Waterfront colonial offers ocean waves, scenic views

Live life by the rhythm of the ocean waves and the stunning scenic views that change with every hour of the day, every passing cloud, every sunrise and sunset in the Colonial Nantucket shingle-style house at 3 Charmers Landing in Westport.

Built in 2009, this house is set on a 1.05-acre waterfront property in a way meant to hug the coastline of Long Island Sound. The property, which is in the Saugatuck area of town, includes 175 feet of shoreline frontage and has its own private deep-water dock in a protected cove. The newly constructed mahogany dock is complete with water and electricity.

So inspiring is the house, its property and its seaside location that the Swiss luxury watch-maker Baume & Mercier is renting it for three weeks this month to photograph for its "Life is about moments" campaign. It is the only east coast property that is included in the campaign, which also features homes in Malibu and Palm Beach, and several others.

The selection of the Westport home does not surprise one of the current owners, an artist, who is inspired daily by the natural and ever-changing scenery right out the doors and windows.

The estate affords much privacy, and yet it is convenient to restaurants and retail shops. It sits directly across the water from Westport's Longshore Club Park, which has an 18-hole golf course, tennis/paddle courts, sailing school, swimming pools, skating rink and marina.

The house has a sprawling gray shingle and stone exterior and a cavernous 16-room, 9,682-square-foot interior. A bluestone path leads to the covered front porch and the double mahogany door with undulating mullions, which subtly replicate the waves, and side windows, which offer a glimpse into the seascapes that are visible from almost every room.

The house has a true center hall in its front-to-back grand foyer, which has wainscoting on the lower half of the walls and a wet bar with an onyx counter. A team of artisans spent two weeks just working in the alcove, off the foyer, which includes the formal front staircase.

There is an octagonal theme throughout the house. The drawing room has an octagonal enclosed porch and marble fireside. There is an octagonal tray ceiling in the formal dining room. The eat-in area of the kitchen has octagonal walls.

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ABOUT THIS HOUSE TYPE OF HOUSE: Nantucket Colonial ADDRESS: 3 Charmers Landing, Westport PRICE: $9,250,000 NUMBER OF ROOMS: 16 AMENITIES: water community, beach rights, direct waterfront, water views from nearly every room, convenient to public amenities, walking distance to train station, private deep water dock, balconies, wet bar, patio, deck, four fireplaces, home entertainment system, zoned central air conditioning, exterior lighting and sprinkler system, security system, gourmet kitchen with numerous amenities, butler's pantry, custom millwork, lighting system OTHER INFORMATION: six bedrooms, seven full and one half baths, attached three-car garage, basement crawl space, zoned hot air radiant heat, septic system, city water, wood roof, hardwood floors throughout most of house, two laundry rooms, large mud room, front and rear staircases, pantry closet SCHOOL: Kings Highway Elementary, Coleytown Middle, Staples High ASSESSMENT: $5,847,800 TAX RATE: 14.850 mills TAXES: $84,267

The butler's pantry between the dining room and kitchen has a stainless sink and a built-in Miele espresso and cappuccino maker.

Featured in the kitchen are polished granite counters, a large center island, an opera glass tile backsplash and top-of-the-line appliances including Wolf double, wall-mounted ovens, a six-burner Wolf range top and a Sub-Zero refrigerator.

The great room has a polished limestone fireplace and it is flanked by two nautical-inspired round windows.

On the second floor there is an office with a fireplace and a widow's peak, and six bedrooms. The master suite has a sitting room with a mahogany veranda and a spa-inspired bath complete with crystal chandeliers and a barrel ceiling. The master bath flooring is Carrera marble with radiant heat. The marble on the double vanity and surrounding the jetted tub is Blue Celeste. The large, walk-in shower has a marble tile floor in an intricate basket-weave pattern. A portion of the large walk-in closet is set up as a breakfast or wine bar and it has a beverage refrigerator.

Three of the remaining bedrooms are en suite, and each has its own seaside balcony and walk-in closets. The third level features a bedroom, spa-bath, sitting/exercise room and a game or media room.

For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, call Karen Scott of Coldwell Banker at 203-454-5411 or 203-227-8424, and visit the website at www.3CharmersLanding.com.

ABOUT THIS HOUSE

TYPE OF HOUSE: Nantucket Colonial

ADDRESS: 3 Charmers Landing, Westport

PRICE: $9,250,000

NUMBER OF ROOMS: 16

AMENITIES: water community, beach rights, direct waterfront, water views from nearly every room, convenient to public amenities, walking distance to train station, private deep water dock, balconies, wet bar, patio, deck, four fireplaces, home entertainment system, zoned central air conditioning, exterior lighting and sprinkler system, security system, gourmet kitchen with numerous amenities, butler's pantry, custom millwork, lighting system

OTHER INFORMATION: six bedrooms, seven full and one half baths, attached three-car garage, basement crawl space, zoned hot air radiant heat, septic system, city water, wood roof, hardwood floors throughout most of house, two laundry rooms, large mud room, front and rear staircases, pantry closet

SCHOOL: Kings Highway Elementary, Coleytown Middle, Staples High

ASSESSMENT: $5,847,800

TAX RATE: 14.850 mills

TAXES: $84,267