15 Richmond Hill Rd.
Baths: 6 Full, 1 Half
Square feet: 5,642
Traditional architecture meets modern living in this classic center-of-town colonial.
“People are surprised when they enter because it is so modern and open—an entire first floor divided into three large rooms by glass pocket doors,” says John Engel, realtor with Halstead in New Canaan, CT. Unlike with older homes in this style, buyers won’t be asking which walls can come down and which ceilings can be raised. “Already done,” says Engel. “It’s the classic look everyone wants with none of the headaches of an antique.”
With so many city transplants these days, Engel says turn-key, energy efficient homes with lots of natural light are in demand. This home, built in 2013, which has smart technology, oversized windows, as well as environmentally friendly geothermal heating and cooling, fits the bill.
“Once you enter, you realize that this is a 21st century modern lifestyle,” says Engel. “You feel embraced by the darker color of the front room as you enter, and you are drawn to the rear of the house by the fireplace, centered and symmetrical, at the back of the house.”
In the kitchen, leathered granite counters provide a practical and beautiful work surface. “It literally feels soft like a leather bag,” says Engel. Made of black Absolute granite, which is resistant to scratches and stains, “it looks exactly as good as the day it went in and begs to be touched.”
Upstairs are five bedrooms, all with en suite baths. The master bathroom has a heated floor, soaking tub and frameless glass double shower.
Location is also important. “A lot of our buyers are coming from NYC and they are used to walking and public transportation,” says Engel. The home’s proximity to the train and shops, plus one of New Canaan’s prettiest parks—Mead Park—across the street, is drawing buyers.