On the Market: On the bones of a 1914 house sits a high tech residence
Updated 4:44 pm, Wednesday, March 8, 2017
WESTPORT — During a major renovation of the house at 76 Hillspoint Road workers found a wood plank in a wall on which was emblazoned these words: “This house was built by William R. Rippe, Spring 1914.”
Were Rippe alive today he would not recognize his modest farm house, which sits on a level and fenced property of three quarters of an acre in the Compo Beach neighborhood. While it has retained some of its vintage charm and the vestiges of its original 1914 structure - like the covered front porch, this house experienced a complete make-over. It now sits comfortably in the 21st century with all the amenities that people expect today - like smart home technology, high ceilings, and an open floor plan.
In the overhaul project for this 2,376-square-foot house all its mechanicals, electrical/lighting, plumbing, insulation and windows were replaced. The owners sanded and repaired the Douglas fir flooring on the first and second levels and installed new oak flooring on the finished third level. They also gutted and updated two of the home’s four baths. The roofs on the house and detached two-car garage were replaced in 2015. In other words, although the footprint is largely the same, this is basically a brand new house.
The improvements did not end at the front and back doors. Outside, they replaced the bluestone on the back porch, installed new bluestone to the front and back steps, built a new outdoor kitchen, and installed bluestone decking around the Gunite heated in-ground swimming pool. All the fencing was replaced and they re-landscaped the entire property bringing in mature trees for privacy, installing a new irrigation system, and replanted the flower beds. All of the rooms are wired for sound except for two of the children’s bedrooms.
The décor is on trend as well. Open the French doors into the foyer and it’s hard to miss the orange walls of the formal living room. More than a year ago furniture and fabric designer and interior design doyenne Lillian August predicted that people were tiring of monochromatic gray tones and would begin moving toward pops of bold color. Orange is definitely a bold move, and a successful one. The living room has a new masonry fireplace with a marble surround. In the formal dining room there are new bay windows, built-in banquette seating, and two sets of bookshelves on either side of the wide entrance into the living room.
In the gourmet kitchen there are new high-end appliances including a Wolf six-burner gas range and Sub-Zero refrigerator. A “center” island, which is more like a long peninsula, separates the dining room from the kitchen and creates a breakfast bar. It is topped with a beveled wood counter. The other counters are honed black granite, which is attractive against the gray cabinetry and white ceramic tile backsplash. The kitchen also has a wine refrigerator.
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Although the family room is on the small side, compared to many other houses, it is perfectly suitable, whether for the family that makes this their year-round residence weekend retreat. And retreat it is. In addition to its pool, cabana, and outdoor kitchen and fireplace, this house is a short ride away from Compo Beach and Sherwood Island State Park. It is also very convenient to the Saugatuck train station, restaurants and shops.
There is a full bath off the family room with a decorative tile floor and gray subway tile backsplash. French doors lead from the family room to the bluestone patio and backyard. The mudroom has a bead board wall, floor-to-ceiling storage shelves, coat hooks, and a shoe cubby.
On the second floor there are three bedrooms and the fourth is on the top floor. The master suite has a sitting or dressing room, office and bath with a marble double vanity. The third floor has the bedroom, a full bath, a built-in window seat, a skylight, and ample storage.
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For more information or to make an appointment to see the house contact Patricia Prenderville of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty at 203-984-9423 or firstname.lastname@example.org.