Habitat: Easton home offers mix of contemporary design and country living
EASTON — Though the house at 145 Norton Road has much to recommend it — spacious rooms full of light, a unique design and a two-sided floor-to-ceiling fireplace among them — in many ways, it’s just a glorified picture frame.
The 4,635-square-foot contemporary Colonial, built in 1978, is set on three acres of property overlooking a huge swath of land protected by the Aspeck Land Trust, a nonprofit organization that has preserved more than 1,800 acres of land, most of it in Easton, Westport, Fairfield and Weston.
“We’re looking out over hundreds of acres of protected open space,” said the property’s listing agent, Carol Cutler, while staring out at the land from the huge wall of windows in the home’s great room. The home is for sale, listed at $750,000, and Cutler said it offers a unique mix of modern design and country living.
The home’s exterior has an unusual look, all wood and glass and modular design. Glancing at the house from the outside, it looks as though it could have sprung from the mind of arguably the most famous fictional architect of the 1970s, Mike Brady.
But the inside is far more chic and modern, as all those windows create a main living space that is full of light. The aforementioned fireplace provides an elegant, towering stone focal point in the great room.
The open, loft-like design of the second floor allows those living in the house to enjoy the great room’s towering views even as they walk to the upstairs bedroom.
The house has three bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, a wine cellar, a pool and a screened-in porch. But, as Cutler pointed out, the home is basically a love letter to living in nature. Not only do those big windows beautifully frame the vast open space outside, but the property includes a detached barn with stalls and a paddock, which Cutler said was built around 1990, making it younger than the house itself.
“It’s just really unusual to find a contemporary home with a barn like this,” Cutler said,
The barn is great for a homeowner with horses, but could also be converted into a party barn. The property also includes miles of trails — again ideal for horseback riding, but also great for hiking.
“This just sort of blends this sleek, modern style with the benefits of living in the country,” Cutler said.
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