On the Market: A Frank Lloyd Wright influenced home in Westport
Frank Lloyd Wright only built two houses in Connecticut, but there are many modern houses in Fairfield County that were influenced, at least in part, by his architectural philosophies, which included creating a connection between a structure and its natural surroundings.
The 4,138-square-foot contemporary house at 10 Berkeley Road in the Coleytown section of Westport was designed to bring the outdoors in, and enjoys views of its rocky woodland setting from almost every room through a number of floor-to-ceiling and other oversized windows. Those windows, many skylights and a large glass cupola above the dining room bring in an abundance of natural light, which is important for the current owner who is an artist.
This house is worthy of that artist by way of its attractive architectural details and elements of decor found throughout the house. One bathroom has a pottery bowl sink with glazes in colors befitting the natural surroundings. The master bath has an onyx counter on the vanity. Throughout the house, many rooms have built-in shelving for books and displays of art, photographs and memorabilia. Even one of the bathrooms has special art shelving.
Adding to the visual appeal of this house, the shelving in each room is a different size, shape and placement. In one room an entire wall is shelving from one end to the other and from floor to ceiling. In another the shelving is much smaller and lower.
It was built in 1948 and features wood, glass and stone arranged in sharp angles inside and out. The angular and visually interesting exterior of the house is covered in vertical wood board. It features various textures on the walls and floors. Some rooms have hardwood flooring, some have ceramic tile and some have wall-to-wall carpeting. The foyer flooring features natural slate in grays and browns, which is repeated in one of the baths. That bath has a mosaic tile slate backsplash. One wall of the breakfast nook is curved, and another room features grass cloth on its walls. Portions of walls in some rooms are stone from floor-to-ceiling.
The house sits on a one acre level and sloping property. Although it is on a corner lot this property enjoys a great amount of privacy just by nature of the configuration of this neighborhood. It comprises three streets. Berkeley Hill and Berkeley Place are both cul-de-sacs and Berkeley Road is a semi-circular street. Since no other roadways are accessible there is very little traffic and only from the residents who live in this area.
The connection to nature continues by way of sliding and other doors in most rooms that open to a large wood deck, the grounds, and on the second floor to a private balcony. There are three bedrooms on the first floor, one of which has sliders to the outdoors.
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There is ample parking in the driveway from which a bluestone path lined in Belgium block leads to the covered front entrance. Inside, there are three fireplaces; two of them stone and are on the first floor in the living room and dining room. The third is in the second floor master bedroom suite.
In the kitchen, the counters along two walls are granite, while on the opposite side there is a wood counter on an angular peninsula. In keeping with the unusual design of this house, there is one counter where the stainless sink juts out in a triangle shape. Among the appliances is a Jenn-Air wall oven. The paneling of the refrigerator matches the paneling of the cabinetry. The floor in the kitchen is hardwood, while the eat-in area has the same slate flooring as the foyer.
Walking up to the second level is like walking up and into a treehouse. On this second floor, in addition to the master suite, there is a sitting room, office and a large art studio and workshop, the latter with a utility sink. The master suite has a tall vaulted ceiling.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
ADDRESS: 10 Berkeley Road
FEATURES: Geo-thermal heating system, generator, corner lot, located on a private cul-de-sac, tank-less hot water, easy walking distance to Coleytown elementary and middle schools, one-acre level and sloping property, all window treatments, insulated windows, audio system, three fireplaces, skylights, balcony, wood deck, exterior lighting, well water, two-car attached under-house garage, slab foundation, four bedrooms and three full baths
SCHOOLS: Coleytown Elementary, Coleytown Middle, Staples High School
MILL RATE: 16.86 mills
ASSOCIATION FEE: $350
For more information or to make an appointment to see the house contact Virginia Klein of RE/MAX Heritage at 203-521-7555 or firstname.lastname@example.org.