House of the Week: Seaside Living/$39.5M
By Tom Williamson
23 Smith Road; Beds: 7; Baths: 9; Square footage: 8,150
Stone walls frame the gated entry to this extraordinary Belle Haven waterfront estate encompassing 5+ exquisite acres on a private road with extensive 681 feet of shoreline on Greenwich Harbor, lovely one-bedroom guest cottage, a deep water dock, two-story oak-paneled barn and beautiful heated pool designed by noted architect John Murray complemented by a wisteria-draped pergola. Breathtaking property designed by Martha Baker, punctuated by a vibrant array of perennial gardens, sculptured specimen shrubbery, gorgeous flowering trees and sprawling beauty of expansive open lawns, presents a visual feast of horticultural splendor. Classic elegance untarnished by the passage of time defines the richly detailed 1939 residence designed by noted 20th century architects, Henry O. Chapman, Jr. and Harold Beder, and the original home of Oliver D. Mead. Renovated/expanded to 8,100+SF of beautifully scaled living space by current owners, it showcases sophisticated interiors by the esteemed interior designers Cullman and Kravis, of New York with panoramic water views from most main floor rooms, many opening to magnificent wraparound waterfront terrace with fireplace providing splendid indoor/outdoor entertaining flow. The elegant formal living and dining rooms, handsome library, stunning Great Room with built-ins, coffered-ceiling and 4-season radiant-heated solarium, also designed by John Murray all feature wood burning fireplaces. Family room/casual dining area walled with windows adjoins grand gourmet custom kitchen centered by two granite islands. Main floor powder room and full bath. Seven bedrooms served by eight baths include a luxurious master suite with fireplace, his & her master baths, and walk-in custom closet; a private suite ideal for guests; and charming children’s bunk room with built-ins. Rooftop Captain’s Walk with amazing vistas across Long Island Sound.
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