Brushy Ridge Road New Canaan


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$4,650,000. Beyond the wrought iron gates lies a world of extraordinary beauty and extraordinarily livable luxury. Drive past the wisteria laden gazebo and magnificent rose garden and enter into a home of superb craftsmanship and flawless finishes. A dramatic two story entry with a graceful butterfly staircase welcomes you into this spectacular private haven. Hosting family and friends is important to the current owner and this home offers sumptuous rooms for grand entertaining and cozy spots for lounging. There are 9 exquisite fireplaces, high ceilings and elegant architectural details throughout the house, formal living rooms and dining room with butlers pantry, a magnificent mahogany paneled private study and mahogany paneled family room with a show stopping bar, including all the accouterments. The gourmet eat-in kitchen has a large center island, fireplace and opens to the extensive flagstone patio. A marvelous dressing room, fireplace and luxurious bath are part of the generous master suite and each spacious bedroom is en-suite with walk-in closets.
The park like grounds are breathtaking. Handsome, full sized blue stone patio extends the entertaining space, includes a built in Viking grill and overlook magnificent perennial gardens, dramatic free form swimming pool with spa, expansive lawns and a half basketball court. Perfect for special family event or to just enjoy a cool drink under the dappled sunlit outdoors
This impressive and elegant home is one of New Canaan’s premiere properties in a prime location and for the connoisseur of fine living. Full Listing Details: Brushy Ridge Road, New Canaan, Connecticut

Got Wood? Got Kids? Get Creative!

With all the winter storms and downed branches my yard  is looking pretty chaotic. It originally looked like a war zone until we revved up the chain saws and stacked the wood, gleefully using it for most of the winter to heat our house and ignoring the rest of the mess. Now that spring is here those larger logs and errant branches that seemed impossible to deal with are taunting me. Light bulb! This isn’t debris, it is art material.

There is a treasure trove of material to use in some sort of creative way. Make it fun. Turn those large rounds on end and use them as stools and tables for kids.  Decorate them with paint, tiles, fabric or whatever you and your kids dream up.  Or cut them up and create stepping stones…the possibilities are endless. Take those long straight branches and have your kids create totem poles. They can have any theme and use any materials. Use them as garden ornaments or back drops for a child’s play area. Or construct tepees and forts, hidden spaces for kids games.  Now when you ask your kids to help you clean up the yard, they may just jump at the chance.


Signs Of A Recovering Real Estate Market

With temperatures chilly real estate sales grew hot in the first quarter of 2013. The number of buyers has out paced the inventory of homes available (currently 222 offered down approx. 12% from last year) and many sales went to multiple bids.  We are starting to see some modest price increases and sales where the average sale price was higher than the average list price. Sales are up about 25% with an average sale price of $1,696,000.

Value, updated amenities and close to the center of the town continue to lead buyers’ wish lists. There are 66 houses with contracts signed as well as 9 condominiums pending which is up approximately 26% from last year. What does this mean to you? The housing market is gaining strength locally as well as nationally. Below is a sampling of some of the homes sold in the past couple of months.