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The history of Greenwich, Connecticut, follows roughly the same trajectory as that of the United States, from the arrival of early settlers in the 1600s through centuries of farming, milling, and shipping to the arrival of the railroad, which brought both industry and scores of new residents. Homes here, however, in many ways continue to represent an aesthetic that is purely, timelessly American, its streets strewn with Colonial-style and -inspired manors that exemplify the classicism of the nation’s early East Coast colonies.
Greenwich, Connecticut | Fred Danback, Sotheby’s International Realty – Greenwich Brokerage
Although it dates to 1995, this 7,786-square-foot, five-bedroom manor at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac in one of Greenwich’s coveted midcountry neighborhoods presents a refined traditional façade with a regal symmetry and numerous details characteristic of steadfast formal New England style. Its interiors, however, have been painstakingly updated with a tony modernity, featuring a minimalist organic palette and such creature comforts as gas fireplaces and top-tier appliances. Thoughtfully designed to blend sophistication and comfort, it is the consummate elegant modern home in a quintessential American town.
The grandeur begins with the meticulously manicured grounds, which include gloriously colorful flora, swaths of flourishing mature trees, a magnificent driveway, and two generous motor courts offering parking space for residents or crowds of guests. At the top of an august stairway of whitewashed brick, majestic front doors open to a stately marble foyer with a gracefully sweeping dramatic staircase. Beyond is an easy, fluid collection of versatile spaces flooded with natural light and displaying impeccable craftsmanship and carefully chosen fixtures and finishes.
Stylish living and entertaining are effortless in a chic formal living room with a gas fireplace that creates a welcoming warmth, a formal dining room, a roomy office with two wide windows and numerous built-ins, a casual dining area with a fireplace and a striking glass-walled wine cellar, and a magnificent cook’s kitchen featuring a marble-wrapped island with counter seating, stainless-steel appliances, a breakfast bar, and a pass-through to a comfortable family room with a fireplace and dazzling French doors opening to the backyard and pool.
The five bedrooms include a primary suite with two walk-in closets and a sleek contemporary bath, three guest bedrooms—one with an en suite bath and a cedar closet; and a private main-level bedroom and bath ideal for staff, an in-law, or an au pair. A vast, airy upper-level recreation room is tucked beneath the angles of the eaves of the roofline and offers a sunny window seat perfect for reading or daydreaming with treetop views.
The lowest level consists of a collection of flexible spaces: a media room with numerous built-ins, including speakers; a gym with mirrored wall and mounting and wiring for a ceiling-level television; and a quiet additional office area or hobby room. The enjoyment continues outdoors, with a veritable sea of green grass enveloping the refreshing turquoise waters of the heated swimming pool and spa. Just beyond these tranquil environs are the thoroughfares and vibrant cultural and culinary offerings of Greenwich, an enduring community fully immersed in and representative of the history of America.