Paradise evokes the idea of a place of tremendous beauty, of happiness, peacefulness and perfection. It could be just the right word to describe a luxurious estate in New Canaan, Connecticut, designed and custom built by the renowned architectural firm of Wadia Associates.
The 20-room, single-family home, a blend of English Arts and Crafts and American Shingle Style, sits upon 3.71 acres of meticulously manicured grounds. The estate is a true oasis that exudes luxury and comfort from the moment it is entered through its private gate off Oenoke Ridge.
This article originally appeared in the Summer 2014 edition of Luxury Showcase, the magazine of William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty.
William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty New Canaan agent Larry Palma, who is co-listing the property with New Canaan agent Becky Walsh, says construction on the estate was completed in 2008. He and Walsh are no strangers to exceptional properties, as the duo recently sold one of the highest priced homes in New Canaan over the past six years for $8.5 million. Yet, says Palma, an estate of this quality and craftsmanship is an exceptionally rare find. Praising the architect’s vision, he notes that the design marries the home’s classic interior with its lush surroundings.
The sweeping, multi-tiered grounds reveal bluestone terraces, stone walls, fountains, a heated pool and four-season spa. Those seeking a bit of recreation can raise a racquet at the clay tennis court, and a nearby playground is sure to delight the young — or the young at heart. In English cottage garden tradition, a rose garden provides fragrance to the landscape with David Austin roses. Borrowing the architect’s philosophy, “A house without a garden is a house without a soul,” says Walsh. “It’s one of the most beautiful, well-designed and executed houses that I’ve seen in New Canaan.”
A veranda offers the perfect location for alfresco dining, and outdoor exploration inevitably leads to surprises, including perennial gardens, blackberry bushes, a strawberry patch, espalier Asian pear trees, vegetable gardens and grape and kiwi vines.
The home, with four finished floors, boasts 15,242 square feet of living space, and its layout allows for intimate gatherings as well as grand entertaining. “What I like about the design of the home is that even though it has 20 rooms, you can host 150 people or just a party of eight and not be overwhelmed by any specific space,” says Palma. The house, notes Walsh, reflects “restrained elegance.”
The design takes advantage of natural light with its narrow layout, which allows sunlight to stream in from both sides. It also features high-quality finishes, including five-inch, quarter-sawn white oak floors, designer lighting fixtures, leaded glass windows, Waterworks fixtures and a Crestron smart home control system.
“As you step through the front door into the foyer, immediately a sense of calm and serenity falls over you. It’s almost a Zen-like feeling,” notes Walsh. At the heart of the home, a chef’s kitchen features Costa Esmeralda granite tops, top-of-the-line appliances and two islands, which house refrigerator and freezer drawers. The second island provides a stopping place for guests to mingle over a glass of wine and fine conversation.
A multi-level staircase leads to a dramatic master suite with 12-foot ceilings, his-and-hers walk-in closets, and a master bath with marble radiant-heated floors and steam shower. In all, the home has six en-suite bedrooms and seven Chesney’s fireplaces. A mahogany paneled library, nine-seat home theater, 3,800-bottle wine cellar, massage room, exercise room, dance and yoga studio along with several other bonus rooms complement the home. “You don’t often see Wadia’s homes for sale in New Canaan,” says Palma. “It’s as close to perfection as I’ve ever seen.”
1248 Oenoke Ridge in New Canaan, Connecticut (Web ID: 99062002) is offered at $10,500,000 USD. For more information, please visit 1248Oenoke.com or contact William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty agent Becky Walsh at +1 203 858 5909 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Larry Palma at +1 203 912 0828 or email@example.com.