Luxury Outlook 2022
An ambitious exploration into high-end residential markets across the globe.
With its vibrant woodlands and meadows, picturesque roads, Long Island Sound coastline, and captivating homes—from charming cottages to grand manors in nearly every architectural style—Greenwich exemplifies the natural and manmade beauty of New England. This refined residence makes the most of its location, enjoying an enviable spot on four secluded acres near a reserve, a preserve, and an alluring lake. Nevertheless, it is an oasis in its own right, with glorious grounds, grandfather trees, a dazzling pool, and some 17,408 square feet of sophisticated living and entertaining spaces boasting exceptional custom finishes and details.
Greenwich, Connecticut | Joseph Barbieri, Sotheby’s International Realty – Greenwich Brokerage
A gate set in stone pillars gives way to a long private drive lined with stone walls and mature trees. At its end, a stately motor court provides parking for numerous guests. In the uniquely pleasing and uncommon façade, handsome stone meets white wood paneling that introduces a refreshing lightness. That visual buoyancy pervades many of the interior spaces as well, beginning with a regal foyer boasting stunning marble floors, a dual staircase, and an effortless through line to a chic family room with an oversized fireplace and a wall of French doors. Nearby, a music room perfect for a piano is adjoined by a serene living room with a bay window and a subtle warmth and a generous wet bar—all resulting in a setting that recalls a tony downtown cocktail lounge. An office paneled in deeply hued wood can serve as headquarters for professional concentration and offers plentiful built-ins and a contemplative sitting area beside a fireplace. A formal dining room with an eye-catching chandelier is augmented by a butler’s pantry with a shimmering tile backsplash and glass-front cabinets. Steps away is a chef’s kitchen with a spacious marble-topped island, classical cabinets, a full complement of stainless-steel appliances, and a casual dining area with rich wood accents. In the sunroom, doors on either side of a warming fireplace open to the estate’s expansive back patio.
Chief among the home’s seven bedrooms is a primary suite filled with glorious natural light. It features a fireplace; a wall of French doors to a balcony; a lavish bath with a soaking tub, two vanities, and dual showers clad in marble and glass; two room-sized walk-in closets with impeccably detailed cabinets, drawers, and shelves; and a sitting or media room with a unique stone fireplace and gray walls suggesting soothing velvet. Among the other highlights on additional levels are a gym, abundant storage—including ample space for wine—a lounge with a kitchenette, and an attic with a sitting room and a powder bath. The residence is equipped with many contemporary comforts and conveniences, from a Lutron lighting system, geothermal heating and cooling, and an elevator connecting each of the four levels to whole-house generator that provides peace of mind.
The balcony off the owner’s suite is one of a wealth of outdoor spaces that overlook or lead to the emerald backyard, delightful colorful landscaping, carefully positioned and manicured trees, a series of connected stone terraces, the 50-foot swimming pool, and the pool house. Other inviting alfresco areas include a cool covered patio with a stone fireplace and a sheltered outdoor kitchen with numerous built-ins and space for dining while gazing out over the grounds toward the farther reaches of the estate’s coveted community