While the earliest examples of mid-century modern homes date back almost 100 years, wide acceptance of this style, with major contributions from some of the most influential architects of the 20th century, did not occur until the end of World War II. The straight lines, extensive use of glass that visually merges interiors with large spaces, open floor plans, changes in elevation and an emphasis on functionality, have drawn enthusiastic audiences from the late 1940s. All of these and more can be found in this house at 71 Highridge Road in West Simsbury.
This mid-century modern home would look attractive in almost any location, but on its nearly four-acre lot with breathtaking eastern views that stretch for miles, it would be difficult, if not impossible, to to duplicate it.
“It’s a wonderful property,” said Caitlyn Cleary of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty near Avon. “The views are second to none, custom built and well thought out to take full advantage of what can only be described as a million dollar view.”
While this view looking east across the Farmington River valley is eye-catching, a walk around the house is also intriguing. The terraces and walkways flow organically and harmoniously, taking advantage of the slope of the land and the mature trees to create a park-like setting. “The previous owner did a lot of gardening and built raised beds,” Cleary said of the professionally landscaped area around the house.
Inside, the mid-century modern mystique continues. The entrance hall has glass walls that allow the visitor to enjoy the view of the valley and the interior of the house as soon as they arrive. Entering the house leads to the living room and a casual dining area. A massive stone fireplace and separate wood-burning stove sits at the far end of the room.
In any other home, the fireplace would be the focal point. Here, however, the glass wall on the right with its breathtaking view of the valley first demands attention. As for the stove, Cleary notes that it does an excellent job of heating this part of the house economically.
The kitchen is open to the living room and clearly designed for efficient preparation of meals and entertaining. The cabinets are in maple, there is a built-in double oven, space for a built-in microwave, a built-in dishwasher, a Sub-Zero refrigerator and two Wolf induction cooktops, one with five burners and a second unit, a few feet apart, with two units. This second hob is also close to a second sink and is spaced so that two chefs can work without getting in the way. The granite countertop sweeps across the work area to form a breakfast bar, while the stone flooring adds a rustic touch. A pantry is just around the corner, as well as a half bath.
Beyond this area is a formal dining room open to a great room. Again, the views to the east catch the eye first, followed by the great room’s fireplace and wood-burning stove, a spiral staircase that leads to a loft overlooking the room, and the north wall with its windows which overlook the woods and the fireplace. beautiful stone fireplace. The great room also has an indoor grill. For more formal occasions, the side panels attached to the rectangular columns between the dining room and the great room can be rotated 90 degrees to form a wall that separates the two rooms.
The house has two upstairs wings. One has four bedrooms, two of which have built-in shelving and storage options that would make them suitable for other uses, such as a den or home office. The other two face east and have large windows to take advantage of the wonderful views. A bathroom with bath and shower, tiled floor and walls serves this space.
The second wing upstairs houses the owner’s suite. This room is comfortably sized, has a fireplace, offers good closet space including a cedar closet, and has a spa fit bathroom. The highlight is a very large bathtub, although the two sinks and vanities, on opposite walls, will also serve homeowners well. There is a separate tiled shower, sun bed and separate space for the dresser and bidet.
A master suite separate from the main house features a kitchenette, cozy sitting area, bedroom, and full bathroom. This makes this home ideal for intergenerational living.
On the land is a 1,200 square foot structure that could be used as a workshop, barn or converted into a garage. A two-vehicle carport, an authentic Mid-Century Modern touch, currently serves the home. A large laundry room is accessible from the carport.
The nearly four-acre lot provides privacy and, “It lets you enjoy nature from patios, decks or, at the top, a crow’s nest, for spectacular views,” Cleary said. The fact that this property adjoins the McClean Hut with its 4,300 acres of forest and grassland and has easy access to hiking trails only adds to its appeal for nature lovers. Its location gives this house a country feel, yet it is only minutes from the center of Simsbury. In an understatement, Cleary said, “This property is unique.”
71 Highridge Road, Simsbury
Style: Mid-Century Modern
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thermal baths: 3 full, 1 half
Square feet: 4,262
Rate per thousand: 37.41
Best Feature: Large windows overlooking unparalleled views
Contact: Diane Barry Team, William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty, 45 East Main Street, Avon, CT 06001, 860-614-1569, [email protected]