Resort living in Rye

Designed by South Norwalk architectural firm Shope Reno Wharton, this Colonial on Forrest Avenue is one of Rye’s finest and most exclusive waterfront properties.

“In design, as in life, the difference between good and great is the attention to detail.”

These are the words emblazoned on the opening page of the website for Shope Reno Wharton – a South Norwalk-based architectural firm that may be the McKim, Mead & White of its time.

Like that Gilded Age firm, which helped fashion the 20th century’s dawn in the Beaux Arts style, Shope Reno Wharton – perennial winners of Architectural Digest’s AD100 Award – creates homes, and some commercial and hospitality projects, with an eye to order and aesthetics.

“We design buildings that are inspired, accomplished and beautifully built,” the firm’s website further says.

Among these buildings is this exquisite waterfront shingle-style Colonial on Forest Avenue in Rye, accented by breathtaking, panoramic views of the Long Island Sound from every vantage point. 

Elevated, protected and intimately positioned, this 7,490-square-foot, five-bedroom home is light-filled and graced by soaring ceilings, hardwood floors, five fireplaces and walls of windows that let the spectacular outside in. From the grand 2-story foyer to the formal living and dining rooms, the open-plan kitchen and the rich, walnut-paneled wet bar, the house is a masterwork of craftsmanship.

These spaces are complemented by a glorious sunroom, a lavish master suite, a third-floor teen room and a home gym.

But it’s the amenities that ultimately distinguish this residence – the serenity of a family meal waterside, entertaining on the terrace at sunset, the enjoyment of water sports on your own private shoreline.

This is resort living 35 minutes from Manhattan.

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