An antique converted barn that contains signature features and reserves of creative energy from its current and previous owners is on the market, awaiting the touch of its newest residents.
The red barn was originally part of the nearby Smith estate, and when it became a separate parcel, it had as its address 29 Long Lots Road. However, town officials recently approved an address change.
The new address is 1 Valley Field Road, which seems better suited to this agricultural structure-turned architecturally-interesting domicile, especially since its front entrance faces Valley Field Road, which is a quiet cul-de-sac.
The house sits on a private, half-acre corner lot, but it is conveniently close to the Post Road and its many retail shops. Starbucks and Sherwood Diner are within walking distance and the proximity of Interstate 95 makes it a good location for commuters.
Built in 1920, this barn has 3,300 square feet of living space on three levels with an unusual configuration. The two-story living room, which has a vaulted ceiling and over-sized fieldstone fireplace, is on the second floor rather than the first floor, as it would be in most houses.
The list of previous owners includes a Los Angeles director and a novelist, each of whom added their own distinctive touches. The barn was renovated by Michael Greenberg, one of its previous owners.
Greenberg used reclaimed barn wood to create unifying geometric features throughout the house including a diamond shape on a second floor wall and similar shapes on old barn doors that separate the rooms. Those touches add to the unique feel of the house, which was one of the attractions for the current owners.
The female of the two said her husband "was in the `Mad Men' business and wanted his home to reflect the creativity he was around every day." They were moving from a traditional home and he wanted something fun, "not cookie cutter." This house is definitely not "cookie cutter."
The house is so unusual and attractive that it was twice showcased in the Westport Historic Homes tour.
Reclaimed barn wood and stone covers most of the walls and most of the floors comprise either wide-planked wood or stone. Although the ceilings are lower in most rooms compared to newly constructed homes, the rooms do not feel compressed and there are numerous skylights that bring in lots of natural light. The dining room, which is on the first floor, has a bank of windows giving it the appearance of an atrium.
"The bones of this house are beautiful and bend easily to the eclectic eye. The way I see things now, this house is a piece of art in and of itself," said one of the current homeowners, who wrote two of her books in the second floor den, which could also be used as a fourth bedroom if necessary.
The renovated kitchen has marble counters and glass front cabinets. Rounding out the first floor is the family room and a hallway with built-in bookshelves and a hidden closet.
The master bedroom is on the second floor, and it has its own private wing with a walk-in closet, built-in bookshelves and master bath. The remaining two bedrooms are on the third floor.
For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house contact Julie Walsh, of Coldwell Banker at 203-246-6594 or email her at email@example.com. Visit her website at www.JulieWalshHomes.com
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
TYPE OF HOUSE: Antique converted barn
ADDRESS: 1 Valley Field Road, Westport
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 10
AMENITIES: beach rights, walking distance to Starbucks and Sherwood Diner and other retail shops, near to I-95, numerous skylights, atrium-like dining room, renovated kitchen with marble counters, bluestone patio, exterior and interior stone walls, all season sunroom, half-acre parcel, additional land available for purchase, English garden, numerous built-in bookshelves, ceiling fans, hidden closet in the first floor hallway, wet bar
OTHER INFORMATION: four bedrooms, three full and one half baths, one-car attached under house garage, exposed beams, window boxes, wood picket fence, storm doors, Dutch door, wide-planked wood floors, stone floors, shed, oil heat,
sewer system, city water
SCHOOL: Long Lots Elementary, Bedford Middle, Staples High
TAX RATE: 17.91 mills
TAXES: $36, 622