On the Market: Unique layout offers opportunities to entertain
Published 12:00 am, Monday, December 5, 2016
WESTPORT — Call the gray contemporary house at 28 Little Fox Lane “the ultimate party house” or simply call it “Home, Sweet Home.” Whether entertaining colleagues and friends, or simply raising a family, this house has an open floor plan and 9,260 square feet of living space in which to do it.
It is thought of by some as an ideal house for entertaining because of its unique layout. All the public spaces, where entertaining would logically occur, are to one side, while the two floors of sleeping quarters, with seven bedrooms, are in a separate, private wing. Outside on the 3.11-acre level property, the recreational and entertainment amenities continue with a tennis court and Gunite in-ground swimming pool.
All of this, and more, are found on a private cul-de-sac in the Red Coat area of Westport, about a mile from the Merritt Parkway, walking distance to the Westport-Weston Family Y, and only minutes from downtown shops and restaurants. The Saugatuck train station is about a five minute ride away.
Travel down this long, private road and the circular driveway, which has ample parking for a large number of guests, to find this spacious house. It was built in 1954, although its baths and kitchens have been updated. The number of tall windows and French doors to the bluestone patios gives the house a much more modern feel. It is definitely not trapped in the mid-20th century.
The front entrance is wider than most, with French doors and floor-to-ceiling picture window sidelights. The doors open to a foyer with a vaulted ceiling and stone floor. Its floating staircase to the second floor comprises wood and thick cable wire railings. The second floor landing is like a bridge floating over the foyer and living room. Off the foyer is an office with a half bath at its entrance for guests, and a full bath in the room itself.
The first-floor master bedroom suite is cavernous and features a large bedroom, three walk-in closets with organizers, a second bedroom, also quite large, and his and hers marble baths. His has a black polished marble floor and a shower. Hers has a light gray honed marble floor, as well as a marble surround on the deep soaking tub. The floors in both baths have radiant heat, as does the stone flooring of a former breezeway, which was enclosed to create a mudroom with built-ins. The second bedroom could be a nursery and nanny room or a media room.
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The living room has a natural wood vaulted ceiling, slate fireplace and a wall of glass including three sets of mahogany-framed French doors leading to a bluestone patio, backyard and gardens. The living room has a large fireplace that takes up one whole wall and a long wood mantel.
Architecturally interesting French doors separate the living and dining rooms. The dining room has two sets of French doors to another stone patio. The kitchen is spacious to begin with but made to look larger still by its tall vaulted ceiling and openness to the great room. In the kitchen there is a massive, two-tiered center island with two stainless sinks and a breakfast bar, green granite counters, a backsplash of colored glass tiles in several green and blue shades, walk-in pantry, and cherry cabinets. Among the appliances is a Sub-Zero refrigerator and a professional-quality Garland six-burner range with double ovens, two vents and a large griddle.
The great room has a fireplace, two walls of built-in cabinetry, including a desk area, and a sliding door to the same patio accessed through the dining room. Step down into the glass-walled mudroom, which leads to a very large family or party room. It features a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, cathedral ceiling, exposed beams and doors to the backyard and swimming pool. At the far end is a room that could be a gym and a full bath with a double vanity and shower that serves as a cabana. This space was the original attached three-car garage.
On the second floor there is a large playroom off of which there are five bedrooms. One is en suite. The others share two Jack and Jill-style baths. All have walk-in closets with organizers.