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Residential Roundup: Fireplace Envy

By Megan Montemarano

For all its colder weather winter also means coming home to the warmth of a glowing fire, and having the perfect excuse to curl up with your favorite book and hot beverage for a relaxing evening of pure fireplace bliss. From all shapes, styles and sizes, the unique fireplaces included in this residential roundup make winter just a bit more bearable, keeping houses toasty warm, while making atmospheric statements along the way.

2 Rittenhouse Road—Bronxville, N.Y.

This spacious, elegant contemporary Colonial resides on pristine grounds adjacent to the Siwanoy Country Club in Bronxville, N.Y. The custom-designed residence is in move-in condition, featuring hardwood floors, a slate roof, newly renovated kitchen, formal dining room and living room with a stone fireplace that’s bound to stop you in your tracks. “The living room at 2 Rittenhouse Road features a stone fireplace that comprises an entire wall of the room,” adds Pricilla Toomey, the Bronxville agent who represents the property. “When lit, it becomes the focus of this grand room—the perfect gathering spot to enjoy the verdant views outside through a wall of picture windows.”


For more information: Priscilla Toomey, 914.559.8084, 

41 Jennie Lane—Westport, Conn.

Enjoy a total renovation at this fabulous Compo Beach home in Westport, Conn., where nearly every high-end amenity imaginable awaits. From its fully equipped kitchen to its open floor plan with stunning living spaces overlooking the residence’s 1.5 acres of private grounds, the atmosphere is simply alluring. The living room fireplace only adds to this chic, state-of-the-art environment, boasting an ultra-modern look with convenient gas features—just what you need when returning from a cold winter day outside!


For more information: Cyd Hamer, 917.744.5089,

15 Brinsmade Lane—Sherman, Conn.

Surrounded by the beautiful scenery of Sherman, Conn., this artisan country ranch was originally built by a craftsman in 1950, using stone, mahogany and other quality materials for an artistic effect. This distinct character is additionally present in the home’s kitchen cabinetry, built-ins, nooks and of course, its fabulous fireplaces, one of which is comprised of fieldstone and serves as the living room’s dramatic focal point. “The fireplace at 15 Brinsmade Lane is not grand nor in a grand home, but it is a work of art,” comments listing agent Irit Granger of our firm’s Kent brokerage. “The size and pattern of the stones are set to look like they’re floating on water, creatively mirroring the contours of a river.”


For more information: Irit Granger, 203.803.3748,

58 Woodchuck Lane—Ridgefield, Conn.

“Ceud Mile Failte,” a common Celtic greeting that means “100 Thousand Welcomes,” is etched across the towering fieldstone fireplace of this remarkable, historic stone lodge. This is just one of many enchanting details that truly sets this circa 1900 home apart. In addition to a fireplace, the two-story great room also contains vaulted, timbered ceilings with hand-hewn beams, rustic wood floors and an original door with iron straps and hinges. Once a hunting lodge, the residence is now one of the most extraordinary estates in all of Ridgefield, Conn., offering incredible intimacy and comfort throughout its over 4,000 square feet. The home is located on 2.02 acres of land complete with a pool, stone patios, fire pit, mahogany porch and more.



For more information: Laura Freed Ancona, 203.733.7053,

19 Cove Road—Brookfield, Conn.

This Brookfield, Conn. lakefront residence was built to capture its surrounding water views. With every detail intricately considered, the contemporary-style home even contains a grand fireplace designed to optimize the scenery. “From floor to ceiling, the brick fireplace is the centerpiece of the living space,” explains listing agent Kellie Martone of our Northern Fairfield County brokerage. “There are two archways cut out on the upper half of the chimney, which allows guests to see the view of the lake as they walk through the front door.” It certainly makes a great first impression, to say the least!


For more information: Kellie Martone, 203.948.1034,

1079 Main Street—Great Barrington, Mass.

Built in 1892, this antique Victorian in Great Barrington, Mass., offers tasteful updates amid timeless, Queen Anne-style elegance. Resting on five spectacular acres in the heart of the Berkshires, the main house encompasses sun-filled rooms, a wide variety of amenities and striking features including multiple fireplaces throughout, each with its own personality. “If you are interested in a home with nine unique fireplaces, then 1079 Main Street is for you,” says Jared Kelly of the Berkshire Hills Group, a Great Barrington/Lenox agent team comprised of Kelly, Nick Geranios and Dan Alden. “Each fireplace is different, dates back to around 1890, and is beautiful.”


For more information: Berkshire Hills Group, 413.335.9300,

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