Clean lines with a waterview
Tucked into a row of typical waterfront homes along South Pine Creek Beach is this spectacular modern gem—compact yet audacious, contemporary though in ways classic. In 2003, Tracy Taylor, a Priceline.com founder, built the two-bedroom boxy beaut of a home, employing the local design firm Roger Ferris. Taylor’s directive to the Ferris team: capture the full, sensational view of Long Island Sound. Check. And, she said, incorporate structural features that maximize light. Check. Ferris was given unfettered range to design and recommended a modern approach that in the end fulfilled both directives.
The result is a tidy 2,800-square-foot contemporary with a minimalist interior that draws you in and affects a peaceful, serene vibe. Upon entering the foyer, immediate water views through European-style windows create drama and lead into an elongated living room. This space offers a full wall of built-in bookcases, floor-to-ceiling windows and a gas fireplace with waxed steel surround. Angled spaces combined with soaring ceilings are subtly enhanced with fine detailing and customized recessed lighting, while radiant-heat oak flooring provides a firm footing.
The kitchen is designed with sophistication and the best gourmets in mind. Elements include stainless-steel GE Profile appliances, granite countertops, stylish lighting, and white oak cabinets with frosted glass insets.
The master suite can be described as a retreat for the soul, with a wall of windows (with remote-controlled custom blinds) that extend 16 feet and afford amazing views of the Sound and Norwalk Islands. A walk-in closet sits next to a limestone-floored master bath, trimmed in the finest hardware, including a roomy steam shower. A second bedroom mimics the airiness and tranquil mood of the master suite while looking out upon adjacent Pine Creek marsh, populated by herons and osprey.
The exterior of the home is built with deep amber-colored Cypress wood—flora that naturally grows in and near the water. Ferris selected this wood for its durability, but also for its appearance. Adding to the strength of the home are steel reinforced beams integrated within the framing. Louvers add stylish, architectural interest while providing privacy. A two-car detached garage with loft stands across the street from the home with additional adjacent parking for three vehicles.
The residence is on the market at $1.825 million, offered by the Boyd-Mullineaux family through Coldwell Banker. “I knew it was perfect for my clients as soon as I walked in the door,” says agent Kimberly Gomes. “They knew it as well. The family has thoroughly enjoyed it for all that it is. It truly provides peaceful waterfront living designed to heighten the senses.”
Current homeowner Jennifer Boyd-Mullineaux concurs with Gomes’ assessment. “Though we were initially looking for just a renovation period rental, we were compelled to purchase the property upon seeing the sweeping floor-to-ceiling views of the water. The house is so well designed that the space provided easy living for our two boys. The architect made clever use of otherwise dead spaces for abundant storage. But it’s the hypnotic water views that make the house so special. Our family has truly loved this home.”