Luxury Outlook 2022
An ambitious exploration into high-end residential markets across the globe.
Esteemed designer Steven Gambrel oversaw the creation of this unprecedented estate located on 14 lush acres in the prestigious Conyers Farm Association of Greenwich. A member of the elite AD 100 and recognized for his distinctive designs in such illustrious locations as the Plaza Hotel, Gambrel took inspiration from the architectural vernacular of Greenwich—borrowing elements from France, Great Britain, and even the pediment, entablature, and columns of ancient Rome—and infused it with contemporary whimsy, creating an uncommon blend of classicism and modernity that utilizes eye-catching details and striking hues, patterns, and textures. The offering also includes custom furniture, carpeting, lighting, and fixtures designed by Gambrel himself.
Greenwich, Connecticut | Leslie McElwreath, Sotheby’s International Realty – Greenwich Brokerage
Measuring a majestic 31,000 square feet across four levels, the home is impeccably proportioned—generous without sacrificing comfort or feeling vast. The grandeur begins in the expansive paver-lined motor court and stone tile entry terrace. Exterior balconies and the home’s gracefully curving stairway feature decorative iron railings that provide touches of romantic elegance.
The interiors are wonderfully versatile, accommodating relaxation, creativity, productivity, and recreation, including as they do a handsome library with bright paneled walls, an orangerie, an office, a gym with a colorful tile floor and tall windows providing inspiring views and light, a billiards room enveloped by arched French doors, a wine cellar to please any oenophile, a professional-caliber home theater, and a light-flooded natatorium wrapped in Palladian windows. Old World elegance is the order of the day in the formal living room, while a vivid color scheme distinguishes the one-of-a-kind dining room. Cooks of all skill levels will appreciate the kitchen, which offers a marble-topped island that seats up to five, two Wolf ranges, classical cabinetry, a Sub-Zero refrigerator, and a breakfast area with a built-in banquette. The inclusion of a state-of-the-art catering kitchen on the lower level will satisfy the entertainer and facilitate the grandest of fêtes. A rare blend of refinement and relaxation characterizes the family room, which has a fireplace and French doors to the backyard terraces.
The owner’s suite is both spacious and invitingly comfortable, with sitting areas, a private deck overlooking the grounds, a lavish bath, and a pair dressing rooms. Each of the seven welcoming guest bedrooms boasts a singular design motif. Other highlights include two thoughtfully located elevators, staff quarters, and an impressive seven-car garage.
In the work of Simon Johnson, architecture mingles with flora and natural terrain, resulting in meticulous formal landscaping, including a lush lawn accented by a unique arrangement of water features, manicured hedges, a grassy path proceeding through an allée of distinctively pruned trees, and slate terraces for soaking up the sun and dining alfresco. Beside the refreshing swimming pool is a stately brick pool house with classical lines—another nod to the elements of style that, like this home, will stand the test of time.