In “The Secret Garden,” the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, a magical garden is discovered behind a high wall, beginning a young girl’s journey to self-discovery.

The next owner of the 1.01-acre parcel at 1 East Meadow Road will discover behind the wooden door of the tall stone wall and wood lattice fence a magical setting with landscaped gardens, a heated Gunite in-ground swimming pool with a diving board, waterfall, two bluestone patios with wisteria-covered cedar pergolas, an outdoor fireplace and a built-in grill. The patios allow for extension of interior living spaces to the outdoors, where the owners have created several comfortable, casual and attractive areas.

The stone and stucco colonial house has its own brand of magic, some that was incorporated into the 5,437-square-foot house when it was taken down to the studs and rebuilt by a local builder in 1998, and some was created by the current owners. It was originally built in 1973 as a one-story Tudor.

The 1998 renovation provided the house with an updated floor plan and a classic country home feel. The current owners re-did the pool to resemble a pond, added the patios, and had shrubbery and perennials planted to give the yard a natural feel.

Almost every room of the house, which sits on a corner lot in the Old Hill section of town, has some unique and visually appealing detail. The two-story foyer has a Gothic-inspired cathedral ceiling with triangular ribbed vaults and tumbled marble floor. In the formal dining room the deeply arched barrel ceiling is also coffered.

The formal living room has a massive fireplace with hand-hewn beam surround and white wood mantle. It also features built-in bookshelves and an architecturally designed coffered ceiling with what one of the homeowners refers to as “Hersey kiss detailing.” Around the corner is a room used as a cabana because it has sliding doors to the first patio, which is by the pool. The cabana room has a burlap wall, which sits behind a white wood lattice and a textured tile floor. It also has a wet bar, perfectly located for entertaining inside as it sits between the living and family rooms, and outside on the patio and around the pool.

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STYLE: Colonial

ADDRESS: 1 East Meadow Road

PRICE: $2,199,000


FEATURES: corner lot, heated Gunite in-ground swimming pool with diving board and spa, outdoor fireplace, two bluestone patios, half-pipe skating/skateboard feature, in-ground trampoline, outdoor shower, three interior fireplaces and one outdoor fireplace, deer fencing, professionally landscaped grounds, wood shingle roof, sprinkler system, front and rear stairs, skylights, some window treatments, suitcase closet, five bedrooms, four full and two half baths

SCHOOLS: Kings Highway Elementary, Coleytown Middle, Staples High

ASSESSMENT: $1,573,700

MILL RATE: 18.09 mills

TAXES: $28,468

The unique feature of the kitchen is its center island, which was made from a bed, its legs and headboard incorporated into the design. Other features include a red brick wall with a corner fireplace, black granite counters and an icemaker. Also found on the first floor is an office, bedroom, laundry and mudrooms.

On the second floor, the master suite has its own private wing and it features a vaulted ceiling, window seat, built-in bookshelves, a sitting or dressing room and a pop-up television so as not to disrupt the interior décor or the outside view. The master bath has a marble floor, separate vanities and hand-painted floral designs on the walls.

There are three additional bedrooms on the second floor, one of them en suite, and a large landing that provides flexible space as a play room or homework area.

It’s not just nature lovers who would enjoy this house and properties. Athletes not only have the pool but a half pipe track for skating or skateboarding, an in-ground or sunken trampoline and a half basketball court.

For more information or to make an appointment to see the house, contact Marcie Pajolek of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage at 203-856-7744 or