In the swim of things at Trumbull home
TRUMBULL — When John and Carol Berczuk first laid eyes on 180 Strobel Road more than 20 years ago, they saw a lot they wanted to change — and one thing they wanted to keep relatively the same.
That would be the 51-by-15-foot indoor pool nestled inside the 4,696-square-foot Colonial.
“That is why we bought the house,” Carol Berczuk said.
Carol Berczuk said the house has been the site of many family gatherings. When she and her husband announced they were selling it, she said, one relative expressed sadness because they couldn’t imagine Christmas without the house and its pool.
The Berczuks feel the same about the home, listed at $750,000, but they are moving to be closer to their family members.
“I love it and I hate to leave it,” Carol Berczuk said.
The pool is central to her affection, and that of nearly anyone who glimpses it.
Indeed, the pool and the 2,000-square-foot room that houses it combine to create the focal point of the house. The minute a visitor walks through the front door, they can glimpse the indoor oasis, visible through glass walls at the back of the home’s living room.
In addition to the 30,000-gallon pool the room offers skylights, walls of windows that look out onto a vast property, and what can only be described as an indoor patio.
Just off one end of the pool is an area where families can entertain, just as they would with an outdoor swimming spot. It offers a wood burning fireplace, wet bar, a gas grill, and the Berczuks have even outfitted the area with the kind of wicker furniture you’d see on an outdoor patio. The room is paneled with pecky cypress, a moisture-resistant wood that has been used in ship building.
Carol Berczuk said the pool is actually easier to maintain than an outdoor pool because “it doesn’t involve leaf cleaning.”
Though the pool was in the house when the Berczuk’s bought it, the room surrounding it has been updated, as has much of the rest of the house, which was built in 1963.
A Belgium block, blue stone path was installed outside. The kitchen was totally redone, adding Brazilian granite countertops and top-of-the-line appliances. In fact, Carol Berczuk said, much of the downstairs was changed because “it was cover with cedar. It looked like a log cabin.”
The house has four bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms, and sits on roughly an acre of property that includes a pond and waterfall.
But it’s really the pool that’s at the heart of the house.
“Anybody who is into swimming will love this,” said listing agent Jay Cannone.
Do you know of a house or apartment building with an interesting story? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, and the home could be featured in an upcoming installment of Habitat.