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Property of the Week: 16 Talcott Notch Road, Avon

For the past 20 years, homeowners of an inviting and spacious nine-room colonial in Avon have “put their heart and soul” into the home, thus leaving it with lots of good memories.

“If this wonderful home could talk, it would welcome its new owners to enjoy it as much as we have,” says David Elansky, homeowner with his wife, Gail Gillman Elansky. “Moving is certainly bittersweet, but it’s time for our next chapter.”


It is hard to believe that this modern-day, fashionable and updated home is more than 80 years old. Built in 1941, the four-bedroom, three-bath home shows no sign of its age. It has been meticulously maintained and is move-in ready. The freshly painted interior in warm, neutral colors as well as new wood floors enhance the home’s natural beauty.

The home, at 16 Talcott Notch Road, “has been loved and cared for,” says listing agent Rhonda Reiner.


The future owner will reap the benefits of outdoor living this home has to offer. The 2.10-acre corner lot, which is quiet, private and earns high marks for its landscape and curb appeal, backs up to Avon Mountain. The covered porch and wraparound brick patio offer the freedom for dining, entertaining extended family or guests, enjoying panoramic views or just relaxing.

From the road, the long driveway to the sprawling home exposes stone edging and a rich mix of shrubs, perennials, gardens and mature trees. The exterior wood siding blends beautifully with the asphalt shingle roof.

A portico, supported by columns, covers the main entrance of the home. Step into the chic foyer adorned by high ceilings, a tile floor and stunning columns. “It is a great house for entertaining,” Reiner says, adding a versatile floor plan is a plus.

The home offers a large formal dining room with a unique granite-counter serving nook. There are open shelves for displaying glassware and a cupboard for storing just about anything. The wood-burning fireplace is the cozy cold-weather staple of the living room. The light-and-bright sunroom could double as a home office, a library or a den. Its exposed brick wall adds character and charm to the room.

A chef’s kitchen has been designed for a large group of people. It features granite counters, a tile backsplash, stainless appliances, a trash compactor, a wine chiller, a six-burner propane cooktop and loads of cupboards. In addition to the full-size range, there is an adjacent small convection oven. A large island for prepping or entertaining incorporates a sink, storage, seating, a dishwasher and pendant lights. The spacious dinette, which provides access to the patio and porch area, can accommodate a second full-size dining room table.

“Nobody leaves our kitchen, no matter what I do to entice them,” quips Gillman Elansky.

The large family room delivers a wall of built-in storage, a vaulted ceiling, a reading nook, a ceiling fan and eight windows with white plantation shutters. Also on the main level, the powder room is not only spacious but also stylish with a vessel sink vanity.

On the second floor, you will find four generous bedrooms, each with a large closet. The 26-by-17 foot primary suite, which is sized to impress, has available space for a separate seating area and a generous walk-in closet. The large ensuite has a jetted tub, a separate shower, double sinks and an area for a vanity chair or stool. His-and-her sinks, a combined bathtub-shower and a laundry zone accent the other full bathroom upstairs.


The home has baseboard oil heat and central air conditioning with zoned systems that enable you to conserve energy. It is serviced by a private well and a septic system. A full-size basement presents unlimited opportunities for increased living space or storage options. A garden shed in the backyard, which is connected to electricity, can be converted into a woodworking shop. A roomy three-car garage is attached to the home.

Conveniently located near the Farmington-West Hartford town line, this Avon home provides easy access to major roads, schools, shopping hot spots and recreation. For a virtual tour, photographs, floor plans and property details, visit Because there is a low inventory of residential properties for sale in Avon, the listing agent recommends making an appointment as soon as possible to see this home.

Karen A. Avitabile is a freelance writer based in Plantsville.

16 Talcott Notch Road, Avon

Built: 1941

Price: $739,000


Style: Colonial

Rooms: 9

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Bedrooms: 4

Baths: 2 full, 1 half

Square footage: 3,768

Acreage: 2.1


Mill rate: 34.21

Best feature: Park-like and private yard

Contact: Rhonda Reiner, (860) 729-3001,; John Lepore, (860) 798-7844,