Call it Romance on the River, call it the Adirondacks in Fairfield County, call it home. The shingle-style Colonial house at 8 Wedges Field in Weston is the ideal residence for those who enjoy waterfront living, natural surroundings and privacy.
Built by Michael Greenberg in 1992, no one would guess this house is 21 years old. It fits right in to the construction design of houses built within the last year and right into the lifestyle of today's homeowners. It also fits perfectly into the 2.56-acre property along the West Branch of the Saugatuck River where it was built. The location feels very much like a nature preserve, and a conservation easement on the other side of the river will prevent development, guaranteeing continued peace and serenity.
Despite the size of the house, which has 6,136 square feet of living space, it feels surprisingly intimate, warm and welcoming, just as the land is. One feature, called Riverwalk, is a legal boardwalk that travels through the property's woodlands and along the river, passing a footbridge and an Adirondack-inspired lean-to complete with outdoor furniture to relax in the shade of the trees.
There is also a dock on the river from which a family can fish or launch a canoe or kayak. This part of the river is wider than in others, creating the look of a pond for this property. After spending time on the water, they can spend time in the water of the heated Gunite in-ground swimming pool, which also has a spa, or relax in the vine-covered gazebo.
All the landscaping is very natural and fits the riverfront environment. The landscaping was designed to make it fairly low maintenance.
Inside, the formal living room has a fireplace and a door to a long, covered rear porch. There is a study off the living room. The spacious family room features wide-planked antique chestnut hardwood floors, exposed beams, a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace with a hand-hewn beam mantle, wood storage cubby and television cabinet, and two sets of French doors to the porch. A large wet bar has marble counters, copper sink and chestnut walls and cabinets. It also houses a 108-bottle wine refrigerator.
The gourmet kitchen features a large two-tiered cherry center island, antique chestnut floors, limestone counters, breakfast bar, and breakfast nook with a large picture window looking over the river and skylights.
A former screened porch accessed from the kitchen was converted into a good size dual office with a wall of built-in bookshelves and two separate built-in desk areas. The cabinets are antique chestnut, but the floor here is wide-planked pine.
In the formal dining room, all four walls are decorated with a hand-painted mural depicting the shores of Connecticut and Long Island with people sailboating and horseback riding.
A long atrium hallway connecting the main house to the three-car, heated garage includes walls of windows and doors to the backyard near the pool, as well as walls of a floral mural. This area also contains the laundry/utility room. Above the garage is a large bonus room that has its own full bath and a walk-in closet. It could be used as a guest suite or art studio.
Upstairs, there are five more bedrooms, some of them en suite and some with doors to their own private balconies or decks. The master bedroom has a large deck with a covered area that resembles a gazebo. Also in this suite there is a recessed area upholstered in silk fabric with pearl buttons in which the headboard of the bed rests. The master suite also has its own office. The walk-in closet area houses organized closet storage rooms, a dressing room, and the master bath with its limestone floor, jetted tub looking over the river, and double vanity. This part of the master suite has Venetian plaster walls.
The full, finished basement has the same level of crown molding and millwork detail as the main level of the house. It also has a wet bar, another guest bedroom, full bath and a media room with space for gym equipment.
For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house contact Leslie Riback of Coldwell Banker at 203-858-1795 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information about this house is available at www.8wedgesfield.com
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
TYPE: Shingle-style Colonial
ADDRESS: 8 Wedges Field, Weston
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 10
AMENITIES: water frontage, river views, private setting, located on a cul-de-sac, 2.56-acre level property, heated Gunite in-ground swimming pool and spa, dock/mooring, legal boardwalk, footbridge, bluestone patios, balconies, front and back covered porch, open porch, skylights, long atrium passageway, Crestron media system, gourmet kitchen, two wet bars, two fireplaces, vine-covered gazebo, zoned central air conditioning, antique chestnut hardwood floors throughout most of house, 400-amp electrical service, dual office, two guest suites, exterior lighting for lawn and pool, wood shingle roof, circular driveway, only two minutes from Weston center and schools, convenient to the Merritt Parkway
OTHER INFORMATION: six bedrooms, five full and two half baths, three-car attached garage, full finished heated and cooled basement, zoned hot air oil heating, laundry/utility room, pull-down attic, oversized septic system, well water
SCHOOLS: Hurlbutt Elementary, Weston Middle, Weston High
TAX RATE: 23.89 mills