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Luxury Living Decks offer Greenwich homeowners outdoor living spaces

February 13, 2019

This week, while another polar vortex brought deep-freeze temperatures to Greenwich, you may have found yourself thinking ahead to spring and summer, imagining how marvelous it will feel to open the windows, to inhale the fragrance of spring blooms and freshly mowed grass, and to have friends and family over for the first barbecue of the season. It’s not too early to begin thinking about your outdoor living spaces — how you’ll use them, and how you’ll furnish them. Having an expansive deck to “play with” can be invaluable three-season asset.

Dorothy Salisbury knows that pining for spring isn’t an anomaly. “Homeowners and buyers are thinking spring — and outdoor living spaces — right now,” she said. Salisbury is a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Greenwich, and the listing agent for 398 Field Point Road, which has an expansive deck and is currently listed for $2,899,999.

A 2002-built colonial on the Belle Haven peninsula, the five-bedroom home is sited on a 0.69-acre lot — landscaped and appended with the deck.

“Creating a relaxing, stylish outdoor living space can greatly increase the appeal and value of your home,” Salisbury noted. “It also provides a peaceful place for friends, family and pets to enjoy ‘the great outdoors.’ 398 Field Point gives you just that; with the extremely large, spacious deck, there are so many choices.

“You can divide the deck in half, with a sitting area — couches, tables, lounge chairs, fire pit. On the other half, a long dining table provides a place for outdoor meals,” she suggested. “[It] is so easy to make your own, and great for entertaining. Once spring is in the air, people want to be outside!”

In fact, it’s the multitasking utility of this particular deck that Salisbury appreciates most, as someone who sees a lot of great outdoor living spaces in her line of work.

“It has multiple functions: Spaces for enjoying conversation, dining and playing are all incorporated into one space. It is functional and grand,” the listing Realtor expounded. “[The] new buyer might want to consider decorating the deck with comfort and style, using traditional or modern wicker furniture, and keeping the décor clean and chic with neutral colors.”

At 2 Wahneta Road in Old Greenwich, buyers will discover a beautiful balance between “old and new.”

The 1885 shore colonial has been expertly updated to preserve its charm while creating a decidedly contemporary lifestyle. For example, the six-bedroom colonial has a classic wraparound front porch — iconic in its Victorian vintage. But the porch isn’t the only place that its residents can enjoy the 0.36-acre setting and surrounding neighborhood. This home also has two sun decks off its second and third levels, which greatly expands the outdoor-living options.

Ellen Mosher of Houlihan Lawrence is representing the seller of 2 Wahneta Road. The asking price is $3.095 million.

“I love how 2 Wahneta Drive offers ideal Old Greenwich living with a beautiful wraparound porch and sundecks, allowing for maximum enjoyment of the outdoors in a private setting with tree-lined views,” Mosher said.

Though outdoor living spaces are often thought of in relation to warm-weather months on the calendar, with the clever use of outdoor heating systems, the “season” can be significantly extended, the Realtor pointed out.

“Buyers in today’s market definitely factor in the outdoor space of a home — sometimes just as much as the indoor, and especially in Old Greenwich,” Mosher added. “It is rare to find a wraparound front porch, multiple oversized sundecks and private terraces at this price point. The owners of 2 Wahneta took advantage of every inch of flat roof to create an invaluable outdoor space. No other house on the market has this.”

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