Address: 289 Oenoke Ridge
Bathrooms: 8 full, 3 half
Square feet: 8,932
Sprawling wrap-around porches and an easy Nantucket feel makes you feel instantly more relaxed as you step foot on the threshold of this 8,000-plus-square-foot manor just outside the center of New Canaan. “Location, location, location may sound cliché, but it’s rare to find three-plus private acres within walking distance to town,” says realtor Kelly Kraus of Houlihan Lawrence in New Canaan.
With more than a century of history within its walls, the home has been expertly renovated by noted architect Michael Smith, and interior designer Sabrina Brown. An elegant staircase and view right through to the back terrace draw you in, while the neutral tones and warm woods are soft and welcoming. A former rooming house, the manor has space for the entire family with eight bedrooms and eight full bathrooms, plus two half baths. Multiple original fireplaces are intact, particularly the beehive fireplace in the library. The soaring 20-foot ceilings in the Great Room are also original and the room is accented by a fieldstone fireplace.
Special details throughout include transom windows, a gallery hall, a butler’s pantry that functions as a caterer’s kitchen and a window seat on the stair landing. A bespoke chef’s kitchen is the heart of the home. “It’s ideal for entertaining on a large or small scale,” says Kraus. “The large eat-in area has rooms for family dinners and the adjoining family room has a wet bar and wine fridge. A massive island to gather around, a whole wall of refrigeration, a built-in coffee station and a large pantry provide every necessity. Custom cabinetry and built-ins are found throughout the house.”
French doors to the gardens and pool let lots of natural light in and draw you outside to multiple expansive patios, terraces and an incredible heated pool and spa. A guest house (where the eighth bedroom is located), off the pool and a professional gym round out the amenities. The 2,700 square feet included in the lower level and guest house are in addition to the 8,932 on the listing sheet.
“Two-eighty-nine Oenoke Ridge would be a fabulous weekend retreat for someone looking to escape New York City,” says Kraus. “It’s also perfect for families who need to accommodate various remote school/work-from-home schedules—and for anyone looking to really enjoy where they live.”
Real Estate Salesperson, Houlihan Lawrence in New Canaan, CT