On the market: Renovated farmhouse rich in comfort, amenities
Updated 8:04 am, Saturday, October 24, 2015
In 2013 hundreds of horticulture enthusiasts got a peek at the stunning terraced sculpture gardens, shrubbery and perennial flower beds on the enchanting property at 31 Burr Farms Road.
The professionally-landscaped grounds were part of the annual Westport Historical Society’s hidden garden tour that year. What visitors found that day were well-tended rose bushes, azaleas, rhododendrons, hydrangea and dozens of other plantings, all perfectly placed throughout the terraced hillside of the steeply sloping backyard and dotting the wide, level front yard.
Among the blooms were the myriad features that the family has enjoyed throughout the years they have lived there — a Gunite heated in-ground swimming pool, tennis court, fire pit, hot tub, stone walls, built-in grill, large wraparound wood deck and bluestone patios.
The colonial farmhouse, which sits on a 1.11-acre estate in the Long Lots neighborhood, offer a bumpr crop of amenities inside. Within its 6,187 square feet of living space there are two master bedroom suites, chef’s kitchen and a kitchenette on the lower level, game room, media lounge, wet bar and a wall of floor-to-ceiling wine storage shelves in the wine-tasting area. All the baths have radiant heated floors and heated towel bars.
Its walls are as colorful as any garden in full bloom. The living room and large sitting room are covered in a vibrant yellow. The great room is in a Wedgewood blue. The lower level is painted in verdant green. And the color doesn’t end there. In one of the full baths there is a chromatographic system that allows the bather to select the color of lights that “stain” the water in the tub. Another bath has a beautifully appointed spa tub and stained glass windows.
This house is outfitted with many special features that lead some people to believe it is the premiere luxury handicapped-accessible property in the tri-state area. In addition to an elevator the house has architecturally designed and high-tech elements including a 60-inch turning radius, lever faucets and door handles, remote devices, and in the first floor master suite there is a roll-in shower, roll-under sink and scald-control faucet. In the shower there are five rain shower heads including one specially designed to wash the feet of someone in a wheelchair. Outside, there are removable ramps that access the large, covered front porch.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
STYLE: Colonial farmhouse
ADDRESS: 31 Burr Farms Road
FEATURES: located on a cul-de-sac, tennis court, Gunite heated in-ground swimming pool with diving board and motorized cover, elevator and other handicapped accessible features, sauna, hot tub, fire pit, bluestone patios, wine-tasting room, lower level kitchenette, generator, insulated windows, skylights, some window treatments, audio system, treehouse, deer fencing, retractable awnings, walking distance to Staples High School and Bedford Middle School, proximity to Post Road (Route 1), professionally landscaped terraced sculpture gardens, four fireplaces (three gas and one wood), two wood stoves, six bedrooms, four full and one half baths
SCHOOLS: Long Lots Elementary, Bedford Middle, Staples High
MILL RATE: 18.09 mills
There are other high-tech features including seven flat-screen television screens and audio-visual systems, each with their own set of speakers.
The house was originally built in 1954, but was largely reconstructed when it underwent renovations in 1999, 2006 and 2009.
In the living room there are built-in bookshelves that frame the entrance into the great room, and three sets of French doors, one to the front porch and the other two flank the fireplace and lead into the sitting room of the first floor master. The sitting room has a tall vaulted ceiling with beams, six skylights and a fireplace.
The kitchen was designed by a chef and has a center island with a butcher block counter as well as a long breakfast bar, also topped in wood. It has ceramic tile counter, a tile rooster mural above the six-burner Viking Professional range. It also features a Bosch dishwasher, Sub-Zero refrigerator and Dacor wall oven.
One spacious area of the first floor contains a mudroom and laundry room with a utility sink. The mudroom has a decorative tile floor and the full bath features a sauna. This could serve as a cabana for the pool.
On the lower level the kitchenette has green marble counters, a beverage refrigerator, dishwasher drawers and French doors to the terrace level that has the fire pit. In the kitchenette floor there is a marble compass rose inlaid in the wood.
The second floor master has French doors to a private deck and a cathedral ceiling. Two additional levels contain two more bedrooms, one currently used as a gym.