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Jennings Court colonial features Caribbean accents

Updated 1:29 pm, Monday, January 30, 2012

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  • The free-form, heated pool is the key feature of a level backyard. The property also has beach rights. Photo: Contributed Photo
    The free-form, heated pool is the key feature of a level backyard. The property also has beach rights. Photo: Contributed Photo

 

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ABOUT THIS HOUSE TYPE: Custom-built colonial ADDRESS: 4 Jennings Court, Westport PRICE: $2,595,000 ROOMS: 13 AMENITIES: Water community, beach rights, walking distance to Staples High School, at the end of a cul-de-sac, Caribbean-inspired in-ground pool, two first floor offices, his and hers master baths, redwood sauna, front and rear staircases, bonus room above the garage, media room, large arts and crafts room, exercise room, custom moldings, 1.1-acre level property, skylights, central vacuuming system, security system, gourmet kitchen, Trex deck/balcony, wired for Smart House technology, Leafguard gutter system, low-E glass windows with tilt-in cleaning feature, alarmed screens, six-inch baseboards, nine-inch crown moldings, bluestone patio, zoned central air conditioning, outdoor shower, walking distance to the Westport Hunt Club and Long Lots Elementary School, the grounds of which house the community garden OTHER INFORMATION: Five bedrooms, five full and two half baths, two-car attached under house garage, hardwood floors throughout the house, two laundry rooms, mudroom, zoned hot air radiant oil heating system, walk-up unfinished attic, full unfinished basement, septic system, city water SCHOOLS: Long Lots Elementary, Bedford Middle, Staples High ASSESSMENT: $1,905,400 TAX RATE: 17.43 mills TAXES: $28,295
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The owner of a custom-built colonial house at 4 Jennings Court in the Hunt Club section of Westport designed a unique configuration. It blends a buttercream yellow colonial fa├žade visible from street level with a rear that gives a nod to a Caribbean lifestyle with as much glass as architecturally possible.

Continuing the ocean theme, there is a Caribbean-inspired, limestone, heated pool with a hot tub in the backyard of the level, 1.1-acre property. Garden lovers and those who jealously protect their privacy will also appreciate the private patio and garden and outdoor shower, which can be accessed from one of the two master baths; there are his and hers.

His bath also features a foot wash/dog shower, a redwood sauna, extra deep soaking tub, marble shower with several heads, including a rain shower head, and a coffee bar. Her shower has a crystal chandelier, intricate marble and glass custom-designed shower with water jet cut stone inlay, a bidet and instant hot and purified water system.

There are two offices, front and rear staircases, and two laundry rooms including one with a built-in ironing board.

Those are far from the only unique features of this extraordinary house, which was built in 2007 with much attention to detail, from the dramatic entrance foyer that includes a Jerusalem pink and polished white limestone floor with glass mosaic inlay to the special order door levers with intricate designs that the owner refers to as "house jewelry."

There are rounded rooms, arched entryways and scalloped windows, all of which contribute to the graceful flow of this 7,072-square-foot house. Even the granite counter top on the center island in the gourmet kitchen has beveled edges.

"It's functionally beautiful. It's fancy, but it's livable. It was designed so every space is useful. Everything is practical," said owner Laurie Weiser, who helped design the house and served as the co-general contractor. "This is the biggest art project I'll ever have in my life," she said.

She also designed the house to be relatively maintenance free. "It's a dream house," Weiser said.

Several rooms, including the kitchen, year-round sunroom, master bedroom and her master bath and her office, have radiant heated floors (water, not electric). In fact, the owner joked that there are two zones in the house: Arctic and Caribbean.

The kitchen has double sided cabinets on one wall between the kitchen and dining room, cabinets that start at counter level for easy reach, and a gas Wolf range top with a built-in down draft fan system.

On the second floor, there are four bedrooms, including two that share a bath and a long Trex deck/balcony.

In addition to the main living space there is potential for more, if needed, in the spacious unfinished walk-up attic and full, unfinished basement. The basement alone has 3,500 square feet of space.

The house has oil heat, but it is also connected to the gas line on the street, and gas fuels the home's range top in the kitchen, the pool, grill and two fireplaces.

There are more amenities and details in this house that are worth seeing and there is an opportunity to see then during an Open House on Sunday, Jan. 29, 1-4 p.m.

For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, call Jeanette Dryburgh of Jeanette Dryburgh & Associates, an affiliate of William Raveis Real Estate at 203-246-1168 or email her at jeanette@ct-realestate.com.

ABOUT THIS HOUSE

TYPE: Custom-built colonial

ADDRESS: 4 Jennings Court, Westport

PRICE: $2,595,000

ROOMS: 13

AMENITIES: Water community, beach rights, walking distance to Staples High School, at the end of a cul-de-sac, Caribbean-inspired in-ground pool, two first floor offices, his and hers master baths, redwood sauna, front and rear staircases, bonus room above the garage, media room, large arts and crafts room, exercise room, custom moldings, 1.1-acre level property, skylights, central vacuuming system, security system, gourmet kitchen, Trex deck/balcony, wired for Smart House technology, Leafguard gutter system, low-E glass windows with tilt-in cleaning feature, alarmed screens, six-inch baseboards, nine-inch crown moldings, bluestone patio, zoned central air conditioning, outdoor shower, walking distance to the Westport Hunt Club and Long Lots Elementary School, the grounds of which house the community garden

OTHER INFORMATION: five bedrooms, five full and two half baths, two-car attached under house garage, hardwood floors throughout the house, two laundry rooms, mudroom, zoned hot air radiant oil heating system, walk-up unfinished attic, full unfinished basement, septic system, city water

SCHOOLS: Long Lots Elementary, Bedford Middle, Staples High

ASSESSMENT: $1,905,400

TAX RATE: 17.43 mills

TAXES: $28,295