On the Market: Six Homes with Showstopping Kitchens
The kitchen can be the make-or-break room for buyers shopping for a new house. If the kitchen needs work, the burden of taking on the expense of a renovation can cause buyers to walk away—or at the very least lower their bids. If it’s well planned and stylish, that can score more points in favor of a listing than any other room in the house. For this issue, we invite you to tour six kitchens blessed with brains, beauty and that indescribable something that makes them the heart of the home.
The coolest aspect of this super-cool spec home kitchen is its system of islands. Interior designer Amy Ringer created them so that they can be positioned as separate spaces dedicated to either food prep or dining. Or they can easily be reconfigured to form one unit. Seemingly designed according to the architect Le Corbusier’s mandate for the home to serve as “a machine for living in,” the entire kitchen and its adjoining living/dining space is elegantly efficient with clean lines, glass walls and gorgeous use of natural wood. The Westport home measures 8,500 square feet and includes resort-like outdoor kitchen and living spaces. It lists for $4,295,000 with Sue Lieberman of the Riverside Realty Group.
Like the workman it’s named for, the butler’s pantry has the challenging job of keeping everything organized while looking pristine at all times. One of the best pantries on the market is found in a New Canaan home just listed for $7,995,000. Both sides are lined with glass-paneled cabinetry to showcase stemware and ample tucked-away storage for platters, serving pieces and the like. The space also serves as a bar, with its under-the-counter wine cooler. The adjoining kitchen is a study in white porcelain and marble—at once warm and sleek. It features a working island with a sink and a second island for eating and entertaining, both of them built with handsome black bases, topped by white marble. The kitchen flows to a cozy family room with a stone hearth and bar. And speaking of beverages, there’s a wine cellar on the lower level, which also houses the home gym. It lists with Carol Hollyday and Rita Kirby, both of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty.
In Greenwich, another listing offers twice the fun—by doubling up on nearly all of its culinary appliances and features. In a support role, the butler’s pantry is something of a star player with a farm sink, a Gaggenau oven, a dishwasher and a wine cooler, as well as custom cabinetry and marble countertops. The adjoining kitchen has two islands, two Sub-Zero refrigerators, two Asko dishwashers and a Wolf double oven and eight-burner gas range. And if that sounds like a restaurant kitchen waiting to happen, rest assured that it’s as lovely as it is practical, with islands large enough for dining and spacious granite countertops. Throw in the adjoining breakfast and family rooms, and it’s no surprise that the space won a HOBI award for best remodeled kitchen. The nearly 10,000-square-foot home on 2.27 acres lists for $5,985,000 with Lyn Stevens of the Fieldstone Group, affiliated with Douglas Elliman.
A Weston compound gets our nod for the listing best equipped for entertaining. The owners, who are downsizing after raising a family in the home, have hosted a wedding with 200 guests and easily seat 30 for holiday dinners, they say. That’s thanks to a top-of-the-line kitchen with pristine white cabinetry, granite countertops and an oversized cherry-wood island, as well as a curved limestone hearth that warms both the adjoining dining area and the great room. The 10,000-square-foot, stone-and-stucco main house offers five bedrooms and 10 bathrooms; on the four-acre grounds there’s a pool and pool house, as well as an outdoor sport court. Michelle Genovesi of Michelle & Co., has the $4.5 million listing.
Finally, in Roxbury, there’s a compound seemingly purpose-built for the gourmand, with kitchens across the nearly 10-acre spread. The 6,800-square-foot main house—a stunning, renovated Colonial—features a capacious kitchen that opens onto a vaulted-ceiling family room with a cupola. The attached in-laws’ apartment has a full kitchen, as does the pool house, which offers easy flow onto the outdoor seating area and the pool terrace. And then there’s the classic-red party barn with another full kitchen, this one with vaulted ceilings and a two-sided stone hearth, one side facing the dining area, the other the lofty living room. It lists for $6,250,000 with the Matthews Group, affiliated with William Raveis.
A version of this article appeared in the January 2016 issue of Connecticut Cottages & Gardens with the headline: Cook's Country.