WESTPORT — The 1930s were a time of contradictions, including the struggle of the masses after the stock market crash of 1929 that lead to the Great Depression juxtaposed against the evolving Golden Age of Hollywood.

Luckily, the economic woes of that time period had no effect on the pocketbook of the person who built the stone house at 9 Brookside Drive in 1938. It has since been expanded, renovated and reimagined but walking through the house and examining its “bones,” one still gets the sense that this magnificent estate was worthy of hosting grand parties with legendary movie stars in attendance. It still is.

During the updating of this custom shingle and stone colonial house in 2009, the architect and builder preserved its opulence while also imbuing it with a sense of timeless elegance and casual grandeur. That combination of the latter two words may sound incongruous, and yet it’s the only way to describe this remarkable property.

It is timeless, elegant, comfortable and grand. And if not Hollywood stars it could at the very least host intimate dinner parties with friends and large family gatherings. To facilitate the entertaining there are three wet bars throughout the house, and a wealth of other amenities inside and out.

On the stellar grounds of this 2.74-acre level property there is a heated Gunite salt water in-ground swimming pool and tennis court, a built-in gas grill, outdoor custom hand-cut stone fireplace, and multi-level stone patios amidst lovely professional gardens. This very private setting down a quiet cul-de-sac has an in-town location surprisingly only a mile from downtown Westport.

The 16-room, 11-bath house has 9,142 square feet of living space on three finished floors and a wealth of attractive architectural and design details throughout. The lower level contains a spacious wine tasting room with ample cabinets for wine storage and a large state-of-the-art home theater complete with a sound system and enormous screen.

Talk about entertaining value, the wine room doubles as a cigar room with specialized exhaust filtration. On this level there is also a sizable in-law apartment equipped with a full kitchen, living room with a fireplace, a bedroom with access to the backyard, and two baths — one full and one half.

On the main living level, the formal living room features a fireplace, built-in shelving, a window seat, and two sets of French doors leading to a covered stone terrace. The mahogany-paneled library features a gas-fueled fireplace, built-in cabinetry and shelving, a trendy wallcovering on the ceiling, and a door leading to the stone terrace. The banquet-sized formal dining room has built-in china cabinets.

The spacious custom-designed gourmet kitchen features a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, trestle beams, a center island including a pastry table, marble counters, casual dining area with a built-in banquette, built-in Miele espresso machine, and top-of-the-line appliances including a six-burner Viking gas range and two Sub-Zero refrigerators. There is also a walk-in pantry and a butler’s pantry. The kitchen is open to the family room, which has one of the wet bars. Also on the first floor is a large playroom and two half baths.

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Upstairs, there are four bedrooms and a homework or study area with a long built-in desk. The master suite is cavernous yet still intimate. It features a fireplace with a carved marble surround, sitting area, and French doors to a private balcony. There are two luxurious marble master baths, dressing areas, and three walk-in closets.

This property has two garages, one attached with four bays and one detached with two additional bays.

For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house contact Kim Vartuli of The Vanderblue Team/Higgins Group Real Estate at 203-258-3797 or kim@vanderblue.com.


STYLE: Custom Colonial

ADDRESS: 9 Brookside Drive

PRICE: $3,750,000


FEATURES: 2.74-acre level property, heated Gunite salt water in-ground swimming pool, tennis court, outdoor stone fireplace, built-in gas grill, multi-level stone patios, professional gardens, covered deck, hot tub, exterior lighting, underground sprinkler, full in-law or au pair apartment, only one mile from downtown Westport, balconies, three wet bars, home theater, wine tasting room, slate roof, walking distance to Winslow Park, audio system, located on a cul-de-sac, attached four-car garage plus a detached two-car garage with loft area, six bedrooms (all en suite), shed, zoned central air conditioning, oil heat, 40-gallon water heater tank, full basement, attic, eight full and three half baths

SCHOOLS: Saugatuck Elementary, Bedford Middle, Staples High School

ASSESSMENT: $2,307,900

MILL RATE: 16.86 mills

TAXES: $38,911