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Manhattan luxury with New England views in Shelton

November 30, 2017 GMT

SHELTON — On a recent afternoon, the section of the Far Mill River behind 8 Trout Creek Road flowed more calmly and quietly than usual.

It was, as ever, in constant motion. In fact, the view of the river is one of the things homeowner Cynthia Barrett has always loved about the town house, nestled in the Aspen Ridge Estates development in Shelton’s Huntington section. Usually, she said, the water is a bit more active, particularly when there’s rain or snow around.

“When we moved here, the river was roaring like an ocean,” Barrett said.

The Barretts, who are planning to move into a senior community, are selling the home, which is listed at $759,000.

Cynthia and her husband Dan moved to the town house about six years ago, after spending more than 50 years in Greenwich. Overlooking the river and bordered by preserved Shelton Land Trust Property, the home represents New England at its finest. But there’s a touch of big-city glamour to the home as well.


With more than 3,200 square feet of living space, a fourth-floor loft and its own elevator, the home feels more like a Manhattan brownstone than a Connecticut condominium.

“It’s very unique for Shelton,” said the property’s listing agent, Karin Keith.

Keith said the complex was designed to emulate the architecture and style seen in Aspen, Colo., homes, hence the name “Aspen Ridge Estates.”

She and Cynthia Barrett said the 8 Trout Creek Road home manages to be both decadent and incredibly functional. There are high, coffered ceilings throughout, including an unusual arched coffered ceiling in the loft space.

The house has a tremendous attention to detail, including an outdoor closet on the balconies (there are two, and a full rear deck with an automated, retractable awning). Keith said the closet is an ideal place to store outdoor furniture.

“It’s just all really well thought out,” she said.

Cynthia Barrett said two of her favorite features are the private elevator, which accesses all four floors, and the large, open loft on the fourth floor. Part of the loft could be closed off and used as a bedroom, Keith said, but the Barretts chose to leave it open, and make it a combination theater room, entertaining space and studio for Cynthia, who is an artist. It also has its own full bathroom with a shower, making it a great space for overnight guests.

But the centerpiece of the loft is the big picture window, which offers a spectacular view of the Far Mill River. Even when it’s not rushing along at top speed, Barrett said, it’s still an amazing sight, flowing over exposed rocks. “It never stops moving,” she said.

The home has three bedrooms (if you count the loft space that can be converted into a bedroom) and three and a half bathrooms. There are hardwood floors throughout, a gourmet kitchen with 2-inch-thick marble countertops, and many other amenities.

It also offers privacy, and a sense of community. The unit is one of only 12 in the development, which Barrett said creates a sort of intimacy among the residents.

“You bond with the other people who are here,” she said. “It feels like a family.”

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