Address: 255 Brushy Ridge Rd.
Square feet: 6,673
With a spacious grand entrance that includes a working fireplace and custom woodwork, and a bright and elegant living room, this 1904 home in New Canaan seems made for grand and elegant parties. Gilded Age details like custom moldings, richly stained wood floors, and beautiful alcoves with large windows to let in natural light, combine with all the modern updates a family wants today.
“The front hallway is really three rooms,” says Susan Engel, the home’s real estate agent at Douglas Elliman in New Canaan, CT, describing the sitting areas on the first floor and at the top of the stairs on the landing. Interior Designer “Lisa Hilderbrand pictured setting up the top landing as a sitting room for bedtime stories, puzzles, a cup of coffee, a glass of wine.”
The home has two dining rooms: one formal and one casual. The original wood-paneled dining room features velvet walls, gilt mirrors and light fixtures, and an original tiled fireplace. The room looks out to a veranda and sprawling lawn. A wood-paneled private office with built-in bookshelves and coffered ceilings provides quiet working space. The updated gourmet kitchen has a walk-in pantry, marbled island, a wall of floor-to-ceiling cabinets and top-of-the-line appliances. It opens to a cozy family room.
“The modern cook wants to be included when everyone gathers in the combo kitchen /dining /family room,” says Engel. “This is large enough for several gatherings at once: cooking, game table, huge TV, dog den.”
The kitchen and family room have two sight lines providing a view of the library hall and living room on the north side and a view of the serving hall, dining room and main hall and living room on the south side. “This feature truly connects the kitchen and the occupants of the house!” says Engel.
Seven bedrooms, seven baths and separate guest quarters, as well as finished third and lower floors also provide lots of room for gathering. Outside, a covered patio and veranda, including outdoor kitchen and fire pit, overlook a sprawling lawn that rolls toward views of Long Island Sound in the distance.
Real estate salesperson
Douglas Elliman, New Canaan, CT