Buyers often gravitate toward the good bones of well-designed homes built in the l930s, especially when the graciousness of yesteryear is combined with a sensitive renovation that accommodates the ebb and flow of today’s lifestyles. “Many buyers are looking for what I call the hub, the combination of gourmet kitchen, family room and breakfast nook,” says Becky Munro of Halstead Properties in Darien. “If these spaces open onto an outdoor entertaining area, you just about have it all.” Two new local listings encompass all of these most-wanted features.
On Smith Ridge Road in New Canaan, wrought iron gates and a Belgian block driveway lead to a red brick Georgian Colonial. The classic symmetry of the original home built in 1938 is complemented with additions by Louise Brooks on the south side and by John Murray on the north. The expanded house, which measures 7,000 square feet, faces east-west, so most of the common rooms have front-to-back exposures and beautiful views. Off the central entry foyer are the dining and living rooms with Venetian plaster walls. They open onto the solarium and porch that overlooks formal gardens to the south. On the north side, the kitchen with breakfast area opens to the family room. The house is listed at $5.5 million with Brotherhood & Higley, 203-966-3507.
Cape With a Twist
On a private cul de sac in Darien at the end of Point O’Woods Road, the roof was raised on what used to be a 1936 traditional Cape designed by architect Ed Wallace. The renovation created high ceilings, a two-story entrance hall and a new rear wing, expanding the space to 5,000 square feet. The hub includes a gourmet kitchen that adjoins a breakfast area and family room with a fireplace. The kitchen is steps from the butler’s pantry, laundry room and back-hall mudroom. The home’s original footprint includes the entry foyer, living and dining rooms and office/library. The house is listed for $2.6 million with Halstead in Darien, 203-656-6511.