Hot Property ‘Manhattan sophistication with the serenity of the country’
A contemporary compound has taken shape at 50 Sumner Road in Greenwich. It represents a collaborative effort by a skilled builder-by-profession homeowner and the architects and landscaping teams he brought in to complete the project this year.
Rick Baker of The Baker Group — the firm retained to redesign and expand the main house and improve the guesthouse and grounds — said that the first thing he noticed that was special about the property was the site. The lot spans 5.61 acres, with character afforded by rock outcroppings and healthy, mature trees.
Baker noted that this region of Greenwich is known for its wooded countryside, but it was important to thin out the wooded landscaping here, in order to allow for an expanded main house, sweeping lawns and a future pool. Plus, he added, creating an open space around the 7,200-square-foot residence makes for a dramatic introduction to the property, as guests make their way up the drive.
“When you come off Sumner and approach the gate and then the house, it totally opens up, so you get this tremendous, brightly illuminated environment,” Baker explained.
Some of the existing landscaping elements were invaluable; they had to be preserved, Baker said, including two Japanese Maple trees on either side of the house that were purposely saved.
Just this week, a team was on site to add some additional plantings and fresh sod to the landscaping, he noted. A tranquil waterfall feature was added to the front entrance earlier in the month.
The drama doesn’t end with the beautiful natural setting. The main residence — which Baker described as a sequence of “pavilions” — has a stunning 20-foot-high front-to-back glass atrium where guests are introduced to the modern interiors, which Robin Kencel describes as “sophisticated.”
As the associate broker and lead agent with the Robin Kencel Group at COMPASS, Kencel is representing the seller. The property is listed for $3.849 million. In the listing, she suggests that buyers seeking “Manhattan sophistication with the serenity of the country” should consider this newly constructed option.
“It is unique to have a contemporary home and an antique farmhouse sharing a property,” Kencel said.
Another special attribute of the main house is that the bedrooms aren’t “all in a row, or all on one level,” the broker noted. “Instead, you have these different enclaves for the bedrooms, which provides exceptional privacy. That is contrasted by amazing communal space.”
As one would expect with a contemporary, the floor plan is decidedly open, with floor-to-ceiling windows in the living spaces. The home is replete with one-of-a-kind details, like a custom designed “floating” staircase and European-designed fittings, hardware and cabinetry in the kitchen and throughout the home.
Kencel described the floor plan as “flexible, for the way people live today,” and suggested that it will afford its new residents some notable entertaining options, between the public rooms and out among the grounds.
There are terraces that step out to the lawn and an approved site for a future pool. The pool would be positioned just outside the pavilion that’s home to the garaging, an exercise room (or poolside lounge), and above them on the second level, one of the home’s two master suite options. This one has a rooftop balcony deck off the bedroom.
The second master option is located in the main part of the house, on its first level. Kencel said both spaces are truly “master worthy,” and may, in fact, present a tough dilemma for the next owner. An important distinction between the two is perspective. The master suite above the “exercise pavilion,” has a broad, sweeping view of the property and would overlook that future pool. The main-level master has a beautiful view of the landscaping around it, but it’s more of an intimate, “cozy” perspective of the property, the Realtor explained.
The four remaining family bedrooms all have en-suite baths, as well.
The guesthouse — the property’s original farmhouse, which Baker said dates back to the early 1900s — has been updated in recent years. His firm installed new siding, new insulation and a new roof while completing the renovation and additions to the main house. The guesthouse has its own septic and utility systems, separate from the main house, Baker pointed out.
Kencel described the guesthouse as “charming,” noting that it would be equally as useful for in-laws, guests or live-in staff. It has a living room, dining room and updated kitchen, with three bedrooms and two baths.
50 Sumner Rd. is just minutes from Armonk’s town center, the Merritt Parkway, a regional airport and downtown Greenwich.
Listing agent: Robin Kencel, The Robin Kencel Group, COMPASS; (203) 249-2943 cell;