Trumbull ranch shows off lake views, modern touches
TRUMBULL — A sprawling, sparkling expanse of Canoe Brook Lake is visible from nearly every window of 3 Lantern Hill Road.
“There’s actually a great view from the bathroom,” quipped the home’s owner, Nicholas Ciccone.
Ciccone doesn’t like to brag, but he does firmly believe that his house, set back a bit from the lake and elevated off the ground, has a better view of Canoe Brook than homes sitting on the lake.
“The elevation gives it sort of a fishbowl panoramic view,” he said.
The lake has a fairly rich history. A man-made body of water, it dates back to the early 1890s, when the Bridgeport Hydraulic Company needed an auxiliary reservoir to supplement what was then Island Brook Reservoir, and what is now Lake Forest. According to the Canoe Brook Lake Association web page, Canoe Brook was operated as an auxiliary reservoir from 1893 to 1920, then became a primary reservoir until 1928 when the Easton Reservoir was completed.
In 1956, the area was incorporated as the Canoe Brook Lake Association, which is made up of homeowners whose land was at one time part of the Bridgeport Hydraulic Company tract. Those homes include 3 Lantern Hill Road, which was built in 1958.
Ciccone said when he moved in, the house was a standard, 1950s-style ranch, not unlike the one he grew up in, in Bridgeport. He said that when he moved in, the kitchen appliances were even in the same avocado green shade that his mother had in her kitchen during his youth.
“It was a 1958 home,” he said. “It was very clean, but very outdated. Every single thing was redone.”
That included turning the kitchen from a closed off separate room into a more modern, open-concept space that flows into a breakfast nook, with lots of natural light and a great view of the lake. Ciccone said, when he moved in, the space was very dark.
“The windows were painted shut,” he said.
Ciccone also recently finished the home’s basement, which is actually above ground, making the lake visible from there as well.
With his son living in Florida, Ciccone doesn’t really need the 2,151square feet of living space, and is selling 3 Lantern Hill Road. The three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom home is listed at $565,000.
Though he knows it’s the right decision, Ciccone said he’ll miss both the house itself and the lake it overlooks, particularly as he’s heading into one of his favorite seasons for lakefront living. He said the lake is ideal for skating or ice fishing when frozen, and, if anything, wintry weather only improves the view.
“It’s beautiful when it snows,” he said.
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