On the market: Agri-accents add to Colonial’s appeal
Updated 5:36 pm, Friday, July 10, 2015
High on a hill in the Coleytown neighborhood sits a white clapboard and shingle classic Colonial with black shutters at 191 Cross Highway. Built in 1970 on a 2.08-acre level and sloping property of open lawn and mature trees, the house was updated to fit into contemporary living, complete with a new gourmet kitchen featuring top-of-the-line appliances and French doors with beveled glass panes.
The current owners have the property set up as a sophisticated farm, of sorts, with a greenhouse, a chicken coop and a little red storage barn-like shed. More and more people seem to take advantage of Westport’s zoning regulations, which allow for keeping chickens on residential properties. They enjoy the daily fresh eggs, the friendly personalities of chickens and the fact that those hens do more than lay eggs — they eat bugs, including ticks.
All this agricultural activity is going on 10 minutes from the Greens Farms Railroad Station. Other local amenities are equally close. The house is not far from the Merritt Parkway, Post Road (Route 1), downtown and Christie’s Country Store is within easy walking distance.
The house sits between Bayberry Lane and Sturges Highway in neighboring Fairfield. It is set well back from the street and the long paved driveway leads to the two-car attached garage, which is crowned in wisteria vines. A bluestone path lined in Belgium block takes visitors to the front portico entrance.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
ADDRESS: 191 Cross Highway
FEATURES: greenhouse, chicken coop, convenient to shopping and schools, 10 minutes to Greens Farms train station, Pella windows, full house generator, stone wall, all window treatments, insulated windows, audio system, awnings, two fireplaces, recent updates, deck, exterior lighting, shed, attic fan, four bedrooms, two full and one half baths
SCHOOLS: Coleytown Elementary, Bedford Middle, Staples High
TAX RATE: 18.09 mills
Inside, the house has 2,810 square feet of living space with hardwood floors throughout. The formal living room has a red brick fireplace with a white wood mantel. The family room, which adjoins the kitchen, has a stone fireplace with a raised hearth topped in granite. There is also a sliding door to the wood deck that looks over the private backyard, and the stone patio.
The formal dining room is striking with its royal blue upper walls and wainscoting with picture-frame paneling on the lower portions. In the kitchen features include granite counters, a hardwood floor, a breakfast bar accommodating five people, wine cooler, double wall-mounted ovens, some glass-front cabinets and pantry. Above the range top is a decorative tumbled marble tile detail.
On the second floor, the spacious master bedroom suite has wall-to-wall carpeting, a dressing room, walk-in closet, and crown molding. The master bath has a large shower stall and white ceramic tile flooring with small black tile inserts. There are three additional bedrooms on the second floor and a shared bath with double vanity. Although all the bedrooms have wall-to-wall carpeting there is hardwood flooring beneath it.
The basement is full and partially finished providing ample storage and access to the garage.
Throughout the property, sculptural rock outcroppings have been set in place.