An Estate For All Seasons
Designed by architects Donald Billinkoff and Yvan Prokesch, Strawberry Ridge is a reflection of mid-century modern design incorporated into a country setting. The beautifully renovated and expanded 11,272 square foot residence sits behind natural privacy walls in one of Ridgefield’s premier enclaves, and elicits a zen-like feeling of tranquility and peace.
Designed for year round residency, the architecture accentuates a series of wings each suited to encompass the best of living in each season. The pebbled driveway leads to a striking front entrance featuring a horizontal, Cherrywood plank front door, which opens to reveal a central reception area offering access to both wings of the home.
The modern, contemporary, vaulted design of the “summer” wing includes a sleek European kitchen, which seamlessly gives way to a breakfast area, and a large family room with multiple large-pane glass doors open to the magnificently landscaped vistas beyond. Continuing through the wing, an expansive media room and elevated gym lead into a full bath and stunning indoor pool with a spa and waterfall. According to the current owner, “having an indoor pool and jacuzzi is magical. Pumping the heat up quite high and jumping in while the snow is blowing around outside is incomparable.” Off the great room, the sumptuous screened porch with built-in grill acts a living room during the warmer seasons, and the recent addition of a stone fire pit and treehouse adds to the unpretentious, zen feel of the property.
The “winter” wing can be defined as romantic classicism married with modern minimalism. The glass sunroom is the current family’s favorite room and is the perfect place for reading, talking, napping or watching the snow as it falls on the beautifully terraced outdoor living room designed by landscape architect Diane Devore of Fairfield, CT. The formal living room features wall-to-wall views of the land beyond, and a stunning marble fireplace acts as its focal point. The large dining room is at once formal and elegant – yet framed by maple paneling and a warm stone fireplace, it also appears soft and inviting. The proximity of the full Butler’s Pantry also makes preparation and serving easy. Continuing through the wing, a relaxed library with multiple built-in shelves will satisfy the most discerning of book aficionados, while the original glass finial at the bottom of the circular stair to the private living quarters reflects the home’s three-century heritage.
The upper level private spaces of the home continue to impress. Custom tile work, moldings, fixtures and beautiful original architecture punctuate the home’s esthetic at every turn. The master suite is positively breathtaking with its natural wood exposed beams, comfortable fireplace, and incredible views of the guest house, tennis court, and woods beyond. The exquisite master bath features a private tub space, oversize shower, and modern double vanity.
Moving outdoors, the 7.59 acre property has been meticulously sculpted to reflect the roots of contemporary design in Puritan tradition. The grass stepped living room and cedar and gravel walking path around the perimeter of the property, blend seamlessly with the sport court, tennis court and guest house. Specimen plantings, a huge tulip tree, and perennial gardens have all been designed to create a comfortable atmosphere for one or two people, yet be grand enough to accommodate large gatherings.
Perfect as a full-time or weekend residence, this property is simply exceptional!