Imagine living in a Tuscan villa without the inconvenience of removing footwear to board a plane.
Instead, remove your shoes to swim in the built-in pool, relax in the hot tub or walk the nearby sandy beaches of the Mediterranean-style estate at 69 Beachside Ave., one of Westport's most exclusive neighborhoods, in the Greens Farms area of town.
Built in 1982, the 6,079 square-foot house sits on a four-acre property, which was once part of the J.C. Penney estate, along the coast of Long Island Sound.
The estate seamlessly blends Mediterranean architecture with a classic New England landscape.
It is brimming with amenities. Among them are the tennis court, pond, fenced vegetable garden, second story stone terrace looking over the pool, and the professional landscaping that includes specimen plantings.
The beauty of this house and property is not just in their visual appeal but in their convenience.
The property is adjacent to Greens Farms Academy; it is a short walk away from Burying Hill Beach and a seven-minute walk to the Greens Farms train station, which provides an easy commute to New York and a spectacular retreat to return to each day or weekend.
A wrought iron gate opens curbside and welcomes residents and guests to travel up a long, private, tree-lined driveway.
The wrought iron is repeated in the decorative and dramatic dual staircase in the grand two-story entrance foyer. The foyer has a coffered ceiling and provides gallery space for art work.
This house features four antique fireplaces and interesting architectural details including arched entrances, and whimsical round windows and fluted bookshelves in the study.
There is a quiet courtyard off the formal living room, which features a coffered ceiling and one of the wood-burning fireplaces.
The cook's kitchen features a large center island topped with the same earth-toned granite as the counters and the backsplash behind the Wolf range.
The floor comprises terracotta-colored tile. There is an eat-in area and a bay window area in which to enjoy breakfast or coffee while looking out to the sloped lawn passed the swimming pool and down to the pond.
An area off the kitchen has a wet bar and doors to the red brick and bluestone patio by the pool, making it ideal for entertaining.
At the top of the dual staircases there are French doors to the terrace balcony.
To one side of this common space are three bedrooms, two of which share a Jack and Jill bath.
At the opposite end is the private master bedroom suite, which features an antique fireplace, deep tray ceiling and a sitting area.
The master bath has a large skylight, double vanity, jetted tub, walk-in shower, and stone floors, counters and backsplash in neutral earth tones. A built-in vanity table sits in a transitional area between the master bed and bath.
The third floor contains two more bedrooms, both en suite, including one that would make a great private guest bedroom with a kitchenette and a circular staircase to the loft.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
TYPE OF HOUSE: Mediterranean-style Colonial, renovated
ADDRESS: 69 Beachside Avenue, Westport
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 14
AMENITIES: gated waterfront property, beach rights, pond with a fountain, tennis court, four-acre property, adjacent to Greens Farms Academy, in-ground swimming pool, spa/hot tub, boathouse, second-story terrace, patio, four antique fireplaces, hand hewn oak and mahogany floors, easy walking distance to Greens Farms train station, proximity to Burying Hill Beach, skylights, terracotta tile roof, professionally landscaped gardens, fenced vegetable garden, zoned central air conditioning, exterior lighting, French doors, original stone pump house, hand-made mahogany windows
OTHER INFORMATION: six bedrooms, six full and one half baths, two-car attached garage, attached parking, gas heating system, laundry room, shed, septic system, city water
SCHOOL: Greens Farms Elementary, Bedford Middle, Staples High
TAX RATE: 17.91 mills