Space abounds at this colossal 1898 mansion in New Canaan, Connecticut

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Location: New Canaan, Connecticut

Price: $ 7.45 million

This historic New Canaan mansion with more than 13,000 square feet between the main and guest houses offers the ideal getaway to ride out the pandemic.

“If you need to spend almost all of your time at home, this is a great place to do it,” said listing agent Kelly Kraus. The spacious property could easily accommodate a family with several generations, and there are plenty of spaces in the home where people can work or go for privacy, as well as space to entertain both inside and out.

“The house is an iconic local landmark,” said Ms. Kraus.

The Nantucket-style house was built in 1898 and received a renovation and addition in 2011 by renowned local architect Michael Smith, who according to Ms. Kraus “retained all the charm of the vintage structure while updating it with all the modern conveniences and top-of-the-line details, making it both sophisticated and very livable.”

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The house boasts a mill-covered entrance hall and gallery-style entrance hall, a library with an original beehive fireplace, a large room with 20-foot supported ceilings, custom cabinets and French doors opening onto the balcony deck. A professional fitness center, a heated pool and spa and a separate guest house complete the area.

“One of the nicest things about this house is that it is very large, yet it has a great flow so it feels very cozy,” said Ms. Kraus.

The heated outdoor pool and spa are overlooked by the guest house and are adjacent to a stone-clad outdoor fireplace.

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The 11,658-square-foot, four-story home features eight bedrooms with eight full and two half bathrooms and sits on 3.12 acres of land.

An additional 1,400 square feet of guesthouse has one bedroom and one and a half bathrooms.

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This home has several outdoor decks, patios and lounge areas, both covered and uncovered, as well as a campfire site and outdoor fireplace. Porches with balconies overlook both the front lawn and a heated pool and spa at the rear of the home.

“You feel like you’re sitting on top of the world,” Ms. Kraus about the terrace on the second floor, which is accessible from both the hallway and the main bedroom.

The lower level has a large gym, while the guest house with one bedroom is complete with its own laundry room and a pool table, and a home office / library in the main house is perfectly suited for working from home.

The home boasts multiple stoves and a spacious garage that can fit four cars in tandem.


Oenoke Ridge is one of three north-south roads leading into downtown New Canaan, a suburban town, as well as a busy main street filled with eateries and shops.

The city is also known for its large public parks, including Waveny Park, with its huge 300 acres of ponds, fields and trails, as well as an excellent public school system, which according to Ms. Kraus “is the primary driving force for people moving to the area from Manhattan, especially . ” Notable schools include Saxe Middle School and New Canaan High School.

Considered part of Connecticut’s wealthy Gold Coast, New Canaan enjoys the atmosphere of a more remote location, while still being located an hour’s train ride from Manhattan, making it popular with wealthy Manhattan business executives.

Despite its generous acreage, this property also enjoys a very desirable location within walking distance (or five minutes drive) of downtown New Canaan.

Agent: Kelly Kraus, Houlihan Lawrence

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