The kids have left home for college; the house is very large for two; you don’t entertain as often or for as many as you did; you are beginning to wish you had an elevator and you can’t park your car because the pool man’s truck, the gardeners’ truck, the maintenance guy’s truck, the decorator’s van, the caterer’s van and the housekeeper’s car are all blocking the drive. It is beginning not to be much fun any longer. It’s time to downsize.
As it happens, if you live in Greenwich, Connecticut, I may just have discovered the perfect answer. It’s Delamar Court Penthouse at 559 Steamboat Road. Here someone has done all the thinking for you and anticipated your every need. Down by the water, just over the road from the Delamar Hotel and across from Belle Haven, is a rare thing. It is a very sophisticated and large penthouse apartment with rooftop terrace, media floor and individual, private and impressive entrance.
The developer has gone to amazing lengths to put the fun back in owning a large Greenwich property – but with none of the looming downsides. Out is the large garden: in is the roof deck. Out are all the rooms you don’t need any longer: in is a magnificent, spacious and beautifully laid out floor with rooms you will use and a specification you will enjoy. Out is the need for the car every time you want to move: in is a gentle stroll to Greenwich Avenue for the shops and restaurants, and to the railway station to Grand Central in Manhattan in 40 mins.
No need for domestic staff any longer either. The developer has thought of that too. Instead of your own staff – or having to do it yourself – there is a concierge package with the Delamar Hotel that will take care of housekeeping and catering services. There is also a great spa at the hotel and preferred dockage for your boat.
So that seems to be it. Life ‘sorted’, as they would say in certain parts of the UK. Oh, and if you’re worried that you won’t have room for your friends any longer the private rooftop Jacuzzi sits ten!