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Monday, December 18 Wilton

On the Market / Silvermine home is hard to describe

WILTON — The Oxford English Dictionary contains more than 600,000 words, according to its website, none really adequate to describe or define the unique residence at 121 New Canaan Road.

This white shingle and stone contemporary house masquerades as a traditional colonial with a European flare but, more accurately, it is a successful mélange of eclectic styles. The house does have a European sensibility and elegance in some rooms while other spaces, like the large library, are more rustic. And then there is the nod to the 1950s lifestyle in the utterly charming kitchen. Overall, the living space can be characterized as that of a contemporary colonial. The marriage of these various styles suit this house and work in concert to create a unique living space that is ideal for anyone who appreciates “different” rather than “cookie-cutter.”

The house was built as a more typical colonial in 1957 and it was completely transformed by the current owners, Jan and Matthew Bryant, who worked with Connecticut architect Matt Schoenherr to remodel and expand it. They gave it four additions totaling 5,958 square feet of living space, an unusual H-shaped floor plan, and a two-story potting room or floral studio to cater to the talent of Jan Bryant, who is a professional florist and master gardener. This studio features a sink, a barrel ceiling, and a Dutch door to the yard. On the other side of that door is a cutting garden of colorful perennials and an herb garden to enhance culinary masterpieces in the spacious kitchen.

That vintage kitchen is equipped with features once standard to kitchens of the 1950s, the decade when this house was built, but are no longer found in most modern homes. Perhaps today’s home cooks should reconsider. These features are both fascinating and practical and include a bread or onion drawer, a pull-out cutting board, and a blending station in the center island next to the range top. The mechanism to swirl vegetables and fruits into an unrecognizable liquid is built right into the island countertop allowing for easy preparation of soups and sauces, making smoothies, and concocting cocktails. It eliminates the need to use a blender base, which has to be plugged in.

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ABOUT THIS HOUSE

STYLE: Contemporary Colonial

ADDRESS: 121 New Canaan Road

PRICE: $1,099,000

ROOMS: 10

FEATURES: 2.71-acre level and sloping property, heated Gunite in-ground swimming pool, spa, cabana, pergola, sandstone patio, exterior lighting, retractable awnings, potting/garden room, covered front porch, two fireplaces - one indoor and one outdoor, audio system, wood shingle roof, central vacuuming system, proximity to Leonard J. Bradley Park, easy access to Danbury Road (Route 7) and the train station, public water and private well, two garages - one attached and one detached, ample storage, large closets, hardwood floors throughout, pull-down attic stairs, unfinished basement, five bedrooms, three full and one half baths

SCHOOLS: Miller-Driscoll Elementary, Cider Mill Intermediate, Middlebrook Middle, Wilton High

ASSESSMENT: $628,740

MILL RATE: 27.34 mills

TAXES: $17,406

The house sits on a 2.71-acre level and sloping property diagonally across from the South Norwalk Reservoir in the Silvermine section of Wilton near the New Canaan border. It is only minutes from Wilton village and the train station in one direction and downtown New Canaan and that train station in the other.

As one travels up the driveway the front exterior of the house reveals the bay windows of the formal living room and the first floor master bedroom suite are adorned with dentil molding, a hint as to the attention to detail inside. Enter the house by way of the covered front porch framed by columns and an arched roof, the latter of which conveys movement. That sense of movement is repeated with the canopy of canvas waves that shades the Mediterranean-style sandstone terrace in the rear of the house, which has an outdoor fireplace. Each large tile of the sandstone looks like an abstract work of art. The retractable awnings are meant to replicate ocean waves. Their inspiration came from a similar design as seen by Matthew Bryant at a California restaurant.

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The terrace looks out upon the sizable backyard, which includes a heated Gunite in-ground swimming pool, spa, cabana, and pergola in an attractive park-like private setting. There is an adjoining lot, which is not included in the sale of this property, however, the buyer or buyers of this house will be granted first right of refusal to purchase the additional lot, according to the listing agent.

Inside, two matching wings at opposite ends are connected by the dramatic two-story living room, which has a cathedral and beamed ceiling, fireplace, and two sets of French doors to the terrace. The graceful staircase to the second floor in one wing creates an interior balcony. The oversized rooms are perfect for day-to-day living, family gatherings, and fine entertaining. All the bedrooms are quite large and all have extremely large closets.

There is a two-car garage attached to the house and a second detached garage with another two bays.

For more information or to make an appointment to see the house contact Nancy Budd of William Raveis Real Estate at 203-984-8922 or nancy.budd@raveis.com.

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