The pastoral view from the third-floor balcony of the Georgian Colonial house at 151 Cherry Lane is reminiscent of Greenfield Hill's agricultural past.
The style of this house also calls to mind the town's early architectural history. Georgian Colonial was "the dominant style for domestic construction in the United States from 1700-1780," according to www.historicnewengland.org.
Features of this style include symmetry, two stories with a center-entry façade, and a two-room-deep center-passage floor plan, as well as a central hall, high ceilings and high-style molded or carved ornamentation, the website says.
Built in 1951 by noted architect William Henry Jackson, this house follows the design of 18th-century Georgian Colonials, including all the above features, but with a few modern twists.
There is a solarium with a vaulted ceiling and several doors to the slate patio. A greenhouse attached to the house in the mudroom wing has a garden hose for easy watering and growing of houseplants, delicate annuals and culinary herbs year-round.
There are many energy efficient features that would be absent from a house constructed in the 1700s -- an attic fan, storm doors and Thermopane insulated windows.
The house sits on a 2.09-acre level property on one of the quietest cul-de-sacs in Greenfield Hill. The lot borders protected open space. Both afford this house a great deal of privacy. There is a large parking area lined in Belgian block in front of the house allowing for ample parking for the gatherings of family and friends that will inevitably occur. This house offers great living and entertaining spaces.
Inside, there is 6,281 square feet of living space. The entrance foyer is a true center hall, going from the front to the back of the house. It is divided into front and rear foyers. The front portion is a dramatic three stories and contains beautifully detailed molding and keystones above each door, one of which is arched. The back foyer has a fireplace and serves as an attractive sitting room. It also has French doors to the patio.
Because one of the owners is a fashion designer, it's not surprising that the house is filled with many architectural and interior design details.
The formal living room has a marble fireplace with an ornate white wood mantle, another hallmark of Georgian Colonials. The formal dining room has chair railing and Wainscoting on the lower walls.
The chef's kitchen features Viking Professional stainless appliances including a six-burner range and wine refrigerator. It also has a stainless farm sink, sunny breakfast nook, and a mosaic tile backsplash with three raised ceramic pears incorporated into the design above the range. The two-tiered counters are topped with a green granite that resembles marble. It was selected to match the grays and green tones of the slate patio in the backyard.
The greenhouse/mudroom connects the main house to the two-car garage, which has guest quarters on the second floor including a large living area and full bath.
There are seven bedrooms, six of them en suite. In the master bedroom there are separate his and hers bathrooms and his and hers dressing rooms. Hers has five individual closets. Her bath has a light-colored marble floor with a darker colored decorative mosaic marble tile inlaid design. In his bath the colors are reversed with the darker color dominant and the lighter mosaic marble tile as the inlaid design.
The third floor could be used as an office or bedroom. It has a balcony that provides a view of the entire property and the green pastures of the land trust property it borders.
For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house contact Todd Miller of Higgins Group Real Estate; Christie's International Real Estate at 203-257-9909 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
TYPE: Georgian Colonial
ADDRESS: 151 Cherry Lane
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 12
AMENITIES: beach rights, 2.09-acre level property, borders protected land, end of cul-de-sac, solarium, greenhouse, front and rear staircases, front and rear foyers, pastoral views, guest quarters, insulated Thermopane windows, attic fan, storm doors, terraced slate patio, security system, sprinkler system, exterior lighting, gourmet kitchen, balcony, three fireplaces, attic fan, zoned central air conditioning, French doors, skylights, mudroom, walking distance to Timothy Dwight Park, Greenfield Hill Congregational Church, Greenfield Farm and Greenfield Hill Grange
OTHER INFORMATION: seven bedrooms, seven full and one half baths, attached two-car garage, unfinished basement, zoned gas hot air heat, laundry/utility room, hardwood floors and wall-to-wall carpeting, finished attic, wood roof, septic system, public water
SCHOOLS: Dwight Elementary, Roger Ludlowe Middle, Fairfield Ludlowe High
TAX RATE: 23.93 mills