Walking through the Colonial at 7 Bonnie Brook Lane is like thumbing through an art book with each wall representing a page of illustrations.
Right from the entrance foyer the house is brimming with hand-painted murals, and outside, the 1.63-acre level property also serves as a canvas that is covered in nature's artwork. With spring just a week away, the yard is about to explode in a profusion of colorful blossoms in the budding specimen trees, perennial gardens and raised flower beds.
The house sits on a corner lot in the Coleytown section of town. It is convenient to the Merritt Parkway and a short distance from downtown. A slate path leads from the paved driveway to the front door, flanked by sidelights, and opens to the first of the murals and other hand-painted details throughout much of the first floor.
The foyer mural, which continues on the ceiling, depicts the sky and clouds above, flowering vines and birds including a hummingbird feasting on the nectar of one of the flowers. More vines are "growing" on the walls of the formal dining room.
One of the full baths also has a sky scape on the ceiling and a wall of a scenic coastline as seen from a European balcony created with the trompe l'oeil painting technique.
Built in 1969, this house has 4,273 square feet of artistic touches of its own from the light-infused solarium to the graceful arches of some doorways and windows, to the artfully arranged corks on the walls of the wine cellar.
The living room has the first of the home's two fireplaces. The den or office has wood paneling and dentil crown molding. This room could also serve as a first floor guest or au pair bedroom, and in fact it was the original master bedroom.
From the family room and solarium there are French doors to the wood deck, which also accesses the backyard. Kitchen features include a terra cotta-colored ceramic tile floor, white tile backsplash, and eat-in area.
On the second floor there are four bedrooms, all en suite. The master bedroom has textured walls and ceiling that resembles layers of eggshells shards. The bedroom and bath both have vaulted ceilings. The bath has stucco walls with decorative ceramic tiles. This suite also features his and hers walk-in closets with built-in shelves, drawers and other organizers.
The full, partially finished, walk-out lower level has a playroom with a gray ceramic tile floor, a workshop, laundry room, storage area, the wine cellar, and a large cabana area with cerulean blue ceramic tile floor, a full bath, built-in bench, and changing areas. A sliding door leads to a slate veranda.
There will be an open house for this property on Sunday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
For more information or to make an appointment to see this house, contact Judy Michaelis of Coldwell Banker at 203-247-5000 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
ADDRESS: 7 Bonnie Brook Lane
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 9
AMENITIES: beach rights, proximity to the Merritt Parkway, convenient to downtown, 1.63-acre level property, corner lot, heated in-ground swimming pool with spa, wood deck, generator, wine cellar, two fireplaces, hand-painted murals, solarium, skylights, garden with deer fencing, veranda, patio
OTHER INFORMATION: four bedrooms all en suite, five full and one half baths, two-car attached garage, full partial finished basement, gas hot air heat, hardwood floors throughout most of house, zoned central air conditioning, workshop, ample storage, lower level laundry room, septic system, public water
SCHOOLS: Coleytown Elementary, Coleytown Middle, Staples High
TAX RATE: 18.07 mills