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March 2007


REAL ESTATE

Deeds & Don'ts

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"The only problem with moderns is that there aren't enough of them," says Stringfellow, who is the listing broker for one of the few notable mid-century homes currently on the market. An International Style dwelling built in 1968, this 3,851-square-foot house starts with a Zen-like indoor atrium (featuring a koi pond and weeping blue cedar), that leads to a renovated kitchen, dining and living rooms that wrap around the outdoor pool terrace. It includes three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a family room and an office on a private 1.4-acre lot. Listed for $1.5 million, the home is located in North Stamford, a neighborhood that bears little resemblance to the city's steel-and-glass corporate center. In fact, the rural enclave is just minutes from Bedford, N.Y. (Think horse country and Martha Stewart but with lower taxes.)

Our fourth modern sale, called the Celanese House—also in New Canaan on coveted Oenoke Ridge Road—was designed by Edward Durrell Stone (known for MoMA's original 53rd Street building and the Kennedy Center). The low-slung dwelling is exceptional but also a bit eccentric, with a flat roof punctuated by a dozen glass-sided pyramids and lacy-looking wood panels that screen its facade, providing privacy and geometrically patterned light. Built to showcase the wonders of a then high-tech fabric called Celanese, this home was also "un-mucked up" over the years, but not necessarily in a way the average buyer would find attractive. A little run down, it was fortunate to fall into the hands of a couple planning a meticulously faithful restoration, reports the broker who sold it, Michael McKee, also of William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty in New Canaan (an office that's four for four in these sales, by the way).

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