A quaint cottage-style Cape Cod perfectly placed and with a lot of charm awaits at 329 Laurel Road in New Canaan.
In a quiet area just a couple miles north of downtown, the property sits among pretty trees. The house has a six-gable facade that combines some tasteful brick at the front with what is mostly wood siding.
Farther back in the driveway, the house is bigger than expected, with an attached two-car garage that's been logically raised with a wide dormer for a big upstairs room.
The back yard is minimal and quickly descends to a sharp wood-covered hill, yet the view out across the valley reaches far, and the selection of handsome trees -- several beeches among them -- are spectacular.
Entering the front is a large circular space that reaches two stories up with a central chandelier and a sweeping staircase that climbs to a balcony that extends straight ahead. It has large, white tiles on the floor, but to the right the living room opens with hardwood.
There's a fireplace in this room, which faces a long bay window with a view to the front.
ADDRESS: 329 Laurel Road, New Canaan
STYLE: Cape Cod
YEAR BUILT: 1978
SQUARE FOOTAGE: 4,696
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 12
FULL BATHROOMS: 4
HALF BATHS: 1
FEATURES: Deck, wet bar, central air conditioning, wood-burning fireplaces
SCHOOLS: East Elementary, Saxe Middle, New Canaan High
Farther back from this room is a bright dining room, with sash windows facing south and west that invite a lot of sun.
There's a central chandelier and a white base of wainscoting below the crimson walls.
The kitchen is simple, with a built-in microwave oven, electric burner and central island with a lot of storage.
The kitchen also features a breakfast area with an adjacent recessed section surrounded by windows on the south side.
The room over the garage is one of the highlights, with its vaulted ceiling and fan, and a magnificent wall of windows, including a wide, long seat that looks east toward the valley. The room features two built-in storage units, along with another area of cabinets and potential desk space. From here, an office with a high ceiling and tract lighting joins a hall into the main upstairs.
Upstairs is a maze of rooms, including four nice bedrooms, two of which use a gable to create a recessed space with its own window seat.
Both of these are en suite and spacious. Another one is centered between the space create by two adjacent gables, and includes a large closet.
A fourth bedroom connects to the hall through a bathroom.
The master suite is on the ground floor. There is also a den nearby with wood paneled walls and a fireplace.
For more information or make an appointment to see the house, contact Kelly DeFrancesco, of William Raveis Real Estate, at 203-966-3555 or Kelly.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jarret Liotta is a freelance writer.