WILTON — On the fence about split level houses? Don’t split hairs. Make a point of seeing the split level bungalow at 17 Woodchuck Lane before formulating an opinion about such a house style.
The staggered multiple half level floor configuration was popular for about a 20-year period from the mid-1950s to the mid-1970s but fell out of favor for a number of years. Split levels seem to be making a come-back and, in fact, one realty industry publication recently asked if the style was “outdated or underrated” ultimately leaning toward the latter.
“The design is no longer considered modern, but it is still practical for many of today’s buyers,” said Barbara Ballinger, author of an article about split levels published on the RealtorMag website, the official magazine of the National Association of Realtors.
Split levels tend to be more affordable but more important to today’s lifestyle are their other characteristics, perhaps their spaciousness, open layout, and allowance for privacy. Additionally, Ballinger says in her article, “Split-levels make great candidates for remodeling, too.” This 2,818-square-foot house was built in 1959 and it has received extensive renovating and updating. The house was totally renovated in the past 10 years. In 2013 the rooms were repainted. In 2014 the laundry room and playroom were renovated. In 2015 the once open porch on the rear of the house was screened in and a new air conditioner was installed. In 2016 the skylights were redone. And this year the wood roof was cleaned and resealed, and the deck was stained. The two full bathrooms were given heated floors.
The house is located in the heart of South Wilton at the end of a cul-de-sac. All the amenities of town are right around the corner, and a brand new elementary school is less than a minute away. The train, shops and school are all within walking distance. The 1.2-acre level and sloping property on which this house is located is adjacent to Leonard J. Bradley Park, which was once called Belden Hill Park. This park offers 82 acres and several trails to explore. “Trails pass through various woodland communities ranging from swampland to a dry ridge top. The arboretum trail is the longest and roughly follows the perimeter of the park,” the town’s website says.
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