NEW CANAAN — A classically appointed colonial sits majestically atop a rise in a private setting at 364 Smith Ridge Road. The beautiful façade of this house is hidden from view on the main road behind a scrim of trees.

The manicured front lawn and a bluestone path from the driveway lined in Belgium block lead to the beige colonial house with black shutters and white trim. The beauty of the architecture is enhanced by the landscaping, which includes shaped boxwood shrubbery, rhododendrons, hydrangeas, and other perennial plantings.

Although the house sits on a bit of a hill the 1.19-acre property itself is largely level and offers plenty of space for child’s play, entertaining, and gardening. In addition to the landscaping the side yard contains two fenced and raised vegetable beds.

Inside, there is more than 6,500 square feet of space on four finished levels. The house was built in 2002 but could easily pass as brand new construction. Its elegance is obvious from the moment one opens the front door, which is framed by sidelights and a transom. It opens into the two-story foyer, which is adorned in a chic wallcovering. The entrance ways into each room are framed in stylish millwork, some capped with keystones.

To the left of the foyer the formal living room has a fireplace with a mantel that mirrors the millwork. To the right there are French doors that open into the office or study, where there is a marble fireplace, a coffered ceiling, and a wall of built-in bookshelves and lower cabinetry. There is a circular flow to the floor plan. The living room opens to the formal dining room, which leads into the spacious gourmet kitchen. The office also accesses the kitchen and family room from the opposite side.

In the dining room the lower portion of the walls are paneled and there is a tray ceiling with cove lighting, and a large bay. The fabric wall covering was treated in such a way that it appears to have high-end studs, giving the walls a visually appealing geometric pattern. Between the dining room and kitchen there is a wet bar with a granite counter, a mirrored wall, and glass shelving for storage of stemware.

The kitchen features a large center island with a breakfast bar for three, a beverage refrigerator and built-in wine racks. The counters are granite, there is a built-in desk area, and high-end appliances including a Thermador Professional six-burner range, double wall ovens, and a Sub-Zero refrigerator hidden behind cabinetry paneling. Off the kitchen is a large eat-in area or breakfast room with two sets of French doors to the terraced bluestone patio, which has a fieldstone sitting wall. There is also a walk-in pantry, mudroom, and a rear sets of stairs to the second floor.

Open to the kitchen, separated only by two columns, is the family room, which has a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, coffered ceiling, transoms above the windows, and plantation shutters.

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STYLE: Colonial

ADDRESS: 364 Smith Ridge Road

PRICE: $2,099,999


FEATURES: 1.19-acre level property, wet bar, exterior lighting, bluestone patio, underground sprinkler, private gardens, three fireplaces, front and rear staircases, fenced vegetable gardens, attached three-car garage, private well, walk-up attic, wood roof, only two miles from downtown New Canaan and Metro North train station, proximity to the Country Club of New Canaan, full finished walk-out basement, five bedrooms, five full and two half baths

SCHOOLS: East Elementary, Saxe Middle, New Canaan High School

ASSESSMENT: $1,625,050

MILL RATE: 16.312 mills

TAXES: $27,122

On the second floor, the master bedroom suite is in a separate wing and has a marble fireplace, a good-size sitting or dressing room, a large walk-in closet, and a marble bath with a long double vanity, jetted tub, shower, and water closet. There are four more bedrooms on this level - two of them en suite and two share a bath, and a large room with flexible use as a playroom or a homework room. The third floor is finished and has a large room with two window seats, and a large closet with organizers. This level could serve as another office or au pair suite. It does have its own full bath.

This house is convenient to the village, train, clubs, and school. The village and train station are only two miles away.

For more information or to make an appointment to see the house contact Christine Saxe of Halstead Property at 203- 273-1548 or