We are often told not to dwell on the past, not to think of the future, but rather to live in the present. It is here, in this modern-day, ever-occurring world that you can find true happiness, where the various luxuries, desires, comforts and unique styles of life perfectly coexist with the times.
In these two contemporary, yet extremely different Connecticut homes, living in the moment is made possible every day. Whether a residence with traditional Colonial design among modern luxuries, or one with clear, avant-garde qualities that mirror the unique style of many other contemporary architectural works, both properties have one main characteristic in common—the natural ease of life in the here and now.
20 Mike Road–Litchfield, Conn.
21 Hilltop Road–Norwalk, Conn.
20 Mike Road, named “Butternut Brook” after the nearby flowing river, lies on approximately nine acres of beautiful, country land in Litchfield, Conn. The unique New England residence, built in 2006, boasts a traditional Colonial exterior with its thoughtfully crafted, simple curves and overall style. A twist to this classic structure, however, greets visitors with the ingenious use of a post and beam barn style floor plan. Special attention is brought to this unique quality in the home’s great room, where a 34-foot high, soaring ceiling showcases bold and impressive New England hand-hewn white pine beams. Such masterful modern and classic design continues throughout the 5,300 square-foot home, which features a kitchen with massive Brazilian soapstone countertops and custom cabinetry, as well as a gas Thermador range and Thermador stainless steel appliances. The floors throughout are walnut, finished to a perfect satin luster. Multiple bedrooms are present throughout the home, with the grand master suite containing a propane fireplace, soaking tub with dressing area and built in closets.
Adding even more to the exceptional atmosphere, the entire residence is currently full of rare art and antiques, collected by the owners. These create an immediate warm and inviting feel as soon as one enters the home’s grand space, perhaps providing décor inspiration for future homeowners. The home even features a massive stone fireplace that was quarried from one of Connecticut’s former prisons.
“This amazing Litchfield home is like a wolf in sheep’s clothing,” said Stephen Drezen, the agent who has the listing, which is offered at $1,695,000. “The exterior skin of this classic Colonial home, was selected so that its fabulous post and beam interior structure is a surprise upon entering. Adorned with exotic woods and stone floors, this one-of-a-kind contemporary property is truly a different concept in the world of modern and classic design.”
On the opposite side of the modern world in real estate, this tranquil and spacious contemporary home located at 21 Hilltop Road in the Wilson Point Association beachfront neighborhood of Norwalk, Conn. makes clear the wide range of current lifestyles available. Upon stepping foot on the 4.33-acre property, one will feel far-removed from the hustle and bustle of a typical day, surrounded by an assortment of both exterior and interior modern features, as well as the numerous amenities of the beachfront community. Rights to the beach club, tennis, as well as a dock with access to the Long Island Sound, are all available to residents of this New England escape. Inside the home itself, visitors will find a spacious, bright environment with 11-foot ceilings, many large, glass windows, as well as expansive spaces that lead to multiple terraces, porches, a conservatory and a pool.
“This home epitomizes the style of a contemporary beach home,” said agent Andrea Kostanecki, who has the listing, which is offered at $1,750,000. “It has everything you need for today’s demanding lifestyle, and more. Living is easy at this incredible Connecticut retreat.”
Life should be easy when living in one of today’s contemporary homes. No matter what side of the modern spectrum you live on, the styles and amenities of residences that abide by today’s needs and desires define the comfort of modern living. It is beyond these contemporary doors, no matter what the style, where you often find a place that you are happy to call home.