Impressive from the outside. Spectacular from within. Like Phileas Fogg, you’ll take a magical “tour du monde” when you visit this two-story, red brick beauty, but you won’t need trains or hot air balloons to make the journey. Updated twice in 30 years, the home radiates the personal style and extraordinary interests of its owners.
Tiered gardens and stone pavers sweep you up the drive and into a chandelier-lit garage which serves as a staging area for arriving guests. Inside, walls have been removed and windows and glass doors installed throughout all levels to bring in outside light and showcase colorful gardens beyond. Rich jewel tones, thick Oriental rugs, warm paneling, leather and fine fabric seating, commissioned artwork, and unique collections of figurines and pottery from around the world will delight the eye. Note the Emmett Kelly porcelains in the passage off the main kitchen.
His and her areas on the lower level will surely be the highlight of your tour. On her side is a functional kitchen featuring heat-proof, “unfinished” marble counters at three interlocking heights to accommodate prep work, barstools, and table-level seating. The flooring is faux marble tile; the ceiling has a lightweight copper tile look. A Mahjong table invites both uninitiated and serious players to take a turn at the classical puzzle game.
Scottish pub decor dominates his side. Here you can rest awhile in an intimate sipping alcove, or sample a dram with friends from atop tooled leather stools at the built-in, marble-topped bar or stand-alone table for four. Back-lit shelving displays (quite literally) hundreds of bottles of fine Scotch, sourced on trips to the misty highlands and award-winning distilleries. For the person who enjoys a fine cigar with their whisky, there’s passage to an outdoor, covered hideaway.
The upper level of this majestic home offers comfort and practicality. Glass doors now bracket a fireplace in the master bedroom, opening to Juliet balconies. (In the spring, a dove nested in a planter there.) Window seating, mirrored casings for clothing, and soft lighting have transformed an adjoining bedroom into a spacious dressing area. A third bathroom in colors of jade has been added on this level. And one bedroom at the far end of the home carries a secret — a closet replete with magnificent outfits from India, gifts from the owner’s mother.
This home takes you around the world and leaves you secure in the knowledge that the owners love life in all its forms.