On the Market / Japanese inspried house for sale in the Wilton country
Published 11:51 am, Wednesday, October 4, 2017
WILTON — Lookout House, as the contemporary at 121 Middlebrook Farm Road is called, probably was misnamed. A more suitable moniker for this unique residential structure would be Look At House because it was designed not only for comfortable living but to be admired as well.
The stone and stucco house is a fine example of traditional Japanese design principles coupled with the strong vertical lines of Frank Lloyd Wright creating a sensory experience in wood, glass and Connecticut fieldstone. The 9,563-square-foot house was carefully integrated into the natural landscape of this 4.92-acre level and gently sloping parcel, where a vast meadow of wildflowers attract hundreds of pollinators.
While the term “big sky country” is generally reserved for the American west, it is accurate to say a large swath of sky is visible from this hilltop setting, which enjoys 50-mile views of Long Island Sound and, on a clear day, the distant Long Island itself.
“It’s a feeling like being on top of the world,” one of the homeowners said.
This orientation of this south-facing house maximizes its relationship with the sun. Although it has a geothermal heating and cooling system there is a solar hot water system. What could be mistaken as solar panels on the roof of the main part of the house on closer inspection is a very large skylight with divided light panes. Not only does that skylight bring in an abundance of natural light but it also helps to utilize the sun’s warmth to heat the indoor salt water swimming pool that sits between the kitchen and living room. There is a second pool - a heated in-ground infinity edge pool on the exterior, where there is also a red clay tennis court.
Other sustainable features were incorporated into this house, which is both sophisticated and progressive. Renewable materials were used in its construction when it was built in 1979. In the spacious gourmet kitchen the flooring comprises rubber and cork while the rest of the house has bamboo floors in some rooms and Mexican limestone in others. Rain water is captured and stored in an underground cistern to water the Zen and other gardens, which includes perennial flowers, blueberry bushes, apple trees, and grape vines growing on a pergola.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
ADDRESS: 121 Middlebrook Farm Road
FEATURES: 4.92-acre level and gently sloping parcel, two swimming pools (one indoors), spa, tennis court, whole house generator, 1200-amp electrical system, geothermal heating and cooling system, passive solar, six heating zones, Thermopane windows, koi pond, Zen gardens, located on a private cul-de-sac, wine cellar, two wet bars, fire pit built-in seating, skylights, cedar closets, balconies, four fireplaces, sauna, workshop, wood roof, stone walls, three-car attached garage, full partially finished walk-out basement, six bedrooms, seven full and one half baths
SCHOOLS: Miller-Driscoll Elementary, Cider Mill Intermediate, Middlebrook Middle, Wilton High
MILL RATE: 27.768504 mills
Among the home’s many other special features is a triple-filtered whole house water system, a 1200-amp electrical system, an attached under house three-car garage with additional space to work on vehicles, and a 2,500-bottle wine cellar.
Every square foot of the house is well thought out and used. But the home is not just a functional wonder. The owners invested into the aesthetics as well giving it Venetian plaster walls with a beeswax finish, vaulted ceilings that provide interesting architectural angles, and floor-to-ceiling windows allowing the beautiful setting to serve as the “artwork.”
Enter the house from French doors that open into a spacious foyer. Three thick slabs of bluestone form a footbridge over the indoor pool and spa. Three sets of French doors open to the gardens and a bluestone patio. Around the outdoor pool the patio comprises Israeli sandstone.
In the kitchen there are stainless steel and polished concrete counters, a built-in wok to cook Asian-inspired meals, a long center island, and high-end appliances including a Sub-Zero refrigerator. There is an eat-in area off the kitchen. The raised dining room can be accessed by steps in the foyer and in the family room. Above it on the second floor there is a glass office.
The open floor plan has the living and family rooms flowing one into the other, each with its own fireplace that share the same floor-to-ceiling chimney. Down a long, wide corridor there is a door to another Zen garden - this one with a koi pond, and steps to a covered porch. Back inside there is a Plexiglas path illuminated from underneath that leads to the cavernous first floor master suite, which features a stone fireplace, and a door to a private covered balcony. The spacious master bath features a crow’s feet marble counter, iridescent mosaic tile backsplash, and a free-standing soaking tub. In the walk-in closets there are built-in dresser drawers with a built-in retractable bench to sit when putting on footwear.
A floating staircase leads up to the office and three bedrooms. One of them has a wall of open shelving and a ladder to a loft space. The other has a built-in desk area.
On the lower level there is a sitting room with a fireplace and sliding doors to the pool. There is also a large bar area with a sink, counters and glass shelving. Also on this level is a gym with a rubberized floor and mirrored wall, an office, two more bedrooms, the wine cellar, sauna, and a workshop. There is ample storage space as well as the laundry room which doubles as a sewing or craft room.
For more information or to make an appointment to see the house contact Deborah Burnaman and Regi van der Heyden of William Raveis Real Estate; Burnaman at 203-803-0483 or Deborah.firstname.lastname@example.org, and van der Heyden at 203-644-5025 or email@example.com.