Tour Architect Richard Granoff’s Modern Greenwich Estate
For architect Richard Granoff and his wife, business executive Jill Granoff, a one-of-a-kind modern estate in Greenwich’s coveted Rock Ridge neighborhood has become an ideal setting for both professional pursuits and memorable experiences with family and friends.
The neighborhood is recognized for its timeless traditional architecture, and indeed, the original portion of the Granoffs’ home dates to 1907, when it was a carriage house for a significant estate. With a commitment to environmental consciousness and green features, Richard spearheaded a forward-thinking expansion and redesign that spanned two decades.
The warm, welcoming residence offers sophisticated, well-defined living spaces indoors and out; up to six bedrooms; and a unique combination of cost-effectiveness, environmental responsibility, contemporary comfort, clean lines, and singular architect-created style. This is a home where memories are made and great things are accomplished.
Both husband and wife are successful professionals with demanding careers. Rich is founder and managing principal of Greenwich’s leading architectural firm, which employs more than 25 architects. His work on the design of many prestigious Manhattan restaurants inspired the development of his personal modern style and lighting designs. Projects are managed throughout the tri-state area, and the firm has expanded to other parts of the U.S.
With many tenures as a chief executive, brand builder, and strategist at many important fashion and beauty brands in New York and around the world, Jill is a leader in global business. The couple designed a space for her work when she is not traveling, a sizeable executive office above the garage. In this space, she negotiated several multi-billion-dollar deals, including the IPO of a leading fashion brand and the sale of a digital technology platform.
A home so thoughtfully outfitted was an ideal environment for the Granoffs to raise their two sons, one of whom is now a talented photographer, the other an accomplished architect in his own right who works for a prominent Manhattan design firm.
“Our kids grew up surrounded by architecture, art, and the outdoors,” says Rich. “It’s no wonder that they are both in creative professions and love nature.” In the earlier years, their sons completed schoolwork and projects in a study area with built-in desks in the upper-level hall. To accommodate other activities and interests, their bedrooms were equipped with large built-in cabinets, cubbies, bookcases, and shelves.
The Granoffs wanted a place to unwind and enjoy life, too. The heart of the home is a great room with oversized windows, French doors, 20-foot beamed cathedral ceilings, lighting professionally designed to accent an extensive art collection, an Old World–inspired Pocono River stone fireplace, and a built-in entertainment center housing a projection television and theater system with McIntosh surround sound and a drop-down 122-inch screen. With good reason, this room has been the setting for many a dance party, and the projection system makes it ideal for movie nights, major sporting events, and New Year’s Eve countdowns.
It is perfect for large crowds, with French doors opening to a breezy south-facing night-lit covered porch that overlooks the beautifully landscaped yard, sculpture, and waterfall and is a favorite space in the home.
The couple themselves enjoy the private getaway of the grand master suite. Thanks to its 18-foot cathedral ceilings and large windows, the rooms is bright, airy, and open.
French doors lead to a spacious deck overlooking the pool oasis.
Plentiful storage is supplied by the two walk-in closets as well as a wall of additional closet space, where Jill keeps the fashion collections she has gathered throughout the years. The bath is spectacular and, like much of the rest of the home, is outfitted with a central music system with Savant controls.
The couple enjoys fine meals and entertaining, so in 2017, they reimagined and renovated the entire kitchen and breakfast area, creating the perfect place for Rich—a gourmet cook—Jill, and their sons to craft epicurean delights for themselves and many guests.
The cabinetry is a lovely cerused oak with a sleek modern finish, while the flooring is a recycled dark limestone. The kitchen also boasts Miele appliances, including a large gas range with a Porsche hood; a coffee and espresso bar; gorgeous cabinets specifically for wine glasses and crystal; and four Perlick wine refrigerators.
Steps away is the banquet-sized dining room, which, combined with the kitchen and the nearby great room, creates a wonderful area for the finest year-round entertaining. The kitchen is now the most-used room in the home, and the Granoffs recall many parties and special gatherings with family and friends here throughout the years.
The renovation also provided a lower level, which includes an exercise room for at-home fitness and ample flexible space for friends and children.
An avid wine collector, Rich designed and built the home’s professional-caliber 1,000-bottle wine cellar.
Over the years, the estate has become an enviable oasis of total privacy. It feels relaxed and rural, with a stream, a tranquil waterfall, and thriving mature greenery, all less than a mile from town. The Rock Ridge association is historic, highly regarded, and easygoing, and it is coveted for its seclusion, proximity to town, and impressive natural beauty. Asked to describe their pristine home and its location, the Granoffs offer one word: “perfect.”
The home may be available furnished, in turnkey condition. Call Edward Mortimer, the listing agent at Sotheby’s International Realty, at 203-496-4571.