The home theater in the house at 50 Eveningside Drive isn’t just a big room with a large-screen TV. It’s a legit theater, with a projector, lights that dim at showtime and a curtain that pulls back to reveal a screen, which descends from the ceiling. The wallpaper border pasted around the room is even covered with tiny movie poster images.
All that’s missing is a super-sized soda and a box of Junior Mints.
The theater is just one room in the palatial 5,555-square-foot estate, but it is indicative of the attention to detail throughout the house. Built in 2000, the home is now for sale and listed at $2.6 million. Owner Bob Hartmann said he built it with the mind of creating a house that had great views of the water but was not “on top of the water” and in danger of being flooded.
“I think you’ve got the best of both worlds here,” Hartmann said.
The house does have amazing views of Long Island Sound from most rooms, but perhaps the most interesting thing about it is how lovingly crafted it is. Take the basement level, for instance. That’s where the mini-movie theater is. The floor also contains a sauna, an exercise room, a billiard room and a 1,000-bottle wine cellar.
Most of those rooms have glass doors, etched with the name of the room, and, sometimes, an illustration. The wine cellar door, for example, is etched with grapes.
Elsewhere in the house, craftsmanship is also evident. There are vaulted ceilings throughout, elegant archways, and even an interior balcony on the upper floor that looks down into the main living space. On the main level, the cabinets, floors and even the elegant columns positioned between the front door and the living room are made from the highest-quality woods, Hartmann said.
The cabinets, for example, are made with birdseye maple, named for the many small swirls within.
“At the time this house was designed, there really wasn’t anything like that in Milford,” Hartmann said.
The columns are a combination of birdseye maple and mahogany.
The house has four bedrooms, four full bathrooms and three half baths. There are two master bedrooms, including one on the first floor with its own fireplace. Hartmann said the master on the first floor allows “all the living on one floor,” leaving the upstairs free for kids’ rooms, or guest rooms.
Outside, there is a heated pool with a waterfall feature, and an outdoor living space that includes a kitchen and full bath.
Hartmann said the home is great for parties; shortly after it was built, his family hosted roughly 200 people around Christmastime.
“We always wanted to be entertaining friends, and for it to be kind of a fun house,” he said.