HOT PROPERTY Timeless Stamford treasure on 1.67-acre waterfront property
Designed and built in 1914 by the famed Hunt and Hunt architects, this Saddle Rock House is a Richardsonian-style American country home. This timeless treasure was originally built for renowned inventor Thomas Robins, who is best known for inventing the rubber conveyer belt while working for Thomas Edison.
Known affectionately by Shippan Point neighbors as the “Bear House” for the large bear statue inside the gated entry, this waterfront estate has claimed only four owners in 103 years, said co-listing agent Robbie Blosio of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty.
The 1.67-acre property at Saddle Rock House is only rivaled in beauty by the home itself, Blosio said.
“It’s crafted with ashlar quarried stone and designed with definitive circular arches framing doorways and windows,” Blosio said.
With views of the water from all 15 rooms, this splendid home has been continually updated enhancing the original spirit of the home.
The new cook’s kitchen, Blosio said, boasts custom cabinetry and handsome granite countertops. A favorite resting stop is the four-season sunroom with two-arched picture windows viewing nothing but the glistening water. A stone wood-burning fireplace anchors the large living room.
The first floor is completed with an elegant dining room and an ornate oak library.
The master suite features a custom marble bath, a large balcony that overlooks the peninsula and Long Island Sound and a small Juliet balcony overlooking Stamford Harbor. In total, the estate includes seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms. Adding to the home’s Old World feel is a three-room staff’s quarters at the north end of the home, which can be accessed through an upstairs passage, or via a private outdoor entrance.
On the east side of the property, a heated salt water pool is enhanced by a vast covered stone grotto, sunken into the pool deck and equipped with a full kitchen. The pool deck also features a cabana with a bath and leads to the boat launch for all your aquatic activities.
The parklike grounds feature specimen gardens and fountains framed with a meandering walking path along the impressive 956 feet of direct waterfront. On the northwestern edge of the property, a full-size lighted tennis court and stone guest cottage rounds out the country club feel.
The home’s rich history is felt in every room in the house. An iconic Bonsai tree now stands at the tip of the property where a canon once stood. It’s said that Saddle Rock House was a lookout guarding Stamford and New York Harbors during the two World Wars.
For all the home’s architectural character, it’s truly a modern dwelling, equipped with smart home technology, one-touch led lighting, custom tilt-and-turn windows and a whole house generator.
The cellar was also recently renovated with modern materials, and the vintage, temperature-controlled wine cellar remains in pristine condition.
Listing agents: Robbie Blosio, William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty, (203) 249-7164,
firstname.lastname@example.org and Larry Palma, William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty, (203) 912-0828, lpalma@