Modern Views

For a fashion industry insider, this lakefront home in Stamford inspired a shifting of tastes from traditional to serene, sleek and minimal



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Roughly nine years ago, when a broker described this circa 1965 Modern on a wooded parcel in North Stamford to its current owners, she called it “odd.”

Odd, she said, because although an architect had designed it with super clean lines and minimal adornments, a subsequent owner had come along and, you could say, “added a little character.” Longing for a Colonial, he or she had redesigned the kitchen in a country French motif, added crown moldings where they were never intended, and installed floral-pattern hardware in a bathroom painted an unflattering peach.

At the time, her clients weren’t interested. They had been clear that they were in the market for an old house. One of the homeowners, in fact, had just restored with meticulous attention a 1734 saltbox in Fairfield. (The furnishings were so period-correct that the buyer he sold it to bought everything in it, including the candlesticks.)

But toward the end of their appointment with the realtor, as house after house in the day’s lineup failed to pique their interest, they agreed to take a look, begrudgingly.

“I walked in, saw the view, and made an immediate offer,” says the homeowner. The view that sold him was a sweeping vista of a sizable private lake, framed in latticed windows of single-paned 1960s glass. “It was too magical to pass up.”

Situated under a leafy canopy, the house appears to float on the edge of a cliff, a box of light through which you can see the greenery of the nature preserve on the other side. It is a tree house from which one can descend down a meandering footpath bordered by ferns, raspberry bushes, and other deer-enticing plants, to a dock at the lake’s edge. (The dock, which features two lounge chairs and an idling canoe, is where, a bit more than a year ago, the homeowners tied the knot and became husband and husband.)

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