On the market: Smaller house a setting for major comforts
Updated 7:52 am, Saturday, September 19, 2015
The fieldstone wall along the property at 6 Turkey Hill Road South is topped with miniature pumpkins to welcome the arrival of the autumnal equinox and celebrate the season of fiery foliage and sweater weather.
Residents of the Greens Farms area look forward to the creative seasonal reminders from their neighbor, New York Times and international best-selling author Cathy Cash Spellman. In the 15 years Spellman has lived in the home, she and daughter Dakota have adorned their nine varieties of fruit trees on the front lawn with elaborate holiday decorations.
Their magic is not limited to the front border, but envelops the entirety of the nearly one-acre, park-like level and sloping property and continues to the 1,895 square feet within the mid-century ranch house. It was Dakota who chose the house as their home when the two moved from New York City. She called it a “happy home” and it has been, said Spellman, author of many books, including “Paint the Wind,” “So Many Partings” and “Bless the Child,” the latter of which was a Paramount movie in 2000 starring Kim Basinger, Jimmy Smits and Christina Ricci. In all seasons, they have enjoyed the property’s meditative and perennial flower gardens, its wood deck, its serenity and its location minutes away from the beach, Greens Farms Metro-North train station, downtown, schools, shops and restaurants.
“The house was a surprise. It seemed small and modest from the curb — a far cry from our splendid 64th St. Manhattan townhouse — but inside it rambled. Sunlight poured in every window, fireplaces warmed the living room and den, a half-covered deck was large enough to serve as a three-season outdoor room,” Spellman wrote about her Westport house.
Built in 1950, the brick-and-wood house has stood the test of time even as so many other structures around it were leveled and replaced with cavernous new houses. The house offers three bedrooms, 2.5 baths and a spacious finished lower level that has flexible use as a family, play or media room, or as a guest suite. It comprises another 590 square feet of living space.
The living room has a marble fireplace and a door to the large, raised deck. The dining room also has a door to the deck.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
STYLE: Mid-century ranch
ADDRESS: 6 Turkey Hill Road South
FEATURES: proximity to Greens Farms train station, short drive to local beaches, easy ride to Post Road (Route 1) shops and restaurants, three-season half-covered deck, attractive landscaping with fruit trees, meditative gardens, circular driveway, two fireplaces, storm doors, insulated windows, extra insulation, two-room office, breakfast nook, shed, finished basement, attic, three bedrooms, two full and one half baths
SCHOOLS: Greens Farms Elementary, Bedford Middle, Staples High
MILL RATE: 18.09 mills
The kitchen, while small by today’s standards, is brimming with country cottage charm and exudes the love with which home-cooked meals were prepared.
The master bedroom and a second bedroom are found in one wing. At the opposite end of the house is a large two-room office “so I could write my novels from home,” Spellman wrote.
This house is an ideal home for a writer or artists, a weekend retreat from the city, or perfect for empty nesters. Whether the next owner decides to keep the house and build new, this property is a tremendous real estate investment opportunity of under a million dollars in a multi-million dollar neighborhood.
Spellman said she realizes that this house she has loved may be replaced with something much bigger and grander someday, and that her daughter’s playhouse — now a shed for gardening and handyman tools — may once again become a children’s playhouse. What will never change is the spirit of the land, and “fortunately, for the new owners, the amazing convenience of the location,” Spellman wrote.
There will be an open house at the property on Sunday, Sept. 20, from 1 to 4 p.m.