The Peter Parley House – A Wonderful Opportunity To Live In One Of Ridgefield’s Most Prized Historic Homes
Steeped in history, this beautiful Colonial is sited on 1.17 spectacular acres on prestigious High Ridge Ave. Offering a short, picturesque walk to the Village, this is truly a rare opportunity to own a piece of days past.
Built in 1797 by the Rev. Samuel Griswold Goodrich, then pastor of the Congregational Church, the original 35 x 35 foot, center-chimney Colonial has been lovingly expanded and updated over the years, combining charm and sophistication with contemporary design and amenities for modern living. In perfect proximity for travelling to neighboring Fairfield County towns, and just steps to the Katonah shuttle for New York City commuters, the residence features three floors, six bedrooms, five full and one half baths, a new kitchen, family and sun rooms, and a beautifully manicured acreage with spectacular plantings.
Lovingly restored – including sanding all exterior painted surfaces to the bare wood, and replacing electrical and plumbing – this antique features all you would expect to find in a historic home. High ceilings, multiple large windows, beautiful moldings, wide board floors and ornate fireplaces dominate. A simple, yet welcoming foyer leads into a wonderful parlor and is the perfect gathering room for entrance to the home. The formal living room boasts a multitude of windows including a bay window-seat and a wood-burning fireplace. The original hearth from a three-sided fireplace can still be seen in the office, while the large formal dining room retains the charm of yesteryear with exposed rough-hewn beams, a Franklin Stove and a period chandelier and sconces. Upstairs, the original master suite has been updated to include a beautiful full bath, while two of the additional bedrooms maintain original detailing and fireplaces; one featuring an antique Delft tile surround. Also on this floor, the large guest suite can function as a second master suite and includes a full bath and a sitting room or den. The third floor exudes a “cottage” feeling with painted wide board flooring and walls in the two bedrooms, and a full bath featuring a claw foot tub.
In addition to the renovated original house, a new wing featuring a vaulted kitchen and family room, as well as a sunroom and a second floor guest suite with den was added to the home. Respecting the exterior design of the house, the new wings blend seamlessly and could be mistaken for being part of the original floor plan. The kitchen features granite counters, high-end stainless steel appliances, recessed lighting and a wonderfully sunny breakfast area. With views to the fabulous English garden, this is a great place to relax, cook and visit with friends and family alike. The spectacular heated sunroom adjoins the formal living room and features two sets of French doors leading to the garden beyond, as well as wall-to-wall windows throughout. A bead-board ceiling and slate floor make this room the perfect place for entertaining.
The Magnificent Outdoors
Arguably one of the most beautiful in-town parcels in Ridgefield, the grounds at the Peter Parley House are just stunning. Located on 1.17 acres of level ground, the gardens consist of beautiful specimen plantings, mature trees, vegetable and perennial gardens and a formal English Garden. White picket fences anchored by a 150-foot stone wall, as well as an invisible fence, surround the house and a quintessential red barn functions as a detached two-car garage. Located on one of Ridgefield’s most desirable streets, with room to build a tennis court or pool and within easy walking distance to downtown, this home is truly one-of-a-kind. Move right in and own a piece of New England history.