When visitors come to the home of Arben Brahaj, M.D., in the Bridge Hampton Crossing community in Farmington, the compliments flow as easily as the home's layout and design.
Everyone says good things, Brahaj says. What they like about the house is how the rooms are designed and integrated with each other.
Other accolades follow. Visitors are impressed by the space, 6,000 square feet if you count the finished basement the gourmet eat-in kitchen with Viking appliances, the abundance of architectural features, and much more.
The lighting fixtures, the moldings, the stairs everything is well-designed, says Brahaj.
This is the floor plan people want, says Nick Cifaldi of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties. The layout suits today’s
lifestyle, he says of a house available for sale. It typifies the Bridge Hampton Crossing approach of connection and flow that Cifaldi says buyers want.
Three houses at Bridge Hampton Crossing are currently under construction and are for sale. The community also opened its next phase of construction with 15 lots available. All can accommodate custom construction.
Bridge Hampton Crossing will eventually have 78 homes. Twenty-six are currently sold and occupied. It is a single-family, higher quality, open space community, says Cifaldi. It has almost 50 percent open space.
Designs vary from house to house. We offer a custom design service, says Cifaldi. Customers sit with a designer and builder and we develop a plan that suits them. Most people start with plans that we have and customize from there. This service, he says, is included in the base price.
All the houses have premium features, Cifaldi adds. We are including higher-end appliances, granite countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms, hardwood flooring and great trim packages. The houses are located in a beautiful neighborhood in a premier town with an excellent school system.
Cifaldi notes that there are a lot of features that are not always included or rarely seen at the price points offered by Bridge Hampton Crossing. It’s an opportunity for buyers who want to take a step up, he says.
With prices starting at $799,900, We are trying to fill a niche, says Cifaldi. The homes are spacious and upscale while staying within a six-figure price range. Cifaldi says that the average Bridge Hampton Crossing home is about 4,000 square feet.
The community’s open space gives it a unique feel, affording a sense of privacy and peace. Houses have their windows positioned to take advantage of wooded views.
When Bridge Hampton Crossing broke ground in 2007, there were several builders involved. In order to ensure continuity and quality, Wilson Development put deed restrictions in place. Some of these include a minimum home size of 3,000 square feet, nine-foot first- and second-floor ceilings, three-car side-entry garages, finished landscaping standards, brick/bluestone/paver walks and stoops (no concrete), developer plan approval and other restrictions. There is also no vinyl siding allowed.
Currently, Wilson Development owned by Mark Wilson who is known locally for the philanthropic work of his Reach Foundation is pairing with builder Dana Hinman of Hinman Builders on new construction.
Joe Truncali, director of operations for Wilson Development, and Hinman have worked together to appeal to the sensibilities of young homebuyers who are looking for an upscale community. At ages 29 and 33 respectively, the two men have an intuitive understanding of the upwardly mobile, we-have-arrived set.
This can be seen from the start as one steps into the foyer of a model under the final stages of construction. The entry feels welcoming rather than overpowering. This is trending, says Hinman. It's a little more intimate, not so grand and cold. The big two-story foyer is kind of passe now.
Truncali adds, It is impressive, but not ostentatious.
The view ahead is of a gracefully arched opening to a gourmet kitchen. To the left, there is a set of glass-paned French doors with a transom above. It opens to a handsome study with recessed paneling and the study leads to a living room with an elegantly appointed natural gas fireplace with marble surround.
The room is inviting, not overwhelming the ideal setting for settling in for a good read with a glass of wine or a fireside chat with a convivial gathering of friends.
The room leads to an oversized dining room. Both rooms are heavily trimmed with signature cap- and crown-style molding over the windows which is also found throughout the home. Recessed paneling can also be done in the dining room.
To the left is a gourmet kitchen with architectural cabinets, tumbled marble backsplash, six-burner oven, griddle and granite island, plus a cozy breakfast nook.
The heart of the home could be the kitchen or the next room an oversized, coffered-ceiling family room with a masonry, wood-burning fireplace. Two square windows are artfully positioned to the left and right above the fireplace, and a bank of five oversized windows on an adjoining wall offers woodland views.
Other features of the home include a mudroom with built-in shelving and cubbies, high-end bathrooms with tumbled marble showers, a second-floor laundry room and Jack-and-Jill bathrooms.
The crowning feature may be the elegant and enormous masteR suite featuring a separate study/sitting area, his-and-hers closets with built-ins, and a bathroom with a separate toilet area, Jacuzzi, walk-in shower, marble floors and his-and-hers granite vanities.
An open house will be held this Sunday, Feb. 2 from 1-3 p.m. and on every other Sunday from 1-3 p.m. Private tours also can be arranged by appointment. For more information contact Nick Cifaldi of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties at 860-677-4949 or visit
Margaret DeMarino is a freelance writer based inNew Haven.
Property of the Week: Bridge Hampton Crossing
Farmington Builder: Wilson Development in conjunction with Dana Hinman
Price: High $700,000s
Bedrooms: 4 to 5
Square footage: 3,000+ square feet
Acreage: .75 acres on average
Tax rate: 24.07 mills
Best features: Gracious, traditional designs with deed restrictions to preserve the neighborhoodÕs character
Contact: Nick Cifaldi