A modern home with classic European flair
Updated 12:34 am, Thursday, June 2, 2016
WESTPORT — European design and 21st century Westport style converge in this contemporary colonial house at 22 Daniel Court on the Fairfield town line.
The custom European-style chateau was designed by Westport architect Robert Berger and built in 1997. Berger was very thoughtful in the way he designed the space. Every detail has been meticulously planned inside and out. Even though this is a large house, it has an intimate feel and logical flow.
Travel down the long circular driveway lined in Belgium block to this private estate, which sits on a 2.47-acre level property at the end of a cul-de-sac, and features 8,637 square feet of living space, 12 rooms, 10-foot ceilings on all floors, and intricate molding and millwork details throughout. Even the exterior of the cream-colored house with white trim features arches, keystones, columns, and a turret.
It was designed not only for everyday living, but for formal and casual entertaining. The configuration was created in such a way that rooms can either remain open, one to the other for an ideal party flow, or they can be closed off to create more intimate entertaining spaces.
The formal elements are evident from the moment one enters the dramatic two-story marble foyer. There are interior transoms, columns, and a grand and gracefully-curved “bridal” staircase. Archways topped with keystones lead from the foyer into the music (or living) room which has a piano nook, the study or library, formal dining room, and gourmet kitchen.
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Nearly every room on the main level has French doors to the grounds. The music and dining rooms also have French doors to balconies that look over the attractive property, comprising a mix of open lawn and wooded areas. The office has a wall of built-in bookshelves and cabinets. The dining room has a double in-laid wood border on the floor.
There is little that’s typical in this house. In the gourmet kitchen the center island is long and unusually-shaped. It is topped in a granite featuring brown and gray tones. Other features include the breakfast bar with seating for four, a hardwood floor, pendant lights, Sub-Zero refrigerator, Viking Professional six-burner range top, dacor double wall ovens, and a glassed breakfast nook that look out on the heated Gunite in-ground swimming pool and spa.
In a long hallway/mudroom off the kitchen there are multiple assets including a walk-in pantry, several closets, access to the three-car garage, a gift-wrapping room, oversized laundry room and the pool staging area where there is a commercial-grade grill.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
The two-story family room is open to the kitchen, and it has a cathedral ceiling, a recessed round window on the upper portion of the wall, and a fireplace.
On the second floor there are four bedrooms, all en suite. Each bedroom has a different ceiling line adding to the visual appeal of the house.
In the master suite are a wall of built-in leather cabinets, a fireplace, over-sized walk-in closets, a round window mirroring the one in the family room, and a circular sitting area with two doors to a long private balcony.
The marble master bath has a shared area with a jetted tub as well as separate his and hers accommodations. Hers has a shower; his has a steam shower.
The finished lower level is an entertainment bonanza. It has wall-to-wall carpeting, an en suite guest bedroom, recreation or playroom with French doors to the yard, a second family room with media area, and a refreshment island with an ice cream/soda or wet bar and rounded counter seating and a sink. There is also an exercise area with a mirrored wall and another set of French doors to the yard.
Outside, the three-car garage has a fourth “bay,” this one is a storage area for sports equipment.
The house is solidly built, to almost commercial rather than residential grade including steel footings.