The newly constructed reproduction Colonial at 1 Red Coat Road is convenient to the Merritt Parkway at Exit 41, making this house an ideal location for a commuter; and yet, the property contains a unique feature that may have its owner preferring to work from home.
This one-acre, mostly-level property sits on a corner lot and it features the main house as well as an interesting outbuilding in the front yard. It is a historic ice house. The builder, James DeVito of River Stone Construction, had originally intended to tear down the ice house, which dates back to the late 1800s.
However, he has decided to spare the antique stone structure and, for an additional cost, he is willing to build a new modular 800- to 1,200-square-foot cottage using the ice house as part of the construction. That would preserve the ice house as well as create a flexible space for the owners. It could serve as a home office, art studio, guest cottage, media/playroom, cigar room with a humidor, or a wine cellar and tasting room.
The main house was built in 2012 and its construction mirrors what was built there originally; the builder saying he wanted to create a modern take on a classic farmhouse. Unlike early American houses, this structure is energy efficient. It was built with 2x6 construction, as opposed to the standard 2x4, so it has additional insulation in the side walls. Eight-foot ceilings, rather than the nine-foot that seems typical of today's construction also helps save energy. The windows feature Low E glass.
It has 3,700 square feet of living space including a gourmet kitchen that opens to the family room, which has a stone fireplace. The formal dining room has an antique-inspired lighting fixture in dark bronze.
The rear hall/mudroom has a slate tile floor and provides access to the two-car, attached garage as well as to two separate doors; one is a side entrance to the front yard and the other goes to the backyard. There are also sliding doors to the backyard from the family room/kitchen area, which accesses the paving stone patio, largely level yard, stone walls and stone paths and stairs to elevated levels of the yard. The front and back yards were landscaped by the builder's son, Chris DeVito, of Falling Waters Landscaping.
In the kitchen, there are granite-topped counters, a center island topped in butcher's block, a farm sink and white subway tile backsplash. GE appliances include double ovens, range top, refrigerator and dishwasher.
On the second floor, there is an extra wide hallway and there are four bedrooms.
The master bedroom has a tray ceiling and the master bath contains a marble floor featuring a basket weave pattern in the center, and a marble surround of the soaking tub. In a subtle nod to the builder, River Stone Construction, the floor of the walk-in shower in the master bath comprises river stones. Its backsplash is marble.
One of the second floor baths has tile flooring in an earthy pale blue color reminiscent of ocean waters that can be found in Long Island Sound only a few miles away. The walls are a similar, complementary blue and the double vanities are topped in mottled brown granite that evokes the sandy beach. The guest bath down the hall has a slate mosaic floor in a honeycomb pattern.
A large, finished walk-up attic has a Gyp-Crete floor and could be used as a media or playroom.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
TYPE OF HOUSE: Re-production Colonial, new construction
ADDRESS: 1 Red Coat Road
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 9
AMENITIES: beach rights, convenient to the Merritt Parkway, one fireplaces, historic stone ice house, gourmet kitchen, butler's pantry, one-acre largely level property, corner lot, covered front porch, zoned central air conditioning, guest room, energy efficient construction, insulated Thermopane windows, French doors, brick patio with barbecue nook, exterior sprinkler system, stone walls, professional landscaping, marble master bath, recessed lighting
OTHER INFORMATION: four bedrooms, three full and one half baths, two-car attached garage, dark-stained wide-planked yellow pine wood floors, full unfinished basement, finished walk-up attic, second floor laundry closet, partially fenced yard, zoned hot air propane heating system, mud room, old stone well, septic system, city water
SCHOOL: Coleytown Elementary, Coleytown Middle, Staples High
TAX RATE: 17.91 mills
* new construction so the taxes are not yet set; these amounts are approximate