Real estate: A union of tradition and nature
Updated 1:36 pm, Saturday, February 13, 2016
A stone and shingle Colonial at 183 Ferris Hill Road offers nearly 10,000 square feet of living space on a private 2.6 acre-property on the east side of New Canaan.
Designed by local architect Louise Brooks, the home was built in 2000 on a property that was subdivided by Louise and her husband, Edwin (Ned) Brooks, who lived in the adjacent home on Ferris Hill.
Exterior features includes a stone courtyard, professionally landscaped grounds and a disappearing edge infinity pool that appears to spill right over into the 21-acre nature preserve that abuts the property.
While the floor plan is transitional, the house feels traditional, thanks to Louise’s classical architectural touches: elegant crown moldings, wide baseboards, built-ins and lovely curved archways.
The 9,200-square foot home spans four finished levels of living space with six bedrooms, six full and two half bathrooms and multiple bonus rooms.
Inside, a front-to-back entry hall features handcrafted crown moldings, hardwood floors with a walnut inlay and pretty pendant-style chandeliers.
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The foyer opens into a cherry-paneled library with a coffered ceiling, gas fireplace and built-in bookcases for plenty of storage and display space.
A sun-filled formal living room features heavily detailed crown moldings, a fireplace set against a floor-to-ceiling paneled wall treatment and four 12-over-12 windows looking over the 2.6 acres of property.
A gracious back hall spans the width of the home with four sets of French doors leading to covered stone verandah.
The gallery-style hallway features beautiful archways leading to a spacious family room with a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace flanked by two sets of built-ins and access to the covered porch through a French door.
Ahead of her time with the concept of creating a family space open to the kitchen, Brooks designed an open space that feels refined yet comfortable.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
ADDRESS: 183 Ferris Hill Road
YEAR BUILT: 2000
MILES TO STATION: 4
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 16
FULL BATH: 6
HALF BATH: 2
NOTABLE FEATURES: Three-car attached garage, disappearing edge pool, stone courtyard, media room, exercise room, butler’s pantry, cherry library
SCHOOLS: East Elementary, Saxe Middle School, New Canaan High School
The farmhouse-style kitchen features inset white cabinetry with satin nickel hardware, a stone glazed backsplash and white marble counters.
Appliances include a six-burner Viking range with an oven and built-in hood, a Subzero refrigerator and a stainless undermount sink.
An attached butler’s pantry offers further storage with glass upper cabinets, a Subzero wine refrigerator and an ASKO dishwasher.
While the kitchen features a cozy breakfast nook tucked in a sunny alcove of the kitchen, a formal dining room offers a bit more entertaining space with white paneling and hand-stenciled grasscloth wallpaper.
The first floor also include two powder rooms and a wainscoted mudroom with access to a three-car attached heated garage.
The second floor of the home opens into a landing large enough to host a small sitting room.
The second floor includes three en suite guest bedrooms, a laundry room and a second office space that doubles as a media room with a projector TV screen.
A third floor includes two additional guest bedrooms, one with its own en suite bath and the second large enough to be used by previous owners as a sleepover room. The third floor also includes a game room with two arched windows.
A lower level includes an exercise room, a billiard room and a full bath with two cabana changing rooms for pool guests.