Old Greenwich home a cozy, neighborhood dwelling
GREENWICH — Some places feel old and new at the same time.
Such is the case with the house at 110 Shore Road in Old Greenwich. It was built in the 1890s and displays much of the Victorian design scheme in its gabled roofline, decorative windows and characteristic motifs that a builder from that era would recognize. But it’s also been completely modernized and renovated to the tastes of 2017.
“It’s modernized and up to date, and it’s got all the good stuff, the historical stuff, too,” said owner Shauna Holiman. “The house has some real charm.”
The home was built to be sturdy, and it still feels that way, she said: “They don’t build like this anymore, it’s absolutely rock solid.”
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The house was initially built by the Oler family, and it stayed in the family for generations. The Olers were a Yale family, and several of its members performed with the a capella group affiliated with the college, the Whiffenpoofs. There was always a piano in the house, one more reason Shauna Holiman, a musician and artist, felt right at home there.
The house was rebuilt by two local restoration specialists, Chris and Rachel Franco, 12 years ago. They kept the old dentil moldings and added some new touches, like a compass rose inlaid in the entry parlor and lots of stained glass to accentuate the Victorian theme. There are five fireplaces in the home, another Victorian feature, all adorned with different design elements: urns, torches and acanthus leaves.
Holiman, whose husband, Robert Hackney, works in finance, has an art studio in the basement. As a painter, she has an eye for authenticity.
“I like strong art, and houses that have character,” she said. “It’s like a painting that has patina on it.”
One of the most enjoyable spots in the house is a screened-in porch where the couple likes to enjoy an evening breeze and hear neighborhood kids outside.
“It’s wonderful to hear them playing,” Holiman said, one reason why they found the community character of Old Greenwich appealing. The two can walk to the train station and run chores on foot, another attraction for the couple who came to Greenwich from New York City.
“Old Greenwich is walkable, and there’s everything you need. I don’t want to be stuck in a car all the time,” said Holiman. “And lots of fun places to go.”
There are also five bedrooms and a saltwater pool on the property. Upstairs, there’s a little nook with a television in it that would be ideal for slumber parties, Holiman noted. And the home also comes with a wine cellar, the owner said, that seems right out of a Dickens novel.
The house is listed at $3,300,000 through Halstead Properties.