A historic New Canaan landmark, the 1845 Hanford-Hull-Bell House is a three-story Italianate villa with remarkable architectural detail. During the Civil War, it served briefly as a military academy.

The first floor of this single-family has a majestic foyer, 10-foot ceilings, ceiling medallions and original decorative door knobs, said Halstead Connecticut’s Sue Okie, co-listing agent along with Carol Hollyday of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty.

“The formal parlor is distinguished and brightened by full length rippled glass windows on three sides, in addition to a working fireplace with granite hearth and customized mantel,” Okie said.

The dining room, she said, has a built-in display shelf and access to the kitchen and cozy library/office with fireplace.

Then, there is the splendid one-of-a-kind renovated eat-in kitchen.

The spotless kitchen has interior lit glass cabinets, a gas cooktop, ample eating area and French doors to a generous deck which overlooks the side yard and pond.

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The sunny family room with both tri and pentagonal bay windows also has a sweeping view of the pond, which has two sparkling fountains and numerous varieties of waterfowl.

The dramatic three-flight staircase leads to the six bedrooms and updated baths. The master bath is particularly noteworthy for its sparkling white marble, free standing tub and separate glass shower stall. The skylight at the top of the third flight, which once led to a widow’s walk, naturally lights the hallways of the two upper floors.

The house has been meticulously maintained by its current owner whose family purchased it more than 70 years ago, Okie said. The plumbing, wiring, electrical panel, furnace, and hot water heater have all been updated. That is in addition to having the floors refinished and the ceilings and walls replastered and painted. The chimneys have been rebuilt and the roof and septic system have been replaced.

Okie said she marvels at the “commanding presence of this remarkable home. The eye brow third floor windows and decorative curling eaves that support the hip roof are period treasures.”


Address: 528 Main St., New


Price: $1.4 million


Features: The1845 Hanford-Hull-Bell House is a three-story Italianate villa with a renovated eat-in kitchen, a generous deck that overlooks a yard and pond and updates throughout the home, including new plumbing and wiring and a new roof.

Schools: South Elementary, Saxe Middle, and New Canaan High School.

The wraparound porch and port cochere, she said, add function and appealing aesthetic detail to the exterior.

The walk-out basement has several rooms for storage or finishing. An original tree trunk serves as one of the main supporting beams.

This 1.8 acres of prime land is within walking distance of the town and schools and has a large flat yard with mature rhododendrons and trees. The property sweeps down to the bucolic pond ideal for ice skating or observing wildlife. The land has been officially subdivided but will only be sold as one parcel.

Listing agents: Sue Okie, Halstead Connecticut, (203) 856-9719, sokie@

halstead.com and Carol Hollyday, William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty, (203) 536-2032, chollyday@