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On the market: A Frazier Peters' classic, preserved and enhanced

Updated 5:07 pm, Friday, September 27, 2013

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  • The house at 6 Blind Brook Road North, designed by noted architect Frazier Forman Peters, is on the market for  $2,495,000. Photo: Contributed Photo / Westport News contributed
    The house at 6 Blind Brook Road North, designed by noted architect Frazier Forman Peters, is on the market for $2,495,000. Photo: Contributed Photo

 

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ABOUT THIS HOUSE
TYPE: Tudor
ADDRESS: 6 Blind Brook Road North
PRICE: $2,495,000
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 11
AMENITIES: Beach rights, brook with two footbridges, water views, water rights, private setting, Frazier Peters stone house, heated in-ground swimming pool, greenhouse, new addition in 2009, new roof in 2009, one-acre level and fenced property, proximity to downtown Westport and Post Road (Route 1), not far from the Merritt Parkway and Saugatuck train station, walking distance to Earthplace nature center, near to Nash's Pond, deeded rights to Nash's Pond, two fireplaces - one interior and one exterior, new chef's kitchen, open floor plan, slate and wood decks, stone wall, established perennial gardens, mature trees, exterior lighting, deer fencing, sound system, vintage casement windows
OTHER INFORMATION: Six bedrooms, four full and one half baths, two-car attached garage, basement crawl space, zoned oil heating, zoned central air conditioning, hardwood floors, French doors, mudroom, original hinges and door latches, laundry room, built-in bookshelves, shed with electricity, stone foundation, shed, pull down attic, city sewer, public water
SCHOOLS: Kings Highway Elementary, Bedford Middle, Staples High
ASSESSMENT: $1,090,600
TAX RATE: 18.07 mills
TAXES: $19,707
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Noted architect Frazier Forman Peters, a prolific designer and builder of stone houses in and round Westport, died in 1963. Were he alive today, Peters would likely give a nod of approval to the owner of the Tudor-style house at 6 Blind Brook Road North.

In 2009, the current owner painstakingly updated the house, originally built in 1932, according to the Westport Historical Society plaque at the front entrance. He preserved the architectural integrity and artistry of Peters' work while renovating the original structure and constructing a seamless new addition to bring the house into the 21st century.

He spent a lot of time to get it right, even going so far as to match Peters' stone work. No stone is closer than an inch to the other.

The new addition houses the master bedroom suite and the family room below it. The updates bring more light into the 3,502-square-foot house than Peters' incorporated into the space. The family room has a wide-planked pine wood floor and a wet bar with a black granite counter and slate backsplash. The master bath has a white marble floor and counters.

The formal living room has a cathedral ceiling with exposed beams, and a slate fireplace with a hand-hewn beam mantel. There is also a playroom, and one wing has a full bath, Asian-inspired with a concrete tub, bowl sink, limestone backsplash, and Italian mosaic tiles.

In the chef's kitchen features include a long concrete breakfast bar, black granite counters, a center island and a prep area with stainless steel counter. Appliances include a Viking Professional four-burner range with a griddle and Sub-Zero refrigerator.

Although Peters was known for his respect for and thoughtful use of the land on which he positioned each of the 36 houses he built in Westport, even he would be amazed at the transformation of the property in the hands of the current owner, who created a serene oasis in the backyard. The calming view includes a babbling brook, which cuts through the yard in such a way that it gives the illusion of creating an island, and on that "island" is the heated, in-ground swimming pool surrounded by a wood deck and paving stones, which is accessed via two footbridges.

Complementing this tranquil setting are the numerous, mature trees that stand sentinel on the property, many of which were probably witness to Peters' work as he constructed this house decades ago. In fact, many of those trees were spared by Peters, who earned a reputation as an environmentalist. "He wouldn't take trees down next to the foundation of the house. He would work around them," said Bob Weingarten, house chair for the Westport Historical Society and a Peters' expert. He is also one of two real estate agents who represent this listing.

Weingarten is co-author, along with Laura A. Blau -- Peters' granddaughter -- of a soon-to-be published book, "Frazier Forman Peters Westport's Legacy in Stone."

The unique setting, can be enjoyed from many vantage points within the house, including a window seat in the master bedroom and from the slate deck, which can be accessed from the dining room. The deck features an outdoor, gas-fueled fireplace.

Also found in the backyard is a 130-square-foot greenhouse, which has electricity, as does the shed.

Peters' love for stone is evident inside and out. Even the curb in front of this house is made of a long row of individual field stones rather than a continuous line of cement, and in the recent renovations the current owner installed a backsplash of river rock in the master bath.

There will be an open house at the property Sunday, Sept. 29, from 1 to 4 p.m.

For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house contact David Kinyon at 203-247-0337 or Bob Weingarten at 203-246-6506, both of William Raveis Real Estate.

ABOUT THIS HOUSE

TYPE: Tudor

ADDRESS: 6 Blind Brook Road North

PRICE: $2,495,000

NUMBER OF ROOMS: 11

AMENITIES: beach rights, brook with two footbridges, water views, water rights, private setting, Frazier Peters stone house, heated in-ground swimming pool, greenhouse, new addition in 2009, new roof in 2009, one-acre level and fenced property, proximity to downtown Westport and Post Road (Route 1), not far from the Merritt Parkway and Saugatuck train station, walking distance to Earthplace nature center, near to Nash's Pond, deeded rights to Nash's Pond, two fireplaces -- one interior and one exterior, new chef's kitchen, open floor plan, slate and wood decks, stone wall, established perennial gardens, mature trees, exterior lighting, deer fencing, sound system, vintage casement windows

OTHER INFORMATION: six bedrooms, four full and one half baths, two-car attached garage, basement crawl space, zoned oil heating, zoned central air conditioning, hardwood floors, French doors, mudroom, original hinges and door latches, laundry room, built-in bookshelves, shed with electricity, stone foundation, shed, pull down attic, city sewer, public water

SCHOOLS: Kings Highway Elementary, Bedford Middle, Staples High

ASSESSMENT: $1,090,600

TAX RATE: 18.07 mills

TAXES: $19,707