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New Home Project In New Canaan Adds Thrill To Former Mill

A color rendering of the home development at Jelliff Mill, which will have six homes, three condos and a loft unit.
A color rendering of the home development at Jelliff Mill, which will have six homes, three condos and a loft unit. Photo Credit: Contributed

NEW CANAAN, Conn. – One of the most unique developments in New Canaan real estate is under construction at Jelliff Mill Road, and occupancy could come next summer.

Halstead Property is marketing six free-standing homes, three townhouses and a loft unit at Jelliff Mill Falls. The complex was designed by Judy Larson and Associates and homes are being built by the Gardiner Group. Mary Higgins of Halstead is marketing the properties, which range from $1.1 to $1.550 million.

Higgins said two units already have accepted offers. Most of the homes have views of the nearby Noroton River.

“It’s very sophisticated, incredibly beautiful and charming,’’ Higgins said. “It’s close to the parkway and train station, and offers a carefree lifestyle.”

The site is the location of a former saw and grist mill, as well as weaving mills, which were in continuous operation from the early 1700s. In 1949, the landmark mill burned down and a utilitarian concrete block structure was built to replace it. The Gardiner-Larson team will soon replace the concrete building with a historic-looking wooden mill building, complete with an operating waterwheel, which they hope will once again become a landmark in town.

Larson has based her design on a series of old photos and artistic renderings of the original mill found at the New Canaan Historical Society. The team is also honoring the history of the property by naming all of the 10 homes after former mill owners.

Each residence has a distinct floor plan and exterior.  The six free-standing homes and carriage barn will be clad in gray shingles, with a historic, Nantucket-style look, and accented with a different colored front door.   Every home will have at least one fireplace, an attached garage or a garage bay, generator, central air conditioning and energy-efficient thermal windows. The homes, in the West School district, will range in size from 1,800 to 3,900 square feet.

Interior features include thick, 8-foot tall doors, paneled and bead board wainscoting, character oak plank flooring and timeless bathroom and kitchen design with Sub Zero, Wolf, and Miele appliances. Buyers who purchase a home prior to its completion are free to customize their interiors.

“The architect and the builders made the choice not to try to cram a large number of units in there,’’ Higgins said. “They were looking to create something that was more of a village, something new in condominium living.”

Higgins believes the unique village feel and conveniences make the homes attractive to buyers. “There isn’t anything close by that is styled like this,’’ she said. “It’s in a residential zone, you can look out either to water or to other residential property, and it’s a wonderful feeling of open space.”

For more information, visit the Jelliff Mill Falls website http://www.halstead.com/sale/ct/new-canaan/47-jelliff-mill-rd/condo/99027312# , or call Higgins at 203-966-7800, ext. 484.