Open house: River Ridge welcomes visitors

Seven months after construction began, Toll Brothers is taking the wraps off its River Ridge project and inviting the community to have a look at an open house this weekend. The model home, which also functions as the sales office, will be open Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 26 and 27, from noon to 4 each day. There will be refreshments catered by Marianne Wilson.

River Ridge is on a 10.5-acre parcel on River Road. It was recently honored with two HOBI Awards from the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Connecticut. River Ridge was deemed “best cluster community” and the model home was chosen “best single-family home over $700,000.”

The model was completed in June and the company has binding contracts on 12 of the 20 home sites. Buyers should be able to move in by February or March of next year.

Since Toll Brothers purchased the site in late December 2012, the company received emails or calls from 700 people expressing interest, said Greg Kamedulski, group president. Of those who have made a commitment, he said, a good percentage are from Wilton and Fairfield County, with a few buyers relocating from out of state. There is a mix of empty nesters and families with children.

Mr. Kamedulski said he was not really surprised at the level of interest for the homes that are priced beginning at $1 million-plus. “Maybe a little bit,” he said.

With responsibility for 20 communities in Massachusetts and Connecticut, he said that “they all seem to be selling relatively well.” Sales for the company overall have been good, he said.

River Ridge is designed as a condominium-type community with buyers responsible for their individual homes and all maintenance such as landscaping and snow removal the province of a homeowners’ association. There are four models to choose from and all average 2,400 square feet with three to four bedrooms.The most popular so far has been the Southwick, which is the model home. It has three floors and room for an elevator.

All are of classic New England Colonial design with a tan plank exterior. There is no variation in exterior color, Mr. Kamedulski said, because of the small size of the community. Despite that, he said he believed there would be enough diversity among the designs once they are built.

“When planning a small and compact community, the concern over elevation diversity is not as great,” he said. In the company’s bigger subdivisions, it “won’t sell the same house next to one another. Here the blend works well.”

At the model, a bluestone entryway welcomes visitors to a foyer with a study off to one side of the main hallway that leads to a large, airy eat-in kitchen outfitted with a stone island, stainless steel appliances and a hardwood floor. Off to the side is a walk-in pantry that Mr. Kamedulski said buyers were “getting very creative with.”

The open floor plan leads to a living room with a cathedral tray ceiling and stone fireplace flanked by large windows. There is also a dining area.

On the second floor is a master bedroom with hardwood floor, his and hers walk-in closets and a full bathroom. There are also two carpeted bedrooms and a second bathroom.

The basement area is finished with a family room, extra bedroom and full bathroom. The family room is carpeted, with French doors and access to a bluestone patio. Access to the house’s mechanical fixtures is downstairs, as is an unfinished area for additional storage.

Second development

River Ridge is Toll Brothers’ second community in Wilton, the other being Wilton Hunt, a community of 21 single-family homes on Westport Road.

Mr. Kamedulski, who lives in Wilton, said the company is pleased with River Ridge and is “always looking for land opportunities,” although he admits there is not much property available in Fairfield County.

“Occasionally we have an opportunity presented to us,” he said.

As for River Ridge, he said, Toll Brothers “is happy with it. We love Wilton as a town.”