Displaying many of the eye-catching characteristics of Tudor architecture —gracefully pitched rooflines, decorative half timbering, elaborate stonework — this truly classic estate in midcountry Greenwich includes a light-filled main manor of approximately 10,000 square feet and a charming guesthouse and pool cabaña.
Encompassing an impressive circular entry courtyard, grand specimen trees, spectacular gardens, lush lawns, a heated swimming pool and spa, and an all-weather tennis court, the 5.29-acre compound is secured by walls of timeless New England stone and wrought iron and is accessed via two gated entries.
Impeccably maintained, the main residence has been masterfully renovated and updated for consummate contemporary living while maintaining respect for the home’s provenance and authentic charms.
Rooms throughout are beautifully, generously proportioned, with high ceilings, superb details, and extraordinary craftsmanship.
Among the highlights are a handsome library with built-in bookshelves, a marble fireplace, and a distinctive ceiling treatment; a formal dining room with an ornate fireplace, two sets of French doors, and hardwood parquetry; a glorious sitting room with two gracefully arched double doors; and a formal salon-style living room with a fireplace, a spacious bay windowed sitting area, classical moldings, and room for a piano.
The charming kitchen features unique tile accents, a granite-topped island, and abundant cabinetry with handsome finishes.
The family room has the splendor of a solarium, with plentiful divided light windows, a cozy dining nook built into a windowed bay, a coffered ceiling, hardwood floors, and a fireplace crafted of rugged stone and surrounded by built-in bookshelves and cabinets. The versatile, sun-filled conservatory makes distinctive office space.
From the foyer, a stately curving staircase rises to the second level and the home’s private quarters.
Spacious, private, and serene, the master suite is noteworthy among them, with multiple sitting areas and plenty of room to enjoy moments of private relaxation and repose.
Its handsome baths combine the classicism imparted by finishes of wood, marble, tile, and glass; a step-in shower and a soaking tub contribute to the appeal.
Similarly elegant in style is the freestanding guesthouse, which includes a kitchen and a living area opening to the sweeping grounds, making it ideal for use as a delightful poolside cabaña. The carriage house includes ample unfinished space on the upper level as well as garaging for three cars.
Additional highlights include a wine cellar accommodating several hundred bottles, a thoughtful fitness room with wood floors and ceiling fans, and a yoga or meditation room with carpeting and a dormer window.
$10,950,000 / 781 Lake Avenue
Greenwich, CT 06830