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On the Market: Midcentury Modern Digs with an Airstream Trailer Guest House

Owned and artfully re-designed by architect Donald Billinkoff, this Connecticut residence went from a dark and dated home to a sun-saturated sanctuary.


Photo by Ren Nickson

10 Paradise Lane, New Milford, CT
Price: $1,450,000
Size: 3,035 square feet
Bedrooms: 3
Baths: 3

Looking for your own slice of paradise? This house on Paradise Lane might be your best bet. And from the 10 acres of private land and the breathtaking naturescapes to the sun-saturated interior and personal Airstream trailer, it’s clear that the home fits its address.

If it looks like each detail was artfully designed, that’s because it was. Architect Donald Billinkoff, owner of New York-based Billinkoff Architecture, purchased the 1969 construction (a dark and dated building with little natural light) 10 years ago, and quickly got to work knocking down partitions, installing floor-to-ceiling windows, and transforming the place into a midcentury modern oasis. And not for nothing—when the house last sold in 2010, it was for $410,000; one short decade and many dazzling renovations later, it’s going for $1.45 million.

Peep one of the notable updates in the living room, where vaulted ceilings and a full wall of windows lends an aerial aesthetic, but a brutalist fireplace made with blocks of concrete and sheets of blackened steel grounds the room. Through the open living room and dining room, a pair of French doors opens out onto an expansion that didn’t even exist 10 years ago: a 600-square-foot steel-framed screen porch acts as a second dining room, where friends and family can linger over those westerly vistas and an alfresco supper without swatting at mosquitoes.

A spacious artist studio with polished concrete floors is another newer addition, and below one level, the mostly single-story home makes space for a guest suite. Through the windows, the grounds comprise a gated garden area, an outdoor shower, a heated swimming pool, and a retro Airstream parked nearby—which comes with the home. The shining aluminum coach offers up another bedroom, a full bath, and a kitchenette, making for sweet use as a pool house, a guest studio, or your personal destination for a glamping staycation.

For information, contact Ira Goldspiel or Steve Pener, William Pitt Sotheby’s International Real Estate, williampitt.com.

Photo by Ren Nickson

Photo by Ren Nickson

Photo by Ren Nickson

Photo by Ren Nickson

Photo by Ren Nickson

Photo by Ren Nickson

Photo by Ren Nickson

Photo by Ren Nickson

Photo by Ren Nickson

Photo by Ren Nickson

Photo by Ren Nickson

Photo by Ren Nickson

Photo by Ren Nickson

Photo by Ren Nickson

Photo by Ren Nickson

Photo by Ren Nickson

Curious to see what the modern stunner looked like before all of the renovations? Take a peek below.

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