Two stone pillars topped with decorative lanterns mark the driveway entrance to an impressive colonial house and 1.3-acre level property at 9 Ferry Lane East in the Compo Beach area of Westport.
Built in 2007, this Nantucket cedar shingle-style home is attractive for its recreational and architectural amenities as well as its proximity to public amenities. The house is within easy walking distance to Compo Beach, Longshore Club Park and the Saugatuck train station.
Although residents have beach rights, this house also has an over-sized in-ground Shoreline Gunite heated pool with an electronic safety cover and pool house. At 20 feet by 45 feet, this pool is five feet longer than the standard pool. The pool house has a built-in gas-fueled barbecue grill.
Inside, the spacious 6,777-square-foot house has a full, unfinished basement which provides ample opportunity to create a home theater and game room. The open floor plan makes this house ideal for entertaining and that feature is enhanced by its butler's pantry between the kitchen and formal dining room. The butler's pantry has a service sink, glass front cabinets and a cafe door. Rounding out the entertainment facets are the sizable gourmet kitchen and breakfast room and expansive bluestone patio and terrace.
There is also a large mudroom with radiant heated slate floor that also includes a full bath, the first of the home's two laundry rooms, built-in storage cubbies and shelves and a three-station computer or homework area.
Right from the driveway and parking area this house is inviting. The driveway is lined in Belgian block and there is a circular "medallion," also comprising Belgian block, in front of the entrance. There is a turret, which is reminiscent of a lighthouse, a reminder of the house's proximity to Long Island Sound. The solid mahogany door opens to a large foyer and a front-to-back gallery.
The library has cherry paneling, a coffered ceiling, a custom fireplace, built-in bookshelves and Brazilian cherry floor. The formal living room has the same flooring as well as a large picture bay window, French doors to the patio and a custom stone wood-burning fireplace which can also use gas to fuel it.
The family room and kitchen have antique exposed wood beams and random-width reclaimed oak wood floors. In the family room there is a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace with a raised hearth.
In the kitchen there is a massive center island topped in marble. The counters also have Carrera marble tops. Other features include a farm sink, two Miele dishwashers, large walk-in pantry, built-in desk area, a professional Wolf six-burner range, Wolf warming drawer and Sub-Zero refrigerator.
Above the garage is a guest, au pair or in-law suite. The remaining four bedrooms are on the opposite end of the house. The 1,200-square foot master bedroom suite includes the main bedroom with fireplace, his and hers baths, his and hers walk-in closets, a balcony and an octagonal sitting room. The "his" bath features Jerusalem marble and "hers" has Carrera marble. Both have heated floors. "His" has a water closet. "Hers" has a custom vanity.
The second laundry room is on the second floor and has a slate tile floor and a utility sink.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
TYPE OF HOUSE: Nantucket Shingle Style Colonial
ADDRESS: 9 Ferry Lane East
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 12
AMENITIES: short walking distance to Compo Beach, Longshore Club Park, and the Saugatuck train station, water community, beach rights, over-sized in-ground Shoreline Gunite heated pool with electronic safety cover, pool house, bluestone patio, terrace, porch, balcony, four fireplaces, two laundry rooms, mud room with radiant heated slate floor, butler's pantry with a service sink, 1.3-acre level property, extensive millwork, guest or au pair or in-law suite, security system, central vacuuming system, zoned air conditioning, gourmet kitchen, breakfast room, custom built-ins throughout, library with coffered ceilings, professional landscaping, generator in case of power outages
OTHER INFORMATION: five bedrooms all en suite, seven full and one half baths, three-car attached under house garage, full unfinished basement, hot air zoned gas heat, two Burnham natural gas furnaces, septic system, city water, hardwood floors throughout house, exterior sprinkler system, wood roof, numerous French doors, 400 amps electrical service, children's outdoor play area
SCHOOL: Greens Farms Elementary, Bedford Middle, Staples High
TAX RATE: 17.430 mills