‘Easy-living’ colonial in Norwalk
1940s-era home updated with modern amenities
Philip, Nancy and Molly Crosland — “Team Crosland” at William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty — listed 175 W. Norwalk Road for $1.225 million. The property was previously featured in a special edition of Better Homes & Gardens, the Realtors noted, when renowned designer Linda Banks was the owner.
Under request for anonymity, one of the owners provided some insight into the home she and her husband acquired in 2016.
“The moment I pulled up the driveway, I knew I was going to fall in love,” the owner recalled. “We have a deep and abiding love for architecturally significant properties, especially when they have beautiful property attached ... this home fits the bill. It is also an easy-living type of house: gracious, comfortable rooms; great location, but completely private; and something my husband and I call a ‘holiday house” — a home you can picture your family in, all together, sharing love. It’s that je ne sais quoi factor that ultimately won us over.”
The single-family colonial was built in 1942, and much of its original character has been preserved, though during their residency here, the owners made a number of improvements to the property, both inside and out.
“We have spent a lot of time updating this home: new appliances, including a brand-new French-door Viking oven, top-ofthe-line Samsung washer and dryer, a new Bosch dishwasher, a new Insinkerator garbage disposal,” the owner listed. They also refinished some of the hardwood flooring and repainted the exterior. They made the kitchen “eat-in” and added a bar room to the lower level. Another perhaps less exciting though nonetheless important update was that they installed a new water tank for the well system.
“The list goes on and on,” the seller said of the numerous improvements. “We loved living here and upgrading the property to full modern standards.”
The owners recalled spending most of their time in the kitchen, the proverbial heart of the home.
“The cabinetry and island top were installed by an architect who previously owned the home; they are of very specific and peculiar kind of wood — Birdseye Maple — which lends real warmth to the space, while still feeling modern,” the owner noted. “We elected to keep it for its charm.”
The kitchen’s surfaces are mostly crafted in white marble with the exception of the surface next to the range, which is fashioned in stainless steel.
“Ultimately, when laying out our kitchen, we wanted to incorporate the casual, chic feel of the adjacent sitting area, so that we could go straight from playtime to mealtime and back again,” she added. “It’s also an ideal space for informal entertaining. We’ve hosted several events and the party always ends up congregating in the kitchen. The whole point was to modernize the main space of our home and make it really flexible — that, plus the new appliances that make cooking easy. It’s a real family and friends-meetschef kitchen.”
The formal living proved an invaluable space, too, for entertaining and more.
“I sneak away to our formal living room, which has a gorgeous original fireplace and lovely bay window overlooking the property,” the owner said. “We keep a
piano in there for holiday entertaining, and I like to sit there and plink out a tune when I have some time to myself. It’s a warm, lovely space to read in and relax in.”
The floor plan allows for five bedrooms, including a master suite and an option for an in-law/ au pair suite.
The house is sited on a 1.21-acre lot, landscaped and appended with stone paths and walls.
“It’s very private, and the neighborhood is a quiet, safe and convenient place to live,” the owner said. “Privacy was key for us after moving to the suburbs post-New York City, and this street accomplishes that feeling while still being very convenient.”
The next residents of 175 W. Norwalk Road will likely appreciate the close proximity to Darien, New Canaan, SoNo and Rowayton. For commuters, there’s easy access to the Merritt Parkway and Interstate 95 and several train station options.
“We are also close to several kid-friendly destinations: Waveny Park, Stepping Stones, the Maritime Aquarium and any of the numerous beaches in our area,” she suggested.
The formal living at 175 W. Norwalk Road in Norwalk features an original fireplace and a bay window overlooking the property.
Above: Previously featured in a special edition of Better Homes & Gardens, the 1940s-era colonial home has a formal dining room. Below left: The home offers multiple in-home office options. Below right: The house offers more than 5,200 square feet of living space on a private 1.21-acre setting.