Special spots for home schooling or reading time
This year was unlike any other school year for Greenwich students and their parents. The pandemic caused school campuses to shutter, and left many parents to their own devices for educating their children at home. Having a place within the house that’s carved out purely for studies, where distraction is minimized and everything students need is within reach, is an invaluable feature today. Fortunately, for buyers considering Greenwich, there are a number of properties on the market that have interior rooms “ready for work.”
7 Bryon Road in Old Greenwich is listed by Amy Rabenhorst of Sothey’s International Realty for $6.075 million. This south-of-the-village property is situated waterfront, with 100 feet of frontage, a boathouse and dock right on Greenwich Cove. Among the 4,644-square-feet of living space, this home affords six bedrooms, a balance of formal and casual interiors, a must-see eat-in kitchen, and even a special spot for homework sessions, with a built-in desk, bookshelves and drawer space. The room is brightly illuminated by recessed lighting and oversized windows.
At 751 Lake Ave. in mid-country Greenwich, there’s a charming spot for homework sessions and story times. Awash in natural light, the room has an entire wall of built-in bookcases and cabinets. Opposite the built-ins, sits an elongated desk, spacious enough to be shared by two studying students. Located just off the family room, the homework room also has a built-in window seat with storage space beneath it.
Built in 2013, the six-bedroom, more than 10,656-square-foot colonial blends classicism with chic interiors, according to listing agent Ellen Mosher of Houlihan Lawrence. The 2.34-acre property is currently listed for $7.495 million.
Currently listed for $4.295 million by Patte Nusbaum of Sotheby’s International Realty, 8 Hedgerow Lane in Greenwich is a seven-bedroom colonial that debuted in 1975 but was more recently beautifully renovated. Its kitchen was featured in Connecticut Cottages and Gardens magazine, and just off the kitchen is a special spot allocated to schoolwork.
“The sellers of 8 Hedgerow Lane renovated and added onto their house in 2008, with the help of Granoff Architects,” Nusbaum explained. “With four school-aged children, an important part of the renovation was to provide a space for their children to do their homework. They designed a room where there were four separate workstations, with a computer hook-up, bookcases and storage, and accommodations for a printer. With everyone doing their homework together, there was less chance of distraction and a better atmosphere for concentration on the task at hand. … This room was placed just down the hall from the kitchen, so that the parents could supervise the homework time.”
Nusbaum refers to the property as a “virtual playground,” with a multitude of amenities that make it so there’s “no need to leave this property,” she suggested. For example, the 2.2-acre grounds afford plenty of room for the tennis court and soccer field, a saltwater pool and multiple terraces.
With the uncertainties of a COVID-19-complicated school year ahead, these student-centric spaces may be of interest to buyers with children of any age.
“With the pandemic, [the homework] room has become more important than ever,” Nusbaum said. “Their older children, now all working from home, once again are making good use of this space.”