Just one hour from Manhattan, Brook Farm – the majestic architectural gem with a famous past – sits graciously atop a slight knoll amid some of Ridgefield’s most beautiful scenery. While living here, American playwright Eugene O’Neill gained inspiration for one of his most famous works – “Desire Under The Elms” – while his young son ran through the fields and meadows, enjoying everything a rural playground offers.
The house is accessed via a Dutch Door surrounded by original leaded glass transoms. The grand foyer opens to a friendship staircase leading to the upper level, while handsome features such as double-sided fireplaces, pocket doors, intricate paneling, upholstered walls, and true divided light windows abound.
A formal living room with two conversation areas leads to a distinguished library lined wall-to-wall with built-in shelving and featuring a half bath, while the spacious formal dining room bathes in the warm sunlight of the adjoining sunroom. A true butler’s pantry with professional appliances opens to the spacious kitchen, which in turn flows seamlessly into the family room with portrait windows and views to the bluestone terrace, 20 x 50 foot saltwater pool and outdoor shower beyond. Tucked away off the dining room, a second private, elegant study includes a fireplace and an additional half bath.
Upstairs, a serene master wing includes an exquisite mosaic marble bath, multiple windows, two closets and a fireplace. Unique architecture creates dynamic, spacious hallways that draw your eye to the farthest reaches of the house and the numerous bedrooms – serviced by renovated hall baths – enjoy sitting areas, fireplaces or private offices.
The 16.35 acres of pristine land includes a natural pond, as well as hiking trails and walking paths. The seamless, recent addition of an expansive mudroom and laundry includes multiple cubbies to hold everything you would need for exploring, while a bonus family room over the expanded two-car garage offers yet another place to retreat from the bustle of daily life.
Located close to the New York border near bridle trails and in a perfect commute location to Manhattan, the property also includes a separate detached barn with 4 garage bays, 2 box stalls & a finished 2nd floor for a home office or guest quarters.
Although Brook Farm is a significant antique property, this architectural gem strikes the perfect balance of vintage character married with modern convenience.