On the market: Home sits pretty on hidden pond
Updated 9:02 am, Friday, July 24, 2015
Speak of water and Westport, and two things come immediately to mind: Long Island Sound and the Saugatuck River. But there is a hidden waterway near the center of Westport that allows homeowners who live along it to enjoy privacy and pond privileges.
Nash’s Pond is home to a host of waterfowl and about two dozen houses, where the water’s changing beauty can be enjoyed in all four seasons.
The owners of the transitional colonial house at 8 Pioneer Road love their pond and their neighbors. Last year, to close out summer, they held a Nash’s Pond Regatta, inviting neighbors to “pack your favorite beverages and hors d’oeuvre, paddle, sail or walk (if that suits your fancy) to the dam to begin circumnavigating our pond, our pool, our inland sea.” Following the circumnavigation they invited everyone back to their place to celebrate “our beautiful neighbors.”
Theirs is a substantial property on which to celebrate. The 5,365-square-foot house was taken down to the studs, renovated, updated and enlarged in 2005 by the current owner. It sits on a 1.10-acre level and sloping lot at the end of a cul-de-sac. The backyard contains a long, covered porch (that once served as the formal front entrance), a raised, two-tiered Brazilian hardwood deck and a stone patio. There is also a dock/mooring from which to launch a boat to kayak or canoe on the 11-acre “lake-like oasis,” the real estate agent calls it. Some residents fish on the pond, others swim and many ice skate in winter.
“Waterfront in the heart of Westport,” the agent said, pointing out that these hidden gems — the pond and the house — are only a short distance from downtown, the Saugatuck train station and shops along Post Road (Route 1). Children can walk to Kings Highway School just a half mile away. Downtown is also a convenient walk.
The property is marked by two stone pillars topped with lanterns. A bluestone path bordered in Belgium block leads to the deck. The layout provides a seamless flow from formal to causal living areas. One can easily go from the formal dining room to the eat-in area of the spacious gourmet kitchen to the deck.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
ADDRESS: 8 Pioneer Road
FEATURES: water views and frontage on Nash’s Pond, dock/mooring, located at the end of a cul-de-sac, Brazilian hardwood deck, hot tub, stone patio, long covered back porch, sun room, 1.10-acre level and sloping lot, two fireplaces, skylights, walk-up attic, five bedrooms, four full and one half baths
SCHOOLS: Kings Highway Elementary, Coleytown Middle, Staples High
MILL RATE: 18.09 mills
ASSOCIATION FEE: $644
The living room has a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace. The formal dining room has a tray ceiling.
Kitchen features include a wood floor, center island with a built-in wine rack and wine cooler, Thermador stainless appliances including range, refrigerator and dishwasher. There is a fireplace in the eat-in section of the kitchen flanked by doors to a sun room that has a slate floor and a door to the side yard. This room has flexible use as a study or, as it is currently used, an art studio because it is flooded with natural light.
The family room would be considered small by today’s standards but in this house its occupants are much more likely to hang out in the rooms closest to the water views anyway so if it were any larger it would be wasted space.
Rounding out the first floor is a guest room en suite. On the second floor the master bedroom has a vaulted ceiling, sitting area and two Palladium windows on opposite walls, one looking over the pond. The master bath has tumbled limestone flooring and backsplash, a jetted tub, and granite counter on the double vanity. There are three additional bedrooms on this floor, and on the finished third floor there is wall-to-wall carpeting and four window seats. This space is currently used as an office.
The finished lower level houses a recreational area and media room.
Although the house is close to the pond its elevation keeps it safe from flooding.
For more information or to make an appointment to see the house, contact Elaine Schanzenbach, William Raveis Real Estate at 203-222-3821 or firstname.lastname@example.org.