Oftentimes, a home reflects different stages in a person’s life. There are all kinds of residences that cater to different types of buyers, from the first-timer searching for their first home to the family seeking a four-bedroom Colonial to the retired couple looking to downsize. These five “little” gems use efficient space, a lovely style and an utterly charming ambiance to eagerly welcome entry-level buyers, and all those looking to walk through the wide open doors of a move-in ready, humble abode.
174 Jelliff Mill Road—New Canaan, Conn.
Step inside this adorable, sun-filled New Canaan, Conn. Cape, and prepare to fall in love. Although originally built in 1922, the pristinely kept home exudes a new construction feel, offering renovated spaces including a fully equipped kitchen, first floor master bedroom and bath, laundry room, family room, mudroom and driveway. Other updates are evident throughout, adding to the home’s millennial-driven, modern appeal. The three-bedroom residence also has a separate cottage on its .92-acre property, serving as the perfect guest house, art studio or home office—the possibilities are endless. Also in New Canaan lies a three-bedroom, two and a half-bath Colonial with fabulous updated features and an overall cozy feel. Although only 1,803 square feet, 20 White Oak Shade Lane contains generously sized rooms and a level, well-manicured yard that affords an expansive feel and consequentially, an ideal way to ease into a first-home living environment.
19 Taber Road—Sherman, Conn.
Inspired by well-known architect and author Sarah Susanka’s book “Inside the Not So Big House,” this charming reproduction Colonial in Sherman, Conn. reveals a method of creating warm and welcoming spaces devoid of superfluous square footage. “Homes that follow this technique tend to be highly usable, comfortable and energy-efficient, and require extremely little maintenance,” said Irit Granger, an agent from our Kent brokerage who is listing the property. “Small really can be beautiful when it comes to finding the perfect home.” The three-bedroom residence is beautifully crafted with thoughtful comforts and exceptional details. Resting peacefully on five acres of land overlooking a private, half-acre pond and the town’s gorgeous Naromi Brook, this lovely country abode has everything you need and more without wasting a bit of space.
6 Poplar Road—Larchmont, N.Y.
Conveniently located just a mile from the Larchmont train station, this 1926 Tudor home greets residents and visitors with spacious, warm rooms and numerous interior upgrades. The three-bedroom, 2,250 square-foot residence features a new kitchen and bathrooms, as well as a fresh stucco exterior. A stunning, large private yard with mature trees and landscaping complete this picture-perfect Westchester County residence.
203 West Avenue—Darien, Conn.
Offering an endearing style and proficient use of space, this vintage Darien treasure has been updated and maintained with great care. The residence is filled with a well-established character, and even boasts a recently added two-car garage. “This home has everything an entry-level buyer or homeowner looking to downsize needs—efficient space, a short walk to public transportation and a truly delightful atmosphere,” said Toni-Ann Vittoria, the agent with this listing. “All buyers have their own criteria at different times in their lives. It’s important to remember that the market is broad, and every home, no matter how big or small, has a perfect fit.”