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On the market: Mediterranean boasts bountiful landscaping, distinctive interiors

Published 8:07 am, Friday, June 14, 2013

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  • The house at 10 Bluewater Hill South is on grounds with terraced formal flower gardens and an open meadow designed by Frederick Law Olmstead. Photo: Contributed Photo / Westport News contributed
    The house at 10 Bluewater Hill South is on grounds with terraced formal flower gardens and an open meadow designed by Frederick Law Olmstead. Photo: Contributed Photo

 

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ABOUT THIS HOUSE
TYPE: Mediterranean Villa
ADDRESS: 10 Bluewater Hill South
PRICE: $3,995,000
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 9
AMENITIES: Water community, views of Long Island Sound, formal flower gardens designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, crescent-shaped heated Gunite in-ground swimming pool, deeded private beach rights with kayak rack and two Hard Tru tennis courts, easy walking distance to Compo Beach, Longshore Club Park and Mill Cove Beach, generator, double-framed skylights, 1.1-acre property, coveted private cul-de-sac, three fireplaces, balcony, insulated windows, security system, audio system, exterior and landscape lighting, patios breakfast room, some window treatments, invisible fence, vaulted ceilings, privacy wall and shrubbery, wine closet, outdoor shower
OTHER INFORMATION: Four bedrooms, three full and one half baths, attached three-car attached under house garage with storage and a sink, zoned forced hot air natural gas heat, no basement, attic with pull-down stairs, sewer system, city water, hardwood floors throughout, ceiling fans, cedar closets, laundry room, workshop, Bluewater Hill Association fee, shed, zoned central air conditioning, built-in bookshelves
SCHOOL: Greens Farms Elementary, Bedford Middle, Staples High
ASSESSMENT: $2,188,800
TAX RATE: 17.91 mills
TAXES: $39,201
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Live a lifestyle reflective of the French Riviera, just one hour from New York in the Mediterranean-inspired villa at 10 Bluewater Hill South in the Compo Beach section of town.

This 1.1-acre property, named Le Jardin Bleu, or the Blue Garden, contains beautiful, terraced formal flower gardens and an open meadow designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, who designed about 100 public parks throughout the nation, most notably New York City's Central Park. The picturesque and pastoral setting includes specimen plantings and thousands of perennials that keep the gardens in bloom throughout the summer. Among the early bloomers are 75 peonies and 20,000 daffodil bulbs.

The current owners appreciate the intricately woven tapestry of color and pattern. There are so many blossoms that they adorn several rooms of their 3,674-square-foot house with vases of fresh-cut floral arrangements every day from spring to fall. They also invite friends to share the beauty.

"Where else can you find your own cutting garden and who else practically begs friends and guests to cut their own flowers and offers a choice of vases to fill, take home and keep?" said one of the current owners.

They also appreciate the house that was built in 1976 and designed in such a way that it allows stunning views from almost every room.

On one side of the house, the walls of floor-to-ceiling windows provide views of the gardens and the crescent-shaped, heated Gunite in-ground swimming pool with its long, curved and colonnaded, vine-covered pergola. On the opposite side the windows open to views of Long Island Sound.

Just as the gardens are well-designed, so too is the home's interior. Mirrors are strategically placed to reflect the water views.

Although this property is secluded and its gardens create a private sanctuary, it is convenient to local amenities. It is within walking distance to Compo Beach and Longshore Club Park, as well as the Bluewater Hill neighborhood association beach that has a kayak launch, kayak racks and two new tennis courts.

The dramatic front entrance of the stucco house features an over-sized custom mahogany front door with a decorative, arched transom. It opens to a two-story foyer, which has a stone floor and custom, thick wood railing.

The first floor includes a family room or den with a fireplace, three bedrooms and a wine closet. One of the bedrooms has sliding doors to the gardens. The full bath features a soaking tub and bamboo flooring.

The upper level contains the main living features. The living room and formal dining room share a double-sided gas or wood-burning fireplace with a marble surround on one side and a wood inset. The dining room also has a light silver-leaf tray ceiling. The living room has French doors to a balcony.

In the recently renovated gourmet kitchen there are custom maple cabinets, granite counters, glass mosaic backsplash, a center island with two stainless steel sinks, and an eat-in area. Stainless steel appliances include a Gaggenau four-burner range top, Dacor oven, warming drawer, LG refrigerator and Miele dishwasher.

Off the kitchen is a utility room that includes the laundry area and a built-in desk area.

The master bedroom suite features a vaulted ceiling, a window seat and a marble master bath.

There is a modest annual Bluewater Hill Association fee, which covers maintenance of the private beach and tennis courts as well as road maintenance and snow removal.

For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, contact Jillian Klaff of William Raveis Real Estate at 203-858-2095 or email her at jklaff@jillianklaff.com.

ABOUT THIS HOUSE

TYPE: Mediterranean Villa

ADDRESS: 10 Bluewater Hill South

PRICE: $3,995,000

NUMBER OF ROOMS: 9

AMENITIES: water community, views of Long Island Sound, formal flower gardens designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, crescent-shaped heated Gunite in-ground swimming pool, deeded private beach rights with kayak rack and two Hard Tru tennis courts, easy walking distance to Compo Beach, Longshore Club Park and Mill Cove Beach, generator, double-framed skylights, 1.1-acre property, coveted private cul-de-sac, three fireplaces, balcony, insulated windows, security system, audio system, exterior and landscape lighting, patios breakfast room, some window treatments, invisible fence, vaulted ceilings, privacy wall and shrubbery, wine closet, outdoor shower

OTHER INFORMATION: four bedrooms, three full and one half baths, attached three-car attached under house garage with storage and a sink, zoned forced hot air natural gas heat, no basement, attic with pull-down stairs, sewer system, city water, hardwood floors throughout, ceiling fans, cedar closets, laundry room, workshop, Bluewater Hill Association fee, shed, zoned central air conditioning, built-in bookshelves

SCHOOL: Greens Farms Elementary, Bedford Middle, Staples High

ASSESSMENT: $2,188,800

TAX RATE: 17.91 mills

TAXES: $39,201