174 North Salem Road, Ridgefield, CT

Vintage Charm With A Pool

A stunning example of an impeccable vintage residence, the Samuel Olmstead House exudes a feeling of whimsy and romanticism from the moment you enter. Greeted by an impressive double-high foyer with a gently curving stairway to the upper level and ornate picture windows, the home immediately opens to the parlor where guests would wait to be received by the masters of the house. Four working fireplaces create a focal point to every room and multiple pocket doors throughout allow for gatherings of any size to be hosted comfortably – whether it’s an intimate dinner party or a large celebration. Wide board hardwood floors, iron floor grates, arched entryways, divided light windows and classic woodwork create a sense of character and grandness, while a propane furnace, all new windows, upgraded electrical, central air conditioning and more provide for all manner of modern convenience.

In addition to the entry parlor, the original rooms on the main level of the home include the living and dining rooms, as well as a beautifully renovated Chef’s kitchen. Featured in the book “Country French Kitchens” it includes a center island, farmhouse sink, double ovens, gas cooktop, creamy white cabinetry and an arched window providing views to the pool and yard beyond. Completed in 2013, the addition to the residence seamlessly blends these original spaces with the new construction encompassing a family room flooded in natural light with French doors to the covered porch and idyllic grounds beyond and a gas fireplace providing a cozy place to retire at the end of a long day. A study, elegant powder room and functional mudroom complete the level.

In the upstairs of the addition, a master suite takes center stage with picturesque views of the surrounding woodlands through a huge picture window. His and hers walk-in closets join a serene master bath including a marble double vanity, jacuzzi soaking tub and separate shower. The original structure contains four additional bedrooms – which all include ample closet space with organizers – and are either en-suite or share a Jack & Jill style bath. Laundry is also located on this level.

The third floor attic or loft includes a sixth bedroom as well as two recreation and games areas perfect as a teenage hangout or additional office space, while the walk-out lower level includes an exercise room and full bath. With direct access to the pool path, it is convenient for family and guests alike. Ample storage in the lower level extends throughout the floorplan of the entire home and is fully useable.

The property itself is second to none and is conveniently located just a couple of minutes to the center of Ridgefield. The stone wall and wood fencing create a privacy screen, while a private pond offers opportunities for all manner of bird and wildlife sightings. The heated, saltwater Gunite pool and pool house offer hours of enjoyment, and the lush level lawn provides room for play. Bluestone paths, a pea-gravel drive, perennial gardens and specimen trees offer beauty all year round.

Impeccably maintained with too many improvements to mention, this home retains the character that antique lovers admire, yet provides the convenience necessary for modern life. Truly, a special home in a special setting.