The house at 9 Mackenzie Glen off North Street in the mid country falls into the latter category.
The center hall soars more than 20 feet, and a decorative glass chandelier from France imparts jewel-like tones. A nearby piano adds a touch of festive elegance.
It’s a great place for parties, said the lady of the house. And the kitchen is easy to access from the family room.“The memories made in that house are great,” said Maria Wilson. “The floor plan is really good for entertaining, we would always set up our cocktail parties in that center hallway, where there was great flow for that kind of formal entertaining. And our 12-foot Christmas tree — the kids would come down on Christmas morning — it’s quite a setting. And great for family gatherings, on the more informal side of the house.”The piano near the entryway was another focal point. “Someone who knew how to play would inevitably sit down and play, and during the holidays, we’d sing Christmas carols. That center hall really served us well,” said Wilson. James Wilson, her husband, a photographer, likes the feel of the house, which was built in 2006. “It’s very open — you don’t have a sense of being closed in. And it’s not dark,” he said, gesturing to the capacious windows that bring in light and landscape. The house is natural for families with kids — from young to teen-aged.
In the backyard, the Wilsons put up a swing set and trampoline and a seesaw for their twin daughters."It was like their own little adventure park back there — a completely secluded area that’s all theirs,” Maria Wilson said.
Now that they’re teenagers, the home is well adapted to sleep-overs, snacks and late-night gossip sessions. “The bedrooms are quite large, great for sleepovers,” said Wilson.Overall, she said, “It’s a great family home.”The house’s decor was designed by Lynne Scalo, who is based in Greenwich. There’s a mix of traditional furniture with modern elements. “It suited the house. It’s a grand house — and it worked well, if we wanted to formally entertain in the front of the house, or casually entertain in the more informal part of the house,” she said. Though it’s of modern construction, the home appears older than it is, thanks to a slate roof, bay windows, gabled roofs and other architectural features suggestive of the 19th century.
“It’s aging very well,” noted the listing agent for the property, Rob Johnson.
With ceilings over 10 feet high and abundant light, the home also lends itself to art collections. Jim Wilson’s photographs, and his collection of 20th century photography, also adorn many of the walls. The back patio is another of the features that stand out in Maria Wilson’s mind. And there’s plenty of room in the basement for kids’ projects, hobbies or a pool table. And Wilson mentions one of those intangibles that can make a big difference in home ownership: “beautiful neighbors.” Measuring 6,483 square feet, the home lies on 1.2 acres. The property is being listed at $4,975,000 by Halstead Property.
Thursday, April 06, 2017