108 Northgate, Avon–Hartford Courant
After a visit to this luxurious brick Colonial Georgian at 108 Northgate in Avon, only one conclusion is possible. This has to be one of Avon’s most desirable homes in one of Avon’s best neighborhoods. Located on top of a hill, this home is perfectly positioned to take advantage of breathtaking views of the Farmington Valley Ridgeline.
Its outward appeal is undeniable. Set on nearly an acre of land, this home exudes warmth and substance with its large lawn and beautifully trimmed front door, which is recessed to protect guests from the elements before entering.
Once inside, visitors will be impressed by the entrance hall which rises dramatically to the second floor. Its features include a meticulously crafted open staircase that curves gently to the second story landing, oak flooring with mahogany trim, and shadow box wall treatments topped with a chair rail for an added touch of elegance. The grand portals to the dining rooms and formal living rooms, which are on either side of the entrance hall, are adorned with wide trim and crown molding with dentil detail that adds to the sense of sophistication. “The joinery is truly exceptional,” said Jennifer Roller of William Pitt Sotheby’s International. She is the listing agent.
Just off this entrance is a formal dining room with space for large gatherings of family and friends. Here, the shadowboxing wall treatment continues, as does the hardwood flooring with inset mahogany edging and crown molding with the dentil accent. A large fireplace with a granite surround and hearth serves as the focal point of the room. “This house is really great for entertaining,” Roller said.
The adjacent kitchen, which is a short walk through a butler’s pantry, won’t disappoint either. It is spacious and features ample granite counter space, a desk for home management tasks and, along the exterior walls and in the center island, an array of high-end appliances. built-in range, including a Sub-Zero refrigerator. Not only does this area provide enough room for several cooks to work at the same time, without rubbing elbows, but there is also room for a table and chairs to handle informal meals. Snacks can be consumed on the island, which can easily accommodate three people.
The kitchen floor, again, is hardwood, while recessed and pendant lighting keeps this space bright once the sun goes down. The kitchen also has immediate access to a large pantry and cloakroom. It has another exterior entrance, access to a second staircase leading to the second floor and a garage that can easily accommodate four cars with space remaining to store leisure and gardening equipment.
At the back of the house is a large large room. Its ceiling soars to the second story, and rows of two-story windows let in lots of natural light, even on overcast days. At the end of this room is another fireplace, surrounded by carefully designed shelving and built-in cabinetry.
A home office is located just beyond the great room. Here, the double patio doors with transom can be closed for privacy, while larger windows and a door give views and access to a small patio. Trim, built-in bookcases, and cabinetry display rich natural wood tones, as does the bar across the room.
For more formal occasions, this home also features a living room with yet another fireplace, more hardwood floors with mahogany trim insert and wide baseboards and crown moldings. It is accessible from the lobby or home office. Two shower rooms, one next to the entrance hall and the other accessible through the cloakroom, complete the first floor.
The highlight of the second floor has to be the master suite, with its gorgeous views of the Farmington Valley Ridgeline. It is spacious without being overwhelming, has a tray ceiling, the same hardwood floor and edging treatments found on the first floor, and the home’s fourth fireplace. There is more than enough space for a king size bed and a sitting area. The dressing room is large, as is the tiled bathroom in the master bedroom. It includes a jetted tub, large double sink vanity, vanity, large shower stall and separate room for dresser.
The other three bedrooms are spacious, have large closets and are carpeted. A bonus room and access to the second staircase leading to the mudroom, which offers immediate access to the garage, makes this house ideal for intergenerational living. A Jack-and-Jill bath serves two of these rooms. The fourth bedroom has a private bathroom. A laundry room completes the second floor.
The large basement, accessible from the house or the garage, is unfinished. Its large headroom, however, makes it an ideal place to add a recreation room, exercise area or home theater. It also contains the mechanical systems of the house, which include a gas furnace and water heater, the central vacuum and the air conditioning system. The house is serviced by public water and sewer networks.
“The location is ideal,” Roller said. It is close to a wide range of services in Farmington and Avon, close to hiking trails and a wide range of recreational options, she added. This is a wonderful house, in an ideal location with stunning views.
108 North Gate, Avon
Year of construction: 1996
Style: Colonial Georgian
thermal baths: 3 full, 2 half
Square feet: 5,738
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Rate per thousand: 34.61
Best Feature: Views from a hill in an exclusive neighborhood
Contact: Jennifer Roller
William Pitt Sotheby’s International