The pedigree of the Cotswold-style stone Cape house at 3 Kettle Creek Road in lower Weston is undetermined. It looks like it could be a Frazier Peters house and it fits the famed architect's local timeline -- it was built in 1934 -- but no one has been able to confirm if he designed it.
Whether Peters had a hand in its design or construction or not, this is a house and property worth an investment. The stone house may need some updating, but for the individual or family that appreciates country and garden living, it has limitless possibilities.
This property is also conveniently located close to the center of Weston and only 15 minutes from downtown Westport.
The house sits on a 4.02-acre level property, which also has an in-ground swimming pool and tennis court. Tall, mature trees dot the landscape. There is a vegetable garden protected by deer fencing and invisible fencing to prevent pets from roaming. A split-rail fence encloses the acreage in front of the house and the spacious backyard is also fenced.
The long driveway and large parking area can accommodate multiple cars, which was important to the prominent family that had lived here since 1960 because they enjoyed entertaining.
Two slate paths lead to the covered front entrance and the casual side entrance. Inside the 3,381-square-foot house there are Dutch doors, wide board floors, wrought iron finishes and numerous built-in cabinets and bookshelves. The hardwood floors are found throughout the house, although in some rooms they are covered with wall-to-wall carpeting.
Almost all the window sills are 15-inches deep and crafted with 2-inch thick slabs of slate. The stone foundation and exterior walls are so thick that they keep the house cool in summer and warm in winter.
All the first floor rooms have exposed beams on the ceilings, and there are two fireplaces; a wide red brick fireplace with a wood-burning stove in the formal living room and in the large all-season, sunken sunroom there is a wall of fieldstones that houses the second fireplace. That room, which is used as a family room, has two walls of floor-to-ceiling windows with glass and screens, a parquet floor, and door to a slate patio.
Between the living and family rooms there are two alcoves -- one in which there is a built-in dry bar service area and the other with a desk and built-in shelves that serves as a cozy office. The living room is really more like a great room at 26 by 19 feet and also included in that space is the dining room.
The kitchen is no one's dream, but with a little updating it could be. It is large and the layout functions well. It has jalousie windows and an eat-in area. In an "ode to modernism" it has a pantry closet, dishwasher and a Frigidaire Electrolux range.
This house has five bedrooms, two on the first floor including the master. With the current layout the master and secondary bedroom share a bath but there is plenty of room for renovations that could create two separate and private suites. The master has a large attached, sunken spa/garden room that could be converted into a spacious and luxurious master bath. Then the other room could have its own bath and serve as a guest suite. If not a master bath, that spa/garden room could be used for its intended purpose -- it does have built-in plant shelves, or a cabana for the pool, which is on this side of the yard. This spa room also has two sinks, slate floor, wood paneling on the ceiling and wall, a wall of stone and two walls of windows.
Upstairs, there are three bedrooms -- one of which could be used as an office, with lots of nooks and alcoves and built-in dresser drawers. The third bedroom has a Harry Potter-like closet with built-in drawers on two walls. The attached two-car stone garage has a tall cathedral ceiling and it can be used for its original purpose or it can be converted into a large family room providing more living space for the modern family. There is ample room on the property to build another garage.
There will be an open house at the property Sunday, August 10, from 1 to 3 p.m.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
TYPE: Cotswold-style stone Cape
ADDRESS: 3 Kettle Creek Road, Weston
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 8
FEATURES: 4.02-acre level and fenced property, in-ground swimming pool, tennis court, slate patio, invisible fencing, walking distance to the Weston Historical Society, close to Weston center and schools, convenient to the Merritt Parkway, proximity to Keene Park, slate roof, two fireplaces -- one with a wood-burning stove, first floor master bedroom, whole house fan, built-in cabinets and bookshelves, well water, two sheds, ample closets and storage, five bedrooms, two full and one half baths
SCHOOLS: Hurlbutt Elementary, Weston Middle, Weston High
TAX RATE: 28.16 mills