On the Market / Zen courtyard garden with classical pillared portico highlight house
NEW CANAAN — A standard ranch-style house at 440 Wahackme Road was elevated to that of a spacious, one-level living wonder in the hands of its current owner, a professional interior designer who, by the very nature of her work, has a real eye for detail.
She has an eye for beauty, too, and that starts with the professional landscaping around the house, continues into the meditative gated courtyard at the front entrance and throughout this 3,609-square-foot house. The homeowners and their guests can feel the stress of the day melt away as they walk from the crushed stone driveway into the courtyard, which looks like it belongs in the European countryside. It is enclosed with a wall of whitewashed red brick laden with ivy and roses. The bluestone and crushed stone courtyard is bursting with blossoms from many perennials including sedum, royal purple liriope, tall grasses, and espalier pears and crap apples. A substantial planter sits atop a pedestal and there are two wooden benches.
The inclination is to pause and draw a deep breath as one passes through this space to reach the dramatic front entrance. It features a façade resembling the Roman Pantheon or the Maison Carrée in France with four round, fluted columns and French doors into the foyer.
The realtors refer to this white shingle house as “a modern day jewel box,” and it is brimming with architectural and interior décor gems throughout its seven rooms. There is an element of rustic elegance to this house, which has a neutral palette and tactile finishes. It was built as a bungalow in 1956 but when the homeowner re-imagined this space and completely renovated it she introduced six-inch width character oak floors, reclaimed wood beams, and nearly floor-to-ceiling windows. All the doors are Shaker recessed in style to give the interior a clean, minimal look.
The exterior is equally exquisite with relaxing and reflective features nestled amid the attractive landscaping, which contains numerous perennials, a blanket of pachysandra, specimen plantings, and mature trees. At one end of this 1.77-acre level property is a tennis court and a bluestone terrace with a stone sitting wall and a pergola covered with purple wisteria and white clematis. At the other end there is a heated in-ground swimming pool. The property also has a bocce court. The rear façade has three trellises for roses and the wood roof is topped with a cupola that resembles a birdhouse. It also has a wood roof. The perimeter of the property also has a stone wall, parts of which are covered with clematis.
Inside, the spacious gourmet kitchen is the heart of the home and there are two wings of living space on either side of it. The kitchen features a cathedral ceiling with exposed beams, a hardwood floor, a center island topped with overhanging marble to create a breakfast bar, granite counters, and French doors to the backyard. High end appliances include a Viking Professional six-burner range with grill, Sub-Zero refrigerator and Miele dishwasher. A small butler’s pantry area of the kitchen, just before the entrance into the dining room, has a beverage refrigerator.
This house offers an open floor plan. The dining room opens into the spacious living room, where there is a vaulted ceiling, fireplace, and French doors to the terrace. This wing of the house also has three bedrooms, including the master suite. One of the bedrooms is currently used as an office and it has a built-in desk with an open shelf above it. The two secondary bedrooms share a bath with a limestone floor. The laundry area is also at this end of the house.
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In the private master suite there is a cathedral ceiling with exposed beams, a sitting area, and a bath with a hardwood floor, double stone vanity, a free-standing soaking tub, and shower with white ceramic subway tile. During the renovation of this house the master bedroom ceiling was raised to increase its height and augment the spaciousness of this room. A long gallery hallway along the front of the living space connects one wing to the other.
In the wing at the opposite end of the house is the library, an en suite guest bedroom, and mudroom. The mudroom has shiplap on the walls and provides access into the attached three-car garage. The library has an exposed beam ceiling and two walls of floor-to-ceiling bookshelves.
This house is located just steps from the Philip Johnson Glass House, which is around the corner on Ponus Ridge Road. It is also close to the center of town and the Metro North train station.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
ADDRESS: 440 Wahackme Road
FEATURES: 1.77-acre level property, tennis court, bocce court, heated in-ground swimming pool, bluestone patio with pergola, porch, close to town and Metro North train station, generator, thermal windows, wood roof, professional landscaping, one fireplace, open floor plan, well water, three-zoned gas heating system, circular driveway, attached three-car garage, pull-down attic stairs, no basement, four bedrooms, three full and one half baths
SCHOOLS: West Elementary, Saxe Middle, New Canaan High School
MILL RATE: 16.312 mills
For more information or to make an appointment to see the house contact Diane Jenkins of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty at 203-803-5703 or email@example.com, or visit the website specific to this house at 440Wahackmeroad.com. The house is co-listed by Inger Stringfellow and Leslie Razook, also of William Pitt Sotheby’s.