161 Cedar Road – $1,255,000

WATERFALL HOUSE.Set on a river with waterfall views from almost every room, you won’t find another home like this.  A private, lush and wooded country setting, minutes to Westport, downtown Wilton, and about an hour from Manhattan (by train or car).  Close to the beach, great restaurants, organic grocery stores, farmer’s markets, and chic shopping.  Great schools, entertainment, amenities and family life.  Get the feel, the charm and the character of an Antique home but in a modern-day house.  Although its history began in 1734, this home feels modern inside with vaulted ceilings and large, open spaces on the ground floor for entertaining.  And, you don’t have to worry about headaches or surprises with an older home; everything is in tip-top shape.  Over $250,000 in improvements, including new roof, septic, A/C and heating equipment, sump pump and basement waterproofing, eco-friendly spray foam insulation, construction of glass conservatory, cedar closets, custom leather-bound sisal rugs, extensive landscaping.  The Rose Adams Kitchen and Great Room and open floor plan feature huge fireplaces.  Yet, this home is not too big, or expensive to heat and maintain.  There are amazing outdoor spaces, naturally created and nearly impossible to re-create.  Today’s zoning restrictions would never allow patios and a conservatory so close to the waterfall; thankfully everything is grandfathered in.  Professional landscaping, irrigation system and outdoor lighting. 
 Fall in love with the river, the multiple waterfalls, the gardens, the island; birds, fish, dragonflies, hummingbirds, herons.  Thoughtful and creative additions and refinements over the years: firewood hoppers that keep the fireplace uncluttered, Cedar lined closets, double dishwashers/ovens and a Butler’s Pantry – great for entertaining, glass cabinets in the library, hidden trash and warming drawers, art gallery lighting, finished attic, surround sound great room, conservatory/sun room, folding patio doors that open all the way to the waterfall, even a hidden “secret space”.  Because part of the land is in Weston, you can get a parking pass for Compo Beach in Westport.  IMAGINE: Step out of the bedroom onto your balcony for a morning cappuccino overlooking the river (or an evening glass of wine). Fish for trout right in your backyard. Grow orchids in your English Conservatory, or simply enjoy the great outdoors from inside the glass-roofed sunroom. Smell the fresh air through open windows, as the soothing noise of the waterfall lulls you to sleep.  Serve up chilled “rosé on the river” for friends and neighbors.  Snip roses from the garden for your nightstand. Go to sleep to the symphony of frogs and cicadas.  Enjoy your breakfast next to a roaring fire in the eat-in kitchen.  Host a party for 50 to 100 (and not feel crowded) with an open floor plan not typical of an 18th century home.  Explore your own private island to find rare lady slipper orchids that grow in the wild. Invite friends from the City to escape to the country and spend a night in an antique hayloft, converted into a romantic guest suite.  Share your waterfall with guests, or keep it all to yourself as you while away the weekends next to the cascading water.  Go for a dip in the “pool” at the top of the falls.  Hang out with “Harry” the black-crowned night heron that visits every Spring to fish at the base of the waterfall.  Although Flood Insurance is required, water was not an issue (even with Hurricanes Sandy and Irene).  You won’t find another home like this.  And it won’t last long….