The property at 6 Henley Commons in Farmington has managed to strike a wonderful balance. In approach, this home, with its circular drive, beautiful professional landscaping, and contemporary colonial architecture, is impressive. However, he also manages to be warm and welcoming.
The front door is set back to provide protection for visitors arriving during inclement weather, while the pilasters on either side and the two-storey set of palladium windows on the right, cannot help but raise expectations for the interior. However, these features only indicate what awaits within.
“This home is spacious, but never overwhelming,” said Christie Mueller of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty, the agent handling the sale. The open floor plan makes it ideal for everyday living, small gatherings, or entertaining a large number of friends, family members, or business associates.
Visitors will be impressed the moment they set foot in the house. The entry foyer is spacious with attention to detail throughout the interior. The milling work is great, Mueller said. Also, the oak floors look new too. Ceilings over 9 feet high add to the sense of space while large windows allow ample natural light.
The living room stands out. “The stunning windows in the heated living room will invite you to gather with family and friends,” Mueller said, “and the Palladian windows are a show stopper.” Its warmth and inviting will make this room favorite, even for casual occasions.
Just off the entrance foyer is a dining room which would be perfect for formal meals, but also perfect for everyday dining. It is open plan to the kitchen which in turn opens to a wonderful family room. Here there is another fireplace and plenty of natural light thanks to windows that rise to second floor level and skylights in the vaulted ceiling.
However, the kitchen that is eaten is more likely to be at the heart of the home. It’s large, airy, and, thanks to a recent update, very attractive and efficient. Plenty of space for the chef and assistants to co-prep meals without getting in the way of each other. The kitchen can also be a perfect gathering place for friends and family.
“The updated kitchen has new lighting, a new stove, a new dishwasher, and a newly added pantry,” Mueller said. It also accesses a recently updated first floor laundry room.
“The kitchen has a wet bar with a new wine cooler and refrigerator that is easily accessible from the dining and family rooms,” Mueller said. “The kitchen is also adjacent to a cozy three-season porch that’s perfect for morning coffee, reading a book, or just taking some time to relax and unwind.”
“This home has six bedrooms, six full bathrooms and two half baths, with the primary bedroom located on the first floor,” Mueller added. This suite has hardwood floors, ample space for a king-size bed, and a comfortable seating area. The walk-in wardrobe can easily fit two large wardrobes, and the primary bathroom is fit for a luxury spa. It has a tiled bath and shower, tiled floor and marble-topped double vanity.
Five additional bedrooms are located on the second floor. Two of these bedrooms share a bathtub while the other three bedrooms have a private bathroom. This makes the home ideal for a wide range of uses. In addition to being a perfect fit for growing families, it can also make life between generations or old age very comfortable, perfect for entertaining overnight guests. A laundry is also included on the second floor.
The lower level provides more attractions. Recreation room which could also function as a games room has a fireplace with log burning insert and has access to a full bathroom. It can double as a home theater, and for adult entertainment, it even has a second wet bar in the house. There is also storage space, a workshop and an exercise area in this basement.
“The land is level, and the recent removal of 20 trees makes it possible to fully utilize the southern area of the house,” Mueller said. Removing the tree also makes adding a pool possible. There are still a large number of mature trees in the area to enhance the beauty of the house and ensure privacy.
The design of this home, attention to detail and sense of space all make it inviting, emotional and memorable.
But it’s also very practical. Having been rated Energy Star, additional insulation has been added. Other features that will save energy include smart programmable thermostats and Thermopane windows. It uses the town’s water and sewer services, has a three-car garage, and is close to businesses in Farmington, West Hartford Center, and Avon.
UConn Medical Center is also nearby, as are the entry points for I-84. Boston and New York City are two hours away and Bradley International Airport is just 26 miles to the north. Finally, the Devonwood neighborhood is one of the prime locations in Farmington, close to schools and many recreational areas.
The current owners say they love this neighborhood and that their favorite part of the house is “how bright and open the living room is with all the natural light and windows.” However, they have “almost complete privacy…with the surrounding woods.” The result, Mueller said, is “suburban comfort with a country feel.”
Construction year: 1992
bathrooms: 6 full; 2 half
Area in Square Feet: 5,598 or 7,085
Treadmill rate: 24.21
Best feature: The open floor plan that’s flooded with light thanks to the large windows.
Contact: Christie Mueller
William Pitt Sotheby’s International Estate