The U.S. Open tennis tournament takes place in the waning days of summer — from Aug. 31 through Sept. 13 this year at its New York base. During his competitive tennis career James Blake always looked forward to that court contest.

It was Blake’s favorite tournament so three years ago when the one-time Fairfielder bought his Westport house, which is now on the market, he had a tennis court built in the backyard to U.S. Open standards.

“I wanted to make sure I got surface as close to that as possible. It’s pretty similar to the speed and it’s the same colors. That tournament was the biggest of my year and it was what I was most looking forward to getting ready for. It gave me a good feeling of having (a court) similar to those standards,” said Blake, who grew up in Fairfield and bought the Westport house to be close to home. But Connecticut’s winters are chasing him to the West Coast.

His tennis court was buried under more than two feet of snow for the better part of last winter. “The winters are tough. It made us think California is a better choice,” said Blake, who now plays on the PowerShares Series tennis circuit with former pros Andy Roddick, Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors.

Blake and his wife Emily chose the 7,067-square-foot Colonial house at 35 Prospect Road in the Greens Farms neighborhood when it was under construction, which began in 2011. They appreciated its easy access to the Greens Farms train station and Interstate 95, proximity to New York City, entertainment flow and its wealth of amenities, including 17 rooms, main level guest suite and 2,455-square-foot finished lower level with media, play and game rooms.

The gray, cedar-shingle house with white trim has a covered front porch that extends the length of the house. Inside, the foyer and family room have two-story ceilings. There are fireplaces in the living and family rooms and the office, the latter of which also has a tray and coffered ceiling.

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TYPE: Colonial

ADDRESS: 35 Prospect Road

PRICE: $3,595,000


FEATURES: U.S. Open regulation tennis court, easy commute to Greens Farms train station and I-95, easy bike ride to the beach, generator, Thermopane windows, 1.67-acre level and sloping property, proximity to Aspetuck Land Trust property, patio, wet bar, exercise room, three fireplaces, balcony, walk-up attic, front and rear staircases, mudroom with slate floor, finished walk-out lower level with game room, five bedrooms, six full and two half baths

SCHOOLS: Greens Farms Elementary, Bedford Middle, Staples High

ASSESSMENT: $2,214,500

TAX RATE: 17.94 mills

TAXES: $39,728

In the family room there is a wet bar with a honed bluestone counter, and three sets of French doors open to the bluestone patio and backyard. A fourth set of French doors accesses the patio from the eat-in area of the kitchen.

The family room opens to the cavernous gourmet kitchen, which has the standard high-end appliances like a Viking Professional six-burner range, double ovens and two Bosch dishwashers, and several unique features like the poured and polished concrete counters and long, thin marble tile backsplash installed vertically.

Between the kitchen and formal dining room is a butler’s pantry with another wet bar and a beverage refrigerator. The dining room has a deep tray ceiling and a metallic wallpaper that resembles wood grain. A long gallery leads from the dining room to the foyer.

On the second floor the sizable master bedroom suite has a sitting room, cathedral ceiling, his and hers walk-in closets and French doors to a private balcony. The marble master bath features a steam shower, soaking tub and water closet. In addition to three other bedrooms en suite, the second floor has a laundry room and a homework or computer room with built-in bookshelves.

The lower level has wall-to-wall carpeting. The media and play rooms both have deep tray ceilings. One has two beverage refrigerators and built-in shelving. There is also a separate game room and a gym with rubberized flooring.

For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, contact Allen Vetrosky of Berkshire Hathaway at 203-981-8793 or email him at