On the Market / This painted lady is sophisticated
Published 3:01 pm, Monday, December 11, 2017
WESTPORT — The current owners of the antique Victorian at 244 Greens Farms Road were enchanted when they first happened upon the house and property in 2003; and they are still under the spell of their “Sophisticated Lady.”
Victorian houses that are adorned in multiple colors are referred to as Painted Ladies. This one is white clapboard with forest green shutters. The current owners have done some renovations to this 5,500-square-foot house, which was built in 1900, at the turn of the 19th into the 20th century, and it still retains much of its old world, vintage charm. The house could benefit from a little TLC and additional renovations; for example, the kitchen could be updated, but the house does have contemporary touches. It also has high ceilings and generously sized rooms.
The 14-room house is on a largely level property of almost one acre that also contains a Victorian boat house and a two-story, two-bedroom guest cottage. The boat house would make a great art studio or home office and the cottage is a legal rental. In fact, the whole property including all three structures are for sale but the main house could also be rented, according to the listing agent. The cottage has a spacious living room and dining room combined, a kitchen, laundry, and full bathroom on the main level. The bedrooms are on the second floor. On the exterior, there are flower boxes on both floors. It could also serve as quarters for an au pair.
There is history worth preserving in the boat house, which has a striking cupola, wood roof, clapboard and scalloped wood siding, and stained glass windows. It was once part of the Godillot Estate along the Saugatuck River. The 19th century main house and carriage house still stand on Jesup Road but the boat house was relocated to this property in the Greens Farms neighborhood in the 1950s, according to a Dec 9, 2016 article on the Dan Woog website 06880, Where Westport meets the world. In that entry Woog says “The boathouse (red structure on the brook) served as a place to store small recreational boats.” The color and brook that Woog mentions refers to a painting of the estate by artist Jack Conti that is included on his website.
The location of this property puts it at easy walking distance to the Greens Farms Metro North train station and Burying Hill Beach, a 2.39-acre park with a beach along the Long Island Sound shore. The Westport town website indicates it has a restroom and changing area, picnic tables, grills, and it is adjacent to a wildlife area. Also nearby is the private Greens Farms Academy preparatory school and public Greens Farms Elementary School. The house is only minutes to shopping, restaurants and major roadways.
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A semi-circular driveway is hidden behind hedges and a wooden picket fence. The front entrance features arched French doors that open to reveal decorative crown molding and millwork, arched entryways with pocket doors, restored hardwood flooring, three fireplaces, two family rooms, and Brunschwig and Fils wall paper, a company whose decorative products have graced The White House and the Palace of Versailles. This modern day wall covering was made to resemble papers of an earlier time period, and it suites the character of this house. On the subject of period details, one of the baths has an old-fashioned claw-foot soaking tub. There are decorative medallions on some ceilings.
One room has a red brick fireplace with a decorative wood mantel. In the formal living and dining rooms there is a double sided fireplace. The living and dining rooms also have walk-in bay window areas framed by decorative molding. In the dining room there is a door to the covered side porch. The kitchen also has a door to the raised deck. The deck can also be accessed via French doors from a sitting room off the kitchen. This room first goes into a greenhouse. Some rooms have built-in bookshelves and one has window seats.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
STYLE: Antique Victorian
ADDRESS: 244 Greens Farms Road
FEATURES: vintage home, two-bedroom guest cottage, Victorian boat house, 0.9-acre level property, walking distance to Greens Farms train station and Burying Hill Beach, convenient to downtown Westport, minutes to shopping and beaches, deck, full house generator, skylights, greenhouse, covered side porch, three fireplaces, semi-circular driveway, full partially finished walk-out basement, attic, five bedrooms, four full and one half baths
SCHOOLS: Greens Farms Elementary, Bedford Middle, Staples High School
MILL RATE: 16.86 mills
On the second floor there are three bedrooms, and two more on the third floor as well as a bonus room.
According to the listing agent only 11-percent of the property is covered and since zoning regulations allow for up to 25-percent coverage there is more than enough room to expand.
There will be an Open House on Sunday (Dec. 17), from 1 to 3 p.m.
For more information or to make an appointment to see the house contact Beth Saunders of Berkshire Hathaway New England Properties at 203-913-2762 or email@example.com.