When local builder Ernie Bello re-did this Riverside Colonial last year, he had a contemporary young family in mind. Situated at the end of a cul-de-sac and within walking distance to North Mianus Elementary School (rated the top elementary school in the state and No. 37 in the country, according to niche.com), the third-of-an-acre parcel is ideal for family living, with a private backyard swimming pool, plus three outdoor spaces for lounging, including a newly added front porch.
Bello added contemporary details and an open floor plan to this classic home. “We’re seeing that trend, particularly in the young families coming up from New York City,” said Angela Swift, fine homes specialist and agent for Houlihan Lawrence of Greenwich. “They like to infuse the more modern elements with the traditional.” The main living space is bright and white with substantial natural light and French doors leading to the backyard. A stone surround fireplace and shiplap walls can evoke a rustic vibe or the feel of a Manhattan flat depending how they are dressed.
Carrara marble countertops and glass pendants in the kitchen paired with Brazilian cherry hardwood floors throughout give a clean, sleek look to the space, with lots of room for entertaining.
The four bedrooms upstairs are all finished with hardwood floors, including this master and an en suite bath with marble tile and countertop. Affordability is a key element of the home’s design, says Swift: “This home provides the great value that consumers are looking for today along with offering the look and feel of finishes normally seen at a much higher price point.”