Those who have a chance to view or perhaps live in the Nantucket-style Colonial house at 34 Stonybrook Road in Westport may think the street was misnamed. After walking through the 14 rooms with all their amenities and attractive architectural and design features, it would be easy to suggest that the street should really be called Storybook.
The next owners of this house will probably feel like they got their "happily ever after." With 10,025 square feet of living space, this house could be called a modern-day castle, yet its size should not intimidate. The rooms, while grand, are warm and inviting.
The sage gray-colored house was built in 2002 in the Old Hill section of Westport. It sits on a 1.09-acre property in the Kings Highway North Historic District.
An adjoining 1.42-acre property is also available and suitable for a tennis court, pool and guest house, all of which would add to the rural sophistication of this estate.
A recurring theme of circles and ovals is evident throughout the house, beginning at the circular driveway with its circlet of plantings lined in Belgian block.
The front entrance welcomes guests with its large mahogany wrap-around porch and French antique glass window pane, transom and sidelights at the front door. The glass features a series of circles and ovals.
Inside, there are four floors of living space. The dramatic two-story foyer has a gracefully curved staircase. The formal living room has a marble fireplace and two doors to the porch.
The grass-like wall covering shimmers with intertwined silver threads aptly titled Abracadazzle. The formal dining room has a wood-burning fireplace with a gas starter and an ornate white wood mantle.
In the gourmet kitchen, the many features include Travertine flooring, a large center island topped in wood, Carrera marble counters and a farm sink.
Appliances include a Viking Professional range with two ovens, plus two more wall-mounted ovens, a built-in espresso machine and Viking refrigerator hidden behind paneling that matches the cabinetry.
The butler's pantry sits between the main kitchen, dining room and spacious eat-in or breakfast room, and it has a stainless sink, marble counter, built-in wine rack, cabinets and a beverage/wine refrigerator.
The "sunken" family room is large and has a coffered ceiling, stone fireplace and the two steps down to this room are flanked by white columns. French doors lead to the cobblestone patio and backyard.
There is an informal half bath on the first floor, accessed in the mudroom, and a powder room with a cherry wood floor that matches the vanity.
All the bathrooms have radiant heat floors and most of the seven full baths have steam showers.
On the second floor, the master bedroom has its own balcony, unpolished limestone fireplace with an elaborate surround, woven fabric wall covering, a sitting room and his and hers walk-in closets and baths. His has a dark-colored marble counter and hers has a morning "kitchen" with a sink and beverage refrigerator.
The lower level contains a gym with a mirrored wall and a wine cellar, which is not completed.
The wine cellar is pre-wired for an eSommelier Wine Management System, which allows the homeowner to inventory and display the cellar contents from an iPad, PC/Mac or touch-panel as well as monitor the temperature and humidity level.
White holiday lights stay in place year round and were professionally strung on five large trees and miscellaneous shrubs.
The current owners converted the well water to city water, which is unusual in Old Hill.
For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house call Joan Wright at 203-247-5868 or Jeri Kelley at 203-856-0527, both of William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty, or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
TYPE OF HOUSE: Nantucket-style-Colonial
ADDRESS: 34 Stonybrook Road, Westport
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 14
AMENITIES: beach rights, wrap around covered porch, covered back porch, cobblestone patio, balcony, gym, media room/home theater, walking distance to Earthplace nature center, 1.09-acre parcel with another 1.42-acre adjoining property available, reverse osmosis water system, museum-quality humidification system, wine cellar in progress, gym, Smarthouse technology, Lutron and Crestron lighting control systems, whole house Crestron multi-room/multi-zoned music system, wet bar, proximity to downtown Westport and Saugatuck train station, central air conditioning, stone walls, wood fence, five fireplaces, vaulted ceiling, central vacuuming system, security system, insulated windows, exterior sprinkler system, window treatments by Lynne Scalo, French doors, morning "kitchen"
OTHER INFORMATION: six bedrooms, seven full and two half baths, three-car attached under house heated garage, partially finished walk-out basement, hot air radiant oil heat, laundry room, sewer system, city water, wood roof, walk-up attic, mudroom with half bath and pantry closet, built-in bookshelves, lots of storage, five-inch wide white oak hardwood floors, stone, and wall-to-wall carpeting throughout house, front and rear staircases, three laundry rooms/closets, soffit or rope lighting in one half bath, ambient lighting on back staircase, two gated arbors on the side yard create a dog run
SCHOOL: Kings Highway Elementary, Coleytown Middle, Staples High
TAX RATE: 17.91 mills