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The heart-of-the home kitchen should also be stylish enough for entertaining and have a great flow so guests can mingle with the cook, enjoying cocktails and hors d'oeuvres laid out on that all-important island.
"It's not a status amenity—something for show that has no real function. It's about creating a place for the family to connect," says Westport builder and custom-millwork specialist Rose Adams. "When I renovate older homes, we start by knocking out walls to create this kind of space."
Adams is putting the finishing touches on a new home in Wilton with a kitchen that exemplifies this trend, now listed for $2.4 million with Alice Snyder of Alice Snyder Real Estate (203-762-8200). The 6,100-square-foot center hall Colonial also features Adams's signature: custom-designed cabinetry and other woodwork throughout, milled in her shop in Westport. It offers five bedrooms and five bathrooms including a sumptuous master suite with a fireplace and his-and-her bathrooms, dressing spaces and closets. Here are a few more homes with kitchens we'd like to spend time in.
Senate Lane, Fairfield
The kitchen in this nearly 10,000-square-foot home has every heart-of-the-home amenity: the expansive center island, the walk-in pantry, the butler's pantry with access to the dining room and the breakfast area with French doors to the terrace. The family room is attached, and has a mammoth floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, a wet bar and more French doors leading to a sunroom. There are also six bedrooms, each with an en suite bathroom. And it has all the toys: a wine cellar, media room, billiards room, home gym and cigar room. It's listed with Maureen Ryan of Prudential Connecticut Realty in Fairfield (203-258-3297).
Riverfront Estate, Weston
In lower Weston, this stone-and-clapboard riverfront home on almost five acres has the requisite kitchen/family room layout with a spectacular floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace and another wall comprised of French doors and windows opening onto a huge deck overlooking the river.