Soul-searching retreat along the Saugatuck River
Inspired by the prairie style architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, this captivating contemporary was designed by Wright’s protégé, Alex Toefl. True to Wright’s style of becoming one with the landscape, “River’s Edge” melds into the natural surroundings, encompassed by an array of rare, mature specimen trees, and lush fields leading to the Saugatuck River.
“Here, life along the river’s edge can be relaxing, yet exciting and healthy, where fishing, kayaking, tennis and swimming can all be enjoyed without ever leaving home,” says listing agent Beth Saunders. The property includes a heated Gunite pool and spa with waterfall as well as a professionally maintained Har-Tru clay tennis court.
The tranquil riverfront setting is a sprawling 2.25 acres, with park-like sitting areas.
“There is complete privacy from the roadside to the back of house,” says the owner. “The field, woods and stream create a peaceful atmosphere and many trees surrounding back of house are hundreds of years old.”
Inside, the home enjoys breathtaking views from every room and an easy flow, perfect for everyday living or entertaining. Wide open spaces, generous use of wood and expansive panes of glass that allow light to enter from multiple angles create a wonderful integration with nature and are classic examples of Wright’s signature style.
Extensive windows spanning the entire back of the home take in beautiful views of the river and the gorgeous surroundings. The house has had many renovations over the years, including building out in the back, enlarging the sunroom, expanding the roofline and both wings of bedrooms.
The living room features a floor-to-ceiling brick fireplace, hand-pegged teak wood flooring and hand-framed Cypress wood window casings. A wall of brick accents the dining room and includes a fireplace and indoor barbecue pit. Hand-selected tile floors further distinguish this unique space.
Address: 19 Hemlock Ridge Road, Weston
Features: Enjoy gorgeous views of the Saugatuck River and beautiful natural surroundings from this 4,000 square-foot Contemporary inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright. The four-bedroom, four-bath home features a Gunite pool and spa, tennis court, five-car garage with owner’s studio, full house generator and no flood insurance required.
Schools: Hurlbutt Elementary, Weston Middle School, Weston High School
Open House: Sunday, 12- 2:00 p.m.
The custom-designed kitchen has been beautifully renovated featuring a hand-picked raw marble countertop, Miele warming drawer, convection oven and microwave, a breakfast area, large walk-in pantry and vaulted wood ceiling.
An office as well as a sunroom provide numerous options to enjoy privacy while taking in the scenic surroundings. Enjoy casual entertaining and leisure in the lower level family room which features a wet bar, beamed ceiling and walks out to the terrace.
Throughout the upper and lower levels there are multiple access points to the terrace for tranquil al fresco dining. A walkway leads to the pool and spa and the professionally maintained tennis court is complete with an outdoor shower, fountain and sitting area.
The two-room master bedroom suite offers a private retreat among a fireplace, sitting room, walk-in closets and spa-like bath. On this wing is a second bedroom with a full bath / jetted tub. A children’s or guest wing offers two additional bedrooms both en-suite, a common room perfect for relaxing or gaming.
Another special and unique feature is the separate owner’s studio, overlooking the pool, with full kitchen and full bathroom over the 5-car garage.
Listing agent: Beth Saunders, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services New England Properties, 203-913-2762, firstname.lastname@example.org