‘Easy-liv­ing’ colo­nial in Norwalk

1940s-era home up­dated with modern ameni­ties

The Norwalk Hour - - REAL ESTATE - By Gretchen A. Peck List­ing agents: Team Crosland (Philip, Nancy and Molly), Wil­liam Pitt Sotheby’s In­ter­na­tional Realty, Darien and Wilton of­fices; (203) 216-3110 Nancy’s cell; [email protected] crosland.re­al­tor

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.

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