How would you like to live in a home that resembles an 18th century farmhouse, or perhaps an elegant queen-inspired Victorian without the typical up-keep that often goes along with owning an antique? With overwhelming demand for the once-desirable, overly lavish McMansion subsided, there is now room for a new kind of sophistication at home—the new old house.
The Wall Street Journal describes a new old house as a reasonably proportioned residence that’s historically accurate on the outside, but conceived for the needs of modern Americans on the inside. In other words, architects that cater to this growing trend turn images of quality, traditional homes into a modern reality.
Here are a few local homes that carry these strong qualities right within their freshly built walls. Whether an exact replica of a historic residence, or simply a structure with common antique designs, these sophisticated homes are already established neighborhood landmarks.
68 South Street—Litchfield, CT
Look familiar? This stunning 2004 Colonial is a William Poole replica of the historic James Anderson House in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. Located in Litchfield’s historic district, perhaps one of the most picturesque neighborhoods of New England, the 4,000 square-foot home offers all the modern amenities of today surrounded by the charming appeal of yesteryear. Upon entering, visitors will notice the home’s meticulous attention to architectural detail, all custom made with fine quality materials. The traditional beauty of historic design is carefully crafted into various features including distinct custom Colonial trim work and moldings. James Anderson was a successful blacksmith and served his Virginia neighborhood as a public armorer for many years. The original home, constructed in 1770, burned down in a tragic fire in 1842, only to be rebuilt in 1934 by skilled architects and historians who used the remaining foundation, insurance records and the memories of longtime Williamsburg residents to bring the beautiful historic home back to life. Custom design architect William Poole then recreated this extraordinary building once again, bringing the historic allure that countless people seek in Williamsburg straight through the front door of this freshly built New England home, with the perfect balance of old-world meets new.
Rendering of the James Anderson House (1770)
35 Barlow Lane—Rye, NY
Even though it appears to hold yesteryear’s quaint appeal, you could be the very first family to live in this freshly constructed 2014 home that boasts a sophisticated historic Colonial design. The 3,884 square-foot residence provides the ideal layout for all the luxuries and conveniences of today, while maintaining a simplicity that can only be found in an antique home. An incredible kitchen, beautiful wood floors, detailed moldings and a fireplace in the heart of the home are just a few of its features that make this new-old Colonial in Rye, NY an easy place to live and nearly impossible to resist.
It may not be brand new, but this magnificent New Canaan estate built in 1992 offers modern luxuries with an early 20th century English Manor design inspired by the great British architect Edwin Lutyens. Lutyens is best known for his design of numerous country houses, caring special attention to detail and tradition in his work. Located on 5 acres of prestigious grounds, this stunning home exudes the established architectural style of England during Lutyen’s era, adapted exquisitely to today’s lifestyle. Its rare craftsmanship, grand foyer, gorgeous mahogany wood and well proportioned rooms, are just some features that contribute to the residence’s distinct historic design amid a recently built, convenient atmosphere.