Eastern Westport could easily be mistaken for the European countryside by those who visit the European-inspired Brick Colonial house at 53 Sturges Highway.
The 8,552-square-foot house and the 1.2-acre level property both have European influences. Outside, there is an attractive stone grotto and landscaping that includes many specimen plantings and ornamentals. Inside, there are artistic details in the millwork and custom ironwork railings.
Every view of the house has an attractive blend of architectural angles and artistic detailing. And those views begin even before entering the 15-room house. The dramatic covered front entrance has a towering archway topped with a keystone.
The entrance to the property is marked by two stone pillars. A cobblestone path leads from the driveway to a wide, unpolished granite path that takes visitors to that dramatic front entrance. The two-story foyer has a cashmere white polished granite floor with a border of dark granite.
Amenities abound inside starting with the music room, which features a riser that is gracefully curved to replicate the curves of a grand piano making it the perfect spot for such an instrument. Between the music room and the "sunken" family room there is a sizable bar with all the features necessary for entertaining a large gathering of family or friends.
The family room has the home's only fireplace. It has a polished black granite surround. The large gourmet kitchen has dark granite, double-thick counters, a center island with the same granite, a porcelain floor, wrought-iron hardware and a good size eat-in section.
his section of the kitchen has a door to the backyard including the covered porch. The stainless appliances include a Viking refrigerator and Thermador range and dishwasher.
The large formal dining room is also "sunken" with steps down into this room from the foyer and a wide, open hallway between it and the kitchen. This hallway also leads to the living room, which is at the back of the house, and a library or office. The entrance to the living room has a long, solid glass transom. Also accessible from this hall are two powder rooms, both with granite flooring.
Access can also be gained to the two-car attached, under house garage, which actually could fit one or two more vehicles.
At this end of the house there is a unique room that would be an ideal art studio or an office for a home-based business. It has a separate entrance.
On the second floor there are five bedrooms, all en-suite. The cavernous master bedroom suite includes a sitting room that is the size of most living rooms in a house of this scale. This whole wing is reminiscent of a palace that has individual royal apartments.
Then there is the main bedroom, two large his and hers walk-in closets, a smaller room that could be used as a nursery and the master bath. A portion of this wing of the house has polished marble floors.
The master bath has a soaking tub, large walk-in shower, marble-topped vanities and a water closet that is the size of most powder rooms.
The master bedroom is the largest room of the house. It has a deep tray ceiling and the smaller room just outside the main bedroom has a large, decorative built-in vanity.
There will be an open house on Sunday, Oct. 7, 1-3 p.m.
For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house call contact Debra Kandrak of William Raveis Real Estate at 203-581-3926 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
TYPE OF HOUSE: European-style Brick Colonial
ADDRESS: 53 Sturges Highway, Westport
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 15
AMENITIES: water community, beach rights, new construction, 1.20-acre level property with grotto, fully fenced property, gourmet kitchen, piano room, full bar, one fireplace, walnut hardwood floors throughout most of house with a darker wood border, proximity to Westport Hunt Club, high ceilings, front and rear staircases, stone walls, patio, exterior lighting, many specimen plantings, custom ironwork railings
OTHER INFORMATION: five bedrooms, five full and three half baths, two-car attached under house garage, full finished basement, walk-up attic, propane heat, laundry room, central air conditioning, septic system, city water
SCHOOL: Long Lots Elementary, Bedford Middle, Staples High
TAX RATE: 17.91 mills