Connor Mill-Built Homes
Connor Mill-Built Homes is the exclusive builder for Marchant Woods.
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A quick jaunt from NYC, explore historic Ridgefield, Connecticut, enjoy breathtaking views and serene settings.
Breathe In The Serene
Explore a stunning 17-acre dedicated open space Conservation area with a year-round running brook and mature marsh. The serenity of nature calls!
Welcome To Marchant Woods
A newly approved 11-lot subdivision of prime beautiful land. All lots are fully engineered, perc tested for 5 bedrooms,
3-car garages and have approved pool sites. Located on the border of historic Ridgefield and just 52-miles to midtown NYC. The setting is located in bucolic West Redding, CT; which is becoming known as the Vermont of Fairfield County, CT for it’s stunning, natural beauty. Marchant Woods features mature 100+ year hardwood trees throughout the entire site, and a stunning 17-acre dedicated open space Conservation area with a year-round running brook and mature marsh. This 49-acre subdivision is part of a 65-acre historic estate which is surrounded by a historic natural field stone wall. It is located directly across from the 300-acre Hoyt Boy Scout Preserve, and just one mile from the 102-acre New Pond Farm, adjacent to the 54-acre Edward Steichen Audubon Preserve, and one mile from the West Redding Metro North station. The property is entirely bounded by declared historic scenic roads.
When history beckons it often does so with a soft but compelling voice. And when that voice speaks across centuries and through layers of preceding generations who are its heart and soul, it resonates with a deep reminder of the things that tie generations together. Such was the voice of history that beckoned to Will Rowley some twenty years ago when he first laid eyes on Marchant Woods.
Originally part of the 3,800 acre Marchant farm carved out of the Connecticut wilderness in 1740, the 49 remaining acres that now make up Marchant Woods is a piece of Connecticut history that has rebuffed the march of progress that has been less than kind to so many other early New England settlements. The unspoiled woods with century old trees growing majestically from the rolling, peaceful landscape speak to an uncommon stewardship of the land that has allowed it to enter the twenty-first century looking much like it did when it entered the eighteenth century. To be the next in line to inherit the stewardship of such precious and historic ground brings with it a heavy responsibility to exercise that stewardship with reverence for the past and commitment to the future. Will Rowley understood those responsibilities and has been charting a course for Marchant Woods for many years that would respect and honor both.
Redding, Connecticut is a most unusual place. A town just fifty miles from New York City should have long ago succumbed to economic and political pressures so often applied to the small towns and hamlets on the periphery of metropolitan sprawl. Yet, like the one child from more desperate times in a large struggling family, who is allowed to dream and become a poet while siblings join the working ranks, Redding stands as a reminder that progress can be measured in artistic and historic preservation as well as in economic perseverance. Marchant Woods is a part of that preservation and its poetry is the poetry of time and place spoken through the soft voice of history.
Redding has always had a small population, but one whose own appreciation for history is obvious in the architecture that still stands along its streets and byways. When visitors to New England want to experience the rich history that conceived a revolution and a new country, they want to see a town like Redding because it looks like the early New England they’ve read about. Streets and roads that once gave conveyance to horses and buggies are the same streets that now make way for automobiles, but many of the homes that grace these ancient travel lanes have been there through it all, and remain markers for an architecture that has been a constant in the town’s immutable identity. The plan for Marchant Woods is to blend a unique topography and landscape with a continuation of the architectural legacy of historic Redding, honoring the past while seizing the moment to place timeless architecture on ground that has been waiting to receive it for centuries. The gentle rise and fall of the Marchant Woods terrain creates the occasional swell of land upon which a home that replicates the architectural detailing found throughout Redding and the surrounding area can be built.
Architectural history has long been a design evolution that finds comfort in mimicking the past while folding in the design needs of the present. Designing with architectural integrity means a no-compromise attention to classical details, all the while working in the practical layout and amenities dictated by the current needs of a new generation of occupants. The challenge is to combine the charm, grace, and elegance of eighteenth-century architecture with the day-to-day living requirements of the twenty-first century. That challenge is met at Marchant Woods with innovative and creative interior design layout embraced by an exterior that could live in architectural harmony with the many existing venerable homes that already define the Redding architectural legacy.
But that legacy is built along a continuum of changing needs and accommodations. Early settlers’ lives were centered around a family’s struggle to survive in a give and take environment that was at once stunningly beautiful and starkly cruel. A walking trail was often the path to get to the next daily task. An equestrian center was the place where the family’s workhorses were kept and maintained. But in today’s world at Marchant Woods, those amenities are folded into the new theme that continues the best from the past and blends it serenely into that place on the evolving continuum that marks the twenty-first century.
Homes that remained a part of the town’s architectural history for centuries endured the ravages of time in two ways: first, they were built of materials that were known and intended to withstand the harsh New England climate, and second, their innate beauty made them candidates for care that is reserved for those homes that are truly loved and universally admired. The homes to be built at Marchant Woods will share the same building philosophy that holds that homes conceived in design principles established thousands of years ago and tempered through the careful evolution of design in the loving hands of the few masters who guided it through history, deserve to be built to last. And so, the new homes to be built at Marchant Woods will be built with materials and engineering that defies the modern-era thinking that new homes need only last for forty or fifty years, after which they will be torn down to make way for a new generation’s architectural caprice. Instead, like their venerable counterparts that still stand with timeless grace, the Marchant Woods homes will be built to last for centuries, to be admired by generations who will appreciate them for their steadfast commitment to a revered architectural lineage.
Newcomers to Marchant Woods will find something rare, not only because of the limited number of homes that will be built there but also because it represents a moment in time when common conventions were ignored and an older and more deeply embedded sensibility prevailed. New owners will become the new stewards of the land and they, in turn, will pass that responsibility on to succeeding generations. And all will share a special bond with history, having heard and responded to its soft beckoning voice.
Marchant Woods blends unique topography and landscape with a continuation of the architectural legacy of historic Redding, honoring the past while seizing the moment to place timeless architecture on ground that has been waiting to receive it for centuries.