Photo: The Sarsen Team, Compass
One-of-a-kind contemporary is work of art in its own right
Located on 1.52 acres of scenic land, just off a cul-de-sac that’s a mile from central Greenwich, 6 Jofran Lane is a truly special luxury property. It’s listed by Jack and Carolyn Sarsen of Compass’ Greenwich brokerage office. As the homeowner, Fred Brooks has enlisted their help to find the right buyer for his beloved home, which is equal parts private residence and personal art gallery. Brooks is an art collector — mostly Chinese antiquities. Part of his collection is now on display at the Bruce Museum.
It was Carolyn Sarsen who introduced Brooks and his wife Jane to this property some 12 years ago. He’d been in search of home that was unique, a place that was both gallery like and livable. He recalled that Sarsen compelling him to take a tour of this home.
“We fell in love with it,” he said.
“It has been perfect for you,” Sarsen suggested.
Address: 6 Jofran Lane, Greenwich
Price: $3.995 million
Number of Rooms: 10
Features: This five-bedroom contemporary was built in 1995 on 1.52 acres, part of a cul-de-sac and close to town. It has 5,346 square feet of living space with an open floor plan and dramatic spans of glass that serve up spectacular views. The home has an attached garage and a paved drive that offers additional parking. An expansive 76-foot terrace runs along the rear of the home and provides plenty of outdoor living space and endless entertaining potential.
Schools: North Street School, Central Middle, Greenwich High
“It has been,” he agreed.
This spectacular contemporary residence was built in 1995, but “reads” timely and modern even today, unlike other contemporaries of the era, which can sometimes feel dated.
When guests first arrive here, they walk through oversized double doors and are welcomed into an entrance hall with a soaring 24-foot ceiling. It proved to be the perfect place to display one of Brooks’ beloved pieces — a Han Dynasty compound piece that had remained crated until a suitable and sizeable place could be found to showcase it.
An open-design center staircase winds its way up through the levels, pausing at a landing that overlooks the foyer below. It has been cleverly leveraged as a home-office spot, with sleek built-in workspace. The vantage point allows for work to carry on while keeping tabs on what’s happening below and at the front entrance of the home.
Incidentally, there are also high ceilings throughout the home — 11-feet high in the public rooms. Many of the built-ins were custom designed to display artwork.
The main-level floor plan opens to the left to the first of those public rooms — the formal living room, which has tremendous oversized windows and opens directly to the formal dining room. Here, too, floor-to-ceiling glass delivers ever-changing views and the feeling of dining out of doors while being decidedly in the lap of luxury.
The kitchen and family flow seamlessly — and are seemingly without bounds, as an abundance of glass visually removes all barriers between the interiors and the outdoors. There’s a large breakfast room steps from the kitchen’s island, which bucks the “center of the room” trend and is instead positioned to enable traffic patterns and efficient workflow in the kitchen, while taking full advantage of the wall-to-wall windows and the sights outside. Oversized glass doors open out to a terrace that measures in at 76-feet across, with plenty of room for seating, dining furnishings and container planters, depending on the seasons. During the warmer months on the Connecticut calendar, the terrace is a serene place to entertain, amidst the lush landscaping and colors of spring, summer and fall.
“We’ve had parties here for over 100 people,” Brooks said.
The kitchen feels organic in its setting, with sleek, lightly finished cabinets and stainless appliances. The family room space it also opens to has a fireplace and plenty of room to accommodate grouping of seating options.
A bonus room, which has an entire wall of glass looking out to the treetops, has been leveraged as a gaming room. It’s provides plenty of room for a billiards or ping-pong table and seating.
The layout of the home affords five bedrooms, including a master suite with a huge bathroom — a soaking tub at its center, with two vanity sinks on either side and lots of counter and storage space for linens and more. “The bathtub — you can swim in it,” Brooks joked. “And it has a separate shower, with all the accoutrements, the nozzles and controls.”
Brooks had the fifth bedroom and a full bath added to the lower level, and suggested that it could be used for guests or live-in staff who’d appreciate the added privacy.
The 1.52-acre lot is gently sloping, and its dimensions are worth noting, according to Sarsen, who pointed out that this amount of acreage is “unusual for this area of Greenwich, because it’s so close to town.” Besides being a walkable distance to town, the property is also close to some of Greenwich’s public and private schools.