Queen Ann Splendor
FRAMED BETWEEN HUGE OAK TREES, this Queen Anne home built in the late 19th century unveils its treasures in tantalizing fashion. As one approaches the house from the driveway, a sense of intrigue begins to build as the house comes into view, nestled gracefully within the mature landscape. The full extent of its splendor isn’t fully revealed, however, until one enters the house and comes face to face with the stunning view of Long Island Sound, an extraordinary axial vista that is on display through oversized windows gracing each of the rooms facing the water. A mere stone’s throw from the Belle Haven Yacht Club in Greenwich, the house has the great good fortune of sitting on a peninsula jutting out into the surrounding water. This is, unquestionably, drama at its best.
Given how seamlessly the house seems to rise from its surroundings, it is hard to imagine that it was extensively gutted and renovated by Wadia and his design team little more than a decade ago. Except for the living room and portions of the front façade, most of the rest of the home is newly constructed.
The house is designed to be deliberately asymmetrical. Anchoring one end of the front of the house is a circular tower enclosing the main entrance on the first floor and a wonderfully intimate reading room on the second. The other end of the front façade features a projecting gable with oriel windows set above the living room’s ornately detailed leaded glass windows, which were restored during the renovation. Inspired by the owner’s visit to the Doge’s Palace in Venice, Wadia incorporated a three-arch motif in the master bedroom complete with an old-fashioned sleeping porch and sliding glass pocket windows that lend the room a delightfully exotic touch.
Each of the rooms facing the water was designed with the stunning view in mind. In a concession to the extraordinary setting, Wadia incorporated large sheets of glass into the design, rather than more traditional windows divided by panes, to ensure an unobstructed view of the water. In addition, generously proportioned verandas wrapping around the side and rear of the house offer cozy spots for breakfast or tea and irresistible views of both the rising and setting sun.