Property Address: 279 Silvermine Road, New Canaan CT
Listing Price: $1,249,000
Status: Price Just Reduced
Bedrooms: 4-5 | Bathrooms: 3.5 | Square Feet: 4,276
Garage: 2 Car Attached | Central Air | Excellent Condition
Most of the major websites where we (Realtors) market our listings has one major flaw - the inability to hear the true story of a home, before a buyer enters the home. Here is that true story of 279 Silvermine Road, from my perspective.
Sometimes in this business, we find homes that are quirky and unique, that cannot possibly be described in the short space given under the 'Description' section of most websites. For this home, let me walk you through it in this story:
In the historic and beautiful Silvermine neighborhood, you enter a large driveway, with white gate and fence, and exceptional plantings and landscaping. Upon entering through the front door, you can immediately notice a small-home feel, in excellent condition. The original structure, a small cape, was expanded to appease the normal New Canaan buyer. At the front door, you can go straight up the stairs, left into the old dining room, now a mud-room/foyer, or right into the original living room. This room comes with a well-maintained fireplace and mantle, and an exit to a deck, for entertaining. With hardwood floors, and more built-ins than you can imagine, there is a feeling of old-school character that many new homes are missing.
The next room is a dining room that was added on to the original structure, that has access to two balconies, hardwood floors, and a small nook/reading window overlooking the private back yard. What is amazing about this room, is that the original stone foundation of the home is the backdrop, adding something that I have never seen in another home. Finally, you arrive in the kitchen, which has a circular flow from these other rooms (with a half bath in between, and access to the basement). This kitchen is updated as you would expect, with granite counters, stainless steel appliances, recessed lighting, and more natural light than you can imagine. Despite updated lighting throughout, the many large windows provide natural light no matter the weather!
Continuing on, you can enter the 2-car garage directly from the kitchen, or a side exit to the driveway, or enter a family room, with hardwood floors, and huge windows. It also has access to the grilling-balcony that also leads to the main dining room. This room is a great kid's room, TV room, or space to send guests so they don't hang out in your kitchen. Standing out in this room, is the spiral staircase, a second way to go up or down the stairs (to rooms/basement).
If we go back to the original stair case at the front door, we can go upstairs to three bedrooms. But walking up those stairs, gives you a take-your-breath-away feeling - directly ahead, there are french doors leading to a large bedroom suite, with a balcony directly in front of you, leading to a view of the back yard. This suite bedroom was the original master bedroom, and includes a sitting window, and an updated bathroom, that is private. The other two bedrooms in this part of the home have the visible roof angles and dormers that enhanced the character of the original structure. With hardwood in both of these bedrooms, and recessed lighting, a buyer would find little that needs to be done. These two share a bathroom in the hallway, also in newer condition.
Finally, on this level the hallway stairs lead to a master suite that is fit for the president - with oval office and all. First, there is a master bathroom with Jacuzzi tub, stand-up shower, double sink with gorgeous tile-work throughout. In addition to a set of closets, there is a walk-in closet - no lack of storage anywhere. Off the back of this bedroom, near the back spiral staircase is a large room with a front balcony, that can be used for so many purposes. It can function as another bedroom, or, as a grand office for someone who works at home. It can be a playroom, a gym, or anything your imagination might deem possible. Exiting the room, you can use the back spiral staircase, without disturbing any of the other rooms.
As we take the spiral staircase, down to the basement, you notice a tower-like feeling of this space, with abundant windows providing natural light. In the basement, there is an over-sized playroom, with a billiards table, and wet bar, the epitome of entertainment. The bar is something to behold - the contractors leveraged the natural stone foundation of the original structure to add a level of charm unmatched in any bar that I have seen. This bright basement has windows along the whole back of the structure, with multiple exits to the backyard. There are multiple bonus rooms down here as well, and a yoga room for the yogi in you.
Out in the back yard, below the dining room, there is an outdoor living space/patio. The back yard is exceptionally private, with woods around the perimeter, keeping your neighbors at bay. The 2.32 acres have a good portion that are woods, but this allows for privacy unmatched in most New Canaan homes.
The location is also great, with access to downtown in a minute, the East School seconds from the front door, and alternate access to Norwalk/Route 7 the opposite way. It is also situated in Silvermine, a few minutes from the old Silvermine Tavern.
For $1.25 million, this is the best price-per-square foot deal on the market in New Canaan. A buyer would have little to do for a few years, with everything taken care of in the past ten years. The updates are all exactly what most buyers are seeking, in this real estate climate. It has central air conditioning, new windows, a large attic, and the most storage possible. Come visit during the open house this weekend on January 31, 2016, OR on February 14, 2016. Hope to see you there!
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