By Allison Brophy Champion
Feb 22, 2013
Nature envelops the finely crafted retreat at 6 Guinea Road, newly listed at $2.95 million. A four-bedroom Colonial on 2.5 secluded acres, this stone- and-shingle residence features outdoor living at its best with an enchanting landscape abundantly green in proximity to a richly wooded park ideal for hiking and bird-watching.
“The views go on forever,” said listing agent Jean Ruggiero with William Raveis International in Greenwich.
Spanning nearly 5,000 square feet, the house sits tucked away at the end of a private, gated, stone-lined drive past a sparkling pond. The home, constructed in 1996, was meticulously renovated last year and offers all the luxurious amenities one would expect like transom windows, a trio of fireplaces, wood floors, a balcony, gentle recessed lighting, French doors and a lovely molding.
“It joins the works of nature and mankind in perfect harmony,” Ruggiero said.
Guests enter via a limestone-outfitted hall with a gently curved staircase illuminated by sunlight through large windows. A step-down living room adjoins a formal dining area and a library/den with useful built-ins.
A modern kitchen with an island offers stone countertops, attractive wood cabinets and an eat-in area surrounded by natural light. The first level has two powder rooms in addition to a family room.
The second level at 6 Guinea Road provides another family room and three bathrooms as well as a stunning master suite with a unique secret loft for office or relaxing and master bath with whirlpool tub. A lovely guest suite has its own sitting room while the lower level features a finished game room with wine cellar.
Outside, a spacious stone terrace is ideal for entertaining, overlooking the beautiful open space, pond, stone walls, manicured hedges, flowers and tall trees on a pristine stream-traversed property that backs up to Mianus River & Natural Park. The nearly 110-acre preserve straddles the Greenwich/Stamford border and is open to residents of both communities during daylight hours, according to Greenwich Parks & Rec. Fishing in the Mianus River is an option for those with a state fishing license.
Otherwise, the park offers two trails of note on the Greenwich side – the Pond trail and the Oak trail the former being wide, well-graded and easily walked. The Pond trail, in addition, skirts the lowland area that during wet seasons may be readily identified as a swamp, according to Greenwich Parks & Rec.
The park features a wide variety of vegetation and wildlife habitat indigenous to soggy wetlands and rocky hillsides offering abundant red Maple, Black Birch, Tulip, Red Ash and Tupelo trees as well as myriad fern varieties.
“But clearly the most prominent features are the bedrock outcrops and ridges, testimony of the passage of the receding glacier many thousands of years ago,” Greenwich Parks & Rec. reports in its online Mianus River Park document. “Along the park’s highlands as well as along this protected corridor of the Mianus River with its extensive surrounding of deciduous woods, wildlife can roam freely, disturbed by few visitors.”
Among the many bird species in the area are Yellow Warblers, Red-eyed Vireos and the magnificent Pileated Woodpecker. According to Greenwich Parks & Rec., more than 125 species of birds have been observed in the park the past 40 years.
The park, just steps from the attractive residence at 6 Guinea Road, is on land formerly comprising the estate of the family Goodbody among whose patriarchs were Marcus Goodbody of King County, Ireland. In addition to being instrumental in building the first railroad in Ireland, Marcus Goodbody was well known to the New York Stock Exchange as a floor rep for Robert Goodbody & Co., according to the 1912 book, “Chicago: Its History & Its Builders.”
Listing agent: Jean Ruggiero, William Raveis International, (203) 869-9263