On the Market: Ever-evolving Wilton home now has identity
Published 5:23 pm, Thursday, November 9, 2017
WILTON — The taupe-colored colonial house at 44 Middlebrook Farm Road had been a mix of different styles from the time it was built in 1956. From the side it resembles a raised ranch. From the front it could be mistaken for a Cape Cod. The current owners are the ones who gave this house its identity.
They also gave it two additions, which were constructed in 1990 and 1991, adding substantially not only to the square footage, but to the room count. The house has 15 rooms and 5,621 square feet of living space. In the process they successfully blended the construction, layout and décor to create a warm, comfortable home that works for day-to-day living and entertaining. The way the house is positioned on its 2.36-acre level and gently sloping property allows for indoor-outdoor living as well, and this is a special property in the eyes of its owners and anyone who visits. It is adjacent to conservation land through which Comstock Brook runs. It has many tall, mature trees and a large open lawn that the family refers to as “the soccer field.”
“It’s like living in the country but it’s not the country. You could actually walk to town,” one of the homeowners said.
“We do not even need to go outside to enjoy the outdoors … Each and every room has towering windows that highlight the greenway all around us and allow the warm sunshine into our home,” one of the homeowners said. “Even on a cold winter day bright sunshine fills every room and creates a warm cozy feel,” the owner said.
While the temperatures have been higher than usual for this time of year winter will eventually arrive. In those cold weather months the homeowners said the family room is “the perfect spot to play a board game by the fireplace.”
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
ADDRESS: 44 Middlebrook Farm Road
FEATURES: 2.36-acre level and gently sloping parcel, gated property, adjacent to conservation land, two kitchens, in-ground swimming pool, outdoor shower, mahogany deck, handicapped accessibility, in-law or au pair apartment, generator, new central air conditioning, skylights, balconies, wet bar, two fireplaces, wood stove, exterior lighting, brook, extra insulation, Thermopane windows, two-car attached garage, private well, full partially finished walk-out basement, walk-up attic, stone walls, seven bedrooms, five updated full baths
SCHOOLS: Miller-Driscoll Elementary, Cider Mill Intermediate, Middlebrook Middle, Wilton High
MILL RATE: 27.7 mills
Along the front of the property there is a stone wall and a gate that opens to a long driveway that divides into two. One spur is a circular driveway in front of the main entrance into the house. The other is straight and leads to two-car garage and the private, separate entrance into the lower level, which includes a handicapped accessible apartment. It provides a legal income producing rental. This side of the house has a long, covered balcony/porch. Red brick steps, each topped with slate, lead from this part of the yard to the front entrance.
The front door opens into the large, newly renovated great room and a great generational home that can accommodate many family members. It has a flexible floor plan that can be modified to suit the needs of the family as it grows and changes. It has seven bedrooms, two of which are currently used as a music room and an office. The great room has a cathedral ceiling with two exposed beams, built-in bookshelves, skylights, and a red brick wall with a wood-burning stove. French doors open to the mahogany deck surrounded by a white picket fence and the pool.
A wide arched entryway opens to the kitchen. A built-in wood table serves as a buffet, a breakfast table and peninsula counter space as needed. It also has Viking double wall ovens, a GE Monogram five-burner range, a skylight, granite counters, and two stainless sinks. The dining room contains the original parquet flooring, chair railing, a wet bar, and shelving for storage of stemware. The sizable living room has a vaulted ceiling, a wall of windows, and a fireplace with dentil molding on the mantel flanked by built-in bookshelves and cabinetry.
There is a first floor master bedroom with a newly renovated marble master bath with a double vanity, free-standing soaking tub, and skylight. Four of the home’s seven bedrooms have built-in window seats and one of its baths has an old-fashioned claw-foot slipper tub. It is a favorite place to pamper and relax, the owners said. One of the bedrooms has a door to the long side balcony. Two of the bedrooms are on the second floor.
On the lower level the apartment has two baths, a family room with a fireplace, a galley kitchen, laundry room, and two bedrooms, one of which has French doors to a wood deck and a ramp that leads to the pool. There is also an outdoor shower. The ceilings of this house are high even in the lower level. The apartment’s handicapped accessibility features include 32-inch minimum door widths, 60-inch turning radius, hard/low nap floors, lever door handles, ramps, raised toilets, and scald control faucets.
In addition to the surrounding conservation land there is a reservoir behind the house, horseback riding trails, and a path to a riding club. The owners of this property can keep a horse here.
For more information or to make an appointment to see the house contact Mary Bozzuti Higgins of William Pitt Sotheby’s International at 203-216-7999 or email@example.com.