Ever since Philip Johnson built his Glass House in a sprawling New Canaan meadow in 1949, Connecticut’s quiet yet formidable flirtation with modernism was born. Just 15 miles south, Greenwich has been better known for its traditional architecture. But the tony town is not all stately gentleman’s farms and fabled old-world mansions. A countercurrent of modernist architecture does exist among its pastoral greenery and rolling hills. Although rare in Greenwich, contemporary homes do hold a certain cachet.
Enter this secluded modernist jewel box in mid-country Greenwich, our latest “Home of the Week.”
Over 7,600 square feet of newly-designed, open flow space celebrates the international style of architecture espoused by Johnson and his mid-century counterparts by seamlessly integrating into the wooded landscape. Set on a lush 4.73 acres between Stanwich Road and North Street and yet close to downtown, the property is introduced by a winding drive that leads to the Zen-like retreat nestled among rock croppings, scenic views, a small private island with a footbridge surrounded by a peaceful pond. It’s impossible to see echoes of The Glass House, whether intentional or not.
A two-story open foyer leads to a circular plan with museum-like interior spaces tailor-made for entertaining as you move from the grand living to the dining room. A total of four bedrooms, including a dream primary suite occupying the full top floor wing beckons with balconies, spa baths, heated Italian porcelain floors and dual showroom closets, ensure everyone plenty of privacy and space. Meanwhile, an impressive list of details and amenities seem destined to deliver a 21st-century luxury lifestyle complete with soaring ceilings, European cabinetry and appliances, along with exquisite designer finishes at every turn. An attached garage offers an additional two-car lift option plus a finished walk-out lower level.