Magical By Design
This exceptional property is deceiving in many ways. One would never guess how chic, bright and contemporary the interiors are behind the 19th century façade. Nor would one suspect the extent of the fantastic gardens. Its 21st century owners come from the worlds of fashion, advertising and publishing where creativity, style and imagination are de rigueur. They have transformed the property inside and out while keeping all the charming attributes of an antique: wide-board floors, plaster walls, 3 fireplaces. The old exposed beams, now painted white, enrich the interiors. The cook’s kitchen features marble counters, open shelving and Sub-Zero, Wolf and Miele appliances. A French door accesses the blue stone patio, perfect for dining al fresco. Both the living and dining rooms are spacious and have fireplaces. There is a library with full bath that could function as a 4th bedroom, a den and mudroom on the main level. On the second level are 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. The master bedroom has a fireplace, beamed vaulted ceiling, sitting area and bath en suite. The house is equipped with a Nest system to control heat, air-conditioning and camera remotely. Security system.
The property’s gardens are magnificent. There are gardens that appear randomly planted but make no mistake – each has been carefully planned to take into account the variety of colors, textures, height and blooming seasons. There are peony beds and tons of hydrangeas. Informal gates open to other secret gardens. The pool area is sublime. The pool is uniquely oval shaped with a spa at one end. The walls surrounding the pool are draped with vines and the gardens surrounding the pool slightly overlap the coping. Another space has been created for a sitting area with a firepit. A vine-covered gazebo. And more.
There are still a few family farms in Roxbury and this property is fortunate to be sited across from one with fields planted for harvest. Beyond the farmland are views of the distant Litchfield Hills.
As testament to the design brilliance the property has been featured in Elle Décor and Gardenista Magazines.