been updated. This house was built in 2006 with an eye to the late 19th century but firmly rooted in the 21st century. It has all the outward architectural features of a traditional Victorian with all the latest amenities and comforts of a new home.
Some of the features that identify it as a Victorian, and a Painted Lady at that, are its “Steeply pitched, irregular roof shapes; dominant front-facing gable … polychromatic and decorative ornamentation; partial or full-width porches … occasional towers and turrets … Differing wall textures are their “hallmark.” This is the most eclectic style of the Victorian era,” according architecturestyles.org. This house has a turret and a long, wide, covered, wrap-around porch.
This is a polychromatic, or multi-colored, house. Its exterior ornamentation includes four paint colors - a soft green-blue, a dark green-blue, maroon, and cream, all of them subtle, unlike some Painted Ladies that can have vibrant paint jobs that stand out like a sore thumb. This house stands out but those who pass by refer to it as the ‘show stopper.” It suits the neighborhood and the landscaping of its 0.4-acre largely level property.
The nod to the past does not end with the architectural style. There is a partial decorative tin ceiling in the gourmet kitchen and period reproduction lighting throughout this house, which has ample living space on four finished floors.
The mahogany and beveled glass French doors of the front entrance open to a large foyer from which the formal living room is accessed. It has a door to the wrap-around porch. The formal dining room features a coffered ceiling, bay window, and two entrances topped with transoms from the kitchen, which is a favorite gathering spot. It was designed by Christine Donner Kitchen Design and was showcased on the New Canaan Cares Kitchen Tour. It features green marble counters, an open dish rack, white subway tile backsplash, and tin paneling behind the wet bar. High-en appliances include a Sub-Zero refrigerator, Viking Professional six-burner range, Miele double wall ovens, and two dishwashers.
Off the kitchen is a breakfast room with a door to the Trex deck, and a guest room with a Murphy bed. This part of the house has the first of three mudrooms and a service entrance for deliveries. The sizable family room has a fireplace.
On the second floor the master suite features a fireplace, tray ceiling, sitting area in the turret, and a large bath with a decorative tile floor and Carrera marble counters. Also on the second floor are four more bedrooms, laundry room, and a homework station on the landing near the rear staircase.
In the finished walk-out lower level there is an office, large play or game room with built-ins, a full bath, storage room, workshop, access to the garage, and two more mudrooms - one at the base of the stairs and one by the garage entrance. The finished walk-up attic has a large room for a studio or other use.
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ABOUT THIS HOUSE
STYLE: Queen Anne Victorian
ADDRESS: 83 Oak Street
FEATURES: walking distance to shops and train, 0.4-acre level and fenced property, whole home audio system, wet bar, deck, terrace, central vacuuming system, front and rear staircases, walking distance to schools, close to town and train, two fireplaces, period reproduction lighting throughout, thermal windows, three mudrooms, heated two-car attached under house garage, irrigation system, professional landscaping, workshop, walk-up attic, finished walk-out basement, five bedrooms, six full and one half baths
SCHOOLS: South Elementary, Saxe Middle, New Canaan High School
MILL RATE: 16.312 mills