358 Lukes Wood Road, New Canaan, Connecticut
An impressive country retreat with a modern rustic flair set on nearly five acres, 358 Lukes Wood Road in New Canaan, Connecticut is nothing short of stunning. The luxurious estate features a seven-bedroom, 14,000-square-foot colonial home along with a guest cottage, detached barn with an indoor basketball court, gunite pool, pool pavilion and tennis court. Understated elegance defines the approach to this circa-1941 home recently restored by the CT-based, nationally-acclaimed architecture firm of Shope Reno Wharton, with interior design by Marsha Russell of Satinwood, Ltd. and landscape by Hollander Design.
“As you enter the magnificent estate, you are quickly aware of the high level of design. An architectural gem, it is all in the unique details,” said Wendy Brainard, one of the listing brokers from William Raveis Real Estate. “From the French-imported reclaimed oak floors, to the handcrafted steel windows and doors, to the layers and textures of unexpected materials, every room is a moment, punctuated by dramatic lighting and unbelievable views of the expansive grounds.”
“It is a perfect country haven where privacy abounds in a bespoke setting that enchants every sense,” adds Heidi Poisella, co-listing broker from William Raveis Real Estate. “Buyers are looking for retreats today, and 358 Lukes Wood delivers on multiple levels.”
The heart and soul of any home, the kitchen and breakfast room are an eye-catching mix of elegant natural stone and distinctive wood accents. Double is the trend here with double islands, double ovens and double dishwashers to meet every entertaining need. Just off the kitchen are multiple pantry spaces and a private section for party preparations designed to be away from guests’ view. To round out the entertaining needs, and for the serious wine collectors, there is a 500-bottle, climate-controlled wine cellar ready for stocking.
One of the top priorities for homebuyers today is the reimagined home office and this estate offers several options. There is a multi-purpose room that doubles as a home office and a second computer office with easy access between the kitchen and mudroom. The space can also be used for the dog lovers in the family as a place to nest comfortably and securely while the owner is away.
On the second floor, the Master Suite immediately draws you in with a stunning stone fireplace as the focal point, along with a vaulted ceiling, a sitting area saturated with light and views of the magnificent property with French doors opening up to an expansive outdoor hardwood deck. It also boasts his and hers bathrooms with spa showers and a soaking tub. Both bathrooms feature iron-framed windows and doors and natural wood vanity for the special feel of a rustic and luxurious home-spa retreat. With both design and ease in mind, the bathrooms are separated by a beautiful walk-in dressing room that allows for displaying designer shoes, jewelry and accessories.
In an effort to bring the outdoors in, the current owner added a glass-walled sun room, complemented by a rough stone floor. It is the perfect spot to sneak away for a quiet moment and bask in natural light and views, or enjoy a favorite show on a television that rises out of a hiding space when not in use.
Within the exquisite landscape, this home offers the coveted outdoor lifestyle so many people are seeking today. With a premium gunite pool and spa surrounded by a hardwood deck and elevated pavilion, along with a stunning tennis court, this is truly resort-like living at its best.
If tennis is not your game, adjacent to the court is a rustic barn that has been transformed into a basketball court with parquet floors and Glass sliding Barn doors.
“This home is luxurious and spacious but also exudes warmth without being cavernous,” says Brainard. “It truly exceeds the usual trends of residential design and finishings while complementing the long history of innovative design seen throughout New Canaan.”
Located 40 miles from midtown Manhattan, New Canaan, Conn. is an idyllic, leafy suburb with award-winning schools, beautiful architecture and a bustling downtown with a neighborhood vibe. Architecture and design have been a prime focus in New Canaan since the mid-century when a group of innovative modern architects from the Harvard Graduate School of Design migrated to New Canaan. The team of revered architects included Phillip Johnson, Marcel Breuer, Eliot Noyes, Landis Goris and John M. Johansen and came to be known as the “Harvard Five.” Their influence endures today with more than 80 mid-century modern homes still standing, and countless other homes and buildings designed with their inspiration. A family-oriented community with more than 20,000 residents, New Canaan has seen its real estate market soar in 2020, specifically due to an influx of city dwellers seeking more space and all the unique features of a suburban lifestyle.
Offered at $8,600,000
William Raveis Luxury Properties
Wendy Brainard, 203.253.7790 and Heidi Poisella, 646.232.6200
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