By Allison Brophy Champion
Nov 30, 2012
The expansive clapboard Colonial at 59 Bedford Road features six spacious bedrooms on a large tree-lined lot for $3.15 million. The luxurious residence is especially suited to golf lovers considering its proximity to a century-old country club with an 18-hole regulation course in the heart of Greenwich backcountry.
Listing agent Jean Ruggiero with William Raveis Real Estate described the property as simply unbelievable.
“It is fabulous and on 4 level acres,” she said of what makes this property stand out. “We just reduced the price of this incredible home to rave reviews and wonderful responses.”
Ruggiero further markets the home as “a study in the art of gracious living” offering high ceilings, large formal rooms and a gourmet kitchen with a temperature-controlled walk-in wine cellar. Built in 2006, the attractive house is 5,704 square feet on four levels including an unfinished attic and lower level.
An oversized family room with a stone fireplace joins the bright eat-in kitchen accented in dark wood, offering stone counters and bar seating at a center island. A library/den on the main level provides ample built-in shelves for storage and displaying books or collectibles.
A second-floor master suite features a walk-in closet and luxury bathing accommodations on the same level where five double bedrooms and four baths provide abundant living space. The property provides a harmony of line and detail, said Ruggiero, creating a sense of chic existence.
Outdoors, serious expansion opportunity exists for a pool and tennis court, she said, adding to the value and magic of this offering close to town living and the New York state line. The property with waterfall and manicured hedges is also nearby the historic Tamarack Country Club, originally organized as the Port Chester Country Club in 1909, according to tamarackcountryclub.com.
The website says that the club, named for the many Tamarack trees indigenous to the area, was originally located on the present site of the Port Chester New York High School. It was a nine-hole course until 1925 when an additional nine-hole course was added. In the country club’s early years, a flock of sheep maintained its fairways, according to tamarackcountryclub.com.
In 1928, the club received $242,000 to move from its Port Chester locale to make way for the high school. The club’s board decided for its new location to buy the old Griffin Farm on Locust Road in the verdant back country section of Greenwich, according to the web site. Charles H. Banks, known for designing the course at Yale University, designed the golf course at the new Tamarack Country Club, a short walk from the Bedford Road residence.
The golf course’s first, second, fifth and seventh holes were positioned in dense woods, an offering reflected in present day terrain features, according to tamarackcountryclub.com. A new clubhouse opened July 4, 1929, costing about $190,000, its construction supervised by Frank A. Moore, a leading golf club architect of the era.
“The Tamarack course was, from inception, nationally recognized as one of the finest and most rewarding to play in the entire country,” according to the club’s website. “Its charm stems from a layout utilizing, to maximum effect, the rolling but not severe hills and natural countryside of its 500-feet-above sea level elevation. The surrounding pristine ridges and tree-laden valleys, and the virtually uncluttered skyline all combine to ensure a peaceful, tranquil setting.”
Additional club amenities include an Olympic size pool and cabana, all-weather tennis courts, spa, fitness and family activities. The facility offers fine dining and accommodations for weddings and corporate outings, all within minutes from the attractive home at 59 Bedford Road.
Listing agent: Jean Ruggiero, William Raveis Real Estate, 203- 552-0937