An elegant yet understated estate in lower Weston has one "foot" in the past and the other firmly planted in the present with a wealth of amenities that will serve it far into the future.

The compound at 214 Good Hill Road has five acres of level land that include the main house -- an 11,173-square-foot red brick and stucco Tudor Revival -- as well as a vintage onion barn converted into a party space, a former carriage house now the pool house and a one-bedroom cottage.

This exceptional manor was masterfully renovated and expanded by architect Jack Franzen, who seamlessly married classic with modern, formal with informal. The original portion of the house dates to 1918 and the barn predates the house by several decades. It was built circa 1850.

The house was called Rock Ledge and it served as the summer home for a mayor of Bridgeport. A vintage logbook that sits in the entrance foyer bears the handwritten signatures of its many visitors in the early days.

Stone pillars mark the entrance to the compound, but one must travel the length of the long driveway before the house comes into view. And what a view it is. Its façade features the traditional architectural details of a Tudor, while modern features, like the contemporary two-story windows of the family room, are attractively incorporated.

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Inside, the historic architectural details blend with modern additions to create formal and relaxed spaces. Many of the decorative leaded glass windows are original to the house. Keystones top many of the arched doorways.

The front entrance features an arched door and leads into the patterned tumbled marble foyer. The formal living room has wood-paneled walls and a wide fireplace with detailed columns. The formal dining room has a bay window with stained and leaded-glass casement windows, fireplace with a decorative stone mantel featuring carvings of leaves, raised paneling, two built-in corner cabinets with leaded-glass doors, intricate crown molding, and wallpaper that resembles a silk fabric with subtle leaf designs to tie it into the mantel.

Near the generous-sized gourmet kitchen and living room is a large butler's pantry with coat closets, wine storage, beverage refrigerator, built-in cabinets and two counters. There is also an office or library and a sitting or bar room with a wet bar. These features, coupled with the large property and the party barn, set the stage for entertaining on any scale.

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ABOUT THIS HOUSE
TYPE: Brick Tudor Revival
ADDRESS: 214 Good Hill Road, Weston
PRICE: $4,999,000
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 18
FEATURES: vintage party barn circa 1850, 4.98-acre level and partially fenced property, heated Gunite in-ground swimming pool, pool house, cottage, conservatory with irrigation system, multiple patios and landscaped walkways, koi pond, butler's pantry, wet bar, bar room, all window treatments, four fireplaces, interior and exterior balconies, skylight, two circular staircases, audio system, gym with mirrored wall, in-law/au pair suite, courtyard, outdoor kitchen, vegetable garden, numerous built-in window seats and bookshelves, well water, wood shingle roof, brick-and-stone foundation, cedar closet, seven bedrooms, eight full and two half baths
SCHOOLS: Hurlbutt Elementary, Weston Middle, Weston High
ASSESSMENT: $2,193,900
TAX RATE: 28.16 mills
TAXES: $61,956

The kitchen has a large center island, eat-in area with door to the patios, granite counters, a Dacor six-burner range, separate Dacor convection stove and pot-filler.

The conservatory could be used as a greenhouse or sun room. It is heated, has a sink for potting, an indoor irrigation system, decorative ceiling fans, and door to the grounds, which include a heated, Gunite swimming pool, outdoor kitchen, koi pond and multiple patios.

The cavernous family room has a herringbone-patterned hardwood floor and is divided into three distinct spaces, but could also be used as a whole. There is a sitting space, media room with built-in television projection system and retractable screen and play area with built-in, bar-height seating and a mosaic tile counter. There are walls of two-story windows and a door to the pool and red brick patio.

Above this room is a large library with doors to two exterior balconies. Open spaces at the far ends of the family room create loft areas so those in the library can peer down into the family room. A spiral staircase provides access to the library and family room.

The second floor has four of the home's seven bedrooms. The master suite has a door to the library, a white-washed red brick fireplace, dressing room and large walk-in closet with built-in drawers. The bath features tumbled marble floor and backsplash. One other bedroom is en suite and has a built-in desk area. Another has its own fireplace.

On the third floor there are two more bedrooms, and there is an in-law or au pair suite above the three-car attached garage, which has carriage doors. The lower level has a playroom, full bath and gym with a mirrored wall.

The pool house has two changing rooms, a game room, party room and full bath. There is also a full bath in the barn.

For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, contact Joni Usdan of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage at 203-216-7654 or email her at Joni@Jonihomes.com.

ABOUT THIS HOUSE

TYPE: Brick Tudor Revival

ADDRESS: 214 Good Hill Road, Weston

PRICE: $4,999,000

NUMBER OF ROOMS: 18

FEATURES: vintage party barn circa 1850, 4.98-acre level and partially fenced property, heated Gunite in-ground swimming pool, pool house, cottage, conservatory with irrigation system, multiple patios and landscaped walkways, koi pond, butler's pantry, wet bar, bar room, all window treatments, four fireplaces, interior and exterior balconies, skylight, two circular staircases, audio system, gym with mirrored wall, in-law/au pair suite, courtyard, outdoor kitchen, vegetable garden, numerous built-in window seats and bookshelves, well water, wood shingle roof, brick-and-stone foundation, cedar closet, seven bedrooms, eight full and two half baths

SCHOOLS: Hurlbutt Elementary, Weston Middle, Weston High

ASSESSMENT: $2,193,900

TAX RATE: 28.16 mills

TAXES: $61,956