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October 2006


REAL ESTATE

Deeds & Don'ts

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Number 303 Tall Trees Lane is a circa-1928 estate that was once owned by the Schick family of razor blade fame. It has been expanded over the years to create a gracious family compound, now including five bedrooms, four full bathrooms, a pretty pool and cabana and gorgeous terraces and landscaping on four-plus acres.

The miracle of this 4,900-square-foot home is that it avoids the puffed-up proportions and echo-y, empty-seeming rooms of the area's mega-mansions. It is genteel in its demeanor, with a graceful flow from foyer to formal dining room to living room to family room to kitchen and beyond—a lot of rooms, in other words, but the house doesn't look imposing from its exterior.

The couple selling the house are in the fashion industry and their aesthetic shows: great choices were made in outfitting the kitchen, creating the bathrooms, papering the walls and restoring and replacing windows and trim. It's also listed with Gail Murphy of the Higgins Group in Westport for $2.5 million (203-216-3879).

That Old New England Charm
Nod Hill Road is your classic Connecticut byway, tracing a high ridge lined with both grand estates and quaint old farmhouses. The Whitman-Tito House is a little of both: The 1815 clapboard home benefitted from a couple of serial renovators as owners. Michelle and Peter Dennigan are the kind of people who relish bringing antiques back to life, tearing out decades of "updates" and putting in salvaged antique floorboards, French doors, hardware and other fixtures.

Thanks to their renovations, the 3,847-square-foot home now has five bedrooms (including a master bedroom suite with cathedral ceilings), three fireplaces and Wolf appliances in a wonderful new kitchen.

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