Traditional Georgian colonial boasts 21st living
Published 2:41 pm, Thursday, May 12, 2011
A stately Georgian colonial mansion sits on a 2.6-acre property at 4 Pan Handle Lane in the Coleytown section of Westport, along a stretch of the Saugatuck River.
The estate has been nicknamed Spruce Forest because of the number of such trees that populate the property.
This ideally-placed, 9,250-square-foot house has access to at least three water sources. The property contains 260 feet of river frontage; there is also a heated gunite in-ground swimming pool with a spa and Westport, as a water community, has several public beaches and a coastal state park.
Then again, with the beauty of and the amenities included within this house, there is little reason to leave. The house was built in 2007 and incorporated into the architectural plans were a home theater, a barreled-ceiling wine cellar with a tasting sink and the capacity to hold 1,000 bottles, a gym with a its own full bath and sauna, a game room, and a wet bar.
While the house appears quite traditional, as one looks at its stone and clapboard exterior with black shutters and white trim, it was actually built with the 21st century in mind. It has cutting-edge green technology, including geo-thermal heat and solar energy systems. It also features an elevator.
The chef's kitchen has a Viking dual fuel range, Sub-Zero refrigerator, a wine cooler, cherry wood center island, granite counters and stainless-steel warming drawers.
More InformationABOUT THIS HOUSE TYPE OF HOUSE: Georgian Colonial ADDRESS: 4 Pan Handle Lane, Westport PRICE: $5,299,000 NUMBER OF ROOMS: 18 AMENITIES: geo-thermal heat and solar energy, heated gunite in-ground swimming pool, home theater, 1,000-bottle wine cellar, lounge with wet bar, 2.60-acre lot with some wetlands, elevator, waterfront property along the Saugatuck River, water community, beach rights, monitored security system, Lutron lighting system throughout the house, zoned central air conditioning, wood shingle roofing, five fireplaces, grill, patio, exterior sprinkler system, vaulted and nine-foot ceilings OTHER INFORMATION: six bedrooms, five full and two half baths, attached three-car garage, full finished walk-out basement, gas, hot air and solar heating systems, laundry room, attic, hardwood floors and wall-to-wall carpeting, septic system, well water SCHOOL: Coleytown Elementary, Coleytown Middle, Staples High ASSESSMENT: $2,554,600 TAX RATE: 14.850 mills TAXES: $41,751
All the ornate moldings in the formal living and dining rooms are hand-carved 12-inch plaster. The floors comprise five-inch white oak quarter-sawn boards. The house is equipped with a Lutron lighting system.
Also featured in this house are five fireplaces in the living room, master bedroom, library or office, drawing room and family room. All are wood burning except the one in the library, which is gas-fueled.
There is a dramatic, true center-hall entrance foyer, or reception hall, which includes the gracefully curved staircase to the second floor. It also has a wide, arched and columned entrance from the reception hall into the formal living room, and two French doors provide access to the backyard.
Between the reception hall and formal dining room there are solid maple, arched-pocket doors. The family room has a vaulted ceiling with exposed beams. Its fireplace is stone and goes from floor to ceiling.
There is a sitting area in master bedroom suite and its spacious master spa-like bath features a radiant heat floor, glass tile walls from floor to ceiling, jetted tub, and steam shower. There are also his-and-hers walk-in closets.
The finished lower level is one large home entertainment center. It includes a lounge with a wet bar, a home theater that can comfortably accommodate at least six people, a gym with its own full bath and sauna, a game room and, a 1,000-bottle wine cellar with its own tasting sink.
Outside, there is a terraced stone patio and pool area with a grill, several stone walls and gardens. The property is extensively planted.