ON THE MARKET: Historic home in the heart of town
WESTPORT — In this era of tearing down older houses to build anew there are some structures that just do not deserve the wrecking ball. One such residence is the updated pale yellow Victorian that was built in 1900 at 382 Main St.
Despite its location on Main Street, the home’s position on its half-acre property give it a sense of privacy while its proximity to downtown Westport provides convenience. Downtown shopping and restaurants are less than a mile away; and only a tenth of a mile from the house are several retail establishments: a hardware store, dry cleaner, convenience store, coffee shop (“an old-time Westport favorite with some of the best donuts in Connecticut,” one person said), and 323 - a fine-dining restaurant.
Compo Beach is a short four-mile car drive or a 25-minute bicycle ride away. The Saugatuck Metro North train station is also easily accessible from this location.
The home’s exterior setting and interior amenities give it vintage charm and modern day function. The house is set back from the street behind a fieldstone wall and white picket fence and the backyard is alive with a colorful array of beautiful flowers neatly arranged in perennial gardens. A pond with a trickling waterfall sits between the main house and the detached garage, which has an enclosed bay, a carport, and a second floor office or studio.
A wrap-around covered porch is the first of this home’s welcoming features. One of the others is the attractive rear bluestone patio and its sitting wall. One stone circlet serves as the border for a flower bed. There are three points of entry into the house from the porch. Two of those doors access the foyer of this house, which has 2,225-square feet of living space. The interior includes an updated open kitchen, updated master suite with a marble bath, and good size bedrooms.
A turret creates bump out bay walls in the dining room and one of the second floor bedrooms. The dining room has a wall of built-in shelving, some covered with plantation shutters. Another wall has angled shelving for displays of decorative dishware and serving platters.
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In the kitchen there is a long L-shaped counter topped in Ubatuba granite, a stone floor, skylight, and door to the backyard. A recessed area covered in red brick from floor to ceiling indicates the location of an original fireplace that no longer exists. The current owner uses the space for visual affect and as a place to display a house plant.
The kitchen is open to a den or sitting room, although the two are separated by a long granite counter that creates a breakfast bar that accommodates three or four people. The den has another long granite counter along one of its two exterior walls. There are also upper cabinets and lower cabinets and drawers.
A floor-to-ceiling fireplace with a raised slate slab hearth and hand-hewn beam mantel serves as the focal point of the living room. Three sets of sliding doors lead to the rear gardens by the pond. A set of wood and metal circular stairs lead to the second floor, where there are four bedrooms. The master suite has a floor-to-ceiling red brick fireplace, two closets and a master bath with a marble floor and counter and white subway tile backsplash in the shower stall.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
TYPE OF HOUSE: Updated Victorian
ADDRESS: 382 Main St.
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 8
FEATURES: two-car garage/carport with second floor studio/office, large stone patio and stone sitting wall, half-acre level and sloping property, new fencing, wrap around porch, perennial gardens, walk to town, convenient to shops and restaurants, two fireplaces, some window treatments, exterior lighting, irrigation system, skylight, invisible pet fencing, recently painted exterior, gas heat, front and rear staircases, four bedrooms, three full baths
SCHOOL: Saugatuck Elementary, Bedford Middle, Staples High
TAX RATE: 16.86 mills
Each of the remaining three bedrooms have their own architecturally unique features. The one in the turret has a circular vaulted ceiling in one section. Another has a bump-out wall and a wall of shelving. The fourth has an alcove for the bed and a built-in window seat.