by Stacy Murphy and Malia Frame; photos by Jane Beiles
On Thursday, May 16, New Canaan CARES will be celebrating its 27th Annual Kitchen & Home Tour, as generous homeowners open their doors for this beloved New Canaan tradition. The Grand Sponsor this year is Hannelore & Co. at William Raveis. “New Canaan is one of America’s best towns for so many reasons; maybe most importantly, a strong community. I’m pleased to support CARES because its terrific work with families in New Canaan is a critical part of keeping our community vital, healthy and whole,” explains Hannelore Kaplan.
On display this year are seven exquisitely designed, extensively remodeled, and newly constructed homes. Patron ticket holders will have the opportunity to attend a party on May 2 at an additional eighth house, which is not open to regular ticket holders on the day of the tour. Tickets are on sale and may be purchased online at newcanaancares.org or locally at the William Raveis Real Estate office and at RAND Insurance, both in New Canaan. New to the tour this year are two additional Patron ticket options offering exciting benefits: The ‘Welcome to the Family’ ticket ($500) and ‘Won’t You be my Neighbor’ ticket ($300), in addition to the ‘Friend of CARES’ ($150) ticket. A regular Home Tour Ticket remains $80 this year. Details of each level are also available on the CARES website. The guidebook includes a tour map and detailed overview of each home. The tour has sold out each of the past five years so be sure to reserve your tickets early! Gourmet box lunches may be reserved online for $20 before May 16 and picked up on tour day. All proceeds from the 2019 Tour support CARES’ programs.
Four flat, fielded acres, overlooking the ridge that inspired Oenoke’s street name, provided the owners a blank canvas to build their family’s exquisitely elegant yet entirely livable Colonial-style home, designed by architects Brooks and Falotico. The result is an ‘I’ shaped house, meticulously constructed by Hobbs, Inc. with the living spaces facing south, flooding the house with light. The house is an exceptional combination of new construction and timeless elegance.
21st Century Farmhouse
This sleek, modern farmhouse with a light-filled, open floor plan was constructed both with scale and environmental efficiency by Richard Rosano of RR Builders, the New Canaan-based builder of some of town’s loveliest, luxury homes. Rosano credits the clarity of the owner’s vision and teamwork for bringing this smart home to completion on time and on budget. This unmissable home was constructed for the 21st century, designed and decorated with a modern simplicity with a nod to its traditional roots.
Sillo Construction, LLC was ten months into the build of this stately colonial home when the owners fell in love with its gracious stone exterior and generous entertaining spaces. Jennifer Anderson Design and Development designed the sumptuous landscaping that unifies the pool, patios and hot tub. The serene interiors are designed by Gari Hill Dansky Interior Design and use a seamless blend of new and antique pieces. Sorelle Gallery curated the artwork that reflects the owner’s love of nature. Purchasing their new house with the infrastructure already complete, the owners were able to customize and personalize their new ‘forever home.’ The house is a labor of love and truly reflects the homeowners’ style.
A Fresh Start
When the owner saw this eclectic 1976 house for sale on town’s iconic St. John’s Place, she jumped at the opportunity to tackle this gut renovation. The homeowner turned to Peter Deane of DEANE, Inc. to bring her kitchen to life, and Deane worked with Fordham Marble to choose the honed calacatta marble on the countertops. Jarlath Carbin Construction did an incredible job crafting the renovation and worked to preserve the original details of the house that give it its character. The owner’s vision of a fresh, clean space offers tour-goers the special opportunity to experience in-town living at its best.
Dream Come True
The owners of this stunning Georgian Colonial first became enamored with the expansive property and decided to build their ideal family home. Carey Karlan from Last Detail Decorating designed the elegant interiors, and Hoffman Landscapes beautified the lush and scenic backyard. A front-to-back foyer, multi-stepped crown moldings, Brazilian cherry wood floors and an outdoor living area are just a few of the exquisite features in this warm and inviting home.
Best of Both Worlds
This stately home with a beautiful red brick facade ticked every box for the owners when they moved to town over four years ago. Though the outside evokes that of an English manor, inside is a blend of traditional and modern furnishings and accessories beautifully curated by homeowner and beloved blogger of “The Zhush,” in conjunction with designer Lauren Muse of Muse Interiors. The owner’s beautiful eye for detail and finishing touches truly comes to life in this stylish, yet comfortable family home.
This elegant colonial with a striking blue door dates back to the mid 1700s and has evolved over several renovations during its lifetime. When a young, hip couple from Brooklyn bought the house a few years ago, they called in architect Rob Sanders and designer Havilande Whitcomb to help honor the home’s rich history and meticulously update it for their growing family. Don’t miss the charming original West School House — a true historic town gem— just adjacent to the impressive main home.