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Luxury Living Cottages, cabins afford cozy and private accommodations

March 19, 2019

It may seem strange to devote an entire feature to mere outbuildings on the properties of some of Greenwich’s most remarkable estates, but there’s nothing ho-hum about the cottages and cabin handpicked for spotlight this week. They’re both beautifully designed and measurable value-add for their buyers — allowing for short- and long-term guest accommodations, practically positioned staff accommodations, or comfortably close-by homes for relatives.

At 167 Bedford Road in Greenwich, the five-bedroom, 4,882-square-foot French manor house is complemented by a guest cottage with two bedrooms and a full bath. The property is currently listed by Lily Christensen and the Metalios Group at William Raveis Real Estate, with an asking price of $2.295 million.

Besides the two bedrooms and a bath, the cottage also has a living room and an open-plan kitchen and family room. The cottage has served as accommodations for the caretaker of the main house, according to the Christensen.

“It has its own gated driveway access separate from the main house and main gated driveway,” she explained. “Even though it is close to the main house, it feels very private. It is a five-acre property featuring a pond and tennis court.”

At 74 Upper Cross Road in Conyers Farm, the seven-bedroom, 14,000-square-foot 1995 colonial enjoys a breathy, expansive 16.68 acres. This special estate is listed by Yashmin Lloyds of Compass’ Greenwich brokerage. The $8.495 million-listed property has a long list of compelling attributes, including a kitchen Lloyd’s describes as “state of the art,” reclaimed beams, built-ins and wow-worthy entertaining spaces.

The Conyers Farm property also features a number of on-site amenities, including a home theater, home gym, pool and spa. There’s also a truly-special log cabin on the property — a cozy and rustic spot for guests of the one-bedroom abode.

The next residents of 76 Khakum Wood Road will also have the added benefit of an on-site guest cottage. The nine-bedroom, 6,706-square-foot English manor house is listed by Sabine H. Schoenberg of Prime Sites Connecticut. The asking price for the 4.14-acre property is $6.595 million.

Schoenberg noted the special Greenwich history associated with the property. The main house was completed in 1929 as a “model home.” It was staged and shown as an example of “life in the country,” according to the broker.

“The cottage was clearly built as an integral part of the original house, even though additional staff quarters were also built on an adjacent parcel, which has since sold as a separate house and property,” Schoenberg explained. “This one-bedroom cottage — complete with a small kitchen, bath and outdoor terrace — has a separate entrance. The architect, Phelps Stokes, planned for this cottage from the outset. The high-end stonework and the roof runs consistently between the main house and cottage. It was — and is — meant to be attached to the main structure, even though it is a standalone portion without interior access. … There is one more element that I find makes this cottage a super desirable feature today: It nicely accommodates multigenerational living situations,” the listing broker added.

“Increasingly, I see real estate buyers thinking about where to house older, longer-living parents. Having a cottage provides both geographic closeness and oversight for the caregiving, and a sense of independence for the elderly person,” she suggested.

Private outbuildings of this kind that offer additional living and sleeping accommodations have another use for families and properties that require live-in staff.

“To have a cottage is invaluable in order to have a nanny or housekeeper nearby, and given today’s high housing cost in this area, property owners are way ahead of the game when they can offer housing,” Schoenberg concluded.