The present owners of an antique colonial home that sits off quiet Low Road in Sharon, only about a mile or so from the central village area of this quaint and quintessential Litchfield County town, thought they had found their ideal second home, a place where they could retreat from their hectic weekday lives in New York City and allow their small children to enjoy the fruits and joys of rural living.
Well, the family’s dream will have to be that of others as the young couple both changed jobs and will be relocating, making a weekend home in Sharon impossible.
“They are very disappointed that they have to sell this home,” explained Graham Klemm of Klemm Real Estate, as he showed the charming dwelling that is embraced by pines and other trees. “They continue to spend time here when they can, but they won’t be able to continue to do so with their new careers. They loved it because it has old world charm, but is also located on such a quiet road and is surrounded by nature.”
The home is indeed charming and noble in character without being ostentatious. The grounds are lovely, with tall pines that hover near a huge screened in porch to the rear of the home, the trees backlit so as to give one the impression of being immersed in the woods. The six-acre property sweeps back to a small pond and wetlands beyond, while there is a mowed lawn below one side of the dwelling. As mentioned, mature trees, some of them specimen, give the home a protected feel and imbue the house with an atmosphere of being one with the surrounding countryside.
Klemm said that a portion of the home dates back to the 1800s, but the majority of the present structure was created in the 1930s during a major renovation and expansion.
“A small piece of the house dates back to the 1800s, but the 1930s was when the house you see today took shape. We believe some features of the home, such as wide plank flooring and a fireplace in the study, could be original.”
The home also underwent a fairly recent renovation and modest expansion under the talented guidance of former owner Nicholas Miles Pentecost, a famed New York-based interior designer, who brought the interior a new luster, while keeping true to original structure and the 1930s work. After a brief career in the financial industry, Pentecost joined the firm Parish-Hadley in 1975, where he remained for 10 years, leaving in 1985 to go out on his own.
One of the most interesting additions to the home’s interior in recent years is unique wallpaper that graces a large family room on one side of the entryway. It appears silver in color at first glance, but as the light moves about the space it turns greenish and gold and is luminescent. This room is indeed quite pleasant, with a fireplace and several windows, including a bay window that lets afternoon light stream in to bounce off the somewhat magical walls. Outside one side of the room as a small, cozy patio that overlooks the property’s heated saltwater swimming pool.
The 2005 restoration included such state-of-the-art creature comforts as a custom kitchen, replete with a Subzero refrigerator, Miele dishwasher and range, bar dishwasher and a full pantry. In addition to the kitchen, the first floor contains an 18-by-16 foot dining room, a 25-by-15-foot living room, a 10-by-15 foot study, and a 17-by-17 foot master bedroom, as well as a full bath.
The 3,447 square foot two story home, which rambles in a pleasing way due to the several renovations onto the existing structure, contains four bedrooms and three full and two half-baths in all, ideal for a family with children. The bedrooms are located so as to afford each occupant, or occupants, privacy and are quite attractive in scale and design. The bedrooms include a generously-sized ground floor master wing, which features a large master bath, a wood-burning fireplace, a spacious walk-in cedar closet, and a separate cedar shoe closet.
A graceful, winding stairway leads to the second floor and has some nice touches, such as built-in bookcases. It should be mentioned that the house features custom millwork and other high-end finishes throughout, in addition to those lovely walnut wide-plank floors.
The inviting three-sided screened porch referenced earlier overlooks the pool, lawn and backlit pine trees, which have been pruned so as to not distract the eye. A three-bay garage was designed to look like a carriage house when seen from the main home, another nice feature that is in keeping with the subdued presence of the house on one Sharon’s prettiest roadways.
“One of the real nice qualities of the property is its location,” said Klemm. “You feel like you are living in the quiet of the woods, but it’s a short walk or bike ride to town and also to Mudge Pond, where there is a town beach. Low Road is one of the least travelled roads in town, which also makes for a special setting. And it’s only 80 miles from New York City, making it easily accessible on the weekends and other times.”
The property is selling for $1.695 million. Contact Graham Klemm at 860-868-7313, extension 46 for a viewing or further information.