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Friday, October 19 Wilton

On the Market / Wilton 1800’s converted barn is totally re-imagined

WILTON — Pick-up hockey games and ice skating on Kent Pond will have to wait until next winter when the deep freeze revisits the region and solidifies this local liquid asset, one of many in the area. Until then the owners of the white antique converted barn at 579 Ridgefield Road will just have to enjoy the natural beauty of the pond and the wildlife and waterfowl that come with it.

This eight-room house sits on a largely level 3.06-acre property directly along Kent Pond, a 14-acre waterway that is popular place for nature lovers and skaters. There are pond views from virtually every room in this house and from the long wood deck along the back of the house. Boating is allowed on the pond, although they cannot be motorized. Residents of this house can launch a row boat, canoe or kayak right from the backyard.

Residents of this house are also within walking distance to the Linden Tree Road Open Space — the one that’s close to Ridgefield Road. There is a second Linden Tree Road Open Space, also close by but farther down Linden Tree Road. That one straddles Wilton and neighboring Lewisboro, New York. Vista Road Open Space is not far and it has hiking trails.

The location of this house also puts it close to the town centers in three communities — its own Wilton as well as New Canaan and Ridgefield. Its natural setting is adorned with tall trees. A row of daffodils greeted visitors during a recent open house as they traveled down the long driveway along an open meadow behind a split rail fence to the front entrance of the house, which is opposite the water side. Colorful perennial flowers in bloom dot the landscape, which includes a fieldstone wall and rock outcroppings.

The barn dates back to the 1800s and was completely re-imagined when it was re-built in 1968. It has since enjoyed other updates. The listing agent said the house now offers “all the amenities for the contemporary lifestyle and exemplifies the ‘new traditional,’ the pairing of modernity with historic silhouettes.” Sleek new materials were incorporated into the architecture and décor along with reclaimed vintage materials, all of which were elevated with unique finishes to create a modern day home. It also has 2,797 square feet of living space and offers one-level living as well as indoor-outdoor living.

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ABOUT THIS HOUSE

STYLE: Antique Converted Barn

ADDRESS: 579 Ridgefield Road

PRICE: $1,150,000

ROOMS: 8

FEATURES: direct waterfrontage on Kent Pond, water views, walk to water, 3.06-acre level and gently sloping property, deck, professional landscaping, exterior lighting, Energy Star-rated, Thermopane windows, walking distance to Linden Tree Road Open Space, one fireplace, open floor plan, close to the centers of Wilton and Ridgefield, easy commuting distance to Wilton train station, all new mechanicals, private well, stone wall, zoned propane heat, detached two-car garage, partial unfinished walk-out basement, four bedrooms, two full and one half baths (all new)

SCHOOLS: Miller-Driscoll Elementary, Cider Mill Intermediate, Middlebrook Middle, Wilton High

ASSESSMENT: $598,290

MILL RATE: 27.34 mills

TAXES: $16,615

In front of the house there is a wide forecourt with ample parking for many guests. At the covered front entrance wide sidelights flank the front door, which opens into a cavernous great room, the focal point of the house. It contains the living room, chef’s kitchen, and dining area, all under the two-story cathedral ceiling with rough-hewed exposed beams. Beams are also found on the walls and they add to the rustic yet sophisticated charm. Off the kitchen there is a spacious family room with two sets of sliding doors to the large wood deck.

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In the area of the living room there is a fireplace with a fieldstone surround and a wall of built-in cabinetry and bookshelves. A wall of windows along the great room provide panoramic views of the pond. French doors open to the deck and yard. In the kitchen the long center island also serves as a breakfast bar for four comfortably. High-end appliances include a GE Monogram five-burner range.

In a separate wing there are four generous sized bedrooms, one of which could be used as an office, and another could be an in-law suite. The master suite has wall-to-wall carpeting and over-sized two-over-two double-hung windows to enjoy the view of the pond and its surroundings. The master bath has a marble double vanity. All four baths in this house are newly updated.

Outside, the landscaping includes perennial plantings and specimen trees.

For more information or to make an appointment to see the house contact MaryBeth Stow at William Raveis Real Estate at 203-247-2202 or MaryBeth.Stow@Raveis.com.

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