Mallard Pond, Ridgefield, CT

An Awe-Inspiring Lifestyle Only An Hour From New York City.

Pull up to Mallard Pond’s gates with its oil and stone drive and alee of Sweet Gums, and you are at once struck by the stately architecture juxtaposed against the pastoral property and surroundings.

Ten authentic gas lights line the exterior, while interior highlights include reclaimed cherry hardwood floors throughout; spectacular plaster-cast crown moldings; exquisite panel and trim work; barreled, groin and coffered ceilings; Venetian plaster walls; arched entrances; 8-foot French and solid core doors; soaring 10-foot ceilings on the main floor and 9-foot on the upper level, and floor – to – ceiling windows providing enchanting views in every room.

The north and south wings of the 2006 custom–built home provide the basis for a fabulous layout for entertaining, without feeling stuffy or overdone. The north wing includes a formal Living Room with a fireplace; a stately mahogany Library with built-in cabinetry and a distinguished fireplace and mantel, as well as French doors to the patio and sculpted gardens beyond; and a sunken glass-walled Conservatory with radiant-heated travertine marble flooring; a unique, old-world style “groin” ceiling and access to a semi-circular columned patio, which provides the perfect place to rest and relax while taking in the views of the aerated, stream-fed pond.

The south wing opens through the formal Dining Room to a Butler’s Pantry with a wine refrigerator, Asko dishwasher and plenty of storage. The adjoining “heart of the home” includes a chef’s gourmet Kitchen with an oversized island and breakfast bar, multiple sinks, picture windows, mosaic tile backsplash incorporating the Mallard Duck namesake, and professional appliances including two separate, full-size integrated SubZero refrigerators and one full size freezer, hidden walk-in pantry, 6-burner Wolf double ovens with a grill, and an Asko dishwasher. Additional refrigerator drawers plus a warming drawer also lend a helping hand. Open to the Breakfast Room, the kitchen is part of the non-linear floorplan, which is at once welcoming, while creating a sense of drama as you move towards the spectacular cathedral-ceilinged Great Room. Surrounded on all sides by walls of glass, it is impossible to describe the sense of grandeur imparted by this incredible space. Overlooked by a Juliet balcony that connects to the upper level “Oak Media Room” harboring an oak bar and fireplace, the Great Room provides the perfect place to entertain a multitude of guests, while still felling cozy through the use of the immense wood-burning fireplace. It is truly a magnificent space!

Rounding out the main floor are two elegant Powder Rooms, a Mudroom leading to the back stair, and an exterior, hexagonal covered patio with a built-in grill and fireplace. Of note, the East-West situation of the house on the property means views of the sunrise and sunset are enjoyed from every room in every season. The architects use of light also influenced the positioning of the windows, which all serve to maximize the light in the home as well.

Making our way upstairs, a terraced Balcony provides sweeping western views of the surrounding properties on the way to the Master Suite. With an eye toward beauty, you are immediately drawn to the Grecian-style marble, soaking tub surrounded by the windows and arches of the Master Bath. Joined by a steam shower with a barrel ceiling and two marble vanities, this room is as beautiful as it is functional. A Dressing Room with window seats and built-in drawers and shelving is accessed from both the bath and the suite hallway, while the Master Bedroom adjoins a wonderful sitting room and is complimented by coffered ceilings and a fireplace, creating a warm, relaxing space to retire at the end of the day. The Venetian plaster walls continue throughout the upper level. A Laundry and three Ensuite Bedrooms are also found here, including a suite featuring an Office/Sitting Room. (This room can be converted to a bedroom if one so desired with Jack & Jill access to a bathroom.)

The lower “ garden” level of the home features an Exercise Room, Recreation Room, Bonus Room and a full Apartment including a kitchen with high-end appliances, a full bath, it’s own laundry and a living room and bedroom, perfect for an au pair or in-laws. The Apartment has two separate entrances, includes access to the sunken formal garden and patio, plus an arched covered walkway to the separate two-car garage. Over this garage is the Pavillion, which includes additional space for a private office, yoga room or artists studio as suggestions.

Last- but definitely not least- is the expansive and beautifully landscaped 5.71 acre property which includes a perfectly-sited, heated, saltwater Gunite pool and spa, as well meticulously groomed lawns and gardens. Surrounded by tall mature trees, it is a haven of sublime peace and quiet.

Perfect as a full or part-time residence, the property offers SMART phone technologies such as Elan for televisions, Sonos for surround sound, 11 remotely-monitored security cameras, and the Vantage lighting system for added peace of mind. A whole home generator, 68-zone underground sprinkler system on a separate well, 10 heating/cooling zones and myriad additional custom touches create this breathtaking, second-to-none masterpiece.

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