2286 Ardleigh Road (2005)

This English country, or cottage-style home, was built in 1917. After being purchased by the current owners in 1998, it went through what they describe as an “unveiling.” This loving process included stripping off wallpaper down to the bare walls, repainting, removing carpet, then refinishing floors and wood trim.

A unique feature in this home is the owners’ large collection of furniture from Indonesia. Purchased when the price was just right, the home now holds over 30 pieces, whose shipment and delivery was quite an adventure! Also, the current owner made all of the radiator covers in the home.
Upon entering, notice the original tile and wood in the entryway as well as the leaded glass window. Turn right into the dining room which features a deep green color, picture frame molding and a magnificent table from Indonesia.

Next is the kitchen, which was totally redone and now boasts rosewood floors, stainless steel appliances and leaded glass doors on the cabinets. The current owner built the cabinets himself and replaced drywall installed in a 1970s renovation with authentic lath, mud and plaster. Notice the hand-made glass tiles from California. An avid cook, the owner wanted items handy and opted for open shelving and a butcher block countertop. Additional cabinets were also added near the back of the kitchen. The owners chose rolling islands which can be moved as needed for their kitchen, a wonder of space economy.
Exit the kitchen to the porch, which was once a breezeway expanded by knocking out a wall and adding a doorway to make the current space. To the left is a half bath which contains its original subway and mosaic tile.

To the right is the living room with its original marble and wood fireplace. It is accented by an 1880 Indonesian bench, a coffee table made from a rice container and a 1930 chaise lounge.
Next is the warm and inviting sun room which was redone using original materials. It has windows which open to the “birthday porch,” so named because it was a birthday gift from husband to wife. This area features screens custom-made by the owner, an original light fixture and a lovely screen door to the garden. The color of the birthday porch was inspired by Tuscany.

At the top of the stairs to the right is a guest bedroom and bath which has its original tub. Next is the sitting room which features a Chinese trunk, Indonesian armoire and bench. The master suite features leaded glass windows and a bath which is completely original to the home. Completing the second floor circle is the study which contains wallpaper believed to date from 1917.


Watch For:

  • Chandelier in kitchen, identical to one owner found in Paris
  • Silk painting on first floor from India
  • Balinese artwork in living room
  • Collection of World War I and Roaring Twenties era fashion prints in second floor hall


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