WILTON — American impressionist painter J. Alden Weir described his home as the “Great Good Place.”

His 60-acre bucolic homestead is considered by many others to be a “Great Good Place” as well. Today, Weir’s rural jewel is known as Weir Farm National Historic Site, attracting thousands of visitors every year to leisurely stroll through the grounds, hike miles of trails, admire the color and beauty of the gardens, and capture the landscape with a paint brush or pencil.

How lucky, then, are the residents of the gray custom-built colonial house at 92 Turtlehead Road, who need only walk out their door and just down the street to access this National Park — the only national park in Connecticut and the only national park in the country dedicated to art.

This residential property abuts Weir Farm and the 110-acre Weir Preserve. The residents can easily pick up two of its woodland trails; the yellow trail — with an official entrance on Pelham Lane, and the blue trail — which has its official entrance on Turtleback Road.

Add to that the home’s proximity to the Woodcock Nature Center, Whipstick Road Open Space, and the Wilton Town Forest, and this house can boast a “backyard” of several hundred acres. The Nature Center has a property of 140 acres, and according to its website its trails are open to the public 365 days a year from dawn until dusk.

“Visitors are welcome to explore our grounds, visit our birds of prey and use our playground during daylight hours,” the website says. The Weir Farm Visitor Center and Museum Store are not open this time of year, and won’t be until early May, but the grounds are open year-round, every day from sunrise to sunset.

Hardcore hikers and nature lovers will be thrilled to learn that the 1,746-acre Devil’s Den Preserve is less than 4 miles away. The location of this house in the Nod Hill area, also makes it convenient to shops, restaurants, and the train stations in Wilton and Ridgefield.

And then there are the homebodies who may want to do nothing more than curl up with a good book or computer screen in one of this home’s nine comfortable rooms. And this is the home in which to do that.

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While it has grand and elegant spaces this house also enjoys warm, inviting, cozy places for day-to-day living and entertaining. This 5,060-square-foot house sits atop a knoll in a very private setting at the end of a cul-de-sac on a level and sloping property of one acre. This house is part of a three-road, 12-home association and the modest monthly homeowners’ association fee covers snow plowing, yard maintenance, road maintenance, and insurance, according to information on the listing sheet provided by the listing agent.

The classically proportioned house was built in 1995 and lovingly maintained by its original owner. It features a recently updated kitchen and bathrooms, thoughtfully planned extra closets throughout the house, and a perfect floor plan for entertaining. The driveway up to the house is marked by several large rock outcroppings. A slate path leads from the ample parking area by the attached three-car garage to the covered front entrance where the path widens and a semi-circular fieldstone sitting wall creates a relaxing patio area. The glass panes of the door and its sidelights contain patterned leaded glass. They are topped by a transom.

Inside, there is an open floor plan and sensible flow starting in the sizable two-story foyer, which provides access into the spacious formal living room, the library, and the great room at the back of the house. The entrance from the foyer to the living room is wide and framed by attractive millwork capped off with a keystone. The library has a wall of built-in shelving and cabinetry.


STYLE: Custom Colonial

ADDRESS: 92 Turtlehead Road

PRICE: $899,000


FEATURES: one-acre level and sloping property, abuts Weir Farm National Park, close to the Woodcock Nature Center and Whipstick Road Open Space, part of a 12-home association, located on a cul-de-sac, newly paved driveway, audio system, large deck, patio, terrace, one fireplace, central vacuuming system, extra insulation, office with walk-out to private patio, private well, just minutes to Ridgefield and Wilton centers, attached three-car garage, new garage doors, pull-down attic stairs, attic fan, full partially finished walk-out basement, four bedrooms, three full and one half baths

SCHOOLS: Miller-Driscoll Elementary, Cider Mill Intermediate, Middlebrook Middle, Wilton High

ASSESSMENT: $614,810

MILL RATE: 28.19 mills

TAXES: $17,330

HOA FEE: $150 per month

In the formal dining room there is wainscoting on the lower walls and a walk-in bay window area. A multiglass paned cafe door opens into the gourmet kitchen, where there is a center island, granite counters, an open dish rack, built-in desk area, and high-end appliances. In the eat-in area sliding doors open to the long wood deck, and the family room has a fireplace and a wet bar.

On the second floor there are four bedrooms, two en suite and two share a hall bath. The master suite features two walk-in closets, a tray ceiling, and its bath has a jetted tub and long double vanity.

The full, partially finished walk-out lower level features a finished recreation room and a large unfinished area perfect for projects, a workshop, or a future wine cellar.

For more information or to make an appointment to see the house contact Laura Dijs of William Raveis Real Estate at 203-984-9837 or laura.dijs@raveis.com.