Resort-like living is a breeze at this ultimate modern waterfront Greenwich estate, perched above the Long Island Sound. The stately 11,465-square-foot home honors the integrity of the original 1913 structure while fully embracing contemporary finishes, furnishings, additions, and lifestyle trends.
Greenwich, Connecticut | Leslie McElwreath, Sotheby’s International Realty – Greenwich Brokerage
A thorough 2023 renovation maintained the footprint of the historic residence while effecting appointments and amenities that are undeniably contemporary. The palette is soothingly organic and minimalist, and the floor plan has an easy, airy flow, with streamlined walls and floors of blonde hardwood. Fitting for a waterfront estate, nearly every room enjoys views of or access to the idyllic grounds, delivering an indoor-outdoor lifestyle.
On the light-flooded main level, the formal foyer opens to a library with a fireplace, a dining room for 20 people or more, and a living room with walls of glass that offer cinematic views of the water plus access to one of the estate’s many relaxing alfresco spaces.
A family room with built-in shelving, a fireplace, and effortless patio access connects to the chef’s kitchen, a feat of modern architecture and design, built with full walls of glass on three sides. It is anchored by an island with counter seating, striking sculptural light fixtures, and floating shelves that provide storage space while ensuring that the view remains largely uninterrupted. The breakfast area features a built-in banquette with seemingly endless vistas of the Long Island Sound as well as direct access to a covered skylit wraparound verandah with a built-in grill.
The second level comprises a collection of serene sunlit bedroom suites with fittingly dreamy water views. The owner’s suite includes a bright, spacious bath with double vanities, an oversized steam shower, and private water closet; two expansive dressing rooms—one outfitted with a vanity, two tall windows, and a large-format mirror—a gym with a mirrored wall, large windows, and quintessential Connecticut vistas; and a study with built-in shelves and French doors that open to a sun deck with picture-perfect water views and a minimalist wire railing for more unobstructed outlooks.
Fourth and fifth bedroom suites are secluded on the uppermost level along with two baths and generous storage space. The voluminous top-floor recreation and party room features double-height vaulted ceilings, cozy dormer window seats, a wet bar, a wine refrigerator, and doors to a rooftop deck with views of treetops and the Long Island Sound.
In addition to providing one additional bedroom and bath as well as laundry facilities, the home’s lowest level allows for all manner of entertaining. Highlights include a movie theater; a spectacular wood-clad wine cellar and tasting room with a 1,200-bottle capacity; a lounge with a fireplace and a convenient powder room nearby; and a steam room and sauna. The auto enthusiast will appreciate the attached two-car garage along with the property’s freestanding three-car garage, which is topped by two-bedroom guest quarters.
Strewn with grandfather trees, the blufftop 1.81-acre estate is a veritable private resort. A stone arch introduces a walkway on the home’s northeast side that leads to a tennis court with a raised viewing area, while a water-facing swimming pool and spa with a dramatic rock waterfall are enveloped by a roomy terrace for lounging and basking in the sun. Just above the 292 feet of private water frontage is a landing ideal for seaside cocktails or sightseeing. From here, stairs lead to the boathouse and the enviable floating dock—a rarely available amenity that completes the luxurious coastal New England lifestyle.