The original owner of the antique Federal Colonial house at 49 Partrick Road was said to be a prominent sculptor whose name has disappeared from town records, but his work has not.
His sculptures still punctuate the home's 1.2-acre property, while the house and gardens he created beginning in 1928 are works of art in their own right.
One could easily overlook this house while traveling down Partrick Road because it sits up on a hill well off the road. The grounds are ideal for children whose imaginations can run wild as they wander across the open lawn and along a red brick path through gardens and walls of stone and red brick. They are equally ideal for the artist who treasures privacy and who can draw inspiration from the attractive terraced gardens and flower beds.
A long paved driveway climbs toward the house along the gently sloping property, but the house itself sits on level ground. The white clapboard house has dark green shutters on its tall windows.
The house has 3,850 square feet of living space including historic details seamlessly blended with modern touches during several renovations. Much of the house, including the gourmet kitchen, has pine wood flooring reclaimed from a barn in Vermont.
This house is unusual in that the staircase is not in the obvious place. It is not visible right as one enters the foyer. Rather, it is hidden at the back of the house. Yet, while its location would suggest it is less formal, this is a grand staircase and wider than those in the typical colonial home.
Arched entryways from one room to the next have detailed millwork with columns and keystones and that arched motif is evident beginning in the foyer, where a coat closet is concealed behind an arched glass-front shelf.
Features of the formal living room include an oversized fireplace, the first of two in the house. This one has a surround of off-white ceramic tiles depicting lilies of the valley, and a custom white wood mantle. The fireplace is flanked by built-in bookshelves. The second fireplace is found in the family room, which also has French doors to a large slate patio in the front yard.
The first-floor guest room is en suite and has French doors to a side garden and patio.
Numerous amenities are found in the kitchen, which serves as the heart of the home. Among them are an L-shaped unpolished granite counter, two-tiered center island, built-in butler block, double hammered nickel farm sink, Travertine backsplash, and an eat-in area with a built-in banquette. Appliances include a Viking range top, double ovens -- one with a warming drawer, Sub-Zero refrigerator, and Bosch dishwasher.
On the second floor are four bedrooms. The master bedroom has two French doors to a balcony looking over the gardens, and his and hers closets. The master bath has a wood floor, double vanity with a Travertine marble counter, large steam shower with bench seating and a triangular jetted tub. Another bedroom has a loft.
The hall bath has a custom vanity that is set at a height to accommodate children.
Don't leave the property without trying to find the hidden sculptural gem that is incorporated into one of the brick walls by the original owner.
An open house will take place at the property from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
For more information or to set up an appointment to see this house, contact Jillian Klaff of Jillian Klaff Homes, an affiliate of William Raveis Real Estate, at 203-858-2095.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
TYPE: Antique Federal Colonial
ADDRESS: 49 Partrick Road
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 11
AMENITIES: beach rights, convenient to downtown Westport, less than a mile from the Merritt Parkway, partially fenced 1.2-acre property, landscaping, terraced gardens, perennial flower beds, sculptures created by original owner, reclaimed Vermont hardwood floors throughout most of house, tall red brick walls, stone walls, stone patio, insulated windows, some window treatments, invisible fencing, two fireplaces, loft, tall ceilings, crown molding, steam shower, security system, gourmet kitchen, sound system throughout the house with volume controls in each room
OTHER INFORMATION: five bedrooms, three full and one half baths, two-car detached garage, full unfinished basement, zoned hot air oil heat, zoned air conditioning, walk-up attic, laundry room, large walk-in pantry, new furnace installed in 2007, new roof in 2011, septic system, well water
SCHOOLS: Kings Highway Elementary, Coleytown Middle, Staples High
TAX RATE: 18.07 mills