By Megan Montemarano
New Canaan, Connecticut—home of the great Philip Johnson’s historic Glass House. While many often associate the highly sought-after Fairfield County town with this beloved, modern masterpiece and other iconic mid-century modern properties, the architect’s adjacently built “Brick House” is also worth noting. This structure, built in 1949, served as a guest house on the famed property, and is one example of several sturdy, brick estates that proudly dress New Canaan’s coveted neighborhood streets.
The acclaimed Waveny House is perhaps one of the earliest brick buildings, constructed in 1912 for American entrepreneur Lewis Lapham and his family. The town of New Canaan eventually purchased this majestic mansion, which overlooks 300 acres of sweeping land, to create Waveny Park. The house now serves as a recreation and community center for local residents. “Brick was available long before these great houses were built, as it was used in chimneys,” comments Leslie Razook, a New Canaan agent who represents a stunning brick manor house for sale, located at 360 Greenley Road. However, according to Janet Lindstrom of the New Canaan Historical Society, brick houses like the Waveny Estate did not commonly start appearing until the 1920s and 30s. “The evolution of brick in our downtown area happened slowly, but it is a predominant feature of the village today, adding greatly to its matchless charm.”
Staying true to New Canaan’s defining architectural roots, here are four brick residences, both vintage and new, with timeless foundations that are built to last…and leave lasting impressions along the way.
360 Greenley Road—$2,695,000
Constructed in 1935, this stately brick manor house boasts old-world craftsmanship and well-proportioned rooms, which are seamlessly blended with generous, open spaces for a modern lifestyle of luxury and comfort. The six-bedroom residence rests on 3.6 private acres comprised of sweeping lawns, mature trees and nature trails. “It has a lovely, peaceful setting with views overlooking a watercourse and land trust property,” comments Razook. “360 Greenley Road is a home of true quality.” Amenities include a five-bay heated garage, swimming pool, stone terrace, home theater and an in-law apartment.
For more information: Leslie Razook, 203.918.4452, Lrazook@williampitt.com
494 Ponus Ridge—$4,395,000
This elegant brick Georgian home with sophisticated architecture and fabulous, fine features resides on over 4 acres of pristine land, neighboring an 11-acre New Canaan, Conn. land trust. The exceptional estate offers its residents beautiful, manicured grounds, sweeping lawns and various terraces, which overlook a custom pool and hot tub. The five-bedroom residence, built in 1997, additionally offers stunning interiors and spacious rooms with high ceilings throughout, a master suite with a new, luxurious bath and a recently renovated kitchen. Located just minutes from the center of town, this property certainly has it all.
For more information: Page Growney, 203.984.9535, Pgrowney@williampitt.com
86 Clearview Lane—$2,395,000
Constructed in 1997, this five-bedroom brick Colonial rests on 2.26 acres of land, and greets visitors with a graceful driveway upon arrival at its central courtyard. Inside the grand residence, oversized windows and high ceilings allow ample sunlight to fill each room. Standout features include a two-story family room with a stone fireplace, mahogany library, freshly updated kitchen with marble countertops and stainless steel appliances, multiple en-suite bathrooms, a finished lower level and so much more. In the warmer months, residents can enjoy the beautiful, in-ground pool and expansive patio, which overlook pristine landscaping in a quiet, private setting—an example of traditional sophistication combined with modern luxury at its best!
For more information: Martha Perry, 203.912.9091, Mperry@williampitt.com
910 Smith Ridge Road—$3,950,000
Everything about this custom-built brick manor estate is impressive. From its over four acres of land to its superior craftsmanship, millwork, easy flow and top-notch amenities, the residence unquestionably makes a statement. “It was custom-built by the previous owners, so it was never a spec house,” New Canaan agent Becky Walsh says of the 2003-built home. “One thing that people always comment on is how solidly built the residence is. I think some of that has to do with the fact that it is constructed of brick, which encompasses an endurance that lasts through the ages.” Numerous outdoor amenities have been added by the current owners including a heated pool, as well as a stone, open-air pavilion with a fireplace and outdoor kitchen ideal for entertaining in every season. The residence also boasts a game room, two large bonus rooms, a wine cellar and home theater.
For more information: Becky Walsh, 203.858.5909, Bwalsh@williampitt.com