WESTPORT — The 2.2-acre level property at 196 Long Lots Road is so alive with color and intoxicating perfume from the hundreds of perennials and specimen plantings throughout its exquisite grounds that it would be easy to mistake this place as the Garden of Eden before the fall.

With that imagery in mind perhaps the largest and most beautiful blossom in this garden is the 4,000-square-foot stucco Georgian colonial house. The house and gardens combine to create a private and serene paradise on this luxury estate in Westport very near the Fairfield town line. Stone pillars mark the entrance to the very long circular driveway, which leads passed a wood fence adorned with espalier hydrangea and magnolia trees and down to the nine-room house.

Beautiful as the house is most people would choose to spend their time in the stunning backyard on the granite terraces, walking the garden paths among the many flowers and special shrubbery, swimming in the heated infinity edge in-ground pool, or lounging in the spa. The gardens are so notable that this property has been included on the Westport Historical Society’s annual Hidden Gardens Tour at least four times. And The Garden Conservancy, the mission of which is to save and share “outstanding American gardens for the education and inspiration of the public” has also conducted tours on this property, one side of which is mostly shade and the other mostly sun.

So dedicated to these gardens are its owners that they have a comprehensive four-page list of what has been planted, in which part of the garden, and when, and identifying each by their Latin and common names. The inventory of greenery includes Vaccinum “Northsky” dwarf blueberry planted in 1995 and Brunnera macophylla Jack Frost planted in 2002. The gardens are also brimming with narcissus, boxwoods, holly bushes, deciduous azaleas, forsythias, peonies, Corylopsis pauciflora, winterberry, Gravetye snowdrops, and wisteria.

Trees include Japanese maples, Alaskan cedars, columnar beeches, river birches, blue atlas cedars, and Japanese katsura trees. The positioning of each flower, shrub and trees is meant to maximize color of blossoms, and texture and shape of leaves. There are also ornamental and kitchen herb gardens. At the far end of the property Sasco Creek passes through although it is not visible from the house.

At one point this area, not just this property, was called Juniper Acres. Famed aviator Charles Lindberg lived in a home on that larger property when he did work for Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation.

The same level of detail that was used to create the spectacular gardens is also evident in the construction of the house, which was built in 1991. Work on the gardens began two years later. The house features ten-foot ceilings, well-proportioned rooms, an octagonal dining room, detailed, deep-width crown moldings, and arched doorways with keystones.

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An 800-pound front door with a fanlight transom and wide sidelights opens to the two-story foyer. Its hardwood floor is arranged in a herringbone pattern and it has an elegant Asian-inspired powder room. The front-to-back formal living room has a fireplace with fluted columns and dentil molding on its mantel. It also has a built-in curio cabinet and French doors to the large terrace. A wet bar room contains a brass sink and doors that open to the living room for entertaining. The bar also accesses the formal dining room, which has French doors to the terrace.

In the gourmet eat-in kitchen there is a long center island with a breakfast bar for four, granite counters, a butler’s pantry, and a tile mural above the high end six-burner range top with a grill. Then take steps down into the family room, where there is a red brick fireplace flanked by built-ins and wall-to-wall carpeting. The mudroom has a slate floor, access to the attached three-car garage, a full bath, laundry room, and a wall of floor-to-ceiling glass with French doors to a wood deck and the terrace. The first floor also has a sun room, which is currently used as an office. It has three walls of windows.

On the second floor there are four bedrooms, all en suite. There are French doors into the master suite, which has a dressing room and walk-in closet. Its large bath features a jetted tub, shower, water closet, and a long double vanity. Another bedroom has a built-in window seat, dresser drawers, bookshelves, and toile covered walls. The other two bedrooms have vestibule entries in which there are built-in bookshelves.

For more information or to make an appointment to see the house contact Suzanne Sholes of The Riverside Realty Group at 917-453-7718 or suzanne@theriversiderealtygroup.com.


STYLE: Georgian Colonial

ADDRESS: 196 Long Lots Road

PRICE: $1,795,000


FEATURES: 2.2-acre level property, notable specimen gardens, heated infinity edge in-ground swimming pool, spa, fountain, terraced granite patios with stone sitting wall, wet bar, two fireplaces, Sasco Creek, deer fencing, underground sprinkler, exterior lighting, audio system, circular driveway, zoned propane heat, extra insulation, storm windows, Thermopane insulated windows, all window treatments, attached three-car garage, full unfinished basement, pull-down attic stairs, attic fan, ridge vents, proximity to Post Road (Route 1) shopping and restaurants, close to all Westport amenities, four bedrooms, five full and one half baths

SCHOOLS: Greens Farms Elementary, Bedford Middle, Staples High School

ASSESSMENT: $1,156,000

MILL RATE: 16.86 mills

TAXES: $19,490