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Friday, April 20 Real Estate

Rare Stamford home offers grand appeal

STAMFORD — A violinist once told Carole and George Thomassy that the acoustics of their great room rival those of Carnegie Hall.

Whether that’s something all musicians would agree on is up for debate, but what’s not is the grandness of the couple’s signature room at their Westover “mini-estate.”

Carole is from Portsmouth, England, so a decade after the couple bought their first home in Stamford, they added a great room like you would find in an English manor house.

“It hails back to the great English rooms that we’ve always enjoyed visiting at estates,” Carole said.

The 29-foot by 37-foot space looks out on a small man-made lake and more than 3 acres of flat, manicured land, giving it the feel of being surrounded by an English park. With its rose, azalea and rhododendron gardens, a friend even compared the property to Regent’s Park in London.

“It’s like magic,” Carole said of their 6,200-square-foot home at 491 Westover Road, referring to how its size and layout allow for entertaining more than your average crowd of guests. In the past, the couple hosted 100 people for chamber music concerts in the great room, which has served as their private performance space and banquet hall, depending on the event.

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But the Thomassys, who bought the 1942 house 38 years ago and raised their son there, are hoping to find another family who will love it as much as they have. The house is listed for $2.35 million with Keller Williams.

Listings above $2 million are not unheard of in Stamford, though a mile down the road in Greenwich they’re everywhere. The average sale price in Greenwich is roughly what the Thomassys are asking for their home.

“This is typical of a Greenwich house that would be in the $4 to $5 million range, at least,” listing agent Lorraine Leonard said. “It’s certainly not typical of this price range in Stamford.”

Part of a 1988 addition that nearly doubled the size of their home, the couple spared no expense with the great room. It has burgundy silk moiré wallpaper and coffered ceilings. The crown moldings are handcrafted, as is the fireplace mantle. The room is decorated with English antiques and Carole’s own artwork.

With the expansion project also came a cozy family room with pine paneling, built-ins and hidden storage space. More recently, the couple updated the kitchen with stainless-steel appliances and cream cabinets.

If there’s a space to rival the great room, it’s the spa. The Thomassys turned half of their lower level into a calming retreat with massage table, steam shower and Swimex pool. Three feet deep and not long enough for laps, the pool is designed for stationary exercise. The spa also doubles as Carole’s art studio.

George’s favorite spot is the screened porch off the spa that overlooks the outdoor pool, which has a waterfall and flagstone terrace. It’s steps from the lake, shared by several neighbors and stocked with bass and sunfish.

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“Most people have said this feels like a resort,” Carole said.

The house has six bathrooms and five bedrooms. The oversized bedroom over the family room belonged to their son, now 32.

“It’s the only house he ever lived in and it’s the only house we ever lived in,” said George, who’s retired from a career in finance. The couple rented a house before Carole looked at 50 homes in one weekend while George was overseas and decided on this one.

“(Our son) thinks it’s a good idea for us as far as time to downsize, but he’s definitely sad,” Carole said. “This Christmas, it really hit him.”

The couple is planning a move to Hanover, Pa., where George grew up. When they leave it will be bittersweet, like the end of so many of their gatherings.

“People never wanted to leave and they always wanted to come back,” Carole said.

eskalka@stamfordadvocate.com

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