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Luxury Living Sunrooms, solariums add a bright spot to any property

January 16, 2019

Sunrooms and solariums are brilliant value-adds to any home’s floor plan. They’re particularly versatile spaces. Traditionally, they serve as seasonal spots to enjoy when the weather is warm and the landscaping is at its most enchanting. In some cases, they can be essential year-round spaces — rooms to read, dine, imbibe and to enjoy quality family time.

Homeowners with sunrooms may be grateful for the passive solar effect these spaces offer, especially off-season. And anyone with an aspiring green thumb may appreciate a place for plants, flowers and herbs, even when the leaves and snow has fallen outside.

Inherently, sunrooms are bright and cheerful by nature.

Built in 2000 and updated in 2018, the six-bedroom colonial at 110 Valley Drive has a lovely sunroom among its main-level living spaces. Kristy de la Sierra of Houlihan Lawrence is representing the seller of the $5.2 million property.

“When you walk into the sunroom at 110 Valley Drive, you immediately feel good,” de la Sierra said. “This positive energy in this room allows one to enjoy the warmth of the natural light year round. The room is surrounded by mature evergreen trees, which provide privacy and a beautiful view of the yard and pool. This sunroom is a perfect ‘bonus’ room to relax and enjoy the seasons year round.”

At 544 North Street, Greenwich, a Cotswold-style manor house presides over 2.14 acres, offering backcountry-like privacy in a close-to-town setting. Among the home’s 5,546 square feet of living space is a greenhouse-style solarium, with a terra cotta tiled floor and “four exposures.” Three sides of the room are enclosed in glass, and the ceiling provides nearly unimpeded views of the sky.

Monica Webster of William Raveis Real Estate is the listing agent for 544 North Street, which is listed for just under $3 million — to be precise, $2,999,999. “There is a cozy fireplace that adds such warmth to this fabulously lit, open-glass solarium,” the Realtor said. “Also, overlooking the 2 acres of beautifully coiffed landscaping and kidney-shaped pool provides ample serenity and privacy.”

Designer solarium spaces

The solarium at 43 Zaccheus Mead Lane in Greenwich is a dramatic space that offers a lot of flexibility. From floor to ceiling, glass windows aesthetically remove the barriers separating interiors from the lush landscaping beyond. The windows here can be individually controlled and opened to allow in as much fresh air and breeze as one might desire. The cathedral ceiling makes the room feel nearly boundless.

The room has been beautifully designed as a comfortable, casual place to lounge and enjoy conversation while taking in the daytime view of the 1.5-acre lot, or watching as night falls over the property. The five-bedroom colonial debuted in 1955. It’s on “one of the loveliest streets in Greenwich,” according to listing agent Marie Louise Morgan of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. 43 Zaccheus Mead Lane is listed for $3.375 million.

Mary-Stuart Freydberg and Joseph Barbieri of Sotheby’s International Realty have co-listed the 2.55-acre estate at 138 Pecksland Road.

The estate comprises a five-bedroom brick manor with a pool and a new carriage house designed by Laura Kaehler Architects, LLC. Among the 6,619 square feet of living space in the main house are six fireplaces, a welcoming foyer, formal living and dining rooms, a gourmet kitchen, a family room and a simply serene sunroom.

Freydberg described the space: “People can’t help but smile when they see it. Cheerful and comfortable in every season, it beckons people the moment they open the front door. They can easily imagine family and friends enjoying the space. An inviting blend of classic design and modern features, the sunroom reflect the high quality and tasteful nature of the home.” 138 Pecksland Road is listed for $5.995 million.

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