A house that was once proposed for conversion into a bed-and-breakfast in the Greens Farms area is on the market for the first time in almost three decades.
The antique Victorian at 25 Turkey Hill Road South is nestled on a 1.22-acre level property in the prestigious neighborhood, not far from the Post Road and the Greens Farms train station.
Known as the Arthur C. Taylor house, the earliest part of this structure dates to 1813, and its pre-fabricated pattern house addition is circa 1865, according to the Westport Historical Society plaque positioned by the front door.
The early elements of the house have remained intact even while it has been updated to accommodate modern-day living. The past is still visible in the Victorian gingerbread façade, wrap-around porch, the fireplace in the country kitchen and another fireplace -- this one with a baking chamber, in the full, unfinished basement. As with many houses from this time period, there are numerous cabinets and storage areas throughout the house, including in the back hallway walls.
Nods to the contemporary lifestyle are found in the heated Gunite in-ground swimming pool with auto cleaner and spa, the bocce court and three sets of French doors in the formal dining room to the side yard, pool and the red brick and slate patio.
The exterior façade of this house does not have the elaborate sawn or carved barge boards or verge boards under the eaves. Rather, it has decorative wood detailing on the columns of the covered front porch. According to a website for Bob Vila, long-time host of the television program, "This Old House," this embellishment on the rooflines and/or porches recalls the tracery work seen on Medieval Gothic windows.
More subtle architectural details are found in the third-floor windows, which are arched on top. Two sit side by side on the front façade. They are tall and thin. Three others resemble eyebrow windows.
The gray clapboard house has blue shutters and white trim. Its front door is framed by sidelights and a transom. Inside, there are 3,449 square feet of living space on three floors. It could be four floors were the new owners to finish the basement. It has ample room and flexible use of the space that could be used as a home theater, wine cellar, workshop, family room and game room. The basement ceilings are high, which is atypical of the time period.
The sizable foyer provides access into the formal living room, which has a red brick fireplace with a white wood mantle including dentil molding. The formal dining room has eight columns. The floor is wood, but closer to the French doors the flooring is slate.
Off the dining room is a library that could be pressed into service as a guest bedroom or au pair room if necessary because it has a closet and its own full bath. There are also two walls of built-in bookshelves.
The large country kitchen has a red brick fireplace with a raised hearth and hand-hewn mantle. There are several counter areas and a center island, all topped with granite, as well as glass-front cabinets and a walk-in pantry with built-in shelves. The eat-in area of the kitchen consists of a banquette with a bow wall/window and window seat.
Appliances include a Jenn-Air oven, GE Profile range top, and Asko dishwasher. The kitchen and laundry room have the same terra cotta-colored tile floors.
On the second floor there are three bedrooms. The master has four columns and a bath with double pedestal sinks and marble tile floor. The fourth bedroom sits between floors at the back of the house and has a separate entrance and staircase. It has a kitchenette and its own bath.
For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, contact Melanie Smith of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties at 203-521-2126 or email her at email@example.com.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
TYPE: Antique Victorian
ADDRESS: 25 Turkey Hill Road South
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 9
AMENITIES: beach rights, heated Gunite in-ground swimming pool with auto cleaner and spa, bocce court, proximity to Greens Farms train station and Post Road, not far from beach, 1.22-acre level property, front and rear staircases, walk-in pantry, built-in bookshelves, patio, wrap around covered porch, enclosed porch, three fireplaces, security system, circular driveway, storm doors and windows, invisible fencing, exterior lighting, 9 1/2--foot ceilings, fenced yard, central air conditioning, crown molding, numerous French doors
OTHER INFORMATION: four bedrooms, four full and one half updated baths, detached two-car garage, full unfinished basement, finished walk-up attic, oil hot water radiant radiator heat, laundry/utility room, red brick and stone foundation, wide-planked pine floors throughout, septic system, public water
SCHOOLS: Greens Farms Elementary, Bedford Middle, Staples High
TAX RATE: 18.07 mills