Properties with water features are sought after for solace
“It seems to me that all humans like to be mesmerized once in a while, and that three things are very good at achieving that: fireplaces, waves crashing on the beach and waterfalls,” Gideon Fountain suggested. “All three have a repetitive pattern, but also just enough randomness to keep the brain interested. Waves, flames and waterfalls all have the power to keep us fascinated, yet invoke a meditative relaxation at the same time.”
Fountain is a Realtor with Houlihan Lawrence and the listing agent for 7 Lia Fail Way in Cos Cob, a four-bedroom contemporary listed for $1.795 million. The 1.04-acre property has the natural beauty of a waterfall.
“Certainly it adds a sense of tranquility,” Fountain said.
In fact, the entire lot is peaceful, he suggested. “The house is built high up on a ridge overlooking the widest part of the Mianus River, and there’s a small pond directly below with a squadron of mallards paddling around placidly. The pond that creates the waterfall — off to the left of the house — is fairly close to the master bedroom deck, so there’s some type of water visible from nearly every window.”
The setting feels especially private, Fountain added, thanks to neighboring houses that are “quite a good distance from each other.”
Waterfalls like this one create “white noise,” the Realtor noted, considered relaxing and soothing. “Even in the winter, the falls can be wonderful,” he said. “My family once rented a ski house built practically over a waterfall in Tunbridge, Vermont, and I still remember that sound and wish I could go back there.”
In Riverside, the sellers of 110 Hendrie Avenue — a five-bedroom 2006-built colonial — created an “outdoor oasis,” according to the listing broker for the $2.295 million property, Ellen Mosher of Houlihan Lawrence.
“This stunning sun-filled five-bedroom home with a pool is within walking distance to schools, Old Greenwich Village and Binney Park,” Mosher described the property. “It was completely rebuilt in 2006, with chic, formal rooms.”
The “outdoor oasis” was created among the 0.36-acre grounds, with a large terrace, a heated pool, a stacked-stone fireplace and grill, fieldstone walls and of course the waterfall and koi pond. “The oversized fenced property has year-round privacy screening,” as well, Mosher pointed out.
At one with nature
Asked about the “vibe” of 23 Stoney Ridge Lane in Riverside — a five-bedroom colonial on a 0.31-acre lot — Ann Simpson, the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Realtor and listing agent for the property said that it has “a sense of sanctuary,” especially in the fenced backyard, where there’s a terrace that overlooks the a rock garden, waterfall and pond.
“It already feels like a private garden, because the tree line that borders the back is above the retaining wall, and the waterfall added the background music of running water,” Simpson explained.
23 Stoney Ridge Lane is situated on a cul-de-sac near the Riverside train station. The property is listed for $2.275 million.
“From the warmth of the terracotta tiles to the cottage kitchen, to the tranquility of the backyard — brought indoors by the three sets of patio doors,” Simpson listed some the features of this home that add to its serenity. “Adding the waterfall not only added to the visual picture, but when the windows are open you can hear the music of the running water throughout the ground floor and some of the bedrooms.”
Steve Magnuson and Ira Tamigian of Douglas Elliman Real Estate have listed 27 Alden Road, a three-bedroom 1928-era Tudor in the Edgar Manor Association. Magnuson referred to it as a “one-of-a-kind home,” with a 0.88-acre lot that he described as a “storybook lakefront setting.”
Here, “The expansive bluestone terrace borders the pond where residents can lounge, enjoy the trickling of the waterfall and the natural beauty of the sun glistening on the lake. Many writers and artists have found water to inspirational and calming. I couldn’t thing of a better way to live one’s life but next to something so inspirational and uplifting,” Magnuson suggested.
Having a “water feature” like a pond, waterfall or even a fountain, can be meditative and soothing, but it can also increase a property’s value, he added.