On the Market / Five-bedroom Silvermine house is ‘picture perfect’
NEW CANAAN — This Valentine’s Day, the co-listing agents for the colonial at 95 Hickory Drive say there is a lot to love in this 5,028-square-foot house.
Among its many features are the sunken formal living room, a library with a cathedral ceiling, a formal dining room with a large bow window and French doors, a spacious eat-in kitchen, and an adjoining family room with a fireplace. From the screened-in porch and elsewhere throughout the house enjoy all the seasons looking out upon the “picture perfect” backyard, the agents said.
This house sits on a beautiful piece of property outlined by a fieldstone wall. The level 1.49-acre lot adjoins the New Canaan Land Trust’s 41-acre Hicks Meadows-Kelley Uplands Audubon Sanctuary, which augments the privacy. Also nearby is the Silvermine-Fowler Preserve, a six-acre nature sanctuary named for longtime local residents Jim and Betsey Fowler. Jim Fowler was the host of the long-running, Emmy Award-winning, “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom.”
The five-bedroom house was built in 1987 on a cul-de-sac that is a great walking, bicycling, and playing neighborhood. It is also a convenient neighborhood. The home is close to the Silvermine Art Center and Silvermine Market, and has access to the centers of New Canaan, Norwalk and Wilton.
A semi-circular driveway lined in Belgium block takes vehicles through the stone port cochere that covers the stone front entrance of the beige clapboard house with white trim. The front door, framed by sidelights and a fanlight transom, opens into the two-story foyer. To the left is the elegant living room, which features a 10-foot ceiling, deep crown molding, and a marble fireplace. The formal banquet-sized dining room, which connects to the living room, has a walk-in bay window area with casement windows, deep crown molding, and wainscoting on the lower walls. French doors lead to a sizable screened porch, which has skylights and a door to the wood deck and backyard.
In the gourmet eat-in kitchen there is a center island with a breakfast bar for four, granite counters, ceramic tile floor, a breakfast nook, and a door to the screened porch. Stainless steel appliances include a Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezer, and double wall ovens. One counter area has a sink and a beverage refrigerator so it can double as a wet bar. The breakfast nook has a bump-out bay window area and this room comfortably seats six.
The family room features a cathedral ceiling, a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, and milled beams. There is a powder room off the family room. The library or office has a vaulted ceiling and a wall of built-in bookshelves, drawers and a desk area. The laundry room has a granite counter and cabinetry.
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On the second floor four of the home’s five bedrooms are found; all with wall-to-wall carpeting. The fifth is in the full finished walk-out basement. There is also an office on the second floor. The master suite has a vaulted ceiling and a Palladium window. The master bath features a shower, jetted tub, and a bidet. Two of the other bedrooms have skylights.
In the basement there is recreation room, and a full bath that can be accessed from the rec room and from the fifth bedroom, which could be an au-pair or in-law suite. The basement comprises 1,000 square feet of the overall square footage.
There will be an Open House on Saturday (Feb. 17), 2 to 4 p.m.
For more information or to make an appointment to see the house contact Kelly DeFrancesco and April Kaynor of William Raveis Real Estate at 203-667-4074 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit their website at www.AprilandKelly.raveis.com.