Excitement and anticipation build, as handsome stone pillars part to reveal a sweeping tree-lined driveway to this magnificent Stone & Clapboard home located on a rare, level 2+ acres in Riverside, CT. Wonder and awe take over the senses as architectural beauty dazzles... two gracious arched stone porte-cocheres, an expansive courtyard with room for dozens of cars, and two stone garages to accommodate a car collection of up to 12. One being presently used as an indoor basketball court with high ceiling and lantern light. The other with three car lifts.
Elegant hand-chiseled stone steps lead the way to a double height, front-to-back entry with rich oak flooring and enormous walls of glass, creating a panoramic effect with natural outdoor vistas from every room. Simply breathtaking landscape offering sweeping, velvety lawns, stately specimen trees, perirenal flower gardens filled with hydrangeas and thousands of roses with colors for every season. Rear yard is fully fenced and the service driveway is gated.
Stylish entertaining is easy here thanks to spaces like a formal dining room with a unique custom-built glass-enclosed bar. The exquisite formal living room has a double story ceiling anchored by an oversized limestone fireplaceâ€”one of four found in the homeâ€”that was inspired by the Rose Bar at the Gramercy Park Hotel. A wall of windows that flood with sunlight during the day fold back and blur the lines between indoors and out which offers access to a relaxing, expansive terrace with fire pit. Conveniently located nearby is the Library with fireplace and a gym/office also with outdoor access.
Chefs of all skill levels and anyone who loves to entertain will appreciate the sophisticated kitchen, expertly appointed with stainless-steel countertops, two islandsâ€”one with marble countertops and seating for sixâ€”a two-oven 60â€� Wolf range with custom hood, a steamer oven, two refrigerators, two refrigerators drawers, four freezers, three sinks, two dishwashers, a baker's rack, a custom pot rack and a handy cook's built-in planning desk with abundant storage. The breakfast area seats ten and can easily accommodate formal events or intimate casual meals.
A bright glass breezeway offers a view of the emerald grounds while leading to the relaxed refinement of the family room, which has a 12-foot beamed ceiling, a striking fireplace, and access to an inviting three-season mahogany-paneled porch.
One of three gorgeous custom staircases with 6' wide risers give gentle rise to a second story balcony overlooking the entryway.
The master wing was designed as a secluded and self-sufficient owners' retreat accessed via a private gallery and vestibule. Spacious and supremely stylish with four exposures, the master bedroom boasts a sitting area, gas fireplace, a handsome
his/hers dressing room, an elegant light-filled bath with Waterworks appointments, book-matched marble surfaces, a soaking tub, and a separate room for the indoor-outdoor spa shower. Floor-to-ceiling French doors open to a Juliet balcony and a spacious deck perfect for enjoying gorgeous sunsets. A staircase from the deck affords direct access to the backyard and the pool.
There are four additional ensuite bedrooms to complete the second floor and two additional ensuite bedrooms on the third floor feature a homework/sitting room with a wet bar catering to family or guests.
Children and the young of heart will appreciate the lower level with 10-foot ceilings, lots of natural light that offers a media/billiards, enormous playroom and a craft room. Completing this floor are two bedrooms for staff/guests, two full baths, and a convenient laundry room.
Resort-like pool and spa, perfectly designed for entertaining and relaxation features a pergola-draped terrace with automatic rolling covers, refreshing misters and paddle fans. A deeded Long Island Sound access just past the gardens faces western sunsets and idyllic Riverside Yacht Club.