Hot Property Old Greenwich home blends history, modern amenities

September 24, 2018

For Greenwich buyers in search of a home that blends history, a magnificent setting and all the contemporary conveniences buyers expect today, consider 5 Ledge Road in Old Greenwich — listed for $3.275 million by Cynthia De Riemer of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Old Greenwich.

The current homeowners acquired the property in 2000. They were already familiar with Old Greenwich, for they’d been living here with their three children for some time. They first noticed this home during rides to and from some of their children’s friends’ homes nearby. They were enamored with the “authentic shingle style of the house, along with the huge yard, punctuated by an enormous copper beech,” the seller recalled.

“When the property came on the market, I went to see it,” she continued. “[I] walked up to the wide wraparound front porch and through the original Dutch door into the living room, with its floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace and thought, ‘This is the home for us.’”

The current homeowners have naturally been curious about the history of the property. They traced it back to 1902, when New York City architect Harold Lucas built the house — then known as “Redruff Farm” — for James K. Hoyt and family to enjoy as a summer home.

“The house apparently made quite a splash when built, as it was featured in the May 1907 issue of the popular periodical, American Homes and Gardens,” the seller recounted.

The article highlighted the home’s décor, but also its interior architecture, which has been preserved in the more than a century since. The seller pointed to matching corner-cabinet built-ins in the formal dining room, the wainscoting and coffered ceiling in the living room and to the craftsmanship of the main staircase as examples.

Today, those architectural gems are well balanced with all the modern conveniences, fixtures and amenities that a luxury-market buyer might want.

“In undertaking extensive renovations, including all new bathrooms, kitchen, laundry room, family room, plumbing and heating systems — we preserved or replicated whatever we could, while making updates to allow for comfortable living in the 21stCentury,” the seller explained.

“For example, we converted the original staff bedrooms at the top of the back staircase to a laundry room and a large master bathroom. We preserved the original butler’s pantry counter, copper sink and glass-front cabinets, but incorporated them into a breakfast area and family room. We removed all of the original pine wainscoting in the kitchen, which was in poor condition, but replaced it with identical wainscoting that we had custom made at a mill in upstate Connecticut. When we built a detached two-car garage with guest quarters above, we replicated the style of the house so that the garage resembles the original carriage house, which had been subdivided from our property and torn down.”

Regarding the two staircases, the homeowner said that they’ve proven to be quite practical.

“When coming in from school, sports practice, shopping or a walk with a soggy dog, the mudroom and back staircase — that leads directly up to the laundry room and bedrooms — make life easier for everyone,” the seller explained. “The front staircase is a gracious feature of the front of the house; [it] is fun to decorate for the holidays, and none of us will forget our oldest daughter making her way down that staircase in her wedding gown.”

A walk-through of the home and grounds reveals how it may “live and entertain.”

“The house lends itself to family living as well as entertaining all year round,” the seller noted. “In summer, we spend most evenings grilling on the private stone terrace and having dinner on the wraparound front porch, which is deep enough to enjoy even in the rain. … In winter, the fireplaces in both the living room and dining room are put to good use, whether for a large gathering, a team dinner or civic group meeting, or a quiet evening with a book.”

This property is located in a private association, on 0.62-acre lot that’s been landscaped and appended with a stone terrace off the back of the home.

“The house was built when Old Greenwich was known as Sound Beach, and the presence of the Sound is very much a part of living here,” the seller said. “While our house is set safely back from the waterfront, enjoying the year-round beauty of Long Island Sound requires only a short stroll from the front porch to the private beach at the end of Ledge Road.

“Watching the sun rise behind the Stamford Harbor Lighthouse, keeping track of migrating waterfowl as they find shelter in the rocky coves, launching a kayak at high tide, or enjoying a drink with neighbors as we take in the evening light across the water, make the location particularly special,” she added.

Listing agent: Cynthia De Riemer, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage; (203) 637-4581 office; (203) 918-1523 cell; cynthia.deriemer@cbmoves.com

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