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Originally built in 1929, Twin Stacks was home to a tiny family of artists for over 80 years. As time ran its course, the house and its historic architecture and design prevailed, untouched since it was constructed nearly a century ago. The name Twin Stacks was attributed by the original family, presumably referencing the house's unique double smokestacks— one for the fireplace in the living room, and one for the boiler system in the basement. Inside the house, you have access to the foyer, living room, day room, kitchen, back hall, plant room, and a full bathroom with a bathtub, sink, and toilet. Outside the house, you'll have access to the front yard, backyard, and side porch area. The upstairs, bedrooms, garage, attic, home gym and basement are not part of the listing, but on special occasions can be booked for an extra fee. THE ENVIRONMENT: Nestled on a half-acre lot in a historic private neighborhood of the downtown Greenwich suburbs, shrouded by towering trees and mature shrubs on all sides. Although neighbors are nearby, there is plenty of privacy. Birds, owls, rabbits, chipmunks, and the occasional raccoon take safe haven in the natural landscaping. Facing South, the front of the house gets beautiful direct sunlight for the entire day, with light pouring in through the charming casement windows from sun-up to sundown. In the warmer months, the side porch is relaxing and secluded. The bird feeder, porch swing, bistro lights, and fire pit provide perfect ambiance— you may not even end up going inside. The sprawling sloped backyard has towering sweet gum trees, a pear tree and one of the largest rhododendrons you have ever seen— and in the summer, the entire yard turns into a wild strawberry patch woven with varying ground cover, grasses, and wildflowers. In the fall, the trees put on a marvelous display of color spanning your entire field of vision. The yard is always a work in progress, so expect a couple un-manicured areas, empty flower beds, and maybe a brush pile here and there as well. A grill is also available for use for an extra fee. THE LIVING ROOM: The largest room in the house is the living room. Between the vintage latticed speakers, the funky pleather couch, the pink walls, and the mini record collection of funk, soul, and R&B— this room is as cozy as it is spacious. 5 people can comfortably be seated in this room, hanging out, listening to music, or projecting a movie. The side tables double as extra stools in case seating gets tight, and there is plenty of room to lounge out on the antique hand-woven rug. This room gets plenty of bright light in the morning, but in the afternoon and evening tends to get a little less light compared to the rest of the house. However, there are plenty of windows on 3 sides of this room, and it opens out to the side porch— so despite it feeling darker, there really is quite a lot of light that pours in throughout the day. Please note, the paint in this room is original, and therefore not in the best of shape. There are scuffs, marks, and even some chipping in places. This room is going to be repainted soon, and updated photos will be added, but as long as this disclaimer remains, consider that this room's paint job will definitely be more 'vintage' than the rest of the house. The room is definitely clean, but the paint job is old and needs to be redone. THE DAY ROOM: The day room is a bit tight, but lush and airy with plenty of leafy greens, off-white walls, and a pale blue ceiling. This is the heart of the home, front and center, and is also one of the brightest rooms in the house, all day. Stocked with books originally from the house, complimented by contemporary books, zines, publications, and art, this room is great for spending the afternoon reading and watching the birds (they love to hang out on the windowsill). KITCHEN: The kitchen is a true period kitchen. A pale-yellow, enameled Chambers stove dating back to the late 20s is accented by sage green and white built-ins original to construction— the sink, adjacent cabinetry, flooring, and counters were replaced sometime in the midcentury. The kitchen gets the best light at the end of the day, but is typically bright sun up to sun down. Feel free to use this space to prepare light snacks and refreshments. If you plan on using the kitchen for cooking, there is an added fee. Please come prepared to clean the kitchen and all utensils, appliances, dishes, and pots/pans after use. A small refrigerator is available in the adjacent hallway if you need it, but there isn't much extra space so consider bringing a cooler if you plan on bringing lots of food. While the stovetop on the Chambers stove is functional, the oven is non-functioning. A countertop oven (basically an oversized toaster oven) is available for oven-related needs, fits anything up to a 9x13 baking dish or two 9x13 sheet pans. It works well and can cook most things an oven can (size being the biggest restraint). Also available: microwave, coffee pot, blender, waffle iron, Dansk Kobenstyle pots, nonstick pans, cast iron pan, wood and silicone utensils, mixing bowls, sheet pans, cutlery, matching table settings for 2, glasses, and midcentury silverware. Matching Set: 2 large dinner plates, 2 dessert plates, 2 salad bowls (wide), 4 standard bowls. Additional plates and bowls of varying styles and sizes also available. THE PLANT ROOM: This is the room that is designated for caring for the plants in the house and yard. With all of the plants in this house, there has to be somewhere to take them to keep them looking sharp. Not only is this room one of the most important rooms in the house, it is also one of the most beautiful. Here you'll find dried flowers of all kinds, specimen jars, propagations, and all of the tools that help keep the plants happy. With off-white walls and sage green trim, this room is typically quite bright during the day. THE BATHROOM: Directly adjacent to the plant room is the bathroom. All original fixtures, this bathroom boasts beautiful 1920s plumbing, a basin style bathtub, and a black and white checked floor. The walls are plaster, but have been carved to give the appearance of tile. The bathtub currently functions as a watering station for the plants. There is a removable wooden platform, as well as a garden hose connection to the faucet, that allow for a lot of the small to medium sized plants to get watered and drained easily. Please let me know if you plan on using the tub, and I will remove the watering platform and hose. There are off-white walls and a large window keeping this room bright all throughout the day. THE FOYER: The foyer is one of the last totally original frontiers of this house. And it shows. After entering through the oversized front door, you'll be greeted by a gorgeous spiral banister and staircase and original 100 year old wallpaper. The wallpaper is peeling and shows signs of age through discolorations and rips/tears. The treads on the stairs reveal where someone painted around the edges of an old runner. However, this shabby hallway still finds a way to be delightful. Maybe it's the curly brass details on the screened front door, or maybe it's the way the light pours down from the upstairs windows. The picture railings that hold antique paintings and mirrors from the previous owners. Make no mistake, for as distressed as this hall is, it holds so much glory and history. Please note, everything in the foyer is original, and therefore not in the best of shape. There are scuffs in the paint, tears in the wallpaper, and sections of the wall where there is only plaster present, where wallpaper has been removed. This area is going to be renovated soon, and updated photos will be added, but as long as this disclaimer remains, consider that the foyers appearance will definitely be more 'vintage' than the rest of the house. The area is definitely clean, but the wallpaper and paint is old and needs to be redone. SMART HOME FEATURES: The house is equipped with a Google smart home system, controlled by the smart home hub in the living room, adjacent to the front door. The outdoor security camera feeds and home lighting controls can be accessed from this hub by using voice commands, or the touch screen interface. There is a Google mesh wifi system, with 2 wifi points downstairs that can also be used to control the lights using voice commands. The lights in the kitchen, hallways, and outdoor areas are all controlled using the smart hub. PARKING & TRANSPORTATION: Only an hour from NYC by car or train, and a 15-20 minute walk from the Greenwich train station (New Haven Line). The gravel driveway has space available for approx. 5 cars, tightly parked. There are power lines overhead, so clearance is about 12 feet. Contact if you plan on bringing larger vehicles or trailers and I will confirm whether they will fit, the angle of the driveway/road can make it difficult to park long trailers.
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