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Thursday, November 15 Real Estate

Owner described home as idyllic for modern family life

Karen Scrivanos Oztemel is representing the sellers of 40 Jones Park Drive in Riverside — a four-bedroom, 3,588-square-foot colonial on a 0.46-acre cul-de-sac lot. The property is listed for $2.295 million.

The seller provided Greenwich Time insight into the history of the property and how it came to be her family’s home.

“We were moving from southern California with two small children,” the homeowner recalled. “Our home in California was in an area where the houses were very close together and the children walked, roller skated and rode their bikes on green belt sidewalks to school, the clubhouse pool and playgrounds.

“Having grown up in Riverside myself, I knew that this area would offer a similar lifestyle for our family,” she continued. “Jones Park Drive and the house we chose spoke ‘family and neighborhood to us.’ The plantings — weeping cherry trees, forsythia, azaleas, daffodils and tulips — surrounding the circular stone driveway were amazing as we visited in the month of May.”

As they toured the home, they came to appreciate its floor plan and features, too.

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“We were welcomed by the large foyer that led to the front-to-back living room, with a fireplace on one side, and to the den, with a fireplace on the other side,” the homeowner recalled her first showing. “The spacious kitchen, with a separate eating area, opened into a large family room, where we could enjoy family gatherings and our annual Christmas dinner with 20 friends.”

The family room is dramatic, with a beamed, cathedral ceiling, another fireplace, an entire wall of built-ins and French doors that lead out to a deck. The formal dining room also offers access and flow out to the deck.

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Address: 40 Jones Park Drive, Riverside

Price: $2.295 million

Number of Rooms: 9

Features: Located on a 0.46-acre lot in Riverside, this 1970s-era colonial has 3,588 square feet of living space, with four bedrooms, three full baths and a powder room. The floor plan includes an entry foyer, formal living room, formal dining room, den/library, family room and eat-in kitchen. In addition to the walkout lower level, currently unfinished, the home also has a heated two-car garage. A cottage on the property has been leveraged as a guesthouse; it has a great room, kitchen and bathroom.

Schools: Riverside School, Eastern Middle, Greenwich High

Naturally, they wanted to make the home “their own,” so they made some improvements to the interiors, including adding paneling, wainscoting, dental molding, mantels and skylights.

All four bedrooms are located on the second level. The master has an en-suite bath of its own, while the other bedrooms share two full hall baths.

As sellers, they are passing along a home that offers a simple classicism and plenty of opportunity to update and decorate according to the buyer’s lifestyle needs and design tastes.

For example, the home’s walkout lower level is currently unfinished, so it’s open to interpretation for its next residents.

Another special attribute of this property is its outbuilding, a quaint log-style cabin privately situated and removed from the main house. Known as the “Jones Family Cottage,” it has some historic significance and local lore attached.

“The Jones family owned all of the property, which led from Riverside Avenue to their spacious three-story home on the water,” the homeowner explained. “Maple trees were planted on both sides of the driveway to form a long archway to the 18-room main house. Rumor has it that Mr. Jones did not like listening to his children practice their instruments, so he had the cabin built and sent them out there to practice.”

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It’s the homeowner’s understanding that off and on over the years since, the cabin had been used as a guesthouse.

“It is very rustic, with one large room, a small kitchen and a bath,” she said.

The backyard is level and feels private thanks to a mature perimeter of trees and shrubbery.

The neighborhood is known for its sledding slopes when snow falls on Greenwich, the seller noted.

“We enjoyed all that Riverside offers, such as excellent schools, nearby schools, closeness to the train station, and especially Ada’s Kitchen + Coffee, which has been turned into a great place for coffee, breakfast or lunch. We have always chosen to live near the water if possible and take full advantage of both Riverside Yacht Club and Tod’s Point.”

Listing agent:

Karen Scrivanos Oztemel, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, New England Properties; (203) 869-0500, ext. 336 office; (203) 921-8490 cell; karenoztemel@bhhsne.com

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