New Canaan farmhouse once owned by former One Kings Lane president listed for $2.5M

Some homes look like they came straight from the pages of architectural or design magazines. Other homes have been featured in those magazines. The home at 215 Cross Ridge Road in New Canaan has been featured in Connecticut Cottages & Gardens, Country Living and Architectural Digest. Now, it’s on the market for nearly $2.5 million.

The 2.2-acre single-family farmhouse was built in 1957 and has five bedrooms and five full bathrooms spread over 6,261 square feet of living and three levels. According to the listing, there is a “large bonus space above the garage [that is] illuminated year round by natural light.” The house mixes influences from "traditional New England to modern farmhouse style to elements," according to information provided by Sotheby’s, and its design has made it a “favorite” on the New Canaan Holiday Tour.

The residence underwent significant renovations by previous homeowner Debbie Propst. Propst, the former president of luxury home furnishings retailer One Kings Lane, worked with The Studio at One Kings Lane on the home’s interior design so it "reflected [her] European heritage," Sotheby's noted, and also added features like a new house generator and “motorized custom high-end window treatments” in the bedrooms. One Kings Lane even featured the property in a design showcase called Connecticut House, according to information provided by Sotheby’s. 

The living room in the home on 215 Cross Ridge Road in New Canaan, Conn. 

The living room in the home on 215 Cross Ridge Road in New Canaan, Conn. 

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A sitting area in the home on 215 Cross Ridge Road in New Canaan, Conn. 

A sitting area in the home on 215 Cross Ridge Road in New Canaan, Conn. 

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The home on 215 Cross Ridge Road in New Canaan, Conn. was once owned by One Kings Lane president, Debbie Propst. Realty Plans Photography / Contributed Photos

The first floor contains three bedrooms, three bathrooms and a powder room, and one of the bedrooms offers a pathway to the outside patio, the listing notes. The second level has one bedroom, one bathroom and an attic. An additional playroom and office space round out the second floor. There is a laundry room, as well as one bedroom and one bathroom in the basement. The listing also notes that the home has ample storage space, as the first floor has more than five closets and the basement has two utility rooms and three storage spaces.

Exposed wooden beams run through some of the residence’s ceilings, which match the hardwood floors in the kitchen and the breakfast area. The butler’s pantry on the first floor connects the kitchen, which has an island and the mudroom. According to the listing, there are two brick fireplaces in the home: one in the dining room and another in the living room. 

New Canaan is one of many towns and cities in Connecticut to have seen its average home values increase in the past two years. Between January 2020 January 2022, home values in New Canaan jumped $358,189, marking an increase of 29.56 percent. According to national real estate brokerage website Redfin, the prices of houses in New Canaan have increased by 4.5 percent in the past year, going from $1.61 million to $1.69 million between April 2021 and April 2022. The number of homes sold dropped in the same period, going from 117 days in April 2021 to 56 days in April 2022. Redfin noted that the median number of days that a home spent on the market dropped from 116 to 56.

The home at 215 Cross Ridge Road is listed by William Pitt Sotheby’s and is presented by Kristen Goormastic (203.644.6795).