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Luxury Living Homework spots are invaluable as the school year starts

September 4, 2018

As the summer of 2018 comes to a sweltering end across Greenwich, Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end to the season, and minds of parents and students turn their focus to preparing for the start of the school year. There are school supply lists to check off, paperwork to complete, calendars to sync. It can be a hectic but exciting time for families, but it certainly helps when a home has some “built-in” organizational support.

“These features are particularly valued at the start of the school year, as children transition from focusing on play to focusing on schoolwork and studying,” according to Patte Nusbaum, a Realtor with Sotheby’s International Realty.

Nusbaum has co-listed — with her Sotheby’s colleague, Steve Archino — 8 Hedgerow Lane in mid-country, a property Nusbaum described as a “mini resort.” The 17-room colonial, renovated by Granoff Architects, is complemented by a saltwater pool, tennis court and a soccer field, the Realtor pointed out.

But the property isn’t only compelling because of its amenities; it has some great interior spaces for “everyday life,” too, including a mudroom and a “homework room.”

“The homework room and mudroom were part of a 2008 addition to the original house,” Nusbaum explained.

The mudroom has “nooks and hooks” for quick storage of backpacks, musical instruments in cases, shoes, boots and outwear, and other come-and-go essentials.

The “homework room” is also a well-organized space, with four separate workstations — each with storage for school supplies, a computer hook-up and room for a printer, the Realtor noted.

“The parents realized that as their children got older, the importance of having separate work and play spaces increased,” she added. “They felt that their children would be able to better concentrate on the task at hand and work without interruption in this space.”

The location of the homework room — within the floor plan — is strategic, too. It’s positioned just down the hall from the kitchen, which allows for supervision and communication between the two interior rooms. Nusbaum and Archino have listed the property for $4.45 million.

For the first time on the market since it debuted in 1995, the truly unique, 9,007-square-foot shingle-style home 108 John Street — designed by Dinyar Wadia — also has some remarkable amenities. The property is listed for $5.995 million by Houlihan Lawrence’s Julie Burke. There’s a yoga hut and squash court, a sauna and an exercise room. The architect also considered the lifestyles of busy families and created a bright and inviting space, expressly for homework sessions.

Cubbies, cabinets and bench seating

At 119 Lockwood Road in Riverside, the 4,148-square-foot remodeled 1946 colonial has a long list of compelling attributes for homebuyers searching in this category and price range. The 0.31-acre lot is beautifully landscaped. The kitchen is a custom-designed bright and well-equipped “heart of the home,” and there are five bedrooms, including a spacious master suite.

The floor plan at 119 Lockwood Road has a balance of formal spaces and more intimate spaces for the residents. Outside, the home is appended with an expansive deck and outdoor stone fireplace.

The house also has some great features that might appeal to buyers who are preparing for the start to the school year, including a mudroom with cubbies and cabinets, an easy-to-maintain tile floor and a built-in bench with drawer space.

“In between the garage and a rear exterior door, this cute mudroom is a great buffer zone for all young families. There are also homework-room options on the first and second floor of this house,” according to the listing Realtor, Rob Johnson of Halstead Connecticut. 119 Lockwood Road is listed for $2.65 million.

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