From the outside of the white-washed brick house at 219 Bayberry Lane in Westport, it looks like a traditional Colonial. Inside, this house in the Coleytown section has a modern flair with a number of fascinating artistic features, which is not surprising given that the owners are professional fashion and jewelry designers who have added their personal touches.
In most cases the features are subtle, as in the wall treatments, and in other cases, as in the flooring, the detailing is more obvious. The walls in several rooms are textured and, although the treatments may not be immediately visible, the overall effect is obvious. From first view, some walls look clean and simple but as the viewer zeroes in the sophisticated detail comes into focus.
The walls of the formal dining room, for example, appear to be a solid white at first glance but closer inspection reveals a porcelain glaze Venetian plaster effect that was hand-done using wax and paint in a seven-layer process. The gourmet kitchen has textured fabric on the walls. In the den, the walls have an ultra-suede texture, and this room also features one of four fireplaces in the house; this one a floor-to-ceiling brick fireplace.
The dramatic detail begins right at the covered front entrance, which has four white columns and a door with sidelights that opens into a foyer with honed Italian marble flooring. In some areas of the house, including the family room, there are floors of long, thin marble strips arranged in a herringbone pattern.
This room, which was not original to the house when it was built in 1975, also features custom windows with exclusively designed mullion patterns and transoms above each.
The family room also has a deep tray ceiling, marble and glass front fireplace which repeats the herringbone pattern in the firebox, a wet bar with marble counters and built-in wine rack, and two sets of French doors to the covered veranda and bluestone patio.
The other area of the house that features the marble herringbone floor is in the playroom.
That floor has radiant heat and that room serves as a side entrance into the house from the ample-sized driveway. It has a built-in desk area and cabinets. One wall of this room has raised textured details to give the look of tree branches devoid of leaves during the winter months.
In the kitchen there are numerous artistic touches. The center island, which houses a warming drawer and beverage refrigerator, is topped with a river stone counter that can be lit from underneath. The backsplash features Calcutta gold marble. The cabinets have green glass fronts and there is a sizable eat-in area.
Even a half bath off the kitchen was given special treatment. It features one wall covered in mosaic tiles of Italian glass and a porcelain floor with decorative glass tile inserts.
Upstairs on the second floor, there are hardwood floors throughout; however, several of the bedrooms have wall-to-wall carpeting. There is a laundry room on this floor with a ceramic tile floor. A shared hallway bath has a mosaic marble tile floor, double marble vanity and the walls are covered in white ceramic tile from floor to ceiling.
In the master bedroom suite there is a marble fireplace, and the master bath features a floor of thin, white marble tiles. A set of stairs lead from the master bedroom down to a small office area and to an in-law or au pair room.
The backyard provides a very private setting with tall trees, mature plantings and a pergola.
For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, contact Linda Skolnick of Coldwell Banker at 203-246-0088 or email her at Linda@GoAskLinda.com. Visit her website at www.GoAskLinda.com.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
TYPE OF HOUSE: Colonial
ADDRESS: 219 Bayberry Lane, Westport
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 9
AMENITIES: water community, beach rights, one-acre level property, subtle artistic wall treatments, four fireplaces, front and rear staircases, gourmet kitchen, pantry, bluestone patio, pergola, terrace, in-law or guest or au pair room, wet bar, zoned central air conditioning, hardwood, marble and porcelain floors, security system, French doors, Surround Sound system in family room, sound system throughout rest of house, covered seating area outside
OTHER INFORMATION: five bedrooms, three full and one half baths, two-car attached under house garage, basement crawl space, zoned oil heating system, laundry room, septic system, city water
SCHOOL: Coleytown Elementary, Coleytown Middle, Staples High
TAX RATE: 17.91 mills