Music has the power to evoke emotions. At an estate called River Run in Westport, music also has the power to bring moving water to a halt.
River Run, at 157 Easton Road in the Coleytown section of Westport, was the site of many outdoor musical concerts; not surprisingly, as it was once owned by Frances Gershwin Godowsky, the little sister of legendary composer and lyricist George and Ira Gershwin. According to the realtor, the waterfalls were silenced during concerts so not a note of music was lost to the sound of water from the Saugatuck River spilling over the falls.
That is just one of the countless amenities that await the new owner of this private, 2.75-acre gated estate. Built in 1950, this Mediterranean-influenced and Contemporary-style house and property is rich with Hollywood and Broadway history. Notable guests included Frank Sinatra, Mia Farrow and Paul Newman.
There is a total of 12,000 square feet of living space including the main house, the guest house and the octagonal stone lodge. In the main house there are four staircases to the second floor, some leading to secret passages like the turnstile bookcase, and the master bedroom stairwell, which leads directly to the indoor in-ground swimming pool.
"This house is full of exciting surprises," the realtor said.
The main house is a spectacular blend of European flair with Hollywood pizzazz. Upon entering the front door, one looks straight through the foyer and central atrium to the bluestone patios, terraces and river below. The atrium's 30-foot ceiling houses a masterpiece chandelier, original to the home, which is as much a piece of art as it is a light fixture, and it will remain with the home.
The formal living room has a marble fireplace with a carved alabaster surround. The banquet-size formal dining room has a coffered ceiling, marble floor, deep dentil molding, and two sets of French doors that open to a terrace looking over the waterfalls.
The design of the gourmet kitchen allows for two people to cook independently at the same time. There is a granite-topped peninsula that houses the six-burner and grill Thermador range. On either side of center peninsula are two separate kitchen prep counters, separate sinks and dishwashers.
On the second floor there is a reflection lounge from which residents and guests can observe waterfowl and wildlife. The master bedroom has one of the home's four fireplaces and a private balcony. The master bath has a heated Carrera marble floor, separate marble vanities and a water closet.
In the full, partially finished basement there is a wet bar and a former aviary that housed live birds, which could be converted into a small, temperature-controlled wine cellar. It comprises fieldstone walls and is already on the cool side. The space outside the former aviary has red brick walls and could serve as a tasting room.
There are two bedrooms and two full baths in the guest house. The stone lodge has a Scandinavian steam room, powder room, wet bar, and fireplace, and it can be used as another entertainment space, a wellness retreat or relaxing workspace. On top of it is a patio with wrought iron railings.
Athletes will appreciate the tennis court. Dog lovers will appreciate the heated and air-conditioned kennels with lighting. Gardeners will appreciate the large, professional greenhouse. Car enthusiasts or vintage car collectors will appreciate the two garages with at least 12 bays, some of which have hydraulic lifts.
For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, call Lisa Jones of Lisa Jones Associates, an affiliate of The Higgins Group, at 203-218-6664 or email her at LJones@HigginsGroup.com.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
TYPE OF HOUSE: Mediterranean and Contemporary Mansion
ADDRESS: 157 Easton Road, Westport
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 17
AMENITIES: water community, beach rights, water frontage, water views of Saugatuck River and lake, natural plunge pool, tennis court, indoor in-ground swimming pool, Cabana, professional greenhouse, dog kennels, two bridges, guest house, lakeside stone lodge, Koi pond, private 2.75-acre property, billiard room, marble floors, three wet bars, several outdoor grilling area, several large bluestone patios and terraces, balconies, hot tub, two steam rooms, four fireplaces, enclosed backyard, skylights, discreet security system, gated property, perennial gardens, four staircases to second floor, Roman Jacuzzi, outdoor shower, irrigation system, stone paths throughout property, large level grassy field, boat launch, walk-in pantry
OTHER INFORMATION: seven bedrooms, seven full and three half baths, two garages with bays to accommodate at least 12 cars, full partially finished basement, laundry room, zoned hot air gas heat, circular driveway, zoned central air conditioning, large workshop, exterior lighting, fieldstone walls, shed, red tile roof, septic system, city water
SCHOOL: Coleytown Elementary, Coleytown Middle, Staples High
TAX RATE: 17.91 mills