The defining feature of this modern-day estate is that the architect has succeeded in bringing historic character and substance to a new-construction residence. The first hint of that achievement is evident in the curb appeal: a long, landscaped drive that leads from gated entry to circular courtyard. The initial view of the house reveals a classic, stone colonial from which wings telescope on either side, suggesting additions that expanded the footprint over time.
The eight-acre setting could more accurately be called a private park. The landscaping is both inspired and meticulously maintained; it is manicured as well as exuberant. Views, carefully crafted, are unforgettable, as if someone waved a wand over the property and said, ALet this be perfect.A
Constructed in 2002 to 2003 to exacting specifications, the design/build process took two years. Cost was never an issue. With nearly 20,000 square feet of living space on three levels, every conceivable need was anticipated; every comfort was consideredAincluding two-story guest quarters in one of the wings. Although this is a custom home in every sense, it also qualifies as a dream home for every ambitious dreamer. The house is arguably an artistAs statementAso thoughtful is the design, so tasteful are all the fittings and fixtures, so richly ornamental is the millwork.
The architectural detail and construction speak to another era, to a time when building was a craft and stonemasons, framers and carpenters were skilled craftsman motivated by pride. Exquisite features inhabit every room, imbuing the house with texture and soul. Such character is more than skin deep.
Yet for all the refined elegance and scale of this residence, the floor plan of the main level and the varying proportions of the rooms accommodate comfortable, even cozy, family living. The floor plan is also equally adaptable to formal and informal entertaining. Although very large by any standard, this home is always inviting. A wide hallway bisects the common living areas laterally so that one can pass from one side of the house to the other without having to walk through one room to get to another. The formal living room and dining room almost mirror each other across a center entry that runs front to back through a series of graceful arches; the main staircase makes a quiet statement at the rear of this entry hall, thereby avoiding an architectural clich while also maintaining second-floor privacy.
Informal living areas are all located along the back of the house, flowing easily into one anotherAfrom the intimate den at one end, through the beautifully appointed kitchen and spacious adjoining breakfast area to a very large family room at the other end. Both kitchen and family room access a long screened porch that wraps gracefully around a circular sunroom off the family room. These areas comprise the heart of family-centered activities. They also provide easy access to the outdoor living spaces, from swimming pool, terraces and gardens to lighted tennis court. The well-planned kitchen combines real warmth and charm with supreme function. No amenity or convenience has been overlooked; top-of-the-line appliances were de rigueur.
At the opposite end of the floor plan, a handsome, mosaic-and-marble-tiled conservatory is the prelude to an expansive master suite that conveys intimacy, elegance and seclusion. It is luxurious without being overly opulent. As with everything else in this house, the master suite and its en suite bath, where marble and limestone reign, are exercises in judicious restraint. Generously sized and richly appointed, the suite is supremely functional yet still warm and personal. There is nothing not to love.
Like the pleasing curved terrace that occupies the entire rear elevation of the main block of the house, a private terrace beyond French doors in the master bedroom faces a panoramic view of broad lawn and gardens giving way to a large pond below. This neighboring pond and all the land behind it is under conservancy protection. Call it a forever view; call it immensely tranquil and almost impossibly beautiful. A second-floor open deck off a wide stair hall offers the same vista.
The architectAs talent for appropriate scale and proportion is evident in the second-floor bedrooms as well. Four of the five have en suite baths, two have separate study areas, and one accesses the second-floor deck as well as a dance studio/exercise room. A laundry room, plus a family room/study with access to the terrace, complete the picture.
Recreation space was a top priority. In addition to a very large game room with wet bar that encompasses a hobby room, that in turn leads to a fitness roomAall on the second floorAthe entire lower level of the house is devoted to recreation and entertaining. It includes a full bar and a circular wine cellar, along with a home theater space incorporated into a lounge area. ItAs easy to imagine March Madness and Super Bowl parties for many people.
Access to the guest wing is through a door in the second-floor fitness room. Think spacious apartment, with sitting room, large bedroom and private bath on the top level and common living areas belowAincluding a vey spacious kitchen and outside access from the garage courtyard at the rear of the house.
It is clear there were no compromises made when this house was designed and built. Its uniqueness lies in the pleasing architectural balance of curves and arches with long linear spaces, in the texture of stone interior walls against the patina of Brazilian cherry floors, in the artful detail and exquisite surfaces on every level. Yet the overlying impression is that this house was built for comfort. It was designed to be timeless.
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