If you’re looking for modern, stylish living in a quiet neighborhood close to the city, then 5323 Stanford Drive might be perfect for you. This high-end contemporary, two-story, 3,417-square-foot home sits on nearly 2 acres in Forest Hills.
Designed by third-generation architect and designer Nick Dryden of Dryden Architecture + Design and built by Josh White of Joshua Builders, it has a distinct black-and-white color scheme, both inside and out. The exterior is stucco with ebony-stained wood panels and large glass windows overlooking the sloping lawn in front and the pool and extended property behind, and the inside features white walls and cabinetry, with ebony-stained pocket doors and storage in the office, a black granite fireplace and black-framed windows. It does, however, feature some natural wood highlights in the oak floors and floating oak stairs leading to the second floor.
In a twist of the norms we’re accustomed to seeing, the master bedroom, kitchen, dining room, living room, office, 1 ½ bathrooms and pool are all on the second floor, while the smaller bedrooms and Jack and Jill bathroom are on the first floor, along with the foyer and garage. Also on the first floor are a home gym with mirrored wall and full bathroom, sauna and media room, complete with built-in surround sound. As the home is built into the side of a hill, the media room is fully underground and free of windows, offering a comfortable refuge during storms.
Upstairs, the natural light from the floor-to-ceiling windows and doors fills the wide-open living room, dining room and kitchen area. An extra-large Corian island seats eight comfortably and still leaves plenty of space for preparing meals and cooking them using the complete set — plus an extra oven — of Thermador appliances.
The fun continues when you step out onto the back terrace, where the lap pool, hot tub, outdoor grilling station and pebbled courtyard with fire pit and fountain await to ensure pure relaxation whenever you need it.
Photographs by Daniel Hoisington